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didn’t realise quite how much I like February until I started writing this issue. While the cold weather is still chilling my bones, the sounds of Sam Smith and his fellow BRIT Award nominees are warming up my eardrums, and the styles of London Fashion Week have me plotting next Autumn/Winter’s wardrobe already.

Editor-In-Chief: Jennifer Lynn Editorial Manager: Aileen Lynn Fashion Columnist: Portis Wasp Contributors: Rachel Allen, Lyndsey Anderson, Laura Blackhurst, Conor Cartwright, Hannah Currie, Ross Fingland, Chloe Green, Ross Miller, James Quinn, Lauren Storrie, Jeanie Yodel Business Development Managers: Neil Millar, Jill Loney & Valerie Speers Design: BTDT Design

As usual, we have interviews with some majorly talented musicians nestled in our pages, with Neon Jungle, Foxes, The Vamps and Elyar Fox amongst those destined for huge things in 2014. Fancy making this the year you kick your own career into high gear? Then don’t miss our Futures Fest on March 18th and 19th at The Arches, Glasgow. Turn to p10 now for all the info you need on attending. Oh, and while we’re all for getting stuck in to work, make sure you don’t neglect your social life – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, after all. Whether you’re single or coupled up I’m sure you’ll be entertained by the love-related features our Backside has to offer. Just make sure you read the rest of the issue first… It’s really rather good. -Jennifer Lynn

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Coachella Envy

Commonwealth Countdown Glasgow 2014 kicks off on July 23rd and we couldn’t be more excited. With 17 sports to get invested in across 14 venues, that’s 12 jam-packed days of action to look forward to, as well as a good excuse for some fireworks and a party. If it brings half the amount of buzz to the city as the Olympics did to London in 2012, it’s gonna be major.

Movie Merchandise Can you believe Mean Girls turns 10 this year? We know, “shut up!” In celebration of this epic occasion, LA jewellery brand Stella & Bow have created the Burn Book collection, a 15-piece range of accessories inspired by our favourite teen movie. We’ve got our eye on the “Full of Secrets” hairclip. Gretchen Wieners knows everything about everyone, after all. Visit to order now.

GIRLS Season Three Hannah, Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna are back on Sky Atlantic for a third season and we couldn’t be happier. Will there be more dancing to Icona Pop in string vests? Being deflowered but not devalued? Who cares, it’s Wednesday night baby, and you’re alive! Except GIRLS is actually on at 10pm on a Monday night. Oh well.

Last year we told ourselves that we wouldn’t end up in this position again. That when the Coachella line-up got announced we would be smug in the knowledge that we had purchased our tickets in the very first drop. But then we spent all our money on shoes. And Outkast got announced as the headliners. And Pharrell’s going to be there too. And Lorde. And Lana Del Rey. We’re off to lie down in a dark room and re-evaluate our priorities.

Tech Overload We love the internet as much as the next person (hence why we’re launching our shiny new website), but when we caught ourselves with an iPhone in one hand, a Blackberry in the other and a MacBook on our knees, we knew we had to do something. See our Generation Stress feature on p73 if you need help with a little digital detox of your own…

Err… That’s About It. We’re trying this new thing called POSITIVITY this year, which means that much as we’ve tried to think of a third thing that we’re really not happy about, we’re just not up for dwelling on anything that makes us blue. Fancy joining in with our newfound contentness? Visit and join the challenge.


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Interview: Sam Smith 6FRONT


2014 is going to have soul,” declares man of the moment Sam Smith, one week after being announced as the BBC’s Sound Of 2014. “I love soul music. It's what I’ve been brought up on and it's my passion.” Turning that passion into one heck of a career journey, Sam first shot to attention at the latter end of 2012, featuring on Disclosure’s Latch. Then came first solo single Lay Me Down, a spot on Naughty Boy’s number one smash La La La and now 21-year-old Sam’s distinctive vocals have fans and industry insiders alike crying out for more. Sam is also the winner of this year’s BRITs Critics' Choice Award. “I can’t believe it,” he says humbly. “To get these two awards truly means the world to me. Out of all the awards these were the ones I wanted so badly. I have poured my entire heart into this album and just want the best possible platform for it, and these nods give the album what I really feel it deserves.” The album in question is Sam’s debut, In The Lonely Hour, which is set for release on May 26th. When asked if he can share any secrets from the highly anticipated offering he says, “There are no secrets, that’s the secret. I have laid everything on the table in this record. You're gonna know a lot about my personal life after listening to it.” Upcoming single Money On My Mind is one such example of Sam writing from personal experience. “This track was one of the last tunes I did for my record,” he begins. “It is about a certain person in the music industry who really upset me last year and I simply needed to get it off my chest. So I did it in a song. It's very different to the whole record, but I think it’s a perfect transition.” Flying to Vegas to shoot the video,

Sam tells us it wasn’t as glamorous as it appears on screen. “It was hard work. It was an 18-hour day, but I found out that I had won the BRIT on the morning of the shoot, so that kept my energy levels up,” he says. “If I am honest though, I wasn't a fan of Vegas. I loved the old part, because it had a bit of history to it, but the strip I found a little overwhelming. I also don't gamble, so that probably didn't help!” Sam’s love of history also stretches to his musical influences, citing serious soul legends Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and the late Whitney Houston amongst them. However, there is one legend of our own generation who he name checks on that list, saying, “I was 11 when Amy Winehouse’s album Frank came out, so I am still hugely influenced by current music, but it HAS to have soul to it.

THIS OR THAT? We stalked Sam on Twitter and saw that he prefers Fiji Water to Volvic, so invited him to indulge in a quick game of This Or That? Thankfully, Sam being the good sport that he is said he’d love to oblige, and now we totally know him so much better. Scotcampus: Scrambled or hardboiled? Sam Smith: Scrambled SC: Winter or summer? SS: Winter SC: High fashion or high street? SS: High fashion SC: Love or money? SS: Love SC: Beyoncé or Rihanna? SS: Beyoncé

I can hear soul in so many genres of music. Jazz, pop, dance. That's what I am attracted to.” As for dream collaborations? “Stevie Wonder or Beyoncé,” says Sam. “There are so many people I'd love to sing with, but that would have to be the dream.” A big dream for the little boy who started singing “in the car on the way to and from school”, but one we don’t doubt that he’ll do everything in his power to achieve. 2014 is the year of Sam Smith. Sam’s new single Money On My Mind is released on February 16th. His debut album In The Lonely Hour follows on May 26th and he plays Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on March 1st.


Beyoncé is coming to Scotland! Beyoncé is coming to Scotland! That’s about all you really need to know this month, but just in case Queen Bey isn’t quite to your taste (you crazy person you), we’ve got an additional four events to keep you entertained till April. Get down with the trumpets

Who run the world? Girls. Specifically Beyoncé It was a fateful day in December 2013 when the whole internet and its granny went into meltdown trying to bag tickets for Queen Bey’s two SSE Hydro dates on February 20th and 21st. If you were lucky enough to get yourself one, you’re probably on somebody’s most wanted list right now, but we’re happy to say we’ll be joining you to see THAT booty in all its glory. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to practise those Single Ladies moves we learned at Freshers’ Festival last year…

They don’t come much cuter than Rizzle Kicks’ Harley and Jordan, and lucky for you the Hump-loving duo have three Scottish dates lined up, taking in Aberdeen Music Hall on February 12th, Edinburgh Picture House on February 13th and O2 Academy Glasgow on February 14th. Two Valentine’s dates for the price of one. Tickets priced at £17.50, available from

Tickets priced at £55-£85, available from We feel pretty We’re suckers for a good musical here at Scotcampus, so you can imagine our delight when we heard West Side Story is coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse for a 16-show run, beginning on March 18th. Sing it with us now, “I like the shores of Ame-ri-ca, Comfort is yours in Ame-ri-ca…” Okay, we’ll stop now.

You can thank him now Two amazing Canadian gentlemen rolled into one show? No, we’ve not managed to get Ryans Gosling and Reynolds on the road together (sigh), but good old Drake has invited his buddy The Weeknd to tour with him and we couldn’t be more excited. March 15th is going to be a very good day indeed – the Hydro won’t know what’s hit it. Tickets priced at £40-£46, available from Comedy royalty While we’re very much looking forward to Glasgow Comedy Festival (see p78), G-town isn’t the only Scottish city to be hit by the funny stick this March, as ‘King of Comedy’ Jack Whitehall brings his brand new stand-up show to the AECC on the 5th. Jack Whitehall Gets Around will also be stopping in at the SSE Hydro on March 7th, so you’ve got two chances to catch the Fresh Meat star, as he becomes the first UK solo stand-up to perform ‘in the round’. Needless to say it’s going to be a circus. Tickets priced at £28.50, available from &

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A chance for students to make a difference to our communities, our environment and the future of Scotland!



elcome to our Futures Fest guide! Inside you’ll find wise words from industry leaders, advice on boosting your online profile, creating a strong CV and bagging useful internships, plus tips on how to make the most of your time at Futures Fest 2014. Take control of your career and be the best possible version of yourself. We know it’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either!

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veryone knows bagging your dream career isn’t an overnight job. It takes time, hard work, experience and a great deal of motivation. Teachers, parents and lecturers may encourage you to attend careers fairs, but guess what? The last time we went to a careers fair, we fell asleep. Dull, cold, intimidating – yep it wasn’t much fun and we left feeling pretty uninspired. So why would we decide to host another careers fair when there’s already so many out there? Well, let’s just say, we know what we’re doing.

Our exhibitors are friendly, our guest speakers are incredibly inspiring and our venue is pretty cool. We want our visitors to arrive intrigued and leave feeling motivated and excited about their future and the many opportunities available in Scotland and around the world.

Futures Fest will play host to exhibitors from key industries including:

Creative & Media Oil, Gas & Engineering Food, Drink & Hospitality Procurement Education, Training & Apprenticeships Commercial Opportunities. Check out P. 20 for our full list of guest speakers and be sure to reserve your seats in advance before it’s too late. Take control of your future and pop the 18th & 19th March in your diary – now!


Industry Leaders

Creative industries

might be in London working with Disney Pixar, the next day I could be in Aberdeen working with a local business. We work across media, primarily making TV ads, digital, sponsorship and short form editorial content but we do whatever is right for our clients and if that means press, radio, digital games or ambient stunts we do that too. Would you recommend studying any particular courses at college or university before applying for a job at STV Creative / the creative media industry in general? I’m reluctant to be too specific about this because there are so many different routes into the creative industries and you need to choose the route that’s right for you.

Stephen O’Donnell Head of STV Creative Tell us a bit about your career path and how you ended up as head of STV Creative… I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA Hons in Communications and Mass Media in 1998 and after an initial flurry of activity at the start of my career - lots of moving around, chopping and changing direction it’s been quite settled the past ten years. In 2003, I joined STV as an Assistant Commercial Producer and have steadily worked my way through the ranks. What happens in an average day at STV Creative HQ? It’s a cliché but there genuinely is no such thing as an average day in STV Creative. Every project we take on is bespoke; we work with a huge variety of different clients on a range of budgets. So one day I


I wouldn’t ever allow the course someone has chosen to become a barrier to recruitment if they had the right combination of talent, passion and attitude. That said, we have an ongoing relationship with Napier University’s Creative Advertising Course and The University of the West of Scotland’s School of Creative and Cultural Industries, as well as Glasgow School of Art. In the past we have recruited from The Conservatoire and Napier’s Film and TV School.

own way. The characteristics they share are really simple; they’re all passionate, they’re all creative, they are all driven, they are all excellent communicators, they are all very commercial and they all work bloody hard. When it comes to applications and CVs do you have any pet peeves? What would instantly put you off a candidate and what would grab your attention to read more? Dull, uninspiring CVs and cover letters go straight into the reject pile, particularly ones that don’t demonstrate any understanding of the work STV Creative does or our objectives. I also expect CVs and cover letters to demonstrate the same meticulous attention to detail, creative flair and accuracy that is required to work in the creative industries. For every job we get literally hundreds of applications, you need to do something that makes you stand out. With such tough competition, what are your top tips for standing out when applying for your desired job in the creative/media industry? If you want to work in the creative industries it's simple: think of yourself as a product or service and create your own brand. Then think of employers as your target market and market yourself to them. Be strategic, identify what makes you different, what your strengths are and use that as a platform to come up with an amazing idea that cuts through the noise and ensures your application jumps right to the top of the list. Good luck!

Describe your perfect employee. Tricky question … currently I have 25 employees, each perfect in their


Industry Leaders

Tell us a bit about your role within Hilton…

food, drink & Hospitality

I am HR Officer responsible for the Human Resources function at the hotel. On a day to day basis I look after recruitment, training, employee relations, succession planning, uniforms, queries about wages and much, much more. We currently have 347 staff employed in the hotel so anything can happen at any time!

Donna Crozier HR Officer at Hilton Glasgow

What's the best way to find out about opportunities within Hilton? On our careers website, where you can see all of our vacancies for Hilton Family Brand hotels all over the world. You can then narrow your search to Scotland and Glasgow to find us specifically. You can also find all of Hilton Glasgow’s vacancies on our Hilton Glasgow Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, and of course by word of mouth! What would make you bin a CV and what would make you read on? One that says they are applying for a role that is not with Hilton! A well written and concise CV with good spelling and good grammar would make me read on. How would you advise applicants to stand out in a crowd? They should have relevant experience for the position they’re applying for at the top of the CV. This then encourages you to read on as it details that they have the experience you are looking for. Preferably a short CV (approx 2 pages) with bullet points as it’s easier to read quickly, but still enables me to get a feel for the applicant. A short explanation of why they are applying for the role is always helpful too, especially

when they have no experience in that field. Some positions can have hundreds of applicants and there is limited time to call everyone to ascertain why they are applying for the role. Are there opportunities to progress and grow within Hilton? Yes, lots! We have everything from apprentices to graduate programmes which are available to external and internal candidates. We are lucky to have a Cluster Training Manager who organises and runs our internal training programmes which are aimed at all levels of employee, from FAB for Food and Beverage team members and Leadership 1 or 2 for team members and supervisors, to Shine and Aspire for our Heads of Department who are keen to progress. We also have a great resource in Hilton University which has recently been re-launched with over 3000 courses available online for all our team members. What do you enjoy most about your job? No two days are the same which means I don’t get bored and the days and weeks fly in! I particularly enjoy seeing people progress especially when I have seen them start as a team member whilst at University or College and they have decided to choose hospitality as a career. The fact that they have chosen Hilton to support them on this journey makes it even more special!


Industry Leaders

commercial opportunities Frances Reilly Brand Manager UK Topshop / Topman, Arcadia Group Ltd

Tell us a bit about your role within Arcadia Group… My role consists of leading a team of fashion and service role models to deliver a flagship experience in a contemporary fashion lead environment. My role day to day is ever changing. Fast paced retail means you have to be flexible and able to multi task at all times. Never a dull day in the store! What’s your favourite thing about working in retail for one of the biggest high street brands? I absolutely love mentoring and developing new recruits and encouraging established employees to progress into more senior roles within the business. Topshop and Topman is a global fashion brand and is the high street leader in delivering trends, what’s not to love?

We want genuine, friendly and confident people in our brand, and of course want you to look the part. Are there a lot of opportunities to progress within the company? Topshop/Topman offers various levels of development: you can advance from a team member to a team leader, after which you are eligible to apply for our ‘Homegrown’ talent scheme which is a fantastic opportunity to learn all aspects of the retail industry.

Are there opportunities for students to gain part time and full time work during and after their studies? Yes absolutely, Topshop and Topman are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who excel in delivering world class customer service. If you’re a student, Topshop and Topman is the ideal brand to work for: it’s young, fun and has great career opportunities. For students free to work outwith term time there’s great recruitment opportunities during summer and Christmas. You must get so many applications every day, what advice would you give to students to help them get a foot in the door? My advice to any student would be to come into the store in person and speak to the manager. First impressions are everything, you have a small window of opportunity to showcase what you’re all about as a person.




fo The NHS affects every individual, family and community in Scotland and we aim to provide safe, effective and person-centred care. Our vision is that by 2020 everyone is able to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting. Our mission is to improve the health of the people of Scotland and we are putting people at the heart of everything we do. To help us achieve our vision, we want to attract today’s best young talent to deliver the improved services for tomorrow. We are looking for people who are curious about what Scotland’s most highly regarded public service can offer them, and who are excited by the vast opportunities that we can offer in both clinical and non clinical careers. The NHS is about more than doctors and nurses. We need accountants, joiners, chefs, physiotherapists, database managers, software designers, painters, dieticians, marketing experts, play workers, drivers, and so much more. With more than 350 different careers on offer, there is a role for you no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications.

We’re recruit for your

Interested in finding out more?

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Industry Leaders

oil, gas & Engineering Andrew Irving DOF Subsea Tell us a bit about your career path which lead you to the role of project surveyor for DOF Subsea… Initially I went to University to study Geography and History, having particularly enjoyed these subjects at school but without really considering what I'd like to do afterwards. In second year I continued with Geography and to make up my credits opted for Topographic Science (later to become Geo Information and Mapping Science (GIMS). I enjoyed the subject and made some good friends in the class but still didn't give a lot of thought to my career when I decided to continue in the subject for third and fourth year. When I finished my degree it was clear the graduates from GIMS were in demand for offshore survey companies and in July 2005 I joined Century Subsea (later taken over by DOF Subsea) as Hydrographic Surveyor. I worked in this role for 8 years, being fortunate enough to travel to 6 continents and be involved in some very interesting projects before deciding to make the move to Aberdeen and continue working onshore. What are your key tasks and responsibilities each day? My typical work tasks include the following: • Reviewing client work scopes and determining work


methodology and equipment/ personnel required; • Ensuring company policies and process maps are followed by all personnel involved in the project at all times; • Writing and developing project procedures; • Interfacing with offshore personnel to ensure all survey operations offshore are carried out correctly and efficiently; • Performing QA/QC review of the project work; • Organising and following up survey mobilisation and demobilisation plans; • Supporting the project and liaising with shore based facilities and agencies; • Ensuring that additional requirements, tasks and/or equipment outside the scope of the original contract are identified; • Assisting with project deliverables; • Assisting with the development of new software and technologies; • Visiting prospective clients, providing demonstrations and presentations. Do you spend a lot of time offshore? For the first 8 years I averaged around 190 days offshore each year. I now have a cap of 30 days away with more time now spent visiting current and prospective clients rather than vessels. These visits are for the purpose of discussing past, present or future projects, or for showcasing the company’s capabilities or for project/ equipment tests and demonstrations.

is just a small sector of the Oil Industry. Engineers, accountants, lawyers, business graduates and many others are required by the oil industry and will continue to be required for many years to come. If the oil industry interests you then there are a large number of options available including masters degrees in oil and gas at many universities. When choosing what degree you'd like to complete it is certainly worth while researching what sort of careers are possible afterwards. What advice would you give to school leavers or students looking to work in the oil and gas sector and what are the best ways to gain experience in this competitive field? Many graduates starting out in Oil and Gas will have completed degrees in engineering or applied sciences. There are other opportunities available for those with arts, languages and business degrees with these tending to be in the commercial side of the industry. In the industry, experience is highly sought after although there is recognition that there is a need to bring in new people and ideas. While getting practical experience may be difficult, it would be useful to have something on your CV that sets you apart from other graduates. Where many people may play sport or be part of a club, fewer will have taken on an organisational role within these areas.

Would you recommend studying a particular course before applying for a job in your industry? Hydrography, Surveying or Geomatics degrees are not available at all universities. However, this


FANCY A JOB IN TV? Amanda McGlynn from Mentorn Media offers her advice

Amanda McGlynn Mentorn Media Tell us a bit about Mentorn Media. Mentorn Media is one of the UK's longest established independent television production companies, making thousands of hours for broadcasters in the UK and worldwide. We have offices in London, Cardiff and Glasgow and make programmes such as Question Time, The Big Questions, An Idiot Abroad and Motorway Cops. What projects are you working on this year? I’m currently producing the Sunday morning BBC programme The Big Questions. This is a BBC1 flagship moral, ethical and religious debate programme. I have just finished making the documentary When Tommy Met Mo which broadcast late last year. This followed former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson and interfaith advisor Mohammed Ansar as they travelled around the UK and explored different parts of Islam. Have you always worked in the media industry? Tell us a bit about your career path. After graduation (Glasgow University 2:1 in M.A. English Literature/Film), I moved to

London and started working as a runner for independent production companies. After a year, I moved to the BBC as a personal assistant. I was keen to get into programme making so after hounding lots of producers, I started working as a researcher for factual and light entertainment programmes. I was then selected for a Directing Scheme which led to becoming a director on BBC1 and BBC2 and making programmes such as Panorama, Watchdog and Cowboy Trap.

I branched out to do a bit of reporting and undercover news work before moving back to Scotland where I now primarily focus on current affairs or documentary programmes.

meetings. You might not like the programmes a company makes, but at least make sure you have seen them. Do you recommend studying a particular course at college or university before applying for a job in your industry? Don’t assume you need to have a media or film degree. Although useful, sometimes a degree in other specialised subjects (arts or science) can be just as relevant. What's the best piece of advice you've received in life? Pick your battles. It’s tempting to get worked up over every little problem when making a programme, but I’ve learned in the long run that if you let the small battles go, then you are often in a better position to fight (and win) the bigger battles.

With the media industry being highly competitive, what's your advice for standing out in a large crowd? Be interested. Have opinions and let people know them. It sounds obvious, but I see lots of graduates keen to work in television who don’t actually watch many home grown programmes. Know what is relevant, what is being talked about and make a point of watching it. Also, do your research before


Futures Fest 2014

GUEST SPEAKERS 18th & 19th March, 10.30am-3.30pm

Radio 1 Lee-Ann Howieson, Producer

Benefit Cosmetics Claire McKinley, Event Coordinator

Topshop Working for one of the largest high street chains

Island Records Yvonne McLellan, A&R Scout

NHS Opportunities to work for NHS in 2014

RAF Paddy Currie, Squadron Leader

Character Scotland Gary Walsh, Executive Officer

Isolated Heroes Samantha McEwen, Owner / Fashion Designer

Progressio Rozalyn Wilson, Ambassador

Mentorn Media Amanda McGlynn, Producer

ScotGrad Cameron Scott, Programme Manager

The Professional Diving Academy Neil McMillan, Training Manager

Skills Development Scotland William McDermott, Work Coach

Procurement People of Tomorrow Nikki Bell, Head of Scottish Procurement Policy & Strategy


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MEATS the EYE Food Standards Agency


hat do you think of when you hear Food Standards Agency? What kind of work do you think they do? Let two of their senior field operatives shed a little light on the wider work carried out in the organisation.

Joan Bricall Lead Veterinarian, North Scotland Hailing from Barcelona – where he studied for his veterinary degree – Joan enjoys the 'one of us' feeling he gets from living and working in Scotland. Having lived and worked as a veterinarian here since 1999, Joan made a "big change" and began working for the Food Standards Agency in Scotland (FSAS) a year and a half ago. "One of the challenges is educating," he comments. "I try to educate food business operators to improve and to higher their standards in order to stand out." Responsible for giving technical advice, ensuring compliance with legislation, animal welfare and a host of other duties in the North of Scotland, there is a lot of information that needs to be communicated to a lot of businesses –but the FSAS gives him the support he needs. "One of the best aspects is the team," he explains. "We're all in the same boat and rowing together – it's nice, I like that." Joan is keen to share his experience for the consideration of any vets to be.

"I try my best to encourage veterinary students to see the possibilities of working in meat hygiene rather than medicine – there's a career opportunity there for you to explore." Robert Muir Service Delivery Manager, South East Scotland Robert may have started in the meat trade working in his uncle's butchers shop, but he's worked his way up to being a service delivery manager in the FSAS. Having been in the business a long time, he's quick to point out there's more to the industry than you may think.

listing animal feed, eggs, dairy hygiene and shellfish as other areas demanding FSAS attention. He also emphasises the importance of campylobacter and ecoli sampling for people studying in food hygiene or microbiology – "there's lots of stuff coming on board." It's not all science either; as someone who deals with food business operators throughout South East Scotland, Robert highlights the need for people skills. The challenge comes in talking to colleagues at different levels, from work forces at meat plants to senior delivery managers at monthly meetings. "You try and build up a relationship," he explains. Robert relishes his different dealings, which see him meeting people in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, "which a lot of people don't get the opportunity to do." How else would he try and sell a career in the meat hygiene

"If you're willing to work hard enough, you're going to get yourself up the ladder." industry? Simple.

"It's not just about standing in abattoirs now," he underlines,


INTERNSHIPS The Good, The Bad & The Pointless


s we all know, securing a full time job is no easy task. In a number of industries, having experience in relevant fields is essential to getting a job. The best internships will provide you with a real insight into the dynamics of the business whilst giving you an opportunity to gain transferable skills, network and boost your CV. But beware of the pointless ones too. If you find yourself licking envelopes and going on lunch runs, chances are your time could be better spent elsewhere. Help yourself to some of our handy tips:

DO ask for feedback. Set objectives for yourself and review your progress by asking for constructive criticism from members of staff.

DO your research. Make sure you know about the company, how they work and who to impress.

DON’T waste the opportunity. Don’t allow yourself to be underused, if you’re looking for something else to do, ask! Don’t sit on Facebook and


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A FULL TIME CAREER Name: Hannah Currie Age: 24 Job Title: Producer, STV Creative Time as intern before securing full time work: 2 months (in this job but years in total!) My Story: The best advice I ever received was from a very intelligent old neighbour, who told me ‘never believe you are brilliant’. I’ve held onto this. Equal amounts of self-belief and self-doubt have worked well for me: I know my value, but there’s always room for improvement. Growing up I listened to lots of people telling me that getting a job in the media was ‘near impossible’ and ‘not as much fun as you think it is’. I’m glad I ignored them: in hindsight, these people were either bitter, wary of competition, or in the wrong job. Working in the media is difficult but not impossible (duh) - and it’s really fun. Not to glamorize the industry - it can be nepotistic, stressful, and nasty at times - but never dull. I’ve spent a lot of my working life as an intern in various capacities sometimes paid, mostly not - mostly great, sometimes awful. I spent a full week in a cupboard cutting tags off of clothes at a London magazine; but on the flipside I decided I wouldn’t stand for it and began


pestering the editor for writing work. I left with a job offer. I didn’t take them up on that offer but that’s the beauty of internships. They help you understand what you love and what’s not for you. They give you a bit of bargaining power. They make you realise what you need to do to get a permanent job. And they supply you with contacts to hassle forevermore. That is, if you proactively decide to make the most of them... I now very happily work full time in commercial production at STV, and it’s my dream job. At first it was just a short-term, 2 week contract, but I spent that time learning as fast as I could, and trying to impress the people who controlled my fate. I also asked for lots of advice. When a permanent job eventually became available, I quizzed other staff about the interview process. I made myself as ready as possible, and it paid off.

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cotland is home to over a quarter of a million students. With so many high quality and diverse universities and colleges across the country, it’s no wonder so many young people choose to study for a degree or qualification after school. But before you pack your bags and kiss your family home (and the enjoyment of having a fully stocked fridge) goodbye, there’s many important factors to consider. Here’s some things to think about before committing to student life. Do Your Research Really think about the career you want. Look into the line of work and the path most people take in this industry. Some jobs absolutely require a degree or qualification whereas others look for experience. Don’t waste 4 years studying when you could be out there gaining experience and making valuable contacts. Go Your Own Way Listen to advice from your teachers and parents but remember it’s your life! The decision is yours and only yours to make. Studying can become a real drag if you choose something you don’t enjoy. If you love your course, chances are you will apply yourself and leave with a fantastic degree. Location Location Location It’s not all about choosing the right college or university; you need to think about the town or city you’ll

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oming to Futures Fest? Then you’re guaranteed to stumble across our Procurement People of Tomorrow (PPoT) zone. A Scottish Government and Academia-led initiative designed to help to grow and maintain Scotland’s own talent pool, Procurement People of Tomorrow focuses on engagement with young people and designing a range of flexible academic and vocational pathways for you to build your skills, and enter the profession. Unsure of exactly what procurement is? It’s all about buying, sourcing and value for money. So, for example, a procurement officer would be someone who buys their organisation’s required goods and services. If you’re a fashion student you might be more familiar with the term ‘buyer’ and have perhaps considered it as a career option, but all sorts of industries require their own ‘buyers’. Hospitals, oil and gas companies, offices; the possibilities of places to work are endless. With an abundance of jobs in procurement across Scotland, there really is no better time to break in to the industry – but what experience do you need? It can vary from company to company, but a Modern Apprenticeship in the field will serve you well, as would retail,


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he 2014 BRIT Awards will be taking over London’s O2 Arena on February 19th, and while the nominees have already been announced, it’s all still to play for as inter-category competition is tougher than ever. Lets take the award for British Group first. Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction and Rudimental have made the shortlist, but which of these all-male ensembles has the edge? One Direction have grown up a lot over the past 12 months, with Harry often seen hanging out with the London fashion crowd and Zayn putting a ring on Perrie off of Little Mix, but do they have the musical prowess required to snare the award for the first time? Recent years have seen heavyweights like Mumford & Sons (2013) and Coldplay (2012) bag the trophy, and following the success of their 2013 album AM, we reckon Arctic Monkeys could steal it out from under those pesky whipper snappers’ noses. Moving on to the lovely ladies nominated for British Female Solo Artist, Ellie Goulding is surely a

shoe-in, pitted against Jessie J, Birdy, Laura Marling and Laura Mvula? Having provided us with our summer anthem Burn and our ‘sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate’ soundtrack How Long Will I Love You, girlie has more than paid her dues this past year. Goulding FTW. Such a confident statement isn’t so easy when it comes to British Male Solo Artist. With the legendary David Bowie creeping in there, it almost seems rude not to give the trophy to such an icon, but Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman and Tom Odell are all worthy contenders. Since we enjoy his album Tribute so much, we’re going to pull a wildcard, and go for John Newman. He does also have that wonderful blonde streak in his hair, after all. British Breakthrough Act sees a fair bit of overlap from the other categories, with Laura Mvula, Bastille, Disclosure, London Grammar and Tom Odell all in the running. While we at Scotcampus are big fans of Bastille, those London Grammar cool kids have been compared to The xx, which we think is an award in itself. Yes, we’ll put our leftover chocolate coins on London Grammar. Now to the International categories. Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Haim, Kings Of Leon and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been selected as the five best groups in the non-British world over the past 12 months, but who will walk away safe in the knowledge that they are number one? It’s a toughy, but we can’t overlook the things Daft Punk done for music and our Saturday nights last year, so we reckon they’ll be the ones to Get Lucky. Bad pun. Sorry. International Female Solo Artist is a three horse race for us (sorry Janelle Monae and Pink).

and 2012 for this award. His competition comes in the form of Paul Epworth – winner of the award in 2010 and 2013 thanks to his work with Adele – and first time nominees, production duo Flood & Alan Moulder, who have worked with everyone from Depeche Mode to The Killers. We think the newbies have it.

Katy Perry and Lady Gaga both released massive new albums in 2013, which were probably the most highly anticipation releases of the year – y’know, since Beyoncé didn’t warn us about her album or anything. However, swinging in to potentially take the crown is newcomer Lorde, who hit the top spot with debut single Royals. This one’s too tricky to call, so we’ve pulled names out of a hat, and a certain Katycat is where we’ll hedge our bets.

With the Critics’ Choice Award already announced and our cover star Sam Smith taking the title, that just leaves the British Single and MasterCard British Album Of The Year for us to award. While Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s I Need Your Love is a strong contender for British Single, we have a feeling cheeky chappy Olly Murs and his emotive ballad Dear Darlin’ might be a dark horse – who doesn’t love a bit of the Murs? As for British Album, we wouldn’t even like to try and call that one, with Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, David Bowie, Disclosure and Rudimental going head-to-head. Is Alex Turner going to be smiling like a monkey with a new banana come February 19th? You’ll have to tune in to find out. The BRIT Awards 2014 will be shown live at 8pm on Wednesday 19th February on ITV

Boys boys boys, namely Bruno Mars, Drake, Eminem, John Grant and Justin Timberlake. We love all the International Male Solo Artist contenders, especially you Drake, but surely Justin T has this one in the bag? It’s like he’s our mirror. Our mirror staring back at us. For a moment there we thought Elton John was nominated in the Best Producer category, but it is in fact Ethan Johns, who worked on Laura Marling’s latest offering and was nominated in both 2011


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lazing the trail for a new wave of British pop acts to be discovered on YouTube, Bieber style, The Vamps had quite a 2013. Hitting number two in the UK charts with their debut single Can We Dance, they supported Selena Gomez, McFly and Taylor Swift on tour, and kicked off the New Year with the release of latest single Wild Heart. Here we chat to guitarist Connor Ball about crazy fans, YouTube haters and missing out on McBusted. How did The Vamps come together as a band?

Well James was the first member about two years ago… [laughs] Sorry, I’m currently in Tesco getting food for the studio, because we’re in there all day. Nice, studio snacks. You know it! But yeah, James was the first member about two years ago and then he was looking on YouTube for a singer, and found Brad doing covers of Arctic Monkeys. Then they found Chris on Facebook slash YouTube doing covers and stuff, and then I joined in February. Did you ever get nervous about putting yourself out there on YouTube? Yeah, I used to always upload


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videos and take them down half a day later, because I was scared of the haters. The nasty comments. I’m a bit of a wimp.

that up close. We didn’t really get any advice from talking to them though, some, but not anything major.

How did you guys decide on your name?

Will you be going to see the McBusted tour then?

Well when I joined the band had already been named, but I guess they were throwing round lots of names such as The Strikers, The Crackers and The Lost One… and they landed on The Vamps.

I wish! But we’re really busy when it’s on. Busted are our favourite childhood band too, so it’s a shame.

When did you realise you were starting to build a fan base?

We were in onesies in a hotel room, so we had a big OJ party, went crazy on the orange juice.

Twitter is the best indication and our followers were going up gradually at the start, then when Can We Dance was released it went up at a more rapid rate, and that was it. Have you had any crazy fan moments yet? Yeah there have been a few, with people jumping on the van; it’s like a zombie apocalypse. We’re mowing them down all the way. You’ve supported Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and McFly on tour; did any of them have any advice for you? McFly were great to watch onstage, because they’re so energetic and they put on an amazing show. We were really lucky to be able to see

How did you celebrate having your debut single hit number two in the UK charts?

You have nine alternative versions for your latest single Wild Heart. Why? We liked the song, so we tried to make as many different versions as possible, but it got out of hand. We have one with Pixie Lott, who’s really nice and her voice is awesome. We had met her before and asked her to come down to do some vocals and she did! What else is coming up for The Vamps in 2014? Our album is coming out on April 14th. There are a lot of different tunes on there, some ballads and some with more synth production, so we’re looking forward to everyone hearing it.

















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I’ve started to tell people my stage name is Foxes because Penguins was taken,” laughs Louisa Rose Allen, the artist more commonly known as Foxes, as we become the millionth people to ask her where that animalistic moniker came from. “I had to change my name because a lot of people in the music industry at the time had similar names to me, one of them being Lily Allen, and I didn’t want to take on an actual name. Someone suggested Foxes, after a song I wrote ages ago and I was like, ‘That’s ridiculous, I’m not going to call myself Foxes,’ but for some reason it just stuck in my head. “I had a good feeling about it and then I rang my mum to ask her what she thought. She said, ‘That’s so weird; last night I had a dream about foxes running up our street


and they were making all these beautiful noises.’ She said that she woke up thinking it reminded her of my music. Mum’s always right, so I went with Foxes!”

While we now couldn’t imagine getting ready for a night out without Youth blaring in the background, Foxes explains that she never really intended for it to be heard.

Introductions out of the way, we were eager to find out how Foxes’ track Home and her massive summer single Youth ended up being featured in season five of Gossip Girl. “The producers heard Youth on my SoundCloud and emailed my manager to ask if they could use the songs on the show. I remember just running around doing cartwheels for 20 minutes! I was such a big fan of the show that I went through phases of trying to find Chuck anywhere I could. I’m definitely a Blair! When I found out they were going to play the two songs I literally couldn’t believe it. It was pretty mega.”

“Youth was just hidden online, but so many people found it. Somehow Pete Wentz heard it at a party and made everyone be quiet and said, ‘Who is this girl? I want this girl on my next album.’” @Scotcampus

Not wanting to grow up is a theme that has continued into Foxes’ new single, Let Go For Tonight. “It’s funny because I’ve started to notice a pattern with my writing; I’ll write a few depressing songs and then I’ll just really want to be happy,” she says. “Let Go For Tonight is just about being a big kid, a bit like Youth was. I really like the message, because we all get so tied down as humans in this world and it’s all about not sweating the small stuff, and trying to just live for the moment.” If you’ve seen the video for Let Go For Tonight you’ll know exactly what Foxes is talking about. Beginning in an all-white dinning room, surrounded by people in similarly hued outfits, the scene quickly becomes a rainbow coloured cake fight that you’d be crazy not to want to take part in. “I’d had every single moment of that video written down in my diary since I was eight years old,” says Foxes. “It was my dream to have a giant food fight and shoot cake out of a canon. I sat down for a meeting at the record label and explained it to them, and there was a good 20-second silence when they must have just been thinking I’d gone mad, but we did it. You couldn’t see anything, there were people up on ladders throwing paint over us and at one point I even got hit in the face with a teapot!”

Moving on to her upcoming album Glorious, Foxes’ enthusiasm for its release is infectious. “I’m really excited; it’s such a big body of work for me, because I’ve been writing it for about a year and a half,” she says.

“It’s a very personal album and it’s got tracks with real depth, but then also anthemic moments to dance to. It’s very cinematic too, because I’m really inspired by film. I love Leon and when I was little I used to watch Forrest Gump like five times a day. I was a weird kid.” Childhood habits aside, we couldn’t not ask Foxes about her amazing style, especially after seeing the monochrome Vivienne Westwood gown she rocked to this year’s Grammys – where, by the way, she picked up the award for Best Dance Recording for lending her vocals to Zedd’s Clarity. “I don’t usually wear designer pieces,” she says. “I usually go to charity shops and vintage shops. I once found a vintage Chanel bag for £10 in a charity shop! You know when there’s a sale in Topshop and there’s the stuff left at the end that nobody wants to buy? I’m that person. I just try to throw it all together.” Let Go For Tonight is released on February 23rd, with Foxes’ debut album Glorious following on March 3rd. Foxes plays Glasgow’s King Tuts on February 26th.

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Hence how Foxes ended up featuring on Fall Out Boy’s track Just One Yesterday. “It was so weird,” she continues. “I literally wrote that song in a couple of hours and it was never something I thought I’d put on my album, let alone use as a single. It’s not a classic pop song, I just wrote it to make myself feel better when I was in London, trying to tell myself I didn’t have to grow up.”


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s Scotcampus sit down to write up our Elyar Fox interview, a Twitter storm is brewing, and its hashtag is ‘#DoItAllOverAgain’. The title of this 19-year-old YouTube sensation’s debut single, Do It All Over Again has just been released this morning and if Elyar’s 128,835 (and counting) followers have anything to do with it, it’ll be topping the charts this time next week. Prior to its release, we sat down with Elyar to talk all things Foxy… When did you start your YouTubing and why? I think I started in March to April 2012. After Year 11 I had taken a year out before college, because I was in a band, just to figure things out and see what we could do. It didn’t really work out and I still had part of the year left before I was planning on going to college, so I thought I’d try to write as many songs as I could and put some covers up on YouTube in the meantime, while I got in touch with producers and things. When did you realise that you had grown quite a large following? I think it was a few months in and it was weird; people would recognise me from my videos when I went out. I was at a shopping centre


one day looking at my Twitter and I realised I was getting fans, which again was just really weird to actually have fans when I didn’t consider myself an artist. I was just someone who was making videos in my bedroom.

one of the original YouTubers, but I’m a huge fan of Gabrielle Aplin. She’s brilliant. I think the whole YouTube thing is awesome. The Vamps are really cool.

How did the record deal come about?

It is in a way, because everyone’s doing it, but I think if you find someone on YouTube who has a quality about him or her, it’s almost like the new X Factor. I don’t think the volume of people getting involved should discourage anyone from doing it.

Well it was a really long process of playing to different labels and management companies. My best mate James had managed my old band, so he came with me because I didn’t want to go on my own, just me and my acoustic. I played a bunch of songs that I had written and after doing that for a while people started getting me into the studio, and I ended up doing a deal in the end. When you started YouTubing did you want to get famous? I don’t really know what the aim was. I was more curious as to whether people would like it or not. So I recorded it and I put it up. I get quite annoyed about people who do music just because they want to be famous. If you’re in music with the goal to be famous from it then I think you should quit. Are there any other YouTube artists you’re into?

Do you think the scene is getting a bit overpopulated now?

How is working on your album going? Awesome, I’ve just finished it up now after working on it for so long, and we’re looking to get it out in spring or summertime. I’ve worked with a lot of people, producers who have worked with One Direction, The Wanted, Bieber… Funnily enough some of the best songs are ones I worked on with my friend Chris Young, when it was just us chilling out. What else is coming up for you in 2014? I just want to get out there and keep touring, touring, touring.

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here’s a certain awkwardness when you call an artist’s publicist to be connected to them, only to be told that they had forgotten about the interview and need to be woken up. While humanity – and your own experiences of being forced out of bed – make you want to say you’ll call back later, looming deadlines mean that this isn’t always possible, and that you’re probably about to get off on the wrong foot with someone you’ve never met. However, Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun couldn’t have been nicer about the whole situation – the boy is definitely a morning person, as you’ll see from our conversation. Sorry for waking you up… It’s no problem. I guess I’m just realising that jet lag is a real thing, like I’ve been hit with it before, but we just got back from Australia. On the way over I just slid right in to their time zone, but coming back to Ohio I’m totally messed up. I’m good though! How was Australia? It was our very first time there and I think, for both Tyler [Joseph, his bandmate] and I, you look at the landing of the moon and you’re like, ‘Did that really happen? Is that just some kinda Hollywood trickery?” That’s how we felt about Australia this whole time. We weren’t really sure it existed, but now we know it’s a real place and it’s beautiful, the weather was so nice. The people were so kind to us and we had some


great shows. You’re coming to the UK next month, which you’re a bit more familiar with… Yeah, coming back to the UK is really exciting for both Tyler and I, because we’ve always grown up having this respect for bands that have come out of the UK and music that comes out of the UK. I feel like UK music listeners have a really good taste in music, so I’ve always been intimidated by coming and playing there, and being in the midst of such a deep history of incredible music. The first time playing there was scary, but by the end of the night we were all just sweating together and having a good time. It was one of the most fun nights of my life. You mentioned sweating together; you guys are partial to wearing balaclavas while playing… [laughs] When we first started playing we just thought, ‘How can we stand out?’ So we started wearing ski masks when we were playing and it really turned into this intriguing concept of facelessness. We thought about an entire room of people wearing masks and the unity that would bring, not being drawn to people by what they look like, and there’s something really special about that for me. Have you seen the movie Spring Breakers? No, but I’ve been told they wear masks and I should watch it. Should I watch it?

about the new album you’re working on? It’s really interesting to me when people say they’re working on a new album, the idea of a band setting down an amount of time in a studio and saying, ‘We have to write a record now.’ That terrifies me. It’s a weird pressure. Going in and recording the first album we already had so many songs we had already played live, so it was a much easier process, rather than going in fresh to write an entire album. We’re just trying to do the same thing this time and it’s very freeing to do it like that. How did you initially find it going from three to two members? When Tyler and I first started becoming friends we thought about making a band just the two of us, but then we got our bass player, who ended up leaving us on very good terms. Then we thought we should try just the two of us, and the first show we played worked and it was really cool, though we were very self-conscious about it and still are. It’s hard making sure that two guys can fill out a stage and be energetic enough to lead a room, but it’s a lot of fun. Every night we have a competition to see who can perform with the most energy. That’s where we’re at and that’s where we’ve been for the past two years. We’ll see what happens in the future. Twenty One Pilots play The Garage, Glasgow, on February 23rd

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f you’re a regular browser of our website,, you’ll already know exactly who Neon Jungle are and what they’re about. For the rest of you – who we won’t name and shame – these four ladies are essentially 2014’s answer to The Spice Girls. Having taken over the airways last summer with their debut single Trouble, in November 2013 Amira, Asami, Jess and Shereen were given just 24 hours notice to prepare for a performance on one of the world’s biggest stages: the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.


Here Shereen – the band’s lone Scot – tells us what it was like to hang out with Taylor Swift and why Trouble was just one side of the “four-dimensional” Neon Jungle. Last time we spoke you girls were just preparing to release Trouble – how did you find the response to that? Yeah, Trouble has really opened up a lot of doors for us, like getting to perform at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. From Victoria’s Secret we’ve had interviews and

meetings with record labels in America, so hopefully we’ll be commuting back and forth over there a lot, and I don’t think this is the end of Trouble yet. It’s still got a whole new lifespan to be discovered. It is a banger of a song! Are you going to release it in the US? Hopefully, because from that one play on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show it got to something like number 60 in America and number 30 in Canada, without ever being properly released. It’s absolutely


amazing. Other than the chart success, what was the best thing about performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? Probably seeing all the famous faces in the crowd and having all those beautiful girls walking past us! It was really hard to keep singing when these girls just keep appearing and we had the cameras filming us, so we had to try and not dribble over all the amazing underwear and gorgeous bodies. Did you get to try on any of the angel wings backstage? No, unfortunately not, I think that’s forbidden! They did give us some underwear though, which is my favourite right now. Plus Taylor Swift was in the dressing room next door, literally through a curtain from us, so she popped her head in and introduced herself as if we wouldn’t know who she was. I was putting my eyelashes on at the time, so I greeted her with half an eyelash hanging off, but she’s just such a lovely down-to-Earth girl.

Neon Jungle performing at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show were leaving for LA the next day, so we stayed up and started recording at like three in the morning, and that’s how Braveheart came about. When you’re in the studio and you’re in the zone you forget what time it is. We’re doing what we love, so we don’t really give a damn what time it is. The video is amazing and it’s a lot more mature than the last one – was that a conscious decision?

Taylor Lautner. He is HOT. I’ve fancied him ever since Twilight, so I’d love to meet him!

To be honest when we first came out with Trouble we wanted to come out with a bang, but Trouble is one side of us, Braveheart is another side of us and the next single could show another side of us. We’re four-dimensional! I think a lot of people thought they could sum us up just from listening to and watching the video for Trouble, so with Braveheart we went a little more high fashion, and yeah a little more mature. It was great to film. We done two days on the video shoot and I wish we could have just kept going.

Tell us about your new single, Braveheart…

You girls all live together now – what on Earth is that like?

It’s my favourite song on the album right now. We were actually in the studio recording other songs when we first heard it, the producer was showing us some other stuff, but we just knew we needed to do it. They

It’s madness, but I love it. It’s so different for me coming down from Scotland and being used to living in Lanark, then suddenly living in London with three other girls, it’s crazy. We all get along and

If you could meet anyone through your job, who would it be? Beyoncé, because I respect everything she does, and I’d love to ask her for advice. You just never see anything bad about her in the papers and she’s genuinely honed her craft. What about famous boys?

we all know each other’s secrets. When we’re doing interviews and whatnot everyone can see that our relationship is real. We take it in turns with the cleaning up, but I’ve put the bins out twice recently, so I don’t think it’s my turn this week… What do your friends back in Lanark think of what you’re doing now? They’re amazed by it, but they’re so supportive, they’ve been there for me since the beginning. In music classes at school they used to be like, ‘Shereen get up and sing, get up and sing!’ I’m having them down to London to stay with me and it’s just great to still have my friends there. Now that Braveheart is out, what else do you have coming up in 2014? We’re going to take over the world! [laughs] We’ve got festivals and arena gigs, hopefully we can tour with someone… Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé… and more stuff in America too. Who knows? Neon Jungle’s new single Braveheart is out now


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So our festival special is still a few months off and the weather isn’t even nearly good enough to have us thinking about drinking cider in fields yet, but it’s never too early to get your tickets sorted, especially if they come in the form of a cheeky freebie. We’ve teamed up with Leeds Festival to offer one lucky Scotcampus reader the chance to win a pair of weekend tickets with camping to this year’s event. With Blink-182 already announced as a headline act, don’t miss your chance to relive your childhood Travis Barker crush (or man crush, as the case may be) all over again. We’re singing All The Small Things at our desks already.


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hursday 20th February marks the first time that Beyoncé has brought a solo tour to Scotland. Judging from the online scrum when tickets went on sale, not to mention the fact that a second date was added and sold out immediately, we’d guess most of you are pretty excited to see her at the SSE Hydro – and rightly so. For anyone who has never seen the Queen live before, or if this is just the first time you’re catching The Mrs Carter Show tour, here are five amazing reasons to take your excitement to whole new levels. 1. There are two stages, meaning two chances to hit the front row Ever kind to her fans, Beyoncé gives double the number of people the chance to hit the front row at The Mrs Carter Show, by moving to a second stage in the middle of the arena for several songs. The only problem is choosing which one you’d rather stand in front of… decisions decisions. The main front row will allow you up-close action for longer, but you’re more likely to touch her at the mini stage. In a totally non-creepy way. Obviously. 2. Beyoncé flies! How else is a Queen Bey meant to get from one stage to another? Girl knows how to work that harness. Just try not to pass out when she’s hovering above you like Tinkerbell. Though we imagine, being Beyoncé, she’d probably swoop down and sprinkle some fairy dust on you, until you were revived. Now there’s an idea. 3. The costumes are beyond amazing

known to change it up from show to show, so who knows if you’ll be graced with that blue sequined trouser suit or if it’ll be all about the embellished bodysuits. Beyoncé is a master of surprise, after all. 4. Those dance moves From the Crazy In Love booty shake to the full-on Single Ladies routine, Beyoncé wouldn’t be Beyoncé without her signature dance moves.

Will she incorporate a surfboard into her routine for Drunk In Love? Or have an army of supermodels join her on stage to strut to Yoncé? We don’t know. All we know is we’ve been practising Single Ladies daily since our Dance HQ lesson at last year’s Freshers’ Festival… just in case we get invited on stage. Because that could totally happen. 5. It’s Beyoncé… anything could happen! As previously mentioned, the Queen is a master of surprise – do you know anyone else who could release an entire visual album with no pre-promotion and have it hit the number one spot across the globe? We think not. With a whole new body of work to make a set list from, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if The Mrs Carter Show we see this month is entirely different to the one we saw at London’s O2 Arena last May… that’s the beauty of Beyoncé. Beyoncé plays Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February.

Enlisting designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Kenzo, Emilio Pucci, The Blonds, Julien MacDonald and David Koma, Beyoncé’s tour wardrobe is flawless (pun intended). She has been


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This month WE L VE.... RIVER ISLAND DESIGN FORUM During 2013 River Island became better known for collaborating with Rihanna than anyone else, but now that her streetwear contract has come to an end, it’s time for the brand’s Design Forum to take centre stage again. This season sees the introduction of two super stylish pairings, as London-based designer Katie Eary stretches her prowess in the womenswear department, while Joseph Turvey is doing it for the boys. So what to expect from the collections? Katie’s photographic print T-shirts are sure to feature, with her main inspiration for the line being 1998 Johnny Depp movie Fear And

Loathing In Las Vegas. "In my story it wasn't Johnny Depp on a crazy hallucinatory journey through the desert – instead it was my muse – the strong woman," she says. "I then went on to design looks for her while she was on this journey. It all became very tribal dipped in gold." As for Joseph’s River Island offering, the illustrations we’ve seen so far suggest that camo print is here to stay for Spring/Summer 2014, but he’ll be adding a pretty splash of pink to the mix. And we all know that real men wear pink.

Katie Eary for River Island lands instore and online on February 17th, with Joseph Turvey’s collection also said to be dropping at the end of the month.


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By Jennifer Lynn

The SS14 Trends You Need To Know Now



ith fashion month about to kick off once again, Scotcampus are preparing for the Autumn/ Winter 2014 shows with haircuts, pedicures and shopping sprees aplenty. However, back in the real world, it’s almost time to start dressing for the Spring/ Summer season. Lucky for you we hit up London Fashion Week last September to find out the key trends you need to know now. Summer Knits We know what you’re thinking: wool? In summer? Remembering that we reside in not-so-sunny Scotland, Granny’s Arran knit can come in handy at any time of the year, but the SS14 catwalks showcased a whole host of ways to wear wool without breaking a sweat. SISTER By Sibling’s Sophisticated Boom Boom show was a feast of sugared almond slogan sweaters, crochet skirt suits worn over crop tops and super sweet monochrome frocks. Over at Christopher Raeburn, the vibe was

less American dream, more desert explorer, but his collaboration with Woolmark saw merino used on both parka and sweatshirt sleeves. Your new festival staple, sorted. Florals & Stripes There’s nothing new about either of these springtime staples; frankly we’d be shocked if a S/S show season went by without them appearing. However, from House Of Holland to Ashish, designers went out of their way to revamp these fashion favourites. The traditional Breton stripe was replaced by bold, heavily sequined versions, in all the colours of Ashish’s rainbow. Richard Nicoll set his vertically and kept them monochrome, but skinny, avoiding any Beetlejuice comparisons. However you choose to wear yours, back away from the sailor stripe, and be as bold as you like. As for florals, take them to new dimensions on 3D bomber jackets and full skirts à la SISTER By Sibling, or rock them oriental style. Jonathan Saunders’ opium poppies are the perfect inspiration.


Seeing Stars The narcissist of the print world, stars are back in the biggest way since Dolce & Gabbana sent them shooting down the runway for AW11, but this time around they’ve gone a little shy. Appearing subtly amongst geometric prints at Topshop Unique and KTZ, this season’s homage to the solar system should be done in an abstract way. Less Lady Liberty, more ladylike. Slogans Yep, wearing your thoughts on your sleeve/chest/handbag/shoes is still in for SS14, with Sophia Webster showcasing a whole host of cheeky bug-inspired slogans in her Supa Dupa Fly presentation. ‘Queen Bee’ shoes, ‘Bite Me’ speech bubble clutches; we want them all! Also getting in on the sweet talk was Ashish, who sent Coca Cola logo emblazoned vests down the runway, alongside the best bags we saw all week – sequined supermarket carrier bags replacing ‘Tesco’ with ‘Disco’ and ‘M&S’ with ‘S&M’. Cheeky. We like it.

SISTER By Sibling florals

WHO WE SAW While the majority of our attention was on the new season fashions sashaying down the runway on the backs of Cara, Jourdan and co, there’s nothing better than a pre-show peek at the front row. Here’s who Scotcampus spotted flanking the catwalk at our favourite shows… SISTER By Sibling: Former Sugababes, Mutya Keisha Siobhan were up early on Day 2 of LFW to catch SISTER By Sibling’s super-fun Stepford Wives inspired show. Sophisticated mamas. Julien MacDonald The cast of Strictly were out in force for Julien’s glittering runway show, from Vanessa Feltz, to Abbey Clancy. Also in attendance was the fabulous Paloma Faith, rocking an oversized white fedora with aplomb.

SISTER By Sibling summer knits

House Of Holland Mr Henry Holland is a very well connected man, so it came as no surprise that Alexa Chung, Kelly Osbourne, Ellie Goulding, Nick Grimshaw and Harry Styles turned up to support their bestie on show day. Yes, thee Harry Styles. Did we mention we grazed his arm backstage? *Swoon*

Katy B at Sophia Webster Sophia Webster The accessory designer enlisted Katy B to perform at her Supa Dupa Fly presentation in a secret garden location. Uh-may-zing. Topshop Unique Just when we thought no one could beat Henry’s F-row, Kate Moss turned up at Topshop Unique on the arm of Arcadia boss Sir Phillip Green, with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour completing their superstar trio. Wow. Speaking of trios, our favourite California girls Haim were also in the building, rocking oversized sunnies for the duration of the show. Blinded by the paparazzi, ladies? Or just the flash from our iPhone as we snapped a cheeky pic?

Haim in Topshop front row



by Jennifer Lynn


aving just wrapped up its fourth season, London Collections: Men is exposing the city’s emerging menswear talent that has often been overshadowed by more prominent womenswear designers, bringing skilled tailoring and innovative design to the forefront of British fashion. Back in June 2013, the likes of Lou Dalton, Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll showcased their Spring/Summer 2014 collections and boy is it going to be a bright season.



For her first show outwith the umbrella of Fashion East, Astrid Andersen examined American subcultures, sending her boys down the runway in logo-adorned varsity jackets and oversized basketball vests. While the cropped tees she included might not quite be suitable for our Scottish weather, it’s a trend that’s not going anywhere, so get your varsity blues on now.

Out of the darkness of winter and into the light, seek Lou Dalton and Christopher Shannon as your inspiration for this season’s brights, which keep lines simple and almost uniform to allow those perky colours to do the talking. While at Lou Dalton the look was pared back – bold green shorts teamed with a grey top half – at Christopher Shannon it was amped up to the max in vinyl fabrics and raving topto-toe colour.

FLORALS Those flowery prints aren’t just for girls, you know. Showing as part of the Fashion East Menswear Installations, Joseph Turvey (who we already mentioned in This Month We Love…) took his signature hand drawings of roses and applied them to fitted shirts, knee-length shorts and sharply tailored suit jackets. A watercolour wash of pinks and blues made the whole look utterly dreamy, while Jonathan Saunders brought a bolder edge, applying his blooms to the front of collared jackets in true statement style.



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o we’ve shared the secrets of the Spring/Summer runways for both guys and girls, but any fashion fan worth their Maison Martin Margiela Converse knows that it’s not just about the clothes, but also what you put on your face that counts. With that in mind we’ve picked the five strongest beauty trends to come out of London Fashion Week and London Collections: Men… Bet you boys thought you were getting away with this one!

Copacabana and NARS Illuminator, also in Copacabana. Finish with a slick of brow gel and you’re good to go. Illuminator £22 | NARS

Radiation Cream Foundation £28 | NARS

than having your mum detangle for you. At Christopher Raeburn ponies were poker straight and shiny with partings on the side, so dig out your ghds and get straightening before you tie back. Don’t forget the heat protection spray – nothing ruins this look faster than frizz – and finish with a snag-free hair tie. Moroccan Oil Heat Styling Protection £19.45 | Zest Beauty

The Multiple £28 | NARS

Denman D19 Tail Comb £2.09 | Superdrug

Red Velvet Lips

Nail Art Still huge for Springtime, with House of Holland’s girls decked out in religious false nail designs and PPQ painting purple-trimmed lilies on their girls, it’s a case of the bolder the better for nail art this season. With celebs from Lily Allen to Miley Cyrus getting in on the action, you’d better start practising your polish pen control, or get your paws on some of House of Holland’s stick-on nails now.

Often a look we associate with winter, velvety red lips look good enough to eat this summer – or just to kiss if you’re not feeling so cannibalistic. Seen at Mary Katrantzou, where models wore MAC’s cult classic Ruby Woo, and at House of Holland where more MAC magic took place. To get the desired velvet effect, layer up using MAC’s Rose Pigment, apply your Ruby Woo over the top, then press with powder and add another slick of Ruby Woo. Staying power guaranteed. Ruby Woo £15 | MAC Rose Pigment £17 | MAC

House of Holland Nails £8.99 | Boots No Make-Up Make-Up Au natural rules supreme for the season of sunshine, freckles and… Pimms in the park? At Christopher Kane models went sans-mascara and lipstick, their skin given a glow with NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, NARS The Multiple in

Low Ponies How low can you go? It’s time to ditch the Croydon facelift for an altogether more forgiving ponytail at the nape of your neck. Reminiscent of your primary school days, perhaps, but this one requires a little more preparation

IV Styler £79 | GHD

And one for the boys… Hair Glitter At Christopher Shannon’s SS14 London Collections: Men show, models with varying lengths of hair were unified by the multi-coloured glitter that adorned their strands. Using Fudge Hair Varnish wax to give the hair a wet look and hold, the boys’ heads were then coated in Fudge Glitter Blast spray in shades of blue, pink, turquoise and silver. That’s one way to get noticed this season. Oh, and did we mention Kay Kwok recycled this look for AW14? It ain’t going nowhere. Glitter Blast £4.97 | Fudge Hair Varnish £7.11 | Fudge


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Triangle Bra £12 Monki

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ou’ve seen them. The ones with the perfectly blunt cut blonde hair, or cute little pixie crops that frame faces so flawless it pains you to look at them, all lightly tanned and glowing. So instead you stare. You stare at their outfit; its expert cut, the simple-yet-effective design, the little details that make a big difference. And then you stare at the equally hot boy on their arm and squeal a little. Yes, our Scandinavian siblings are taking over the world with their brand of cool, clean cut street style, and we want a piece of it. While street fashion blog Hel Looks ( should be your first port of call when it comes to inspiration, when it’s time to actually find your much lusted-after Scandi cool pieces, the high street has the answers. H&M Perhaps the best-known Scandi store across the globe, H&M is perfect for budget-friendly basics, particularly knitwear to see you through this horrendous Scottish winter. Steer away from the Divided section (much as we love it) for this one; true Scandi style is less about the prints and sparkles, more about careful layering and perhaps a little customisation. Cutting the bottom of those perfect dark wash skinny jeans to create a raw hemline? Now you’re talking. Guys, get yourselves an oversized wool coat and some similarly-toned Nordic knits, and


layer up. We’re not going to keep you warm! Monki While Scotland hasn’t yet been graced with a Monki store, those of you who have strolled down London’s Carnaby Street of a summer’s afternoon will no doubt have popped in, attracted by the carousel-like window display of goodies. Maybe you’ve spotted their fun, block-colour pieces on ASOS, or maybe you’ve never heard of them. Either way, they have their own website and will deliver to your door, so get all over H&M’s cheeky little sister. At Monki the price points are low, while the style-factor is high, though the best pieces always sell out quickly. We love their peg-leg trousers and abstract printed midi dresses, and they’re also great for cute underwear and accessories, but sadly don’t cater for the boys just yet. & Other Stories It actually pains us to talk about Stories, because we want to keep it all for ourselves, and since it’s another one that doesn’t have a Scottish store we could totally have gotten away with it. But that would be cruel. More grown-up than H&M

and Monki, & Other Stories is all about high quality fabrics and subtle details, and is loved by fashion editors the world over. Think black leather wedges with gold ankle bangles attached instead of straps, luxe wool-blend dresses and printed brocade trousers. They also have their own beauty line to get lost in, full of super covetable colours and deliciously simple scents. COS Oh we do love a trip to COS for expertly tailored workwear, cosy cashmere pieces and just feeling like a little bit more of an adult when we leave with something that we spent more than £20 on. We like to think of it as the place where we do our reasonably priced investment buying, if that makes sense. In another high street store, a similarly patterned jumper to this one might be half the price, but would it be made from such lovely soft cotton that doesn’t lose its shape in the wash? Probably not. Buy well, buy once. Just like the Scandis do.

Wool Blend Biker Coat £49.99 H&M


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his month we went behind the scenes on the Honeyblood photoshoot with the very talented student photographer, Emily Wylde. Locations included Majestic Laundrette in Finnieston, University CafĂŠ on Byres Road and the Glasgow Barrowlands Arcade.




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Today I planned, organised and photographed a fashion editorial with girl band Honeyblood. I love working on fashion shoots because it allows me to have so much creative freedom. I develop an idea straight from my imagination to a finalised editorial, with inspiration from fashion magazines and the work of my favourite photographers. It's important to me to represent young women and what we aspire to in the fashion industry with quirky, real and relatable images. See more of my work at

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Today I styled the shoot using a combination of high street pieces and vintage items from Bowjangles Vintage available at Eco-Chic Boutique, 45 High Street, Glasgow. I love working on fashion shoots because it gives me the chance to be creative, adventurous at times and to work alongside other fantastically creative people. I enjoy the process of choosing and putting together looks and then bringing the whole chosen concept together with hair, make-up, interesting locations and inspiring photography. See more of my work at


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STYLE TRIBES: Edinburgh vs. Glasgow


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t’s a cold but sunny afternoon in Edinburgh and, due to a less than time conscious sister missing her train, I find myself at a loose end. I’ve had an early morning and a tiring trip, so decide it’s time for a hot drink and a sit down. Picking the corner table, tucked away from hurried customers and chatty friends having that all-important catch up, I sip on my skinny pumpkin spiced latte. Gazing out the window at the hoards of passers by, a spot of people-watching certainly keeps a budding fashion girl’s brain ticking over when she finds herself looking friendless and unoccupied in a place where, perhaps momentarily, everyone seems to have direction in their lives. I can’t help but notice a difference between this most royal and architecturally beautiful capital and my current home, the grittier and more industrial rival, Glasgow. Perched at my tiny, circular table, cradling my coffee and scribbling this article, I notice I am surrounded by many an off-duty catwalk model lookalike. You know the type; hair carefully dishevelled, make-up so minimalistic that these waif-like beauties seem to glow – and not in the fluorescent orange way that I am becoming increasingly used to


back home. The vibe and dress sense here seems to mirror the city’s aloof and luxurious air. Hermes scarves and Mulberry bags blend to seamless perfection with basic, neutral palettes and classic shapes, finished off with a brisk sweep of mascara to create the ethereal wonders I see on this zebra crossing. A step up from what Mother Nature has gifted them, these girls are a sort of Natural 2.0. There’s not a single case of knickers visible through too tight, unfortunate-looking black leggings worn as if they were actually trousers. And yet, as I sit here, surrounded by strangers in suits and students reading about biochemistry and looking discouraged by their own life choices, I find myself missing the edginess, the quirkiness and above all, that undying sense of humour of the Glaswegian dresser. Sure, we have these model types there too, and being a fashion student I know a fair few of them. However, nowhere on my travels in Edinburgh today have I seen rainbow socks, fishnets or leopard print, well, anything actually. There are none of the crop tops casually worn as if we live in Ibiza and it is 30 degrees outside when in fact we live in Scotland, a country known for haggis, shortbread and bagpipes, not scorching heat. It is blowing a

gale and peeing with rain, and yet these brave, mad people take to the streets dressed in as little as is physically possible to get away with, and we love them for it. It brightens up our day. Nowhere today have I seen anyone whose fringe is dyed a completely different colour to the rest of their hair, in a sort of undeniable attempt to evoke their own originality. Not to poke fun at anyone, of course. I’m simply declaring my love for the city whose daring residents are almost fearless when it comes to their fashion and making their own individual style very much known to those who pass them by in the street.

I envy their bravery and desire their directional approach. Knowing exactly who you are and not being afraid of it is a rare thing these days. So, to those Glaswegians who wear their floor-length leather coats with pride, who aren’t afraid to rock a fifties dress complete with hair rolled to perfection to match, whose Mohicans stand colourful and tall and who take time and care to do their make up for a mere trek down the high street, you make my city an infinitely more interesting place to be.


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hat happened when our fashion columnist Portis Wasp went from interviewer to interviewee? You’re about to find out! Talk us through a day in the life of your blog… A typical day in the life of my blog starts with a large mug of something alcoholic and Lady Gaga’s Venus blaring from the speakers. I’m most likely wearing nothing and I have an inbox full of new possibilities, as well as a few cheeky editorial submissions to work through. Actually, that’s how my weekend starts. From Monday to Friday I work a full-time job as well as running my blog, so even though each day starts relatively the same, the one major difference during the week is that the large mug of something alcoholic is carefully poured into something less conspicuous like a water bottle or camping flask.  Throughout the day I make time to surf the internet for fashion content or photography I might like to feature on my blog, spend far too much time on BuzzFeed, and then in the evening when I get home from the gym I usually spend the next four to six hours posting content, interviewing creatives, replying to emails, and flirting with models. It’s a hard life. Like, really! It’s sooooo frickin’ hard. How do you decide what you are/ aren’t going to post? As you know, I love a good visual on My Portis Wasp says, and have become quite particular over the years about what I do/don’t like. Fortunately, this saves me a lot of time, as I usually only need to see one photograph from an editorial to know if it is working for me. Unfortunately, this does mean that I say ‘no thank you’ more often than not when I receive



editorial submissions, but I think it’s really important to present an edit on your blog that you’re not going to regret posting a few days later. Currently anything fashion related to do with Miley Cyrus or a British model is a gimme, and I will always have time for David LaChapelle’s photography. If he had a blog I would like to think that it would want to go out for drinks with my blog every Friday night. What’s the funniest press release you’ve ever received? One that began with ‘Dear Princess’ and ended with ‘…we love your blog so much Portia!’  I honestly can’t remember what it was trying to pitch me, but I do remember it caught me at a bad time, so was promptly deleted. Just think of the fun we could have had together, me and that press release? How did you start building up your contacts? Building up contacts has never been something I have given much thought to. You interview someone, you keep in touch, you then work with each other on something else, and so on…  I guess building up contacts has been quite an organic experience over the last four years, and for the most part I don’t see any of the people I have featured and then become friends with as ‘contacts’.  I love a good collaboration, so it’s all about scratching each other’s backs, valuing the friendships you make and working together to create great content. Which of your interviewees has made you go weakest at the knees? Well I hope I don’t get into too much trouble here, but I do have a few cheeky favourites I have loved interviewing, for very different reasons. British model Ricki Hall was an absolute hoot and super

banterful, really pleased for how his career is progressing at the moment. Dionne Bromfield was just the most adorable little cutey and fashion photographer Nik Pate has a brain I wouldn’t mind marrying one day. 

But if we are talking about a proper knee trembler, then I’d have to go with interviewing porn star slash model slash icon Francois Sagat. Those poor knees of mine haven’t been the same since. What’s it like meeting your famous friends IRL for the first time? I suppose it feels a lot like internet dating.  We follow each other on social media, converse over email, like each other’s pictures on Instagram, and then all of a sudden… BAM!  You finally meet this person that you’ve built this impression of and you’re a little bit nervous and kind of shy, but really excited at the same time, so you’re not quite sure if you should shake hands or rip each other’s clothes off?! Or at least that’s what runs through my head.  I can’t speak for any of my famous friends, of course.  Who haven’t you met yet that you would still like to? There are so many, and you know what, I don’t think I could pick just one. It has crossed my mind many a time over the last year to put on some sort of a party (table-tennis themed, of course) for all of my blog friends to come together in one room with lots of fun drinks, party games, and maybe even a wasp-

shaped piñata – just for kicks. I think it would be an absolute blast!  Do you think the blog market is getting oversaturated or is there always room for someone else? I couldn't really say as I don't have enough spare time in the day to nosey outside my bubble for long enough to form a sound opinion. But if you feel strongly enough that you will bring something to the table that is unique and worth sharing, and you are willing to work hard, then you are already halfway there. What advice would you give to any aspiring bloggers? Just have fun with it! While I don’t spend a lot of time reading other blogs, the ones I do read have a clear tone, a great aesthetic, and don’t take themselves too seriously. To achieve any type of success you have to work really hard at what you do, and running a successful blog is no different, but if you enjoy what you are doing you won’t find yourself counting the hours you spend working on it. Where are you hoping to take the blog in 2014? To infinity and beyond of course! As well as continuing to share with my readers the kind of great content you have come to expect from My Portis Wasp says, I will also be collaborating with various artists on special projects over the course of the year, working with some great fashion brands to produce content for my blog, there is a big project I will be starting in late February which is all a bit hush hush at the moment but I am very excited about, and there might even be a permanent change of address on the cards for me...  Get more Portis Wasp goodness at


Claire McKinley Event Coordinator Benefit Cosmetics

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DREAM JOB Tell us a bit about your role within Benefit‌ The event coordinator role within Benefit Cosmetics is more like a lifestyle. It's fun, fast paced and very rewarding, no day is ever the same. I can see myself go from waxing brows at London Fashion Weekend to playing life-sized They're Real mascara hoopla at a festival! Have you always worked in the beauty/retail industry? I first started temporary work on beauty counters while studying beauty at Glasgow Nautical College aged 17. I soon landed a job at Benefit and within a few years got promoted to account manager position. What are you top tips for progressing within your company? Benefit is a great company to develop with, they call it 'growing their own flowers' and it’s all about

hard work! You really get out what you put in. What's your favourite thing about your job? As well as the diversity of my job I also love the amazing make-up, getting to beautify the UK and make them look and feel fabulous. What advice would you give to students looking to work for Benefit? We are always looking for dynamic, creative talent. My advice is be yourself, have fun and give it a go. Visit for more details! Got a question about working in the beauty industry? Tweet Claire @claire_benefit.

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DREAM JOB Douglas Wilson A+ Tours

Tell us a bit about A+ Tours and the bands you’ve worked with in 2013… A+ Tours supplies worldwide tour management and event logistics services to the music industry. I started the company in 2009 after I was given the opportunity to tour manage a new artist from Edinburgh called Unicorn Kid. After 4 months I was touring North America, looking after both support acts on a sold-out tour, so I figured I must have been okay at it. Last year I worked with Half Moon Run, Glasvegas, The Antlers, The Fratellis and Phantogram amongst others. Was it daunting leaving a full time job to set up your own business at the age of 22? Maybe I was a little naïve at the time, but I didn’t find it daunting at all! I left Uni at 20, pretty much knowing only that I wanted to work in the music industry in some capacity, but with no idea of how to achieve that or where to even start. The frustration of working mind-numbing jobs whilst I tried to gain any kind of relevant experience in the industry was what eventually led me to the idea of starting my own business. There is a huge amount of work involved in starting a business, particularly at an age when it’s sometimes difficult to be taken seriously, but I found it to be a really exciting experience and running your own business is a massively empowering thing.

How did you fund your career initially? I owe a huge amount to PSYBT (Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust) in Glasgow. I contacted them at a very early stage and they were massively helpful with advice on setting up a new business. I met regularly with an advisor there who helped me develop a business plan, from which I was granted funding in the form of a youth business loan. I also secured follow-on funding from PSYBT to help expand the business 2 years later. What do you think is the most common misconception about working in the music industry? I think there is a general misconception that touring is just 24/7 partying or some kind of working holiday. Whilst it can be a fantastic experience, it is also incredibly demanding; you’re working highly skilled jobs 7 days a week (often up to 18 hours a day as a tour or production manager) and spending months at a time travelling away from home. As such, the levels of professionalism (particularly on larger production tours) are extremely high. After seeing so many shows on the road, do you still enjoy live music in your own time? As much as I love live music, it can be pretty difficult to spend much time around it when I’m not on tour. I actually find that I get more enjoyment from watching a good show that I’ve worked on than one I have gone to as a punter. I just got back from watching Half Moon Run play two massive hometown shows in Montreal and it was easily my favourite gig of last year, despite having seen the show a hundred times on tour!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My parents were very supportive when I decided to start my own business (both of them are self-employed) and have always impressed on me to just do what makes me happy. I think that’s good advice for anyone.


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and dedicated, but they’re also great fun and good company. Given that we spend so much time together, these are qualities Lee and I never under-value. What made you decide to go at it alone and set up your own PR / Media company? I’d never expected to have my own company but a few things happened in quick succession; I turned 30, had a baby and a well-paid, short-term job opportunity arose. I thought ‘it’s now or never’ and took the plunge to become freelance. At the same time, Lee – who I’d worked with previously – was working in LA and we ended up on Skype regularly, seeking one another’s advice. When she came back to the UK, it made sense to make it official. What projects do you enjoy working on the most?

Pam Scobbie Wire Media Tell us a bit about Wire Media and your working ethos… I set up Wire Media in 2010 with my business partner, Lee. We’d each been working in the industry for over a decade and realised that there was a gap in the market for a creatively-minded PR company that understood both journalists and social media properly. When we started, we thought it would take a long while before we built up a roster of clients but within the space of a few short weeks, we had already recruited our first employee and moved to our current headquarters in Film City. We’ve now got a team of 10 split across Scotland and London. I can honestly say they’re all amazing people – unbelievably hard-working


Owning your own company puts you in the fortunate position of being able to decide yourself the type of work you’d most like to do. We made a conscious decision to focus on food and drink brands, tourism, retail, talent, film and television, as well as cultural events. We work with a wide range of exciting companies: DF Concerts, BAFTA Scotland, Red Bull, National Lottery, Waterloo Road, Whyte & Mackay and Marketing Edinburgh to name just a few. No day’s ever the same and that’s what I enjoy the most.

that candidates have great writing skills, a sharp mind, determination, are natural diplomats and have a genuine interest in the media. We always say to interns that if you’re not chuffed when you manage to get coverage for your client, then you’re in the wrong job. I still get up early to check media for campaigns we’re responsible for, even if it’s another member of the team who’s managing the account! Do you hire student interns? Yes – and all of our internships are paid. One thing that I wish students would do less of though is sending out their CV cold and hoping for the best. Make the effort to call instead. You’d be surprised at how few people phone me. Given that the most basic part of this job is being confident enough to call journalists and chat through whatever story we’re working on, it stands out when someone makes that extra effort. Describe your ideal employee. Considered, creative, interested and interesting, a great writer, ambitious, lover of all things media, fun.

Contact Pam at or 0141 440 6761

Would you recommend studying a particular course at college or university before applying for a job in the media industry or is it best to get as much experience as you can in the working world? I think it really depends on the individual. I studied Film and TV, so it’s not a prerequisite to have a communications or PR degree. What’s more crucial is


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tudent accommodation can be a minefield. Sometimes it’s tempting to take the easy way out and go to a university close to home so that you can commute, but is that really what you want? Chances are you already know which city you’ll be studying in for the next academic year, but if you haven’t yet found a place to lay your hat, allow us to share some of the best accommodation options they have to offer. Aberdeen: UNITE Whether you’re studying at University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University or Aberdeen College, UNITE has plenty of property options to cater to your needs and preferred locale. King Street Exchange is right across the road from University of Aberdeen, so you won’t need to spend any money on transport, and studio flats come in at £187 per week. Five minutes’ walk from Aberdeen Sports Village, it’s paradise for any fitness lover, with the city centre just a 15 minute walk away. The Old Fire Station offers en suite rooms from £127 per week, with buses directly outside the building taking you to the city’s universities, while Aberdeen College is just a 10 minute walk away. Mealmarket Exchange is another option



offering en suites as well as studio flats, while Spring Gardens – located directly across from Aberdeen College – has non-en suite rooms with sharing bathrooms from just £106 per week. Perfect if you’re after a bargain and have no problem brushing your teeth beside a flatmate! Dundee: Prime Student Living Ah, Fundee. Great for a party, but where to sleep? Prime Student Living has three locations in Dundee: The Old Mill, Keiller Court and New Studios. As you would expect, New Studios offer just that – a new studio apartment with a swanky mezzanine design so your bedroom overlooks your flat. Sweet! With private entrances, washing machines and wall-hung flat screen TVs, it’s about as close to your own flat as you could possibly get. Keiller Court, 5 minutes walk from Dundee University, Abertay University and Dundee College, offers three, four, five and six bedroom flats. Perfect for meeting new people, rooms are available from £99 per week, and all flats come equipped with two bathrooms. Over at The Old Mill there’s a mix of one bedroom flats, studios and the larger sharing flats. With rents from just £76 per week if you book in early it’s a total bargain. Plus, for the sociable amongst you, there’s a common room with Sky TV, two pool tables and vending machines for all your late night snacking needs.

First up, iQ Fountainbridge sits beside Fountain Bridge Leisure Complex, which is the perfect way to make sure you don’t pile on the pounds from all those late night snacks. You can choose from four different ‘levels’ of studio flat – Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum – if you fancy riding solo, or if you’re happy to share kitchen and lounge facilities there’s the option of en suite bedrooms as part of a larger apartment. One bedroom flats are also an option here; designed for two people, they’re perfect for sharing with a pal. At iQ Grove the same living options apply, though there’s also a Bronze Plus studio flat option, which is a great deal at £157 per week. Just a hop, skip and jump from Edinburgh City Centre, as well as iQ Fountainbridge, it’s ideally located for all your living and partying needs. Did we mention there’s a Tesco just down the road? No struggling back on the bus with heavy shopping bags or ordering in pizza because you’re too hungover to make it in to town. iQ also offer all-inclusive rents with 20MB of free Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about bills on top of your rent, and free contents insurance is also available. With social spaces, exercise facilities and regular events, their housing is a perfect choice for the social butterfly.

Glasgow: Victoria Hall So you’re moving to Glasgow in 2014, the Commonwealth is afoot, everywhere is crazy busy and you’ve got no idea where to start… Reeeelaaaax. Located right in the heart of Glasgow, just a few minutes walk from the shops of Buchanan Street, is Victoria Hall. The awardwinning student accommodation provider offers deluxe and single en-suite rooms as part of a larger apartment, with the possibility of up to four ‘flatmates’ to share your kitchen and living area with – that’s four new friends in the city straightaway! For TV junkies, you’ll be pleased to know that every flat comes with a Sky TV package, and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, which is perfect when you want to go on a Netflix binge. Breaking Bad, anyone? With very reasonable rates – £95 per week for a single or £102 per week for a deluxe – and a £200 deposit scheme, Victoria Hall is ideal if you’d rather have more cash to spend exploring your new city than going on rent every month. com

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vs. Two students debate the pros and cons of living home or away during uni “Who wouldn’t want to come home to their dinner on the table every night?” Chloe Green is all for being a mama’s girl until graduation “Every morning I’m woken up by my mum bringing a breakfast tray to my bed. Coco Pops, toast, orange juice and a cuppa; it’s all there. After I’ve eaten and taken my dishes downstairs – leaving them in the sink – I shower and get ready for uni, then mum drives me to the train station. “If you think that sounds like I’m spoiled, you aren’t the only one. My friends wind me up about being a Princess, but who wouldn’t want to come home to their dinner on the table every night? I like the fact that me and Mum are close, but I don’t doubt that it would be different if she worked full-time or if I had siblings. Fortunately I’m an only child, so washing, ironing, bed making and running me places doesn’t seem to faze her. “While some people might find it all a bit suffocating, there is a balance, in that Mum never asks me where I’ve been or who I’ve been with on a night out. She doesn’t bat an eyelid if I’m not in till 6am and she makes herself scarce if my friends come round for pre-drinks. “Will I be the same with my kids? Probably not. I’ll be too busy freaking out about having to do everything myself for once! But if you can live at home during uni I’d totally recommend it. No bills to pay, no dinners to make and more time for studying… if that’s what you want to call it.”


“There’s nothing better than coming in drunk and leaving your pakora wherever you please” Lauren Storrie is channelling her inner Beyoncé and becoming an Independent Woman “You know that George Michael song Freedom! ’90? The one where the supermodels are all strutting down the catwalk lip-synching along in the video? That’s how I feel about living away from home. Frickin’ super. No offense to my mum and dad, who are lovely people by the way, but there’s nothing better than coming in drunk to your own flat and leaving your leftover pakora wherever you please. “Other than drunken snacks, living sans parents also means you can invite whoever you want over, whenever you want. Whether it’s your boyfriend or that hot bar guy from your favourite club, there’s no need to sneak them in, especially not if your flatmates are as friendly as mine. Though they do often go out of their way to embarrass any new faces that may appear for breakfast in the morning… not that it happens often, of course. “I can’t imagine having the independence I have now had I stayed at home for uni. My cooking skills have improved vastly, I’m no longer turning white washes pink and I can honestly say I’ve never been so poor that I’ve had to live off beans and toast. Get out while you can – you don’t want to still be sleeping in that Care Bears bedroom when you’re 30, do you?”


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ove a bit of property porn? Us too. Just imagine if you could trade your student pad for one of these prime slices of celebrity real estate… Mary-Kate Olsen’s East Village Rowhouse Mary-Kate Olsen, with all her money from acting since she was five months old and more recently owning her fashion lines The Row and Elizabeth and James, could probably buy any house she wanted in the world. However, being the girlfriend of Olivier Sarkozy, banker and half-brother of the former president of France, she doesn’t have to because he done it for her. Although they never actually moved into the 19th Century East Village pad in Manhattan, New York, the intention was there and it boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms and eight… fireplaces?! Yours for the tiny sum of $6,995,000. Holly Golightly’s New York Brownstone Okay, so Holly Golightly isn’t a real person, but the house where Audrey Hepburn’s character lived in Breakfast At Tiffany’s does exist! The four-floor townhouse is on New York’s Upper East Side


– also home to Blair Waldorf and co. in Gossip Girl – is currently split into two duplex apartments, but if converted back to one house it would boast ten bedrooms. Cat named cat not included. Yours for a mere $5,850,000. Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago Condo Housed inside Water Tower Place, Oprah’s condo takes over two floors and 9,625 square feet with four bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. Her master suite accounts for an entire floor and there are two kitchens – just in case you get so hungry you don’t have the energy to walk all the way across the condo. Take a bite for $7,750,000. Beckingham Palace It was sold in October last year, but one can still fantasize about moving in to the Beckhams’ former Hertfordshire home, Beckingham Palace. Set on a 12-acre estate, the mansion came equipped with a Ferrari and two Jaguar sports cars. That’s what you call all-inclusive. Sold for £12,000,000 – £9.5 million profit for the Beckhams, who originally purchased it for £2.5 mil.


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.30am. Your iPhone alarm is blaring in your right ear – you sleep with it under your pillow, obviously – and you can’t think of anything worse than getting out of bed on this cold, dark morning. Why? Well, not only is it cold and dark, but you’re instantly stressed by everything you have to do today. From uni lectures to your part-time retail job, not to mention that night out for your classmate’s birthday and squeezing in dinner with your boyfriend’s sister beforehand, it’s all so overwhelming that you’d rather just bury your head under the pillow. Sound familiar? It’s because we’re part of Generation Stress. With mobile phones, laptops, tablets, social networking sites and even this upcoming, godforsaken iWatch all supposedly making it easier to communicate in 2014, I actually think they’re achieving the opposite. Facebook allows us to invite our entire friend list to our events, but how many people on that list would you actually consider a real life friend, and how many are you just throwing an invite at to make up numbers? Being on the receiving end of said

invitations makes you more likely to go out for someone’s birthday/ graduation/random celebration that you wouldn’t normally bother with, meaning less time to spend with your actual friends, and more time spent resenting the money/ time/effort you wasted on a crowd of people you don’t really like that much anyway. Am I right?

And when it comes to cancelling on someone, generally because you’ve double booked yourself and you know that they’ll be the more understanding of the two parties even though you’d rather spend time with them, you hide behind an apologetic (and often exaggeratory) text message. What happened to picking up the phone?

Similarly, the devices that are meant to streamline the way we work and speed up our daily routines are often slowing us down, because we couldn’t possibly get out of bed before checking our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

While I’m not suggesting that we all throw our Blackberrys out the window, close down our Instagram accounts and start shirking group invites altogether, I do think we could all benefit from a little digital detox. Try going a day without tweeting or checking your Facebook. Walk to the train station without your neck craned over your phone and actually appreciate your surroundings. Smile at a stranger instead of at that Snapchat you just received. Junk food isn’t the only thing we need to digest in moderation.

We lose human connection – which is vital for helping prevent depression – because we’d rather tweet the person sitting beside us than have an actual conversation with them.


by James Quinn


h, art openings. Lovely, lovely art openings. Student art shows or shows from emerging young talent are the most common to be found in any city; young artists taking their furtive first steps into the big, bad world of exhibiting. These are the best shows as you’re never exactly sure what you’re going to get – mad performance art, drunken arguments, fist fights, art set on fire, drug use, beggars wandering in off the streets, art that is actually good… Any and all of it is possible. Although exciting, this can also be intimidating. As with all things in life it’s the people that are the problem. Looking at art in itself is not exactly difficult or awkward. But smelly, awful, heavy breathing people are. To help you on your way is this encyclopaedic guidebook for the kind of people you can expect to meet. I can’t show you how to defend your love of Tracy Emin, but I can help you mettle yourself with who or what to look out for. The Young Artist A young hopeful, he or she has poured their heart and meagre finances into their work. Usually at art school, recently graduated or dropped out, they have not yet felt the sting of the competitive, hyper criticism of the art world.


Hopeful that a slightly more local Saatchi will walk into the exhibition, immediately recognise their genius and deem them worthy of huge financial investment, their naiveté is touching. Usually they will be accompanied by their mother and father; the mother will be gushing at their child’s “wonderful talent”, while their father stares disdainfully into the middle distance, hoping the


Young Artist will soon get over this phase and “get a proper job”. Drinks: White Lightning or box white wine to calm their nerves. Often ends in tears/vomit/ruined artwork. Opinion of Tracy Emin: Varies from “not too bothered” to “Tracey Emin is my spirit animal.” The Older Artist Future version of the Young Artist. Cynical and angry after being spurned by the art world. Eventually taking their father’s advice and getting a proper job, they’ve turned the garden shed into an ‘artist’s studio’, where he or she listens to BBC Radio 4 continually. Usually going through some sort of divorce, they have become incredibly bitter about all things, not just art. Despite this their job will be in teaching, the interaction with “the little shits” only furthering their contempt of the human race. Drinks: Red wine or gin and tonic. Opinion of Tracey Emin: “She encapsulates everything that is wrong with contemporary art.” Ensue long rant. Drunk Auntie (who loves everything) The Auntie of one of the artists exhibiting, usually visiting from “the country”, but will never specify exactly where. Overly friendly to the point of irritation and thinks that everything is just “absolutely wonderful”. These ones sneak up on you; at first you’ll think how pleasant this person is, coming up and speaking to you out of the blue. After about 45 seconds you will realise that she is never going to stop talking. It wouldn’t be so bad, but she tends to only speak about herself, taking zero interest in you or your

work. She will work with horses or breed dogs and is superbly passive aggressive via her positivity. She says that she loves the Arts, but in reality she means crafts and vintage-style design, like the Cath Kidston Kindle cover she “adores”. She is often dressed like a Cath Kidston Kindle cover, but also covered in enough jewellery to shame Mr T, some of which she will have made herself at the jewellery course she was at the summer before last. Essentially harmless but extremely irritating. Drinks: The number of hugs she gives is relative to the number of glasses of red wine consumed. Opinion of Tracey Emin: “Oh she’s lovely, shame about her face though.” The Arsehole Uncle Similar in demeanour to the Older Artist, but with complete contempt for the arts, he is only here to keep the Drunken Auntie happy. Usually working in finance or insurance, or something else tedious and boring that gives him a sense of aloofness. Given the chance he will go on at great length about the retirement home in Spain he’s buying. He will then go on to criticise the Spanish at great length.

He considers himself superior to just about everyone and views artists as lower than his shoes, which he bought for a great deal at Clarks, by the way.

Clarkson, not realising that while Jeremy Clarkson is a sometimeshumorous man that drives cars, he is essentially the anti-Christ. Drinks: One too many, at which point he’ll drop all his barriers, and admit to secretly wishing he went to art school or studied music. Opinion of Tracey Emin: Hates. Posh Twats Truly the bane of any cultural event. Posh Twats are there to appear cultured and let everyone know how much money they have or how much money went into their education. There are two types: 1. The Pretentious Art Connoisseurs. They will discuss a piece to almost ludicrous depth, blocking the view for everyone else while they hold their own personal episode of The Culture Show. 2. The second type is much more arrogant and gaudier, usually turning up drunk with their own bottle of Cava. They will be derogative about the art shown, art in general and the premises the show is in. They are not there for anyone except themselves. If asked what they do for a living they will either be interning or describe themselves as an “entrepreneur”, which really means that their parents left them several hedge funds, some of which they’ve invested in blood diamonds. The larger the group the louder and more abrasive they become. Luckily the group will eventually turn upon one another, leading to a live action episode of Made In Chelsea, for everyone else’s entertainment. Opinion of Tracey Emin: “Oh her? Mother bought one of her prints. It’s a drawing of a kitten shitting on itself, she got it for just ten grand.”

He tries to model himself on Jeremy


Your VOTE COUNTS Make sure your voice is heard in 2014 by registering to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.


hen you made your New Year’s resolutions, what did they involve? A healthier lifestyle? Better money management? No matter how ambitious you were at the start of the year, there’s probably one thing that slipped your mind when planning what you wanted to achieve in 2014: voting. Or, more precisely, REGISTERING to vote. If you’re going to be aged 16 or over on Thursday 18th September 2014, you’ll be eligible to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum, providing you have registered. It’s the first time 16 and 17-year-olds have been given this opportunity, so to make sure you don’t miss out, let us explain a little about how to register. Households in Glasgow should already have received their annual


electoral registration forms before Christmas. By following the clear instructions on the form, voters can make sure they’ll be able to have their say on the issues that matter to them, while the Young Voter Registration Form included in the pack to gives any resident aged 16 or over the right to cast their vote in the referendum. If you still live at home it’s likely that a parent or guardian will fill in these forms for you, but it’s worth checking with them to make sure you don’t miss out. Every council in Scotland will have an electoral registration form delivery date that falls between November 2013 and March 2014, but if you’ve misplaced yours or it hasn’t arrived yet, you can visit to fill out a new form. The form will need to be printed, signed and sent to your

local electoral register office to ensure you’re ready to vote. So now you know how to register to vote, the question is WHY should you bother? As well as the Scottish Independence Referendum, those aged 18 and over will be eligible to vote in this year’s European Parliamentary Elections on May 22nd, giving you two things to have your say on this year. If that doesn’t encourage you, just imagine someone else making all of your decisions for the rest of your life; what to wear, what to eat, how to think. You wouldn’t let that happen, would you? So why let your opinion go to waste when it comes to Scotland’s future? We’ll see you at the polls. For more information on registering to vote visit


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hile festival season in the traditional sense may still seem like a far-off summer’s daydream, February and March see two of our favourite Scottish showcases return for another year, with no need to step into a muddy field. Glasgow Film Festival is up first, kicking off on February 20th, with Glasgow Youth Film Festival preceding it from February 2nd12th, and Glasgow Short Film Festival bridging the gap from February 13th-16th. Essentially, since the main festival runs till March 2nd, it’s a whole month of marvellous movie magic.

The Highlights With such a packed programme of events it’s hard to narrow down your options, so unless you’ve got an entirely blank schedule to fill, take our suggestions and run with them. It Felt Like Love Based in Brooklyn ā la GIRLS, It Felt Like Love follows the somewhat innocent Lila as peer pressure causes her to develop an obsession with an older guy, who spends most of his nights watching porn with his pals. Directed by Eliza Hittman, it’s a candid look at the female transition from adolescence to adulthood, and was named by Indiewire as one of the greatest films about female sexuality by a female director. February 6th, 8.45pm, GFT2 Fame High The X Factor meets High School Musical in this docufilm about students at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Trying to grow up, find fame and stay sane all at the same time isn’t easy, as you’ll soon find out. February 7th, 8.30pm, GFT2

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Zombie Make-Up Workshop Get your Halloween costume sorted early, or perhaps take a step towards a career in theatrical make-up, with this fun cosmetic workshop. Free to attend with guidance from expert make-up artists, you’ll learn how to create ghoul-like beauty looks, as well as specialist techniques for rotting wounds and dripping blood. Spooktacular. February 11th, 10.30am, Platform How To Get Started In TV A must-do for any budding producer or director, How To Get Started In TV will see producer/ director Laura Harding (Come Dine with Me, Location, Location, Location), BAFTA award-winner Murdoch Rogers (Panorama, Sins of Our Fathers), director/producer and founding member of media co-op, Lucinda Broadbent, and Nicole Kleeman, Executive Producer of Glasgow-based company, Firecrest Films, all taking to the stage for a panel discussion. With the opportunity to grill the experts yourself, don’t miss this chance to break in to one of the world’s most competitive industries.

relax; Glasgow Comedy Festival is just around the corner! Kicking off on the 14th of the month and running till April 5th, it’s another smorgasbord of delights, but again we’ve picked our top five events to attend.



Andrew Learmonth

& His faitHful companion


try to discover the killer of notorious blaggard Hamish Macpherson

Andrew Learmonth And His Faithful Companion God Comedian slash detective Andrew Learmonth has been committed to solving unsolved murders for the past 10 years. Why? Because Cardinal Keith O'Brien cured him of his homosexuality. Don’t ask. Now a friend of God, Andrew and the big guy are trying to discover the killer of notorious blaggard Hamish Macpherson. Will they succeed? You’ll have to watch the show to find out.

“Bleakly funny” - The Scotsman

Thursday 20th March 2014

comedy show by its title or its 8.30pm poster, but anything with the word ‘jobbies’ in it has us laughing before we’ve even bought tickets. Call us immature if you must, but said ‘jobbies’ are Allan Lindsay and Chris Davis, Scottish Comedian of Year finalists 2013. This is bound to be good.

THE OLD HAIRDRESSERS Tickets available from

March 20th, 8.30pm, The Old Hairdressers

March 16th and March 19th, 8.30pm, The Griffin

Natalie Wicks: Grand Theft Autotune

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

This is Natalie Wicks’ debut musical comedy show, so we’ve really no idea what to expect, but the title had us sold. We’re promised epic musical numbers, though nothing has been stated about fast cars or Cara Delevingne behind the DJ decks…

Want to learn how to survive a zombie pandemic? This is the show for you. Certified by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, the tutorial features a multi-media presentation, practical demonstrations and audience participation.

April 3rd, 7.30pm, Vespbar

April 2nd, 8.30pm, CCA

Street Food Cinema: Goodfellas

Russell Kane: Smallness

Who doesn’t love a good movie snack? With Street Food Cinema you can eat how the characters do, so for this screening of Goodfellas, that means meatballs and Vinnie’s prison tomato sauce. We always wanted to be gangsters…

One of the big hitters on the lineup, Russell Kane is sure to put on a killer show, especially given the subject. Examining the British obsession with smallness, tiny things, compact space, whatever, you can be sure the award-winning comedian will have you sweating the small stuff buy the end of the night.

For more information on Glasgow Film Festival see, while Comedy Festival details can be found at

February 11th, 4pm, The Albany Centre

February 26th, 6pm, The Briggait


hen you get to March 3rd and inevitably find yourself feeling like you’ve had a limb chopped off because the Film Festival is over,

March 16th, 8.30pm, Garage Two Jobbies Walk Into The Griff We know we shouldn’t judge a


How did you first become involved with the Army Cadet Force? In 2004 I decided I wanted to do something different. I had spare time on my hands and I remembered my years at the Army Cadet Force (ACF) as a youngster and how much fun it was. I looked up West Lowland Battalion ACF and gave them a phone, expressing my interest in becoming an Adult Instructor and giving them my details. They told me to attend my local Detachment and speak to the Detachment Commander who would be expecting me. It was all very exciting. I filled in my forms and started my ACF career. What do your duties involve? As a lieutenant I am a Detachment Commander, which means I run a local Detachment. We normally have about 18 to 25 cadets parading every Detachment evening. Detachment Commanders duties involve making sure the Cadets training is carried out properly and safely. It also includes the general running of the Detachment including paperwork and correspondence with Battalion Headquarters.

Career Profile: Army Cadet Force Detachment Commander



Over the years I have run shooting ranges, archery ranges and been the obstacle course instructor, so there are a wide variety of jobs you can do. I have just recently been given the position of Company 2IC which means I have a new job to learn. It’s all part of my continual development within the ACF. What kind of training and qualifications did you need to join? There is no training or qualifications required to join the ACF. You will need to go on Induction courses once you join to familiarise yourself with the Army Proficiency Syllabus that the ACF follows and to help

you gain leadership skills and techniques for instructing Cadets. From there you can go on further courses at Frimley Park Cadet Training Centre to gain further qualifications and experience which you will need to complete should you wish promotion and more responsibility. If you want to become an ACF Officer you must attend and successfully complete the Cadet Force Commissioning Board at Westbury. This will require you to take on more of a leadership role, which includes managing Adult Instructors as well as Cadets. How do you balance it with your day job? It is fair to say that the ACF can take up quite a bit of your spare time if you want it to, but you can decide how much time you are willing to give. I work in a secondary school, which has its benefits when it comes to school holidays. It means I don’t have problems getting time off for weekend camps and more particularly the two-week annual camp during the summer. Why would you encourage young people to get involved with the Army Cadet Force? The ACF is a great organisation that inspires Cadets to achieve their full potential and help them become confident and reliable individuals. I would encourage young people to get involved with the Army Cadet Force because it is a great way of gaining new skills and qualifications. You will meet new people and have opportunities to travel. It’s a fantastic organisation which has people from a wide variety of backgrounds and you’re getting all this while inspiring Cadets to achieve.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY The Army Cadet Force is looking for People Just Like You

The Army Cadet Force in the Lowlands of Scotland are looking for imaginative, motivated and reliable young people to become the new generation of leaders that can be trusted with the training and development of our cadets. No previous military experience is required. Prior to commissioning you will spend at least 12 months as an adult instructor during which time you will learn and develop the skills needed to be an Army Cadet Force Officer. The key qualities that we are looking for are leadership skills, commitment, and loyalty. Sound judgment, tact and teamwork are also extremely valuable. Pay is provided for a number of days during the year as well as expenses. If you have the qualities needed you could make a difference in the life of young people in your community.

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by Ross Miller


nother year, another mix of delight and disappointment at the 86th Annual Academy Awards nominations announcement, with obvious choices, surprises and – of course – a few snubs thrown in along the way. Let’s take a look at the candidates for this year’s most coveted trophies… Best Picture Obvious – though not undeserving – fare has been recognised in the Best Picture category, including glitzy ’70s con flick American Hustle, sci-fi marvel Gravity and Steve McQueen drama 12 Years A Slave. The harrowing Captain Phillips is also nominated, as is the nostalgic Nebraska and somewhat controversial The Wolf of Wall Street. Surprises come in the form of Spike Jonze’s romance Her, which was expected to be up for its screenplay and music, but not much more. Dallas Buyers Club – in which the performances outshine the actual film itself – and the touching Philomena round things out, with the latter’s backing from ruthless awards campaigner Harvey Weinstein pretty much guaranteeing its inclusion. Who we think will win: 12 Years A Slave / Who we think should win: 12 Years A Slave Best Director

Nominations, Predictions & Snubs 82LIFE

As should always be the case, the Best Director category matches five of those up for Best Picture. Steve McQueen gets a nod for the harrowing 12 Years A Slave, which feels almost like the Academy making up for unjustly ignoring Shame last year, while Alfonso Cuarón is rightly recognised for directing the astonishing technical


achievement Gravity. Academy favourite Alexander Payne is nominated for his subtly moving Nebraska, David O. Russell for the glitz and glamour of American Hustle and the incomparable Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street. Who we think will win: Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) / Who we think should win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Best Actor It was a great year for acting performances and since there are only five places on the nominees list it unfortunately means some deserving gentlemen have been snubbed. However, credit where credit’s due, Christian Bale receives his second nomination for his toupee-tastic performance in American Hustle. Chiwetel Ejiofor, in what Kevin Bacon would call a no-brainer, has been recognised for his astonishing performance in 12 Years A Slave and Bruce Dern for Nebraska, following on from his Best Actor win at the Cannes Film Festival. Matthew McConaughey’s role as an AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club sees him bag another nod, fresh from his Golden Globe win, and finally Leonardo DiCaprio could win his first ever Oscar thanks to his part in The Wolf of Wall Street. Who we think will win: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) / Who we think should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) Best Actress As with the Actor category, there were too many great performances this past year to possibly nominate everyone. Cate Blanchett (the early favourite) is nominated for her wonderfully complex performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Amy Adams for her

layered turn in American Hustle and Sandra Bullock for her (almost) one-woman show in Gravity. Judi Dench’s moving portrayal of the real life Philomena was enough to secure her a nomination alongside the obligatory, but nonetheless deserving, Meryl Streep for August: Osage County.


Who we think will win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) / Who we think should win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Robert Redford: Overlooked for what many describe as his best ever performance in All Is Lost.

Best Supporting Actor The supporting categories are usually where the odd curveball is thrown by the Academy, though they have played it pretty safe this year. Newcomer Barkhad Abdi receives a very welcome nomination for his role opposite Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips – not too shabby for his first ever film role! Previous Oscar nominee Jonah Hill gets another nod for his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, while Bradley Cooper is nominated for American Hustle, Michael Fassbender for his brutal role in 12 Years A Slave and Jared Leto, hot off the heels of a surprise win at the Golden Globes, for his part in Dallas Buyers Club. Will he repeat the feat? Who we think will win: Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) / Who we think should win: Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) Best Supporting Actress Another particularly strong category, it’s extremely hard to call who will triumph here. Jennifer Lawrence, now an Academy favourite, has a good chance again for her scene-stealing performance in American Hustle. Sally Hawkins more than held her own opposite Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, while newcomer Lupita Nyong’o gets a nod for her heartbreaking

Every year when the Oscar nominations are announced, conversation seems to turn more to who wasn’t nominated rather than who was, and this year was no different. The most notable snubs include:

Emma Thompson: Only one nod for Saving Mr. Banks, which means nothing for a very deserving Emma Thompson. Stories We Tell: One of my top five films of the year, yet very notably absent from the Documentary category. James Franco: Surely I can’t be the only one annoyed that James Franco isn’t up for Best Supporting Actor for Spring Breakers?

performance in 12 Years A Slave and June Squibb for putting in the comedic performance of the year in Nebraska. Rounding out the nominees is industry heavyweight Julia Roberts for her role in August: Osage County. Who we think will win: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle / Who we think should win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

What do you make of the Oscar nominations? Tweet us your own thoughts and predictions @Scotcampus.




ovember in Britain. Not the most thrilling, is it? Yes there’s Bonfire Night and the Christmas countdown that begins shortly afterwards, with St. Andrew’s Day rounding out the month nicely, but it’s also mostly cold and wet. For a self-diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) sufferer, it’s possibly the worst month of the year, hence why in November 2013 I booked a last minute break to Marrakech. Hovering in the top five of my ‘Cities To Visit’ list for quite some time, mainly because of its year-round warmth and promise of incredible souk


shopping, Marrakech definitely didn’t disappoint this winter sun-seeker. Arriving in the city on a Wednesday evening after a comfortable three and a half hour flight from London Gatwick with British Airways, the sun was starting to set as we hopped in a cab at the airport, agreeing a price before getting in to our friendly driver Mohammed’s car. This is advisable when visiting Marrakech, as there are a lot of rogue taxi drivers that will try to charge tourists obscene amounts for short journeys, while official cabbies will happily haggle

by Jennifer Lynn


on a set price before taking you anywhere. We learned a lot on our journey to the hotel; even with his broken English, Mohammed was able to point out parks and mosques for us to visit, as well as every stereotypical British tourist’s lifeline, McDonalds. Where, by the way, they serve couscous. While Arabic and French are the most widely used languages in Marrakech, our hotel staff all spoke great English too. Staying at the Tichka Hotel, in the popular Gueliz neighbourhood, we were a 10-minute cab ride from the airport and about a 20-minute walk


from the Medina. Home to the aforementioned souks – the city’s famous market stalls – we were keen to hit the Medina ASAP, so quickly changed and headed out to explore. Now under the cover of darkness, we quickly noticed how poorly lit some of the streets were, and even in the main square (Jemaa el-Fnaa) it would be difficult to see if it wasn’t for the many open fires cooking traditional African treats at the huge food market. Tummies still satisfied from our inflight meal, we were on the hunt for handmade leather slippers and Argan oil, but on asking a policeman found that the souks had already closed for the day. Back to the hotel we went… With day two spent by the pool, we didn’t discover much aside from the fact the Tichka restaurant served some epic chicken sandwiches. Top temperatures were around 25°C during the peak 11am-3pm sunshine hours, but being November it did get chilly in the evenings, while in summer 25°C would be considered cold in Marrakech, with temperatures reaching 40°C in the daytime.

Finally making it to the souks during daylight hours, we were astounded by mazes of shops and stalls, which seemed to go on forever. However, there is huge overlap on stock, with at least 20 traders selling the exact same slippers for vastly varying prices – which is where haggling comes in. While back home it would seem strange, here it’s totally normal to ask for a cheaper price, sometimes using the other stores as leverage (e.g. “Oh,

offered quad biking. Introduced to our guide Ahmed, we were wrapped up in headscarves and shown to our camels. Riding through the desert, we saw everything from palaces being built to children playing outside the tiny huts they call home. An eye-opening contrast of wealth and poverty, it certainly made us grateful for our own home comforts, though parts of the journey were totally beautiful.

but the shop down there has them for 100 dirham, will you do them for 80?”). While bargaining is fun, the shopkeepers – all of them male – can be a little pushy in trying to get you to buy something. Though overwhelming at first, if you’re firm and friendly you will find what you want and have a great experience. It’s worth mentioning here that while euros are widely accepted in Marrakech, dirham is the official currency, and 100 dirham = around 10 euros. The dirham is a closed currency, which you can only get when you arrive in the country and can’t change back to your own currency when you leave, so you don’t want to have masses left by the end of your holiday. We arrived with euros and used them all week, but our change was always given in dirham, which came in handy at the souks where shopkeepers aren’t as keen to accept euros.

After an hour and a half on our camels, bums utterly numb, we stopped at a lovely little house with authentic Moroccan décor, where we were served mint tea and bread with olive oil. Given half an hour or so to rest and chat, we hopped back on the camels, and it was another hour and a half before we were back to our starting point. A great value trip, but definitely a thigh workout, and probably not one you’d want to try in the height of summer. With a thoroughly relaxing and enlightening five days under our belts, we headed back to Blighty, spending our remaining dirham on cuddly camels at the airport like true tourists. If Marrakech is on your to-do list, go and do it – now – before its commercialisation really kicks in.

With Marrakech starting to become more tourist-friendly, there are also recognisable stores like Zara, Accessorize and even Louis Vuitton starting to pop up, but we were keen to get a taste of something more traditional. Enter the camel ride, an excursion offered by our hotel for just €25 each, which was without a doubt the highlight of our trip. We were picked up at our hotel and driven 20 minutes to the adventure centre, which also


24 Hours in…

Your quick fix guide to a completely random destination


indhoven. I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t sure whether it was in Holland or Germany, but having now spent precisely 24 hours there, I can confirm that it lies firmly in the Netherlands. Now that we’ve cleared that up… How do you get there? On a one hour and five minute flight from London Stansted with the folks at Ryanair. With three flights per day to choose from you can easily go on a Saturday afternoon and come back on a Sunday evening – no annual leave or skiving uni required. With return flights from just £39.98 you won’t mind the extra cost to get from Scotland to London by plane, train or automobile, and really it would be rude not to do an overnighter there too, wouldn’t it? Where should you stay? At the lovely Glow boutique hotel in the centre of the city. Its 40 guest rooms are generously sized, with huge beds, lush carpets and unique artworks in each. En suite bathrooms are equipped with luxe


toiletries, standalone showers and fluffy towels, while the roof terrace is a perfect suntrap on a summer’s day and the casual dining area offers the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers. Look out for the famous faces wallpaper in the elevators – we spotted Donatella Versace and Pamela Anderson amongst the many, many pictures. Oh and of course there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, or else we wouldn’t have been staying.

butler – hence the name – who still insists on serving his customers with his uniform white gloves on, this homely restaurant is the perfect place to curl up in an armchair with hot chocolate and cake, while your winter blues melt away. Come summertime, the outdoor terrace lends itself to a spot of people watching, and it would be rude not to have a glass of fizz alongside the amazing meats, breads and cheeses on offer.

What is there to do?

What’s the weather like?

Eindhoven is super compact, so you can walk most places, or take a short, inexpensive taxi ride to anywhere further out. Klokgebouw warehouse plays host to some amazing gigs and club nights – including We Are Electric festival – and on the third Sunday of every month it’s taken over by an ubercool market offering unique clothes, accessories, jewellery, gifts and food, all at very reasonable prices.

Freezing in winter, warm in summer, with highs around 24°C. Much like the UK really, so perhaps not the destination for you if you’re after guaranteed sunshine or snow. Is there a time difference? Eindhoven is one hour ahead of the UK. Don’t worry, you’ll get it back when you fly home. Will they accept my money? As long as it’s a healthy stack of euros you’ll be A-OK.

What if I get hungry? Then you absolutely MUST visit Butler & Co. Owned by a former


The Ultimate

BURGER CHALLENGE at Independent Bar, Glasgow

THE CHALLENGE 2 large homemade burger


6 slices of bacon ese 2 large slices of chili che k 150g portion of pulled por n breast

1 large chargrilled chicke 1 large brioche bun

250g spicy cajun wedges kshake 500ml of homemade mil

by Scott Crossan


ith a pound of cow here and a kilo of pork there this was a meal with enough meat to give Old MacDonald a run for his money. The onslaught of meat cooked to perfection, seasoned beautifully and blended together into something so deadly was a genius idea from any food fan’s point of view. However, nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to face. By the day of the challenge “the fear” had well and truly kicked in. The bar staff explained that two trial runners nearly finished, but then “exploded everywhere!” Therefore the first thing I received was a sick bucket. I was then given a contract to sign about health issues and even loss of life, which I thought was a joke, until I saw the size of the burger… Sitting at seven inches tall this monstrous meat mountain hit me hard. It could’ve fed a family for days. The timer started and all preparations went out the window, I threw the massive bun aside and tackled the meat first. The beef itself was too big to fit directly in my mouth so I had to break it up into pieces. While leaving it to

cool down, I engulfed the spicy chips, threw down the bacon, ate a quarter of the beef and started on the pulled pork. Stopping for a smooth vanilla milkshake was a smart tactical move that refreshed me enough to tear into the large chicken breast fillet. The hardest part was, without doubt, the beef which forced me to pop the buttons on my trousers just to provide me enough room to keep going! Three quarters of the way through, the sweats began. It was at this point I realised defeat was imminent, but I couldn’t give up. With minutes remaining and sick bucket on hand I downed the rest of the milkshake and stuffed as much beef in my mouth as I could. Unfortunately time ran out and I had been defeated by the huge bun, some spicy pork and a quarter of the beef. Lying sprawled across the table, and two stone heavier, I was congratulated on my efforts by the bar staff and everyone around me. Coming to the conclusion it is an impossible task I felt proud (although very sick) that I’d made it this far. I would definitely do it again!





n the first instalment of my Bucket List I braved the dangers of a Glaswegian chippie where I devoured my very first deep fried Mars Bar. This time though, the only thing on the menu was me. We asked you, the readers, what I should tackle next from my Bucket List. The answer? A dreaded shark dive. Thanks to David Attenborough, A Sharks Tale and Jaws I’ve become equally transfixed and terrified at the sight of nature’s greatest predator, be it alive, animated or animatronic.

I’ve watched a ton of shark attack videos on YouTube and laboured through every bad sharkrelated film out there. Following this, I was, well, bricking myself. 88LIFE

I felt OK until the staff at Deep Sea World took us on a tour around the aquarium and that’s when the reality of it all sunk in. The sharks looked huge in the tank but our guide quickly informed us that the glass makes them appear 30% smaller than they actually are. Gulp. The ink had barely dried on my disclaimer before I was squeezed into a dry suit and shown how to use the scuba gear by my brilliant instructors Louis and Ellie. I was a bit overzealous and dived into the water before the Scotcampus interns could get out of the splash zone – sorry again guys! I’m not going lie, when I got the full diving apparatus on and stuck my head under the water, the fish swimming around my feet spooked me instantly and for a while I wasn’t sure if I was going to go through with it. But, as it normally does, my pride took over. I sucked it up, sank to the bottom of the pool and just went for it. What followed next was 25 minutes swimming with real life monsters of the deep. Up close and personal the sharks are beautiful, powerful and elegant;

#2 Shark Dive at Deep Sea World every bit as awe-inspiring as on TV. When they passed overhead, I actually forgot to breathe. I took my GoPro camera down with me and filmed the experience (check out for the full video) and I even managed to find a shark’s tooth! I’m very rarely speechless, but when I came out from the tank I was lost for words. I don’t know if it was the magnitude of it all or the 25 minutes I spent on pure oxygen, but I was floating on a cloud all day. I urge you to give diving a shot. It’s an unbelievable experience and one I’m definitely going to repeat. Shark Dive = done. Bring on my next challenge. Watch the full video at conors-bucket-list-shark-dive

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by Jeanie Yodel

& everything in between


airlessness: noun; ‘the quality of not having hair’. Not the most enticing of qualities. It is a quality without quantity. It is lonely and cold. Like one of those weird sphynx cats shivering eerily in a corner, looking up at you with its wrinkly, bald head. Not many people want to touch those alien anti-cats; they are the scrotums of the feline world, loved only by fellow misfits and freakshows.

OK that might be a bit harsh, but in general us bog-standard humans are all about the aestheticallypleasing, endearingly cute kitties. Just look at the internet big-hitters: keyboard cat, with his tufts of fur protruding from his miniature T-shirt, and Maru, who just can’t fit his big, bewhiskered head through those teensy shoeboxes. We dig the fluff. Except when it comes to pussies, of course. I’m talking about vaginas now. LOL, I did a link. Stay with me. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not sitting up here on my big hairy high horse, gearing up to slander all those silly bimbos who shave their bits and set back their sistas. In fact there’s a draft between my legs as I type. A reminder, every time I drop my breeks, that sometime, somehow, this most independent of women conformed to the pressures of modern society, or the media or men, or all of the above, and went muff-less.


I like to think it’s ‘just for me’. But then again I don’t derive a great deal of pleasure from the ingrown hairs, angry rashes and patchy regrowths that grace my nether regions. And I don’t particularly enjoy the upkeep procedures. Waxing: no amount of senseless chat from a beautician can detract from that spine-chilling ripping sound as hundreds of hairs are wrenched from their roots. Shaving: a massacre, like your own shower horror scene. Watch aghast as blood springs from every sore pore and disappears down the plug hole, then hate yourself as you smear your flatmate’s Dream Matte Mousse over the red, lumpy leftovers. Hair-removal cream: don’t even go there, unless you want to smell like mould for days on end. I distinctly remember the comedian Rob Delaney pronouncing his pro-muff tendencies during his stand-up show. “I don’t understand why Cosmo magazine tells you to shave it off, wax it, melt it, iron it - don’t do that!” Oral sex with a hairless lady is, he said, “like fellating a squid”. I scoff at the craziness of the female species - yet I am a hypocrite. Likewise, I have to agree that the female anatomy, or at least my anatomy, is not exactly model material. More like a ‘face for the radio’. So why did I take off the mask?

getting in the way of all the hot sex I’m having? Ha, I wish. There’s a week or two’s window to get lucky after you get waxed before you’re back to bush. It doesn’t always time in perfectly, and nor does it seem to matter: smooth or spiky, I’ve never had any comments/complaints. Do guys even notice? Like when we get our hair cut, and you have no idea? Am I a victim of peer pressure? Well, many a Saturday has been spent amongst a group of giggling girls talking about their hairremoval habits. I nurse a glass of wine, nod emphatically and throw back my head with laughter whilst taking mental notes. “So that’s normal - got it”. Or am I intimidated by the ‘designer vaginas’ of pornography girls? I admit, I have paused at the close-ups and turned my head to the side and frowned and thought, “So that’s…normal?” Maybe it’s just keeping up appearances. Like drawing on your eyebrows, or getting spray-painted shellac nails - it’s fashion, innit. A friend told me she would never get permanent laser hair removal on her downstairs area in case it suddenly becomes cool again to have a massive fanny ‘fro. Here’s hoping that trend will make a comeback in my lifetime, then at least I’ll know if I’m doing this ‘just for me’ after all.

Do I just downright hate the thought of a big grizzly tangle


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SPOTLIGHT STUDENT Name: Francesca Morrison Course: Photography at West of Scotland College Tell us about your course and which aspects you enjoy the most? I'm studying my HND in Photography at West of Scotland College, Paisley. At the moment we’re currently doing fashion photography and I'm really enjoying it. So far we’ve been working on editorials, model day shoots and we were also given the chance to photograph at London Fashion Weekend. Where do you get your inspiration from? I get my inspiration from a lot of fashion, equestrian and portrait photographers. Raphael Macek and Tim Flach are two of my most inspiring equestrian photographers and Lara Jade and Kirsty Mitchell are definitely my favourite fashion photographers; they always have amazing concepts for photo shoots. I’m also inspired by the amazing talent in Scotland right now including Andrew Moore, Emily Wylde, Levi MacDonald and Laura Tiliman.

Where in the world would you most like to travel to do photography and why? I would love to visit Vancouver and photograph Killer Whales - this has been a dream of mine for so long. I would also like to travel all around the world and photograph all the different breeds of horses from each country. Can you remember the first ever photograph you took? I think it was when I was in Canada in 2007. I visited Marine Land and at the time I only had a compact camera. I remember going over to see the whales during a show and I caught one in the air. I then got my first SLR camera in December 2007 for Christmas. Francesca Morrison Equine Photography,

Which image are you most proud of to date and why? I don't have a particular image, but I have a favourite set that I'm proud of, which is my graded unit equestrian set. My favourite photograph of the sets was probably of Nicola Gillespie and Fearless and also the horses running in the snow. I was lucky enough to get an A for it and I also got a lot of feedback from the shoot and had my images shared all around the world!


by Ross Fingland

The One With…


Wait, Where’s Our One?

or anyone who didn’t quite pick up on that The One With… title, it’s simply paying homage to the 20th anniversary of one of TV’s most iconic sitcoms, at a time when some of us can’t help but question – where’s our Ross or Rachel? That iconic sitcom is Friends, of course, which this year marks 20 years since it first made us laugh, cry and, well, just about everything in between. Since we’re now in the love month, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time is there than now to look at one of the most animated TV couples of all time? I mean, were they really on a break? Did he really only say Rachel’s name because she appeared at his wedding? And, let’s not forget, she did get off the plane?! Whether they were drunk in Vegas, having a baby or even just stealing Monica’s thunder, it seems like Ross Gellar and Rachel Green were always destined to end up together. They were each other’s lobsters. Whilst I can never tell if it’s the fear of spending yet another Valentine’s Day a la Jason Derulo – though even he isn’t Ridin’ Solo anymore – or if it’s just because of the current over-emphasis on the status of our relationships (thank you Facebook), but what I would really like to know is where my Ross and Rachel moments are in life. I’m sure we could argue that, of the two major Friends couples, any sane person would opt for the simplicity of Monica and the Chan Chan man’s marriage. However, deep down, some of us just can’t help but long

for that big dramatic Gellar-Green kinda love. Let’s play a little game, shall we? Just for the fun of it. It’s Valentine’s Day, the big night is finally here, do you: A. Present your beloved with a homemade mixtape made by your ex for you and hope to get away with it? B. Try and get it on with your ex for “bonus night”, because social pressures are just far too high and, well, DAMN YOU AGAIN FACEBOOK! C. Get really, really drunk, Vegas style, and hope for the best... Cue a plane ride home with a face full of marker pen, a new husband/wife and an appointment at your lawyer’s office on Monday morning. Okay so maybe that’s a tad overdramatic – my speciality – but around this time of the year, when everyone else is seemingly rubbing their relationship in your face, it does make you wonder where your lobster is. I’m no relationship expert, but then Ross and Rachel hardly knew what they were doing and kinda just rolled with the punches, didn’t they? My Valentine’s Day wisdom for all you lovely people is simple: don’t do anything that doesn’t feel natural and just go with the flow. Don’t conform to society’s, sorry Clinton’s, idea of what Valentine’s Day is. Finally, should you be lucky enough to have someone who would actually get off the plane for you, please, don’t rub it in our faces too much… We may have to unfriend you on all social media. Oh I went there.

A Singleton’s Guide

10 THINGS NOT TO DO this Valentine’s Day 1. Stalk your ex on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

them more than ever… You don’t. You’re drunk. Move on. Go home.

pal enjoy her overpriced chocolates and petrol station flowers in peace.

Seeing their timeline plastered with pictures of your replacement is a fast track to spending Valentine’s Day alone with your good friend Gin. Didn’t your parents warn you about Gin? No good ever comes from spending Friday night with him. Or any night, for that matter…

4. Feel sorry for yourself

8. Use the postman as a therapist

Why are you moping about feeling sorry for yourself when all your coupled-up chums are currently being forced to pay over the odds for dinner at a restaurant they don’t even like? Being single should be celebrated. Except on a hungover Sunday when you really need spooned… But Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, so no excuses.

Pat has a hard enough time of it being attacked by your Labradoodle every day without you joining in on the ankle biting and screaming, “I ONLY GOT FIFTEEN CARDS THIS YEAR?! IT’S BECAUSE I’M FAT, ISN’T IT?”

2. Let your standards slip It’s far better to wake up alone the day after Valentine’s Day, than to wake up in a classic Coyote Ugly situation. “Did you ever wake up sober after a one night stand, and the person you're next to is laying on your arm, and they're so ugly you'd rather chew off your arm than risk waking them? That's Coyote Ugly.” You have been warned. 3. Drunk dial your ex If they don’t answer you’ll immediately feel like an idiot, even if you did withhold your number. If they do answer, you’ll feel like an idiot the next morning when you wake up and remember singing Total Eclipse Of The Heart in an attempt to get across that you need them now tonight… and you need

5. Watch The Notebook, P.S. I Love You, Dear John or any other soppy movie This applies to you too, boys. You’ll end up on the gin again faster than Gosling, Butler or Tatum can get their kit off. 6. Be vocal about how much you hate Valentine’s Day It just makes you sound like a bitter spinster. Or whatever a male spinster is. 7. Use the phrase “Hallmark Holiday” We know, we just don’t care. You spent money on a Halloween costume, didn’t you? Let your best

9. Schedule a first date Accidental or scheduled intentionally to avoid spending Valentine’s Day alone, first dates on February 14th just ask for trouble, and even more awkwardness than a standard first date. Feigning illness the day before and rescheduling for the 15th is totally acceptable. 10. Eat garlic While we’ve warned you against pulling inappropriates on Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean you can’t pull at all – be prepared for a sudden influx of single hotties in da club and avoid all foodstuffs that might hinder your tactics. You could be a V-Day convert by midnight!


Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) – Help Young People Break the Cycle

No Experience = Can’t get a Job = Can’t get Experience What is CWR?

A new qualification offering young people the chance to prove that they have the skills employers want. It is SQA accredited and levelled on SCQF at level 4.

Who is it for?

16-19 year olds, with a positive attitude to work, and who want to develop extra skills to help them get and stay in a job.

How is it delivered?

It takes on average 10 weeks working five days a week. Young people spend the first three weeks with a training provider to help them prepare for their work placement. The young person will then spend up to four days a week for about seven weeks (190 hours) in an employment placement, followed by one day back with the training provider.

Do they get paid?

The young person gets a training allowance.

How can a young person access this opportunity? Speak to a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) advisor or call 0800 917 800 Further information for young people: Further information for employers:

YouthLink Scotland is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland No: 164547. Charity Ref: SC003923

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for some in-depth film reviews, including the critically acclaimed August: Osage County. So now you’ll know what’s worth using an Orange Wednesday code on and when you’d be better to wait for the DVD. Opportunity Knocks With Futures Fest fast approaching – March 18th and 19th at The Arches, Glasgow, if you missed the memo – we’ve got loads of career advice and opportunities for you to take advantage of. From blogging your way to a job, to getting a stint as a Husky trainer on your CV, it’s all right there on Still Looking Stylish We told you about our Today I’m Wearing… series in our November issue, but given how successful it’s been, it would be rude not to mention it again. We’ve even branched out to include daily makeup looks thanks to Beauty Queen Aline Siekierski. Want to show us what you’re wearing to work, uni or everywhere in between? Hit us up with a tweet @Scotcampus and you might just see your wardrobe on our website.



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“I feel as much guilt about napping as some people would about murdering” We don’t, @lenadunham. Napping is gooooood. “I threw up a whole bowl of tomato soup once. It was still warm.” That’s hot, @tommcfly. “ILL. Looking for tweets that'll hold my hand, stroke my head and make me soup. Also tissues that don't tear my nose apart.” We’ll oblige, @alexa_chung, as long as you return the favour… “Anyone fancy a mullet?” Always, @grimmers. We’re all business in the front, party in the back. “Maybe i will just do a small vom” As opposed to a big one, @lordemusic? “Woke up feeling like half man half amazing” We woke up feeling like we were still half asleep, @CalvinHarris. “I'm watching Harry Potter in a hotel that looks like Hogwarts in the UK. I don't think I've ever been this happy.” If it ma-aaaakes you happy, it can’t be that ba-aaaaad, @babyhaim. “rain, snow, freezing temps you guys have fun and be safe out there... I'll stick to my caribbean island beaches ‪#dale”‬ @Pitbull. Rubbing shit in since 1981. “I understand that ‪#fashion‬ is an expression of one's self, but some people need to learn how to express themselves better.” Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, @ChoupettesDiary, has her claws out. “I was part of Hanson.” You were the little one with the hair, weren’t you @Harry_Styles?


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