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Winter 2019 Edinburgh #35 Scotland's best student magazine, written by students for students



The End of the F****ing World Calva Louise Max and Ivan Georgie


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contents ON TREND

Winter fashion...............................................4-11


Winter cinema releases.................................12-14



Winter in the city...........................................16-19


Calva Louise interview..................................22-23



Georgie interview...........................................26-27


Charlie Covell interview..............................28-29


Counterfeit interview..................................32-34


Guide to easy Xmas gifts............................36-39


Max and Ivan interview...............................46-47


Xmas fashion................................................48-49


Travel guide...................................................50-56


Guide to stress relief....................................58-61


Learn about Seasonal Affective Disorder..62-63



Editor Debbie McInnes Design Calvin Douglas Contributors Hannah Ahmed, Susie Daniels, Eva Curran, Rachel Salveta, Nadia Saleem, Sophie Buchan. Published by Track 10 Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Student Rag magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication.



THINK Rennaissance-style and you’ll be on your way to visualising the AW19 catwalk which featured big shoulders, but we’re not talking the severe shoulder pad types. It’s all about the puff. The bigger and baggier the better. Giambattista Valli and Shrimps used the puffy shoulder detail to accentuate their

already fairly feminine and floral designs. Givenchy and Alexander McQueen used puffy sleeves to contrast with their more streamlined looks. Dress up this look with a puffed sleeve on a body con dress or top or dress it down with a baby doll silhouette or loose blouse. HANNAH AHMED guides you through... l Pink Poka Dot Organza Sleeve Crop Top – Bianca £19.59

l Coral Ruched Cup Chiffon Balloon Sleeve Bodyucon Dress £12


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perfectly puffy

l Orange Rib Knit Organza Puff Sleeve Top £22

l Organza Polka Dot Puff Sleeve Top £15





MENSWEAR is aglow with neon this season. The brilliant, bright colours rocked most shows courtesy of Versace, Berlutti, MSGM, Paul Smith and DSquared2. If committing to a full on, head to toe fluorescent look is a little intimidating, try opting for a neon accent piece, like

l Versace AW19

l Adidas EQT Gazelle £84.99

l Faded Neon Stripe T-shirt footasylum. com £19.99

l Mini Fisherman Hat £5

l 4505 Training Shorts With Neon Colour Block £12

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a beanie hat, trainers, trackie bottoms, shoes or a belt. Your look might leave you shining like a highlighter pen but at least you’ll get noticed on the club floor and spotted more quickly as you hail a taxi with your mates on your way home.

l Osaka Neon T-shirt £24.99

l Brave Soul Dale Oversized Puffer Jacket £19.99

l iets frans Corduroy Puffer Jacket £85

puff up l Teddy Borg Puffer Coat £60


l Padded Jacket £34.99

fashion l OBEY Frederick Bucket Hat £32

l Ribbed Hat £6.99

l KiKi Top in Yellow £38

l KiKi Top in Yellow £38


l Colour Block Sports Stripe Tie Crop Hoodie £12

l Light Lime High Waist Extreme Flare Long Leg Trousers £6


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THOUGH bright colours like yellow are usually reserved for the warmer months, as Winter approaches don’t be afraid to blend in with autumnal colours with this classic hue. Yellow had its moment on most designers’ runways, including Marc Jacobs, Off-White, Fendi and Balenciaga. Whether it be pastel or neon, sunflower or marigold, any shade will do. If you want to avoid overdoing it, focus on adding yellow accessories or to areas on your body you want to highlight.


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l Fuzzy Sweatshirt £17.99

l Motel Feathered Jacket £22 l ASOS Design Faux Feather Diamante Belt Mini dress l Design Faux £55Feather Diamante Belt Mini dress ten

l Feather Effect Crop Top £25.99


feather fashion What’s not to like about feathers? You can tickle with them, they can be sensual and birds wear them as plummage to keep them warm. Some catwalk looks relied almost entirely on feathers, whilst other used them sparingly to pull

together a softer look. Mary Katrantzou wasn’t afraid to centre entire looks on feathers, Michael Kors opted for the classic feather boa, whilst Saint Laurent adorned shoes with feathers. Wear it as a skirt and shake your tail feathers.

Conste llation piercing consists of delicate, minimal piercings dotted around the ear. This method was popularised by A-list piercer Brian Keith Thompson from Body Electric Tattoo, who has worked on the likes of Jessica Alba, FKA Twigs and even Beyoncé. If the idea of getting a bunch of new piercings makes you a little squeamish, worry not. You can also get clip on hoops and cuffs for a temporary trendy look.

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l Rainbow Spike Huggies in Gold £49

l Rose Gold Crystal Double Row Ear Cuff Earring £3.30 l Mystic Cross Ear Cuff in Silver £39

l ASOS Edition Crystal Embellished Mini Dress With Faux Feather Hem £150

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FILMS JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL Starring: Dwayne Johnston, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart. Release Date: December 13. The Jumanji sequel is hitting the big screens for Winter. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart star in this feel-good action/adventure. As with the last fim, the newest adaptations have gone for a modern take rather than trying to appeal to the nostalgia of the original Jumanji. It’s a crowd-pleasing film that’s easy watching. The comedy is silly but then again so is the idea of being sucked into a video game. Overall, it’s a good way to spend a rainy afternoon. Who doesn’t want to watch The Rock in the rain. Sorry, just dreaming.

HIT the cinema this Winter to enjoy the most varied selection of films on release for a long time. Perhaps due to DC and Marvel not dominating the screen and also thanks to a couple of classic novel remakes, Star Wars sequels and a West End Lloyd Webber show adapted to film, there is a something to tickle everyone’s fancy. EVA CURRAN guides you through...

CHARLIE’S ANGELS Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Jane Kano. Release Date: November 29. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Jane Kano are the newest angels in this action-packed remake. I was really excited when I heard about the reboot of Charlie’s Angels as it was one of my favourite films growing up. After watching the trailer it inspired me to re-watch the original. Shock, horror. As a child, I failed to realise just how over-sexualised the angels actutwelve

ally were. I naively thought their most dangerous weapons were guns and rocket launchers but it turns out it’s their sex appeal. The re-make’s director Elizabeth Banks said that this film will be, “sexy, but it’s not sexual”. With a great cast and a strong team work message, this could be a hit. Not long to wait and see if the original angels will enjoy a cameo.


THE GRUDGE Starring: John Cho, Lin Shaye, Demián Bichir. Release Date: January 3. A DECADE after the original film was released, horror-lovers are being treated to a reboot. Nicolas Pesce directed this terrifying remake of The Grudge - originally released in 2004. There’s a new storyline and cast that includes John Cho (Searching), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Demián Bichir (The Nun) so it’s clear that this cast is no stranger to thrillers. The story will follow a single mother and detective that try to solve a murder case together. It involves a haunted house and most likely a lot of death. The Grudge returns to the big screen on 3rd January.

MOVIES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE* * OR, THIS WINTER AT LEAST LITTLE WOMEN Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh. Release Date: December 27. I’ll start by saying that I’m obsessed with this cast. Ladybird’s Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet get-together and it’s just as dreamy as it sounds. Judging by the trailer, their onscreen chemistry is going to be ubersweet to watch. With director Greta Gerwing and a powerful female cast including the likes of Emma Watson and Florence Pugh, this film is a guaranteed hit. A special shout-out to Timothée Chalamet’s wind-blown hair that has us all feeling some type of way. Oh, and Meryl Streep’s in it too.


Starring: Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, James Corden, Jason Derulo. Release Date: December 20. The buzz for this film was huge until a terrifying trailer left us all feeling slightly unsettled. Myself and the rest of Twitter were truly horrified to see our favourite actors defiled by ‘digital fur technology’. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the image of cats having human hands. The soundtrack will be brought to life by acclaimed director Tom Hooper of Les Misérables. It’s definitely cat-nip for musical lovers but after all the backlash it faced online, it could be a cat-astrophe at the box office (soz).

FILMS FROZEN 2 Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel. RELEASE DATE: November 22.

Disney is feeding off sequels right now but so are their millions of adoring fans. The first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel gave us a glimpse of sisters Elsa and Anna on their newest

adventure to save the kingdom from a mysterious threat. So far it seems pretty intense. At least we have Olaf to brighten the mood! The new costumes and characters have been sending fans into meltdown.

Elsa even wears her hair down – ground-breaking. I’m more excited about the soundtrack than Anna was when the gates were getting opened. Who knows what catchy songs Disney have in store for us this time.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant. Release Date: January 31.


Actress Sophia Lillis hasn’t had much luck lately. When she isn’t fighting off Pennywise, she’s dealing with a child-hungry witch. The trailer for this horror offers an ominous look into a beloved fairytale. It’s a movie with a twist, as you can tell by the quirky swap of the names in the title. Everyone knows this

story. The witch tries to eat the children which we can all agree, is pretty Grimm. (soz again) But the movie is in good hands as director Oz Perkins is no stranger to horrors. If you’re not a fan of thrillers then you can always watch Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – a classic.

STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill. The Rise of Skywalker’s trailer has given us some exciting insights into the final instalment of the sequel’s trilogy. We had a glimpse of Rey dressed in black robes, wielding a red, double bladed lightsaber. We can only hope that she hasn’t given in to the dark side and that this film is better than ‘The Last Jedi’. The trailer also showed us Kylo Ren making a new emo mask and the iconic original character Lando flying the Millennium Falcon. We also got to see an emotional clip of Rey hugging General Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher. In the trailer, Luke’s compelling voice says, “No one’s ever really gone”. So, I’m expecting to see my favourite character Han Solo back with his best hairy friend Chewie in this instalment. fourteen

Release Date: December 19.

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WHAT’S ON This night out is a Glaswegian favourite. Bongo’s Bingo has reinvented the classic game of bingo so that it appeals to younger generations. It’s got us all queuing up to play our Granny’s favourite game! Immerse yourself in a world of fun and games filled with ridiculous prizes. Good music, singalongs and nostalgia guaranteed. Taking place at SWG3, it’s the perfect location for an alternative event. Remember to keep an eye out for more dates being released as tickets go fast! This is the perfect night out with friends over the festive period.

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Santa Dash IF you see a blur of red hats run past you in Glasgow this December, don’t be alarmed – it’s Glasgow’s Annual Santa Dash! You can join thousands of others dressed as Santa on a festive 5K to raise money for Beatson Cancer sixteen

Trust. This event has a strong place in the heart of Glasgow. Runners maintain their high spirits by singing Christmas songs the whole way. Everyone is welcome, including dogs! So grab

your running shoes and your Santa hats. Sign up now or yule be sorry that you missed out... (sorry, it must be the mulled wine!) o George Square, December 8.

Grab your knee-high socks because the ultimate 90s Tour is coming to you this Christmas. The show contains 15 acts featuring the likes of Vengaboys, DJ Sash and Snap! It will be a thrilling night filled with nostalgia and Christmas spirit. Come along and shamelessly dance your troubles away to the sounds of ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ and ‘What Is Love’ at this special Christmas show to celebrate the decade that style forgot. Head to The SSE Hydro for this throwback spectacle. o SSE Hydro, December 19. £51.10 – £62.45

WINTER in the city eva curran’s GUIDE TO what’s on in glasgow & edinburgh

Kelvingrove will be transformed this Christmas into a magical festive wonderland. Glasgow’s best loved museum will come to life through art projection, sound and lighting. It will be an interactive 90-minute journey that is powered by pure magic. After the tour, you can explore the warming winter market that will host gourmet street food and great bars. And if that isn’t enough Christmas spirit for you, there will be a Silent Snow Disco that takes place in a giant snow globe! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Kelvingrove this December.


o Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, December 5 – January 5. Free – £18.50.

Irn-Bru Carnival

IT’S the 100th anniversary of the much-loved Carnival and this year is guaranteed to be the biggest yet with thrilling rides and stalls for all ages. Over the years, I have perfected the skill of attending the carnival…book in advance to save time and money – you can get a discount through your Young Scot card too!

Try to use public transport as parking at the SEC can be a nightmare. And prepare to spend an entire day at the carnival. That means staying hydrated and wearing comfy shoes. Trust me, you’ll need them! o SEC, December 20 – January 12. From £10.

We Will Rock You

THE show-stopping Queen musical returns to the UK this winter. And it’s guaranteed to blow your mind. Experience 24 of Queen’s biggest hits performed live. 16 million fans have already seen the likes of Bohemian Rhapso-

dy, Killer Queen and Radio Ga Ga at this live spectacle. The show is a worthy tribute to the band that delivers electric energy to the audience. o Theatre Royal, December 9 – 28. From £13. seventeen







Christmas at the Botanics

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Start your New Year right with Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations. Edinburgh is host to three days packed full of great events with entertaining music. Party with an amazingly diverse range of people including Oscar and Grammy winner Mark Ronson! At midnight watch the spectacular fireworks as Ronson delivers an elec-

trifying soundtrack. This event has also been highlighted as one of the ‘Top 100 Things to do Before You Die’. Experience the incredible Scottish atmosphere as you sing Auld Lang Syne to bring in the New Year. Make 2020 one to remember!

THE much-loved festive light spectacle is back again this year! Christmas at the Botanics is always a popular event in Edinburgh. Go and see the Laser Garden, where lights bounce across the branches or the Tunnel of Light that’s just as magical as it sounds. To finish off, guests can enjoy the Festive Finale which includes brightly colour projections that dance in time to Christmas classics. There’s a lot more to discover and explore at this awe-inspiring event. You can top it all off with a hot chocolate next to the fire, underneath the stars. Bliss! o royal Botanic Gardens, November 22 – December 29. Adults from £17.

o VARIOUS venues, December 31.

Disney’s Lion King IF the live action film left you wanting more, then check out Disney’s multi award-winning musical coming to Edinburgh this Christmas! Join the 100 million others that have seen this fantastic stage production of The Lion King. It will be shown at the Edinburgh Playhouse which has hosted the world’s biggest musicals such as Mamma Mia and Les Misérables. This would be the perfect Christmas present/night-out. It’s going to be the ‘mane’ event this festive period so get your tickets now! o PLAYHOUSE, December 5 – March 29. From £20.

World’s Big Sleep Out

This event was born in Scotland and has become a global call to end homelessness. Thousands will spend a night under the stars to raise money for homelessness and refugee causes across the world. Celebrities such as Will Smith and Dame Hellen Mirren are showing their support for the cause by reading bed time stories at the events. You can even host your own ‘Sleep Out’ and invite your friends to express compassion and raise lifesaving funds. Grab your sleeping bag and raise some money! eighteen

o PRINCES St Gardens, December 7.


Believe – Cher the Songbook

TURN back time with this exciting concert that celebrates the Queen of Pop, Cher! This sensational show will take you through her thrilling career that spans six decades. Think of the hits, the costumes and the hair! Explore Cher’s songbook that includes classics such as, ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ and songs from her new album Dancing Queen. Witness this showstopper at Usher Hall this New Year and celebrate the gay icon that is Cher. o USHER Hall, January 17. £17.50.

Edinburgh Christmas Market GET into the festive spirit at the heart of Edinburgh this Winter. The Christmas Market is a must-have on your festive bucket list. It hosts various stalls, rides and street food that warms your heart. You can take a ride on the Big Wheel or the charming carousel. Why not have a skate round the ice rink whilst

enjoying the beautiful scenery of the city. The market provides a great atmosphere that is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. And don’t forget to visit Santa’s Grotto! o EAST Princes Street Gardens, November 16 – January 4.




Y name is Stuart Anderson, I am 21 years old, studying Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University and I am a Special Constable for Police Scotland. I was trained at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan on their 3 week residential training course, specifically designed to capture students in their summer holidays. Although it was intensive, I found the course very interesting and exciting. We spent 2 weeks in a classroom-based environment with various instructors teaching us about legislation, police procedures and the powers of the police. I received a 5-day course on Operational Safety Training which was brilliant! This training course provided me with a great understanding of day-to-day jobs of working with Police Scotland and has fully prepared me for the role of a Special Constable. After our 3-week training course, we came back to the Scottish Police College for a Practical Scenarios day using the fantastic training facilities and apply the learning from the previous 3 weeks. There were 11 people on the course from all over Scotland, and it was fantastic meeting people from all over the country that share the same passion and excitement to be a part of Police Scotland.


veryone on the course was close-knit and the banter was fantastic. The reason I joined the Special Constabulary was to give me an opportunity to give back to my community and see the roles and jobs within local policing in Scotland. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of joining the police as a Special Constable to go for it as it is an amazing opportunity to build your interpersonal skills and do something fantastic with your spare time. I work within my local community at Levenmouth Police Station with Response Team 2. Everyone has been very friendly and

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A whole different student night out! welcoming and they are a brilliant support to make the most out of your development and experience when working the beat. I have also worked with a Community School Campus Officer, a Community Safety Officer and the Community Investigation Unit.


eing a Special Constable is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to build on their skills and development while studying. As an SPC you hold the same powers of a regular officer and have the same roles and responsibilities. You are provided with mileage expenses as well as a boot allowance. It does not cost any money working with the police which is great! You are also provided with the exact same uniform and equipment as a regular officer! Studying psychol-

ogy has allowed me to benefit from the role of a Special Constable. It provides me with opportunities to deal with members of the public through various incidents and apply what I have learned on the job to my university learning. The most memorable moment I have had as a Special Constable was when I was working with Response Team 2, Levenmouth. A Priority 1 call came through of a report of a female prostitute brandishing a knife and crowbar and assaulting a male client in his house. A hot pursuit was in progress and we assisted with other officers as the female ran into her own house and refused to open the door. After we forced entry we eventually found the female hiding inside the frame of her mattress. Not your average student night out!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer police officer, visit our Special Constable Recruitment page at twenty-one



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Heading for a punk explosion


Calva Louise are clearly a band who like to be heard. Their music oozes attitude and verve and their punk-pop sound could well be a refreshing antidote to today’s Ed Sheeran wannabes churned out by record companies ten-a-penny. The group’s Venezuelan lead singer Jess Eastwood tells susie daniels about the sci-fi influence on their second album and why underpasses and parks are the best places to jam...

Tell us about your single Belicoso. Belicoso means lairy. It’s a Spanish word and the thought of the whole song is that we get angry for no reason. Why is that? People sometimes explode. There’s a lot of theories and ridiculous ideas about that. It’s like trying to understand mundane life and the little things that build up and someone exploding. We were trying to take that energy and transform it into something. Belicoso’s wacky video was released in mid-October. How does it relate to the song? For the video we tried to think of the most ridiculous things that make people lairy. Since we didn’t have much of a budget we tried a scientific experiment with scientists doing mildly disturbing things to patients. The twist is the scientists are little kids. We thought it was quite funny as children sometimes aren’t taken seriously. The children are forcing adults to brush their teeth for 20 minutes and gunging them with disgusting stuff. That anger energy became laugh energy. YOUR music has a punk attitude and angst. Is that the music you can relate to? I think our music is a cathartic way to express the frustrations of this life. It could make people feel they can let it all go. It’s not con-

scious. It’s more a way of disconnecting from mundane life. I’M Gonna Do Well and Outrageous’s music videos have fab zig-zag sci-fi fonts. Does sci-fi interest you? We take a lot of inspiration from sci-fi movies and movies that are kind of cool. It’s like a melting pot of mediums we use. Some of your songs have a siren noise. Is that another sci-fi nod? I wanted to do something quite sci-fi. It’s our love for vintage and retro. When we recorded these songs it was a very avant garde way of doing things. It felt like a next step for us in music production. We’ve got more electronic things and technology-based sounds coming into our music. We’re trying to move far from the indie roots. We’re embracing the world and music moving forward. WHO writes the music and lyrics? I do. I started playing guitar when I was 11 or 12 years old. I write on my phone and laptop all the time. I ask my bandmates their opinion. My dad is a self-taught guitarist and teacher. I started jamming with my dad when I was young and he said to me, ‘you’re going to be in your dad’s back-up band’. I watched a lot of live music videos and would just pause when I liked the chords or the pose the guitarist was making with the chords. Where’s your favourite busking place? We never really busked. We’ve never been in one place too long but it happens sometimes that we jam drunkenly at 1am in an underground station and sing songs and people

pass by and sing along and cheer. We would do the same in the park and people would just come up and join us. You’re part Venezuelan, Ben’s from the UK and Alizon is from New Zealand. Is that a lot of different genres of music you are influenced by? We were into a lot of different music styles. We all had different genres we liked. When the band started it was mainly my influence of Latin rock music and alternative South America music and hip hop. Alizon likes bands like Pink Floyd. We like every genre. A lot of popp-y metal. In Venezuela there is a big Oasis fanbase after Oasis played there. There’s a great hip hop scene in all of South America. Where are you all living and do you miss your home? We’re based in Manchester and Blackpool. What I miss most about Venezuela is to be around the warmth of the people I grew up with and being able to speak to them in my mother tongue. I love the humour. It’s a very different humour from the UK. Venezuelan is Spanish with a twang. YOU wear fab eye make-up and no other make-up – it’s a great look. I like experimenting. My eye shape is not the best so I need to make my eyes longer and bigger. I love the very colourful hairstyle of Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the rock band Paramore. It is important to have a style as a second thought.


Calva Louise play Glasgow’s Garage on December 2nd. twenty-three


WIN GET ready to buckle up as the unmissable IRN-BRU Carnival is coming back to the SEC, Glasgow this December and January to celebrate 100 years of Carnival fun. Bigger and better than ever before, the centenary funfair event will host over 65 rides and attractions for people of all ages to enjoy – and we’ve got 10 pairs of tickets up for grabs. Test your bravery inside the Carnival on the new Techno Power ride, or get the greatest view of the city from the 40m high Star Flyer, located between the SEC and SSE Hydro. The family favourites will also be returning for the 100th celebration, including everything from the Sticky Wall and Dodgems to the Carousel and traditional Ferris Wheel. The IRN-BRU Carnival returns on Friday 20 December 2019 and will be open until Sunday 12th January 2020* in the SEC, Glasgow. Entry tickets are available from £12 with kids under three going for free. Tickets are available online now at www.irn-bru-carnival. com.


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Suzi Ruffell has made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This year she is actually happy. Her latest show Dance Like Everyone’s Watching answers the question: are all stand-ups at their best when they are miserable? Fingers crossed no. Suzi’s coming to Glasgow Glee Club on November 17 and we’ve got TWO PAIRS of tickets to give away. Head to our Facebook page, LIKE Student Rag Magazine, SHARE our competition post and TAG a friend to be in with a chance of winning.


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MUSIC WE reviewed your gig in February last year when you were supporting Jake Bugg. What’s been happening in your life since then? There’s been a lot of musical ventures. There’s the live album, I’ve been writing for other people, some local Nottingham singers. One of them is Molly Ralph who’s got a lot of songs out now. There’s loads of songs I’ve written and as a songwriter there’s a process and flexibility where you can give the songs to whomever you want. The biggest thing that’s happened was the tour with Jake (Bugg). I HEAR you got married a couple of months ago… That pretty much took over everything. We honeymooned in Rhodes, staying in an Airbnb and had lots of wine and Metaxa Greek brandy. Mark (hubby) has just left the Royal Marines and is about to start uni so it works well as he’s really understanding of being away as he’s had to do it. He still has a big sense of adventure and we like to get away. He got me into camping and travelling. I did it (camping & hill-walking) when I was young. It’s brought perspective to everything in my life. They’re all local climbs we do, Ben Nevis, Peak District, Lake District. DID your relationship seep into your song-writing for your latest album? 100%. The live album is where I share my love with someone and I write about it. That’s When It Feels Like Love is a beautiful, simple song about love and we can feel you’ve lived these moments and shared the emotions. Has love affected you in that way? Most of it. Especially the line about the cup of tea. Everyone’s been hungover and had a cup of tea handed to them while no make-up’s on. I was so scared of grabbing the moment. That feeling was going to make me end up missing out in my life. Now I’m strong and independent.


Who have you met on your singing travels that has influenced you? Loads! Obviously Jake. I’ve been on tour with him four times. The one thing that amazes me is his work ethic. I’ve never seen him do a bad show, he’s so focused. With the solo tour a lot of the time he was sat down and there was silence. It was like James Taylor silence. I’m the same. When I’m on tour I’m very much on tour. You’ll struggle

MUSIC IT can take a long time supporting artists before a singer can enjoy the centre stage spotlight but thanks to advice from Jack Savoretti, Nottingham-born Georgie was prepared to wait for her chance to shine. She’s supported Blossoms, Tom Walker and Jake Bugg and the softly toned bluesy/folk/rock singer is now enjoying a year of touring having released her Georgie: Live! album at the end of the Summer. Georgie speaks to Susie Daniels about her music and how a making a cup of tea after a hangover can be the best gesture of love from someone special…

There’s been no stopping me since I got the Bugg to get a word out of me especially the closer it gets to the gig. I’ve met Jack Savoretti. He’s so humble and nice. Helps with any questions. He has had to work really hard and he’s now into his sixth album. I think Mark fancies him! He’s cool. He’s still got his feet on the ground and has no ego. Many photos taken of you are in black and white or bleached out colour. Is that because the look is a good fit for your music? It’s because I love it. I’m so nostalgic at heart. I think I was born in the wrong era. My mum was massively into fashion. She’s got a box of old Vogue magazines and some of her old outfits from the Sixties are amazing and laughable. She’s got record players. What were your influences growing up? I didn’t discover music until I was 13. Before that I was obsessed with football. If I hadn’t found music I was very close to semi-professional playing. I got trials at Derby County the same month I picked up my guitar. I was influenced by my mum playing old records like Fleetwood Mac, Jodi Mitchell and Aretha Franklin – strong females from the Sixties and Seventies. I also listened to Stevie Nicks and Linda Rondstadt. My uncle played Elvis songs. My mum’s sister who passed away before I was born played guitar and sang and my dad played guitar. My twin brother Sam who lives in Paris does photography and has done some work for me.

Tomorrow Streets live has a sit down festival vibe. What’s it about? It’s about my mum and her brother. She had kids young and some things I think she would have liked to have achieved but she never did. It’s about people putting things on the back burner. YOU tweeted a few months ago the coolest looking guitar with what looks like a washing machine drum in the middle. I ended up buying it. It’s a Gretch Resonator old blues guitar used to play Americana. I’m still saving up for guitars so not that big yet that I can just buy what I like!


Georgie plays Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s on January 28th, Glasgow Hug & Pint on January 30th.


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INTERVIEW WHEN Charlie Covell adapted graphic novel The End of The F***ing World she probably had an idea that the show would be incredibly popular but possibly not that the second series would be so eagerly awaited. Having enjoyed an acting career in some of the best TV shows it’s now time to flaunt her other talents and be rewarded by her peers. Charlie tells Susie Daniels how that feels... DO you have a sense of connection with the two main characters James and Alyssa? If so, what is it about them? I do feel a sense of connection with them, yeah. I loved writing those two, mainly because I completely fell for them both when I read Chuck’s graphic novel. Both of them have this vulnerability and fear of opening up that I found really compelling and very human. YOU were made associate producer halfway through the first series. Can you tell us how that came about/How did that affect your psyche as writer? Did it make you feel empowered? It was just an act of extreme generosity on the part of the Executive Producers, I think. They had me on set a lot, and asked me what I thought pretty regularly, and then – as a surprise – I was told I was being made an associate producer. It was really cool of them. WHY do you think the series is so popular? God, I don’t know... Probably the incredible cast, first and foremost. They’re amazing. Totally amazing. And I think the look of the show is very distinctive. Plus the music’s huge. Both the songs we use and all of Graham Coxon’s orginal soundtrack, which I just love. CAN you tell me about a scene you had the most fun writing and why/what was it about? In series two, I particularly enjoyed writing the Bonnie standalone episode – that was fun, and an enormous challenge: trying to introduce a totally new character in the house style without either James or Alyssa. And the final two scenes of the show – I really loved writing them. I’m not going to tell you why! WHAT is it that made this script so attractive? I think the opportunity to adapt such a brilliant graphic novel was just a no-brainer. The comic is so beautiful – sparse and dark and funny and heart-breaking. It was a real privilege to bring it to screen, and then to carry on where the source material ended for this second outing. I love Chuck’s writing and drawing – he’s a complete genius. IS this the end of the series? Yes.


HAVE there been any other scripts you’ve been drawn to that we may see at some point in the near future on screen? I’m currently writing a new 10 hour show for Netflix called KAOS. It’s a contemporary reimagining of Greek mythology, set across three worlds. The idea is to do something that feels like a combination of Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet and The Matrix with a kind of TEOTFW tone and sense of humour. Who knows if we’ll succeed??! WILL acting feature in your life again? Probably – never say never. I haven’t got time to do anything apart from write at the moment, which is a nice problem to have. twenty-nine


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You’ve had acting roles in The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd and Mortal Instruments to name a few. What did you most enjoy acting in and why? I’ve enjoyed every project that I have worked on. Every role provides an opportunity to discover new parts of myself, however I recently played Christopher Marlow in Will and I fell in love with him. He is incredibly self destructive and brilliant. WHO were you most excited to act with? Ian McKellen, Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Ewan Bremner and Vanessa Redgrave thirty-two

IS there anything else coming up that you will be acting in TV or film-wise? Not that I can disclose at this stage. I READ you said your latest song release It Gets Better is about healing and connection. It was released in October, was that to tie in with Mental Health Month? Not consciously no, however I take my own mental health and the discussion around mental health very seriously as it is part of my experience as a human being.

you could design your own music video with any budget what would it be and who would star in it? With an unlimited budget it would have been my first idea for It Gets Better which was a parade through the back lot of the Paramount Studios in LA with all my friends, fans, acrobats and a big crane at the end. (Imagine if you will the Kellog’s advert meets Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet meets The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” meets “Up Town Funk” by Bruno Mars. We also would have been playing in the Friends coffee shop).

THE video for It Gets Better looked like it was so much fun to make! If

YOUR second album is out in 2020. What’s it called and can you let me


Rock & role star AS well as wearing the hat as lead singer of English rock punk band Counterfeit, Jamie Campbell Bower has had main and supporting roles in some of the biggest films and TV series of this decade – Camelot, The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd and Mortal Instruments to name a few – while balancing a model and musical career. Jamie talks to Susie Daniels about his movie and musical heroes, sibling harmony and sharing awkward moments with Post Malone... know about the next song release and what the song’s about? I can’t disclose the the title of the album however I can tell you that the next single is more about the social landscape rather than the spiritual landscape that we currently find ourselves in.

What’s your favourite song from the new album and why? They are all my favourite, it’s like picking a favourite child, however if I were to choose one it would be Paralyzed, which is about personal loss as well as the story about the falling of Icarus.

YOUR brother Sam is in the band. What’s that like? What’s the age difference and did you get on growing up? It’s wonderful, I’ve always wanted to play music with my brother and travel the world with him whilst doing so, its an absolute joy! thirty-three

We are six years apart but and some would say we get along like brothers. WHAT’S the most awkward moment you’ve had brushing shoulders with other actors or singers? Post Malone and I shared quite significant eye contact at Leeds Festival this year for 20 seconds but I didn’t know what to say so I diverted my gaze and pretended to be doing something else. WHO would you most like to collaborate with in music and why? Hans Zimmer because the man is a living genius and I would be honoured to mould his world of theatrical scores with guitars. WHAT have been your/the band’s most diva requests at a gig? We tend to be pretty chill, we take all the things we want on the road like crystals, stuffed animals, honey, avocados and fresh pants.


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DO the whole band contribute to the music and lyric writing? It varies track by track.

IS it easier to make it as a band seeing as you are already recognisable as an actor and model? No you have the same hills to climb and if I’m being completely honest people can be quicker to judge DID you attend university or college and if so what did you study and why? If you didn’t attend further education is there anything you wish you had studied? I was going to apply for Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA and Mountview drama school. However I was fortunate enough for my career to begin before the application was started. If I had gone on to further education I would have loved to study English Literature at Edinburgh. WHAT’S the TV show you and the band would love to be invited on to that means you’ve really made it? Graham Norton or Saturday Night Live.


Counterfeit play Glasgow’s King Tut’s on December 9th.

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Bullshit Button: £4.99


IF your friends are anything like mine the then this little device could well be manswer to your Xmas prayers, assu yet ing you’re not remotely religious the still inexplicably celebrate anniversary of the birth of Jesus. You simply activate the button when someone in the vicinity regales you with a story or ‘fact’ that you believe to be in any way lacking in substance or truth. Example – Friend: “I only starting studying the night before the exam.” You: *reaching for button* “Bullshit!” Nobody said it was complicated.

Monopoly is a classic household game that every family has played at some point or another. The game usually ends with one person throwing the board against the wall because they spent too much time in jail. However, Drinkopoly is the game that parents play once they are certain their kids are asleep and usually students are too drunk to even realise where the board is let alone throw it. Labelled ‘The Blurriest Game Ever!’ this is a game that involves two things: dirty-minded people and alcohol. Brace yourself for a night of poor decisions, awkward silence and zero sobriety.



£15.60 Jingle Swells Pillow: for everything nowadays, ition defin a be to s There seem is Jingle Swells. ones legit most the of perhaps one of the waistline most ning wide “the as itself es This defin of December (related: h mont the g durin rring occu commonly s).” plum r suga s, cane y eggnog, cand sauce and gingerbread They missed out turkey, cranberry . point the get you cookies but You can get this definition on a pillow which means you can lie on it when you How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You: can’t move £6.13 after eating all the Christmas IT’S common knowledge that cats are, in fact, evil. That fact alone stuffing. renders this book entirely pointless as the answer can only possibly be, It’s a hilarious ‘Yes, your cat quite obviously IS plotting to kill you’. gift to give to By contorting itself into impossibly cute positions to sate your anyone in your Instagram desires, little kitty is simply lulling you into a false sense of family, as they superiority and security. can certainly all relate to it. Owning this book may just save you from your fiendish feline. Better to You can buy be safe than sorry. this from Red Bubble for £15.60.






IT’S always a good idea to plan in advance what you want to get your friends and family for Christmas. Such efficient use of your time will save you from rushing around at the last minute trying to find presents and Friends Fridge Magnets: £7 FED up having nothing to say for yourself? Never fear, your Friends are here to provide witty phrases/quotes/ references from 1990s Manhattan to brighten up your festive social life. Given the classic sitcom’s recent revival, this really is the go-to gift for parents, friends and even younger relatives as baggy suits and slapstick in the name of comedy really do transcend the generations. I invite you to forgive the glaring omission of a Joey magnet that screams “How You Doin’?” and one featuring Ross shouting “Pivot, pivot, PIVOT...”


himself – presents 15 Christmas presents that you should definitely consider buying this year. HO HO HO indeed....

refreshing your internet page a gazillion times to buy a product before it’s out of stock. NADIA SALEEM – in assosiation with Santa Claus


Grinch Mug: £8.50

There’s always that one person at Christmas who is a real Grinch and has decided to say ‘bah humbug’ to all seasonal joy and festivities. Although there is a secret temptation to simply stuff their stocking full of coal, instead of getting your hands dirty why not just get them a mug that simply says ‘Don’t be a Grinch’. It’s funny and it gets your point across without having to stain your hands black. Check out websites that customise gifts. It’s the ultimate secret Santa gift and is sure to start a craze with your friends that may end up with you all falling around laughing...or falling out!


Grow Your Own Girlfriend: £2.99 Who needs to go out and woo a girl when you can just grow one in the comfort of your home? Simply add some water and watch as a tiny band of rubber transforms into a woman. Although it may be small and you can’t do much with it at least you don’t have to buy it dinner. There is also a grow your own boyfriend version, so there’s a preferred gender for everyone. If only life was actually as simple as adding water. thirty-seven


Mobile Phone Jail Cell: £7.20

Donald Trump Corkscrew: £19.44


THIS is the gift that every student needs. If your flat mate can’t stop looking at their phone during dinner time then just lock them away in a small jail cell for mobile phones. It’s also great if you’re a student and you can’t study because it’s ‘essential’ for you to scroll through your Instagram feed every two minutes. Students will pass their exams, no more re-sits so more time to spend on your phone. It’s a win-win situation. You can buy this off Amazon for just £7.20; it’s a gift that will ensure both laughter and tears. Mainly tears, though.

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Voodoo Doll: £3.99

WHAT was once the domain of black magic practitioners and that kid out of an Indiana Jones movie can now be yours to savour and abuse. Flat mate ‘forgotten’ to do the dishes again? Boyfriend ‘lost’ his phone while on a night out with mates? Dish out the kind of justice

Rude Hand Gestures of the World Book: £9.99

LOVE alcohol but hate Donald Trump? Then this is the perfect present for Christmas. The next time you see the President of the USA on TV yelling about fake news and how much he hates immigrants just take out your frustration using the corkscrew on a good bottle of wine to help you forget that there is a tangerine running the White House. The perfect gift for any liberal, progressive thinking person in your orbit.

these hideous crimes deserve by plunging tiny little pins into a doll in the place which causes absolutely no pain for your victim but ensures maximum pleasure for you. Chronic flatulence is, however, unforgivable and deserving of a more serious punishment.


LOOKING to offend innocent passers-by in Salt Lake City or ask for sex in the Middle East? Then this is the very book for you. Romana Lefevre provides the tools for causing outrage in Khartoum or hand-signing a mortal insult to a bewildered Ukranian labourer. There’s more to rudeness than the classic two-fingered salute, and this book includes the pictures to prove it.

12 Selfie Toaster: $95

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IF you are a narcissist or know any self-proclaimed egomaniacs, then this one’s for you. Or them. This is a custom toaster that is specially designed to imprint a photo of yourself or somebody you know on every slice of bread you toast. The next time you get into an argument with a sibling/partner/parent etc, instead of throwing punches just get their face toasted on the next slice of bread you are going to eat. The results are just as satisfying but less likely to leave you feeling peckish.


Rude Harry Potter Shot Glasses: £15

THE best part about Christmas is that you can’t leave the house; there is no work, no school and no shops open. It’s the ideal time to break out the alcohol and pour in some shots - there will never be a better opportunity to get tipsy-ish than on Christmas day. Many websites do some very funny shot glass-

es that you can use if you want to entertain your family and friends. The most common theme is Harry Potter; you can buy a shot glass that says ‘I don’t give a Raven crap’. Harry Potter and alcohol – has there ever been a greater pairing? You can buy a set of five for just £15 if you know where to look.

Mood Swing Desk Warning Sign: £4.50, GIVE friends, partners, family and innocent passers-by fair warning when you’re likely to become unreasonable during perfectly legitimate conversations or debates. The mood swing warning sign comes into its own in a working environment if you’re keen to avoid unnecessary and frankly foolhardy arguments with colleagues. It’s certainly not subtle and it may even be considered offensive by the resident snowflake, but this little prop could actually save you from years of fallings out – and who can put a price on that? Well, the Green Welly Stop can. It’s £4.50


Smuggle Booze Tampon Flask: £13.88


ONE of the best parts about Christmas is all the parties and club events that you get to attend. There’s nothing better than downing eggnog shots and dancing to remixed Christmas tunes. However, clubs basically never allow you to bring your own drinks in and expect you to burn all your cash on just two drinks. The solution to this is the Tampon Flask; these are small flasks that look like actual tampons. The next time a bouncer checks your purse they’ll think that it’s just that time of the month and you’re not trying to smuggle in five vials of vodka. It’s the best invention since sliced bread. thirty-nine

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VOLUNTEERING build up your network. There are loads of opportunities to choose from, many of which you don’t need previous experience for. Your help will help save lives by supporting the charity’s ambition of seeing 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034.

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Invaluable retail experience can be gained by helping out in shops. Time donated in store can be made to fit around your lectures and they offer sessions too, so you can always trial them to see if it’s for you! To apply, email uk quoting ‘RAG/Edinburgh’ in the subject title, or pop into one of the following Edinburgh stores: Corstorphine, Corstorphine Superstore, Dalkeith, Davidsons Mains, Haddington, Leith, Morningside, Musselburgh, Nicholson Street, Penicuik, Portobello, South Clerk Street, Stockbridge, Tollcross.

THINGS YOU MIGHT HELP WITH: Serving customers, taking cash and providing good customer service Supporting with the shop’s social media account Sorting through donated items, pricing stock and seeking out specialist items for the Cancer Research UK eBay hub Working on window and shop displays Keeping the shop tidy, clean and well organised Creative in-store fundraising activity

THINGS YOU MIGHT HELP WITH: Planning and coordinating fundraising activities Thinking creatively to identify new ideas and opportunities Communicating and relationship building Administration or accountancy Promoting fundraising events in your area



CAMPAIGN FOR US Cancer Research UK Campaigns Ambassadors – like Ryan Devlin (that’s him pictured on the right) – save lives by persuading politicians to support

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better cancer policies. They campaign for things such as cancer prevention, early diagnosis, science research and access to treatments.

this is for you if: You’re interested in campaigning, lobbying or politics You’re organised and a ‘self-starter’ You’re determined and resilient YOU want to evoke change YOU want to support Cancer Research UK campaigns and find out how political processes work first hand

sort of things you might be doing: Collecting petition signatures Writing to your local politician Meeting in person with your local politician Sharing Cancer Research UK campaign messages on social media Feeding back local information to the charity

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I’m Paul. I don’t need to drink.

sees, I felt dead. I did something I never thought I could do. I called him and asked for help. I went to my first AA meeting in 2000. Today I don’t want or need to drink; today, I am part of the world. The prison in which my soul was held has gone. I am free to enjoy and see the world. I try to live a good life today. If drink is causing you a problem, give AA a go. You have got nothing to lose.



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MAX OLESKER’S persistence earned him a top job at a respected men’s magazine and his determination during his teenage years ensured he became the youngest (and smallest) pro-wrestler. As the handsome, taller half of double act Max and Ivan, the comic has kept himself busy outside of TV comedy shows such as Comedy Blap The Reunion by dipping his toes into other Herculean projects like running a comedy school. Max tells SUSIE DANIELS about his comedy background, his short-lived wrestling career and why anything you read about his bulging biceps, six pack and a Ferrari sports car is true...

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GETTING THERE Flying is by far the easiest and quickest way to get to Iceland with a flight time of around two and a half hours. With sites such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Cheap Flights you’ll be sure to bag yourself a bargain and if a hassle-free package deal

is what you’re after you can find this for as little as £220 on sites such as and Expedia. From the airport it’s around a 40-minute drive to the centre of Reykjavik and you can choose from a range of bus, taxi or rental options.


Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK) Conversion rate: £1 = 158 Krona Language: Icelandic Population: 339,000 Flight time from Glasgow: 2 hours, 20 mins Time zone: GMT Climate: Sub-Arctic. Temperature ranges from -30 degrees Celsius in January to 25 degrees C in July and August Administration: Iceland is divided into eight regions Governance: Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is the Prime Minister. When elected in 2009 she was the world’s first openly gay head of government.

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ONE of the many great aspects of foreign travel is sampling the local food, so for Iceland, be prepared to order the things you can barely even pronounce. Icelandic cuisine consists largely of lamb, dairy and fish produce with some of their most popular dishes being Kjötsupa (traditional lamb meat soup), Harðfiskur (dried fish jerky,) and, for

the more adventurous eaters out there, Hákarl (shark meat) and Svið (Sheep’s head). And why not wash that all down with a bottle of their favourite beer, Viking Classic. Although, if a hot drink is what you’re after, no problem there as Icelanders are crazy for their coffee so there’s an abundance of local coffee shops and cafes.

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Go EXPLORE SO, you’ve had your breakfast and are feeling full and prepared for the day ahead but where to begin? The capital city, Reykjavik has a wide variety of attractions and hotspots from the stunning architecture of Hallgrimskirkja Church, where you can climb to the top of the bell tower for sweeping views of the city, to The National Museum of Iceland which will get you up to speed with the country’s history. And, to make sure you hit up all the best locations the city has to offer, there are many walking and bus tours available

to choose from. However, as wonderful as Reykjavik is, there is so much more of Iceland to explore so why not book a couple day trips when you’re there (if your budget permits)? For a unique experience, take a trip to The Lava


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It’s getting to that time of year again when assessment deadlines are approaching and the caffeine addiction is getting all too real. But don’t worry, the end is in sight and what better way to celebrate than by jetting off to marvel at one of the greatest natural phenomena there is: The Northern Lights. Yes, Iceland, here we come. RACHEL SALVETA is your guide... Tunnel (one of the longest lava tubes in Iceland) or the classic Golden Circle Tour guiding you through majestic waterfalls, hot springs and a national park. And who could go to Iceland in winter and not attempt to see The Northern

Lights or Aurora Borealis as they’re also known. There are many excursions set up if you want that little bit of help securing the best spots to capture the magnificent illuminations and at just under an hour’s drive away from Reykjavik are some fifty-one

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of the most recommended areas to catch a glimpse of them including Thingvellir and Threngsli. Or why not head along to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach where you can take in the sounds of waves lapping while the dark skies light up above you. WHO KNEW? Before venturing off to the unknown it’s always handy to have a few facts up your sleeve but no worries, we’ve got you covered in that department. Did you know?... Iceland has no public railway system. The main reasons for this are the small population, competition with automobile traffic and the harsh

environment. Beer was illegal in Iceland until 1989 and now ‘Beer Day’ is celebrated every year on the 1st of March to honour the elimination of the 74-year prohibition. There are strict laws on naming in Iceland to preserve the Icelandic language and names not previously accepted must go before the Icelandic Naming Committee which will either accept or reject it. TALKING ABOUT? As Icelandic is one of the oldest languages in the world, it’s no surprise that they have a few odd phrases going around that are sure to get a giggle. The raisin at the end of the hot dog

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(Rúsínan í Pylsuendanum) – This is used to describe a pleasant surprise or the highlight of something. I’m sure once you’re back home you’ll be telling everyone that seeing The Northern Lights was the raisin at the end of the hot dog! I come completely from the mountains (Ég kem alveg af fjöllum) – When someone is completely out of the loop. “What are you talking about, I come completely from the mountains.” Totally out driving (alveg úti að aka) – A phrase for when someone is acting crazy or off about something. I think we’ve all witnessed someone who is ‘totally out driving’ at some point in our lives.

CULTURE ICELAND has lured nature lovers for years and is increasingly topping bucket lists for seeing the awe-inspiring wonder that is The Northern Lights. Often referred to as ‘the land of fire and ice’, typical landscapes include impressive glaciers, fjords, sparkling icebergs and jaw dropping waterfalls. But it’s not just the spectacular scenery that makes this place so special. Icelandic culture is rich and varied. Traditional Icelandic arts include weaving, silversmithing and wood carving as well as being home to four active folk dance ensembles. There is no shortage of theatres, art galleries, museums and bookstores so whether you’re looking to try out a new skill or simply just want to relax and take in a show, there is something for everyone.

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Yeah, the sport...that’s why I went there IF snowboarding down black slopes and climbing vertical ice walls isn’t for you, then I’ve got just the winter ‘sport’ for you. Ice skating. And by ice skating, I mean touring German Christmas markets while eating chocolate and doing the occasional lap round a Santa’s grotto themed skating rink for kids. Every year, cities all over Germany host a variety of visually stunning and nostalgia-inducing outdoor markets in the run-up to Christmas. These markets are complete with vendors selling Bratwurst hot dogs, hot chocolate and more sugary treats than you can possibly imagine. Think of your favourite three Christmas films, turn them into a l Val Thorens

market, put them in Germany and that’s pretty much what I’m on about. Picture ‘Whoville’ from the Grinch with distinctly more Sauerkraut. There is even some ‘sport’ on offer. After indulging yourself at the markets all day, throw on some skates, try not to break your ankle for an hour (which is far easier said than done) before getting back to the eggnog and mulled wine. Mmmmmmm Cinnamon. To get the most out of your ‘ice skating’ trip, you’re gonna want to fly into Hamburg, Germany’s beautiful second city, before making your way by bus, train or car to Berlin to complete the best Christmas ever. Boom.

I look so sick in these shiny purple goggles I like to think that the world’s two most popular winter sports were invented by two Neanderthal men betting each other they couldn’t get the whole way down Mont Blanc while standing fully upright on a plank of wood. Now, that may not be the most insightful view I hold, but then my opinions on the subject are irrelevant to the fact that skiing and snowboarding are freakin’ awesome. Something about the combination of stunning scenery, blinding sunlight, and the very real presence of danger makes them an obvious choice for millions of families and student-types across Europe. In Europe, skiing and snowboarding doesn’t get much better than in Val Thorens, Savoy in France’s South East, sandwiched neatly between Turin on the East and Lyon to the West. It holds the honour of being ‘the highest ski resort in Europe’ and ‘the largest linked ski area in the world’. If you need much more convincing, then I highly recommend you immediately open a new tab and type in ‘Val Thorens’ into Google images. It’s quite a special place. While you’re there, your day will pretty much pan out like this: 1. Wake up, throw on ski gear 2. Ski on a variety of black, red, blue and green slopes for 4-5 hours 3. Head to one of the many bars on the resort for some Apres-Ski pints 4. Ski back to the accommodation for an enormous amount of food and more beer 5. Head back out to one of the many clubs on the resort for yet more pints 6. Repeat for 7 days Even if you’re not big on skiing, don’t let that put you off. One of my friends heard about a skiing trip to Val Thorens through his uni and decided he quite liked the idea of pints/flying down a mountain. With basically no experience, he booked the holiday and picked up the basics on his first day on the resort. If you’re ever so slightly less, erm…straight up cocky than my friend is, then you’ve got the option of a few lessons at the start of your holiday before heading to the black slope.


Chill out

YOU’VE gotta go one of two ways with your travel experience: hot or cold. Going anywhere that isn’t significantly warmer or cooler than home – like York, or something – doesn’t count, despite what the good people at caravan club will argue. That said, one is faced with a

somewhat difficult travel choice. Hot? Cold? Hot? Or Cold? We can hear inner you crying out for copious amounts of Christmas songs, hot chocolate and wind burn. So here RICHARD JONES presents five of the best winter sports and a few places you can go to do them.


Pass me my orange helmet and spiky shoes I believe there are two kinds of badass winter sport lovers out there. The first is the kind of snow enthusiast who wants to go as fast downhill as is humanly possible, and therefore far more suited to a ski/snowboarding holiday. The second is the kind of person who looks at a vertical ice wall and thinks, “I’m going to get up that even if it takes seven million hours”. If the second person sounds much more like you, then prepare yourself, because you’re going ice climbing. Ice climbing and hiking are hugely popular (and extremely tough) winter sports, and pretty much the best places to do both is in Europe; more specifically The Alps. There’s a heap of great climbing and hiking spots in and around the resort at Val Thorens, but other locations in the mountain range which offer a variety of challenges and walks include in and around Mont Blanc and further north in the Swiss Alps. Your climbing holiday can be as extreme or as laid back as you choose, really. Some travel companies organise treks that fit around varying levels of fitness, and all you need do is strap on some snow shoes and follow the leader. The scenery will be incredible, and something about looking back down a glacier or mountain you’ve just spent hours walking up is extremely, extremely gratifying. For those of you more intent on putting yourself in a situation of very real, apparent danger, then never fear. I’ve always held the opinion that if something is completely safe, then it’s more than likely not worth doing at all. If that’s what you’re after then heading to the alps this winter might just fill that gaping hole you’ve always felt could only be filled with ice hooks. The Mont Blanc range is extremely popular for climbing fanatics because of its unique geography, and there’s a host of companies that provide climbing lessons and guides. fifty-five


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So…Skiing and snowboarding? Can do better. Vertical climbs?...Not quite. How about a lovely Christmas market? Not extreme enough. I hear you, I really do. Which is why I’m about to tell you about all the crazy maniacal stuff you can do in Lapland. Yeah, buddy, you’re going to Santa’s house and you’re going to have the time of your life. Your crazy winter sport holiday will take you to Lapland first of all, to places like Sevetijärvi or Rovaniemi, but


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you’ll most likely spend some time in Sweden or Norway as well. In terms of experiences, it doesn’t get much better than heading to the Arctic Circle than down to the Alps. I’ll detail the kind of week you can have. A host of travel and tourism companies will organise the whole thing for you for a fee, so don’t worry if you don’t a degree in Arctic biology, because it’s not really required. Day One of your holiday will see you arrive inside the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. From there, you’ll have to get a bus even further north to any number of tourist hotels in the area. You’ll need some snow safari gear (so you don’t succumb to the below freezing temperatures which can reach as low as -30 degrees) before heading outside to take in some of the Nordic scenery and stargaze into a night sky like no other. Day Two is significantly more sporty. And that’s because you’re going to get a snowmobile. Oh yeah. You’ll drive 170km North into Norway on a trail through arctic wilderness and icy landscapes. You’ll head to a reindeer farm (because that’s what the child in you would want) before hunting for the Northern Lights at night. I’ve been told that no amount of pictures/ videos of the event can prepare you for the sheer beauty of seeing the Aurora Borealis for yourself. Day Three is husky day. Six dogs will carry you on a sled across more snowy terrain and glaciers. You’ll also get to spend some time with the dogs before and after and learn a little about how they’re trained and whatnot. You’ll hike up a glacier (because when in Rome) and clamber up a giant frozen waterfall until you reach the unfrozen lake at the top. Day Four you’ll spend back on the snowmobile. You’ll make the trip back to Norway to a fishing village called Sevetijärvi on the North Sea. You’ll meet the local fisherman that live in the area and spend some time on the edge of the frozen lakes that surround the sea. Then, because you’re *officially* on a winter sports holiday, you’re going to go for a swim. Because nothing makes a better story than that time you drove a snowmobile to Norway and swam across a semi-frozen lake. Plus, it’ll mean that you’ll be able to look at your friends condescendingly next time they say ‘I’m sooooo cold.’, before telling them they have no idea what being actually cold feels like.


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NOT the most exciting one on the list but by far the most important. By now, everyone knows the benefits to getting a good night’s kip and after many a sleepless night getting those essays up to scratch, there is a lot of it to catch up on. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling irritable, foggy and, let’s face it, not much fun to be around.

box set binge DO you feel like there’s an endless list of shows that friends kept telling you to watch but due to a heavy workload you never got the chance? Well now is the time. Get your drinks and snacks at the ready and settle in for an entire series in one day. What could be better than knowing you have nothing else to get done and can just immerse yourself in episode after episode of great TV? Whether it’s just catching up on a new season of one of your favourite shows or the excitement of finally getting around to watching that show that was all the rage when you were drowning in university work, not much can compare to wrapping yourself in a blanket and lounging on the couch all day. After all, it is totally deserved.


Only once your body has caught up with those much-needed Zzzz will it be ready to embark on some of the more physical aspects. Establish a sleep schedule – getting enough rest will have a positive impact on your emotional wellbeing and means you’ll be energised for the day ahead. Try going to bed at the same time every night for a week and you’ll feel the benefits!


colour Although this craze may have died down a bit now, it’s never too late to reap the rewards of this simple yet effective de-stressing technique. Marketed for adults as a tool for mindfulness in a busy world, this became incredibly popular a few years ago with colouring books for almost anything from your favourite TV show to cities and wildlife. So why not stick on some of your favourite tunes, get those pens or pencils out and create some colourful masterpieces, after all, who said colouring was just for kids.

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THESE days it seems like everyone is glued to their phone. Whether it’s social me eral web browsing, we dia or just gencou mentally from taking som ld all benefit e Some people would find time away. challenging than others this more , but I believe it’s worth it. Perhaps give yourself not looking at your pho a challenge of ne amount of time and the for a certain n slowly build that time up until your mind feels a little more peaceful without the constant bombardment of informa tion and notifications. And of course, the time from our phones can turn spent away quality time with others into more .

Don’t stress it SO, that moment you never thought would come has finally arrived, the end of the semester. But after all the sleepless nights and frantic deadline rushes, just how do we begin to settle our minds and bodies. I’ve compiled a list of ten of the most recommended ways of doing this that are sure to make those stressful days a thing of the past (well at least until next semester). It’s all about ‘me’ time. Make sure you take care of

your mental health by indulging in activities that give you the most pleasure. Whether it’s boosting your wellbeing by listening to nature while walking, jogging or cycling or holding up in a cubby hole while you draw, read or just chill, break the mental and physical buzz and enjoy this Winter down time. Here’s a few tips courtesy of Rachel Salveta, to help see you through... fifty-nine


road trip THERE are few things more satisfying than getting out on the open road and exploring new territories. Marvelling at new sights or simply visiting some of your favourite places is a sure-fire way to get your mind and body energized again. Unable to take that little bit of time away from our usual surroundings can leave us feeling antsy and restless so, when the semester ends, this can be an incredibly freeing experience. For those lucky enough to have some extra cash at the end of term, this could possibly turn into a longer holiday a bit further from home.

DO you feel like your social life has taken a bit of a back seat recently? Now’s the time to get it back on track. Arrange those cinema outings, dinner dates


and just general catchup meetings with those nearest and dearest to you that you may have neglected to see over the past few months. As they say, laughter is the best medicine

get back out there WHEN I say this, I don’t necessarily mean drenching yourself in sweat down at your local gym, although of course it’s great if you’re up for that. Exercise can simply just be going for a walk, jogging, running or basically anything that gets your heart rate up a little and gets those endorphins going. After what was probably a sixty

good few months sitting in front of a computer screen, this is key to developing a good level of fitness again. Or better yet why not take that dance class you’ve been wanting to try or embark on a new sport. With way more time on your hands now, it won’t be so hard to squeeze in that little bit of exercise throughout the day.


get organised DURING college or university time it’s certainly not uncommon to let things pile up and pile up as it seems there’s just no time in between classes and studies to do anything else. However, now that time is over, it’s the perfect opportunity to de-clutter and this is as much a physical exercise as it is a mental one (to de-clutter your space is also to de-clutter your mind). So, take some time out to lift those clothes off the floor or store all your notes away for next year and by the end of it, you’re sure to feel way more refreshed and lighter. so get your mind and body balanced again with a good laugh with friends and family. Socialising can be incredibly important after being cooped up in libraries for hours

on end so don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with others once again. Friends, family, flat mates – it’s all good as long as you’re getting back in the mix.

treat yourself

YOU’VE spent countless days and nights working away at coursework so it’s only fair that you should treat yourself, right? Allow yourself to splurge a little – get that piece of jewellery that you’ve spotted in the window or buy that DVD whose release you’ve been anticipating. Alternatively go for a much

needed chillout session at your favourite coffee shop or buy the latest best selling novel. No matter what it is, you should do something that will give you that instant lift and sometimes that is all that’s needed to put you in a better place mentally and physically. It’s time for ‘me’ time. sixty-one


The SAD truth

What causes SAD? Whilst the condition isn’t fully understood, it’s often linked to a lack of exposure to sunlight which occurs during the colder season where mornings and nights get darker quicker, and for longer. Also referred to as ‘winter depression’, SAD can have a profound impact on an individual’s wellbeing affecting not only their day-to-day activities but their work too. During this time, the body’s internal clock changes. Sunlight usually indicates when you should be awake and when you should be asleep meaning lower levels of exposure to sunlight can disrupt your natural body clock. For some, they notice small changes like getting out of bed is made sixty-two

more difficult than usual but for others it can be severe. This form of depression, like any other, should be treated by your GP if you feel it is impacting your life in any way and whilst there is no cure, there are ways to help you manage it. Kiran Singh, Lifestyle & Mindfulness Coach says: “People with SAD experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression which occurs every year at the same time, usually starting in Autumn, getting worse during Winter, and then ending during Spring. “SAD may begin at any age but it typically starts when a person is between ages 18 and 30 and is more common in people living far from

the equator where there are fewer daylight hours in the winter. “It can be effectively treated in a number of ways, including light therapy, antidepressant medications, talk therapy or a combination of these. “For some people, increased exposure to sunlight can help improve symptoms of SAD. “For example, spending time outside so that you are exposed to sunlight during the day. “Taking care of your general health and wellness can also help – regular exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and staying active and connected (such as volunteering, participating in group activities and getting together with friends and family) can also help.”

MENTAL HEALTH You’ve had your Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’ve purchased a gingerbread house that will inevitably collapse for the fifth year running and you’re circling the Argos catalogue with what you want for Christmas (do kids still do that?). Oh, and don’t forget to post a photo with the caption #autumnalvibes to Instagram with a coffee in hand and the brown, crispy leaves in the background. But whilst this time of year brings joy for some, for others it can bring a feeling of hopelessness, self-doubt and misery as they struggle to adapt to the changes this season brings – officially recognised as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SOPHIE BUCHAN explains...

Symptoms include: Persistent low mood Irritability Lack of energy A loss of interest in normal daily activities Feelings of guilt, despair and worthlessness Craving carbohydrates and weight gain Sleeping for longer than usual and difficulty getting out of bed

What’s SAD like? YOU may find it strange that this happens but it’s more common than you think – around 1 in 10 people suffer from this form of depression and may not even be aware of it. Caitlyn Mcgrory from Glasgow began experiencing symptoms at the age of 12 but wasn’t aware of them until she was 15. She says: “I believe there needs to be more awareness of this type of depression. “I tried to commit suicide twice because of it. I felt depressed from September through January and never knew why, I then came across an article and it all made sense to me. “Sometimes it’s really hard as during the times I face these symptoms I’m unmotivated, I don’t dress well or wear make-up or put in effort with my appearance. “I sleep to avoid life, ignore texts which can sometimes make it hard to focus as I feel empty. “My family didn’t react well and said I was making it up which made it worse. “Friends have been great but my fiancé was the best help. “He helped me get out of a pit and

regain my life. He really helped me to understand it and to live with it.” Harkinss Fee from Stirling felt the same. She said: “I had symptoms before I knew what SAD was. “I hate the dark mornings and nights and feel lazier and more tired than I do in the Summer. I read an article about the condition and realised it was me. “My mood can drop dramatically and I just want to sleep all the time. I struggle to wake up and even if I’ve slept for a good eight hours, I’m still tired. “I also feel less positive about things in general so tend to not do anything. “My productivity at work can go down and I get extremely bored. I’ve started meditation and yoga in order to help me deal with these symptoms. “I think people believe SAD is just an excuse for laziness – but that’s not true .”

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