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OMNi EDINBURGH Omni Centre, Greenside Place Edinburgh EH1 3AA 0131 524 7770




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

WHO WHAT AND WHERE Winter in the city.........12-17

MOST WANTED 17 best Xmas gifts.........18-21

KEEP IT GOING Sustainable Xmas gifts.....22-24

BLONDE AMBITION Lucie Jones interview......28-31

THIN PICKINGS Skinny Lister interview....34-35

GIRL POWER Rews interview.............36-37

MOVIE ON UP Films you need to see......38-40

WHATEVER NEXT Coming soon to you.........42-43

IT’S A GUY THING Makeup for men.............44-45

ONLY NATURAL Keep your cheeks in check..46-47

DRY SPELL Winter beauty fixes........48-49

BODY SHOT Feel good about you........50-53



Harry and Chris interview.....54


Editor Debbie McInnes. Design Calvin Douglas. Contributors Luke Hawkins, Hannah Ahmed, Eilidh Stewart, Eilidh Akilade, Sarah Calpin, Mireille C Crocco, Susie Daniels. 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.


FASHION marabou trim aren’t just for your granny. Whether you pair it with a skirt and heels, or something more casual like jeans and Converse, nothing comes close to keeping you cosy like a fluffy fur coat!

l Pink Faux Fur Padded Jacket £55

l Teddy Faux Fur Purse £8

l Faux Fur Jacket £79.99

l Light Before Dark Camel Teddy Zip-through Jacket £75 four


ANIMAL inspo is key for keeping warm this winter this winter. Feather, fur, you name it (don’t worry animal lovers, we’re keeping it faux.) Prada made it clear that woolly cardigans and

FASHION WHO doesn’t like to be wrapped up in faux fur? It’s cosy and instantly makes an outfit look classy (or mutton dressed as lamb if you’ve had too much to drink!) Rhi Rhi looks a million dollars in it and the rule is if she can do it we can too! If you team it

with leather-look black leggings we’re talking instant clubbing gear. Let’s face it, everyone wants to cuddle into the person with the fur (no dead animals in the vicinity) at the end of the night so why not be that person? HANNAH AHMED checks out the best Winter looks straight off the catwalk.

l BDG Mom Sky Blue Corduroy Jeans urbanoutfitters. com £55

Corduroy Chic THE first thing you think of when someone says corduroy, is an old English teacher, or maybe your grandpa. Definitely not Milan Fashion Week runway. But thanks to the likes of Prada, corduroy is a must-have this winter. Whether it be in the form of a jacket, skirt, or a pair of trousers, it now belongs in your wardrobe. Great news is when you’re 70 years old you can still wear it! Jacket l SH AIN E Corduroy £41

l BDG Pink Corduroy Jacket £66

l MOTO Zip Through Corduroy Skirt £34 five


A PATCH ON YOU FORGET wardrobe clear outs – hang onto that navy corduroy jacket, the black shoulder bag you never use and last year’s winter coat. Why? Becuase one simple adaptation of an iron-on patch can convert your most boring wardrobe pieces into statement looks that has got everybody talking. These patches are the answer to ‘a not so new’ wardrobe this season.

sh l Sequin Lips Me& p by ToNY C Tee oppp CrTri l keard Print Moto Caop Le .coetm opck shJa toper Bik £78 5 .com £2os as

l Jumper with Striped High Neck and Floral Embroidery £32

l Set of 3 oriental flower patches £7.99

l Rolling Stones Tongue Patch £4.25

l Red Rose Embroidered Applique Patch Badge £3.99

l Appliqued Coat £99.99

l Tiger Iron-on Patch £3.92 (plus shipping) six

FASHION l Silver Cracked Coated Metallic Aviator Jacket £95

l Black Baker Boy Hat £9.99

l Houndstooth Scarf £25.99



IT may be the season of dark nights but heap on lashings of sparkle and metallic so when the temperatures drop you can adopt the ultimate power dressing styles and shine bright like a diamond. EILIDH STEWART lights the way for you...

l Double Breasted Checked Blazer £65

l Vinyl Skinny Trousers £38 l Public Desire Harlee High Shine Silver Heeled Ankle Boots £39.99

l Red Suit Jacket £34.99 l Red Suit Trousers £24.99 seven

l Printed Shirt £25.99

ALRIGHT IN THE 70S DESIGNERS love to re-live this iconic decade on the runway, and Fendi was no exception. They weren’t alone in showing their affection for the peace and love years, with Prada also following suit. Instead of just looking on the high-street, visit your nearest

l Loom Pink Drop Shoulder Fisherman Jumper £46 eight

l Knitted Midweight Cardigan With Stripe Design £38

vintage store, for the most authentic seventies attire. When you’re doing your Christmas shopping, make sure you look out for corduroy, fur, bright colours, baggy cardigans, and bold patterned jumpers. Don’t be afraid to rock the geek-chic look!

l Textured Cardigan £24.99

l Floral Print Shirt £18



l Nike Obsidian and Red Archive Jacket £70

WITH the rise of normcore on the runway, from brands like Vetements and Balenciaga, trackies are inevitable. Not only is this the easiest trend to pull off, but you’re more than likely to already have plenty of hoodies and joggers stashed in your wardrobe, so you don’t need to drop a load of cash either.

l Zip Through Windbreaker with Panel Detail in Blue £35.46

l New Look Joggers in Grey Marl £17.99

l Nike Season 2 Tracksuit £65 nine

FASHION Maison Margiela £295

THE best thing about this shoe (except the £29 price tag) is its diversity. Going to uni? These shoes. Going to the pub? These shoes. Going on a date? These shoes.

Topman £29

TWO stripes? Three stripes? Who’s really counting? Zara certainly isn’t. The combination of materials, design, and detail on this Zara shoe blows the £84 Adidas shoe right out of the water. Zara £25.99

Adidas £84

IT’S time to face the facts – since their launch in 2015 Yeezys have expanded with each drop. So…If you can’t beat them join them, or in H&M’s case, recreate them.

Suede Trainers H&M £59.99 Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost £150


YEEZY PEASY DROP dates, overnight camping, extortionate prices, reselling – these are just some of the extreme aspects involved in getting your hands on the latest branded trainers. Get the look of these exclusive trainers, pay a fraction of the price and get a full night’s sleep

– unlike those sleeping outside the edgy, overpriced streetwear store – by shopping the high street and online. EILIDH STEWART presents the top 6 replicas of the bestselling casual-wear trainers.

YOUR vision is not impaired, you’re not seeing double and yes, the shoe is pink. What you are seeing is ASOS’ attention to detail by replicating this Common Projects shoe.

Common Projects £305

Nike Flyknit £99

IS it a sock? Is it a shoe? It’s a seamless, lightweight and comfortable knitted shoe. The design of the Flyknit has trickled down rapidly to high street retailers. H&M Suede Trainers Knitted Shoe Topman£59.99 £32

Pink Trainers asos £20

Mesh Trainers H&M £39.99

BROWN trainers? Touchy subject? New Balance have shown that trainers and this shade of brown can still look very on trend when combined – with H&M also having mastered this design . New Balance x Danner £414





THE Festival of the Dead website promises “giant skull processions,” “carnival pageantry,” and “unadulterated partying”. Now, if that’s your standard Friday night out then there’s probably no need to break the mould for this freak show. But for the happily morbid among you, this is perhaps a perfect opportunity to indulge your dramatic

Festival of the Dead tendencies without fear of appearing out of touch with the living souls with whom you must share the planet. The site also points out that their event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has “significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be hap-

pening at our show”. So on the off chance that you’ll be offended by the Festival’s cultural shortcomings it’s maybe best to stay home that night. o FESTIVAL of the Dead takes place at the O2 Academy on November 24.

Santa Dash LAST year’s Santa Dash saw around 7,500 people take part, hitting the streets adorned in their best Father Xmas get-up. Not only is this 5k fun run a unique and exciting event, but it will feel even more rewarding knowing it’s raising money for such an important cause. Better still, when you tuck into your Christmas dinner, you won’t feel so guilty about having seconds! The run starts and finishes

in George Square, and commences at 10am. Whether you are an Olympic-level sprinter, or consider the walk to the fridge sufficient exercise for the day, don’t feel intimidated about signing up, as you are able to go at your own pace. o GLASGOW Santa Dash takes place on December 10. Participants should be at George Square at 9.30am for 10am start.

Xmas Drive-in Movies ONE of the best things about Christmas is spending time with your loved ones watching classic Christmas movies. Why not try taking this experience to the next level at Itison Drive-In Movies – a more retro way to enjoy your favourite flicks, on the banks of twelve

Loch Lomond. At just £26 per car, enjoy one of the world’s biggest LED screens amidst the atmospheric fairy-lit forests. There is a range of classic movies being shown, including Elf, Home Alone (1 and 2), and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Not only that, but you can also sing along with car-aoke and pig out on gourmet festive food. o ITISON Xmas Drive-in is on at Loch Lomond Shores from December 20-24 .




SOME people just aren’t into karaoke and to be honest I’m with them on this one. But there are others – and you know who you are – whose idea of a good night out is to sing your little heart out along with hundreds of other like-minded, tone-deaf types. If you belong to the second group then Massaoke is for you. Belt out your favourite Xmas classics with a live band to back you, and possibly drown out your pitiful attempt at a festive X-factor audition. Tickets £8. o MASSAOKE is on at The Hold (underneath the Admiral Bar) on December 1 from 7pm11pm.

Irn-Bru Carnival MAKE sure to visit Europe’s largest indoor funfair, the Irn Bru Carnival. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you are going with your friends or family. In total, there’s a whopping 65 attractions, including rides, slides

and stalls. There are plenty of thrill rides, such as Extreme, Speed Buzz, and Sea Storm. If stomach-churning rollercoasters aren’t your things, then check out the stalls that include everything from face painting and fortune telling, to hook-a-

duck and whack-a-mole. A £13 ticket can buy you 10 vouchers, that are valid on both the rides and stalls. o IRN-BRU Carnival takes place at the SEC from December 21 to January 14.

St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade SCOTLAND inexplicably bursts into party mode at the mere suggestion of enjoying a cheeky Guinness on St Paddy’s Day. Thanks, Ireland. Yet we’ve got a patron saint all of our own who surely deserves the same level of reverence, commemoration and, well, naked flames. The very same people who bring you the West End Festival also provide something to do amid the gloom and darkness of a cold November night in

Glasgow, namely the St Andrew’s Day Torchlight parade. £8 for a ticket and torch, £3 for just a ticket. But then joining a torchlight parade with no torch is a bit like trying to play badminton without that feathery-plasticky flying thing to bat over the net. o ST ANDREW’S Day Torchlight Parade takes place on November 30 from 6.30pm. Procession gather at Queen Margaret Drive football pitches. thirteen


Foodies Festival WE all like to eat, right? And we all like to go to festivals. No surprises, then, that these two most popular of pastimes should be combined into a jolly good fun – and no doubt calorie-busting – day out. Think street food tents, cooking demonstrations, baking masterclass-

es, and, yes, wine tasting. For those of you who don’t want to just eat lovely cakes and drink lovely wine (freaks, I call them) there’s also a music stage and healthy living area, amongst other activities. Now, I’ve never even seen The Great British Bake-off, but I reckon

Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park I’M going to start this one off with ‘you know how...’ and you just need to go with the flow. You know how you always thought it would be a great idea on holiday to sleep on an idyllic sandy beach under a moonlit sky but the reality was a wee bit more sandfly, shivers and strangers? Well how about rather than share a beach with a couple of your mates you shared Princes Street Gardens with 9,000 others participating in the world’s largest EVER sleepout? If you can raise £100 per person you get a wristband so you can watch Frightened Rabbit, Liam Gallagher, Amy Macdonald and Deacon Blue, among others. The aim is simple – help raise funds for a variety of good causes related to homelessness. o SOCIAL Bite’s Sleep in the Park takes place in Princes St Gardens on December 9. fourteen

this is going to be even better than the popular TV show that I’ve never seen. o FOODIES Festival runs from November 24-26 at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

WHAT’S ON AT THE STAND COMEDY CLUB – EDINBURGH NOVEMBER 1 2 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 25 26 26 26 27 28 29 30

Benefit in aid of Edinburgh Tool Library 8:30pm The Thursday Show 9:0 0pm The Friday Show 9:00pm The Saturday Show 9:00pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm The Sunday Night Laugh-in 8:30pm Red Raw 8:30pm Lefty Scum – Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Jonny & the Baptists 8:00pm Viva La Shambles 8.30pm The Thursday Show 9:00pm The Friday Show 9.00pm The Saturday Show 9.00pm The Sunday Night Laugh-in 8:30pm Red Raw 8:30pm Bona Fide 8:30pm Tom Stade: I Swear 8:30pm The Thursday Show 9:00pm The Friday Show 9:00pm The Saturday Show 9:00pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm Phil Wang 8:30pm Red Raw 8:30pm Benefit in aid of Refugee Community Kitchen & Cribs International 8.30pm Tropical Storm 8.30pm The Thursday Show 9.00pm The Friday Show 9:00pm Comedy Kids 2.00pm The Saturday Show 9:00pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm Jojo Sutherland & Susan Morrison 5:30pm Susie McCabe: Let’s Get Physical 8.30pm Red Raw 8:30pm Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools! 8:30pm Benefit in aid of Health in Mind 8.30pm The Thursday Show 9:00pm

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The Friday Show 9:00pm The Saturday Show 9:00pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm The Sunday Night Laugh-in 8:30pm Red Raw 8:30pm Midweek Comedy Cabaret 8:30pm Viva La Shambles 8.30pm The Thursday Show 9:00pm The Friday Show 9.00pm A Christmas Cabaret 4.30pm The Saturday Show 9:00pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm The Harry & Chris Show 2 8:30pm The Stand Christmas Special 8.30pm The Stand Christmas Special 8.30pm The Stand Christmas Special 8.30pm The Stand Christmas Special 8.30pm The Stand Christmas Special 8.30pm A Christmas Cabaret 4.30pm The Stand Christmas Special 8.30pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm Jojo Sutherland & Susan Morrison 5:30pm The Sunday Night Laugh-in 8:30pm Red Raw 8:30pm Sh*te Christmas 8.30pm Tropical Storm 8.30pm The Thursday Show 9.00pm The Friday Show 9.00pm A Christmas Cabaret 5.00pm The Saturday Show 9.00pm Close for Present Wrapping Close for Present Having Close for Hangover Recovery Hootfest! 8.30pm Hootfest! 9.00pm Hootfest! 9.00pm A Christmas Cabaret 5.00pm Hootfest! 9.00pm Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show 1.30pm Hootfest! 9.00pm



Giant Lanterns of China Exhibition

THIS has to sound like the most spectacular, beautiful and breathtaking event you could witness this year. 450 giant dazzling lanterns illuminate Edinburgh Zoo for 50 awe-inspiring nights. You can be wowed by Chinese performers, enjoy wintry hot drinks and peruse hand-made crafts from Chinese artisans. The partnership for the installation stems from a long-standing relationship between RZSS and Sichuan, the birth place of Edinburgh Zoo’s cuddly toys, oops I mean giant pandas. Sorry, had a panda bear when I was a kid and desperately reminiscing. (wipe tear, wipe tear) o THE Giant Lanterns of China Exhibition is on at Edinburgh Zoo from December 1 to February 25.

Royal Botanic Garden CHECK out the Royal Botanic Garden for a magical outdoor trail of beautiful Christmas lights. Follow the trail along the garden’s paths through the trees, which will be spectacularly lit up. Prepare to be mesmerised by the beauty of the Fire Garden, a display of dancing flames. There is also the choir of trees, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the woodland grove of singing festive songs.

Take some ultra Instagrammable pictures of the enchanting lawn lit by thousands of spheres of lights. Once you are finished, warm up inside while toasting marshmallows and sipping spiced cider, mulled wine, or hot chocolate. o CHRISTMAS at the Botanics Day runs from November 24December 30. Tickets £14.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

SINCE it opened 20 years ago, Edinburgh’s Christmas Market has gained a reputation for its picturesque stalls and stunning fairy lights. The market is both traditional and romantic, making it perfect to visit with both your family or significant other. Located in the centre of the city, the market offers each visitor a unique experience. Stalls sell a massive variety, ranging from gifts and crafts to sweet treats. Don’t forget to check out the ferris wheel, helter-skelter and ice-skating rink. o EDINBURGH Christmas Market is open from November 19 until January 7.


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Hand-knitted Dog Scarf £20,

“MAKE your own gin!” Out of context FOR THE it sounds like the GAL PALidea kind of terrible that comes out of someone’s mouth at 4am when the fridge and cupboards have been raided and left empty on a particularly successful weekend. But with the right gear, this could be a pretty wholesome activity; and of course you get a reward at the end –and it’s not just an overwhelming sense of creative achievement.

OF course I haven’t forgotten about the most important members of the family. Winter can be pretty chilly for everyone, so doggos big and small need to wrap up. Make sure your dapper doggo turns heads with this personalised, hand-knitted effort specially made for the fanciest of pooches. I estimate it will last about four hours before it gets chewed up and buried in the garden.


World Scratch Map £25,

SICKENING. Not only is this suitable for one of your frequent traveller friends but a frequent travelling couple. If your Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of sun-soaked pictures from distant lands, beaming smiles and exotic foods, all of which


makes you feel not the slightest bit jealous then you can throw one of these at your smug, globetrotting friends over the holidays. Presuming they’ve hung around for more than five minutes before disappearing to ride an elephant or build a shanty town.


Make Your Own Gin Kit: £28,


5 Drunk Stoned or Stupid: £15, “USE daddy’s credit card”, “Trash talk at the special Olympics”, “Call dibs on people at a party”. Just some of the cards you can draw in this delightful/despicable hybrid of Cards Against Humanity and Never Have I Ever. Prepare yourself for strained friendships and the possibility of someone going too far and ruining what was a perfectly lovely evening. Strictly for use with friends and not family.




CHRISTMAS time, mistletoe and wine. And debt. And horizontal rain. And darkness outside nearly 24/7. And some more wine. If you’re looking for

Poo Head Game: £9.99 WHOEVER said throwing poo was strictly for deranged monkeys and protesting prisoners? Drunken or socially immature humans can join in the fun too, safe in the knowledge that with this game no actual bodily waste is projected towards a fellow player. Although come to think of it, there probably is a version of that being enjoyed in rugby clubs throughout the country as we!

Pikachu Onesie: £35,


THEY’RE the once-novelty Christmas present – and indeed the indispensable nightwear – that just won’t go away. And if you’re in the market for a onesie which takes the form of the cutest Pokemon in the business – that’s Pikachu if you had to ask – then look no further. Rosy cheeks, floppy ears and a yellow tail. What more did you want?

your present to stand out amongst the crowd and aren’t willing to settle for the easy options of cash or vouchers, then this collection of stuff and thingys could be the


answer. LUKE HAWKINS gives you 17 – yes, 17 – of the most interesting / amusing / plain remarkable gifts on offer this festive season. If you’re asking, he’d like a go of the Poo Head game.

Baking Bad Recipe Book: £8.39, YOU too can learn how to cook up crystal meth and become drunk with power and make millions of…Oh no wait. It’s actually just a recipe book for cakes and biscuits and all that. Spend your Christmas holidays binge watching Great British Bake Off and Breaking Bad and then combine the two and whip up something delicious and questionable for dessert! We need to cook!

7 Chocolate Brussels Sprouts: £2.85, IF you can’t be bothered looking through every recipe that claims to be a new twist or a sure-fire way to trick people into eating actual Brussels Sprouts, or Satan’s bogies as they’re known, then do everyone a favour and ditch the veg and go for its chocolatey doppelgänger. Take that, Jamie Oliver.


De-motivational Pencils: £8.99, thepresentfinder.



LOOKING for inspiration as your next essay deadline approaches? Then best look away now as these writing tools are more likely to have you downing that out-of-date Bailey’s just for sport rather than focus your energies on a more productive endeavour. Still, if it’s someone else’s academic demise you wish to hasten then at £8.99 a pop I think I know who’s winning.


Global Gizmos LED Cinematic Lightbox: £7 TJ Hughes A BOX of light. What could be more cheerful and delightful sounding? Create your own shopfront or cinema with your very own light box. Or, more likely, just write a load of vulgar insults on it and laugh at your own handy work. Maybe you need to have a


LOOK at this tiny fridge. I don’t know how useful this guy is considering it has a capacity of one small can and you need to be near a USB port and you need to hang around for quite a while before it chills anything, but still. Have you ever seen a fridge that small before? What a world we live in. USB Fridge: £14.99,

word with yourself about finding more productive ways of spending your free time. FYI, the Global Gizmos Cinematic Lightbox features a selection of 71 letters, numbers and symbols. Well, what did you expect?


Illumibowl Toilet Night Light: £14.99, A TALE as old as time – waking up in the middle of the night to the realisation that you need to leave the warm and cosy sanctuary of your bed to go to the toilet. Not that it is ever really an exciting experience, but the prospect twenty

is made worse by the miserable darkness and freezing floor tiles. This is where the IllumiBowl comes in. It is light sensitive, so it will only turn on in the dark; as well as motion sensitive so it only lights up

when you walk into your bathroom. There are nine colour options, and it fits to any toilet. If there was ever a way to making relieving yourself in the wee small hours more enjoyable, then this is definitely it.


Underground Beer Fridge: £199, BEER warm again – did you forget to bury the alcoholic carry-out again you clod? The blindingly obvious solution to lager-cooling problems is a storage device which allows you to keep your booze below ground before utilising the lift option to retrieve your next drink.

In all honesty it’s impossible for me to comprehend why, in 21st century Britain, you’d go down the subterranean refrigeration route for your Stella Artois when there’s probably a perfectly good fridge only metres away. 10/10 for novelty value right enough.


Pug Lolly: £4,

THERE’S nothing more fashionable these days than tiny, dangerously overbred dogs trotting along in front of you in the street. Why not jump on this particular bandwagon and, rather than spend a few thousand pounds on an actual dog, just eat one’s face – in lolly form. I don’t know how relevant it is but it’s cola flavoured. Elf on the Shelf: £5,


THIS started as good clean fun. A little something for the kids to look forward to each morning. Now though, the mischievous elf has become the plaything of anyone old or young. This is a worthwhile purchase to find out just how atrociously out of order this sweet little elf can be. Place Elfie in any number of situations for your friends, family or flatmates to find in the morning.


16 Beamie LED Light Beanie: £12.99 EVER found yourself crawling towards your front door in sub-zero temperatures thinking, ‘if only I had a torch embedded in my winter headgear’ as you fumble around looking for the key?

If the answer is yes, then the question is, ‘why don’t you own a beanie which doubles up as a convenint head torch for when the dud bulb in the light at your door hasn’t been replaced?’ Now you know...

Ukelele: £54.99, DO you know someone who almost wants to play an almost guitar? Maybe they’re too small for an actual guitar? Maybe they don’t have time to learn to play a real instrument? In that case, you’re in luck!

You can hear the kooky hipster’s instrument of choice in a number of indie flicks and backing tracks. You can encourage any friend or relative to let out their inner Michael Cera or Ellen Page with this lil uke. twenty-one

Bees Wrap A GREAT gift for the person in your life who loves leftovers and packed lunches (so really, that could be anybody!) Made with beeswax infused organic cotton, this is an amazing alternative to plastic wrap that’s not only washable but compostable too. Wraps come in a variety of colors and patterns; there’s

also a wide array of sizes to choose from depending on what they’re used for. Prices vary depending on what you’re getting and it’s a $15 international shipping fee. Pricey? A bit, yes. Quality product that’s good for us and the Earth? Absolutely.

RECYCLE.. Be Together

MoonCup BEING a woman means having a period. And having a period is expensive and has the potential to produce a ton of waste over a lifetime. Luckily there’s the MoonCup to save us from ourselves! This is the perfect gift for your best woman-friend or your sister who’s expressed interest in this previously. They’re soft, flexible, and easily transportable and washable. Sure, using a MoonCup will take some getting used to, but then again all new things do. Instructions are simple and can be found on the website along with a plethora of FAQs and testimonies. Only £20 and free delivery, but make sure to get the right size!

I GIVE you the cliché. But please hear me out! The vast majority of the time, because it’s the holidays, we feel compelled to spend our money on things our loved ones don’t necessarily need (or want!) in order to show them how much we care. Maybe we ought to rethink what this special time of year is all about. Everyone comes from near and far to be with the people they love most. Maybe this year, dare to be bold and suggest that maybe, instead of exchanging gifts, why not exchange

moments. This could be anything from all coming together to make a sumptuous meal or planning a trip for New Year’s or even just giving your time to everyone. Offer an extra hand to that hard-working parent in the kitchen, re-connect with a sibling you haven’t seen for a long time, get to know your grandma over a hot cuppa.

Lush Shampoo & FOR the one in your life who is obsessed with their hair and is constantly trying to find the perfect shampoo/conditioner combo. Now they’ll love you forever because you’ve found just the thing: Lush shampoo and conditioner bars. These guys are amazing. Not only are they packed with gentle natural ingredients guaranteed to twenty-two

Reusable Produce Bag FOR the one who’s mainly in charge of grocery shopping in the home. Great for parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, roommates, pals, and maybe even... yourself... I think we all know by now that plastic bags are the devil. Plus, the plastic most of our fresh produce comes pristinely packaged in isn’t even recyclable, for shame!

These bags are super cheap—buy a whole set on Amazon for anywhere between £6-£11. They’re light-weight, washable (depending on the material), and easily portable. Leave them in the car or in your favourite re-usable shopping bag so you never leave the house without them. Or, you know, not you necessarily…but rather whoever you’re generously gifting these to…

..WITH BELLS ON THE holidays are right around the corner and that means spending money we don’t have on a cornucopia of gifts for the people we care about. But this year, why not do something a bit different by offering something that’s not only unique but sustainable and can

be used over and over and over again? From Keepcups (the clue’s in the name) to Mooncups (nothing lunar going on there) there’s loads of options for the environmentally conscious among us. And that’s you, right? MIREILLE C CROCCO guides you through sustainable gifts for this festive season...

KeepCup Conditioner Bars make your hair sing from root to tip but they’re also plastic packaging free! About their shampoo bars, Lush says that “1 bar will do the job of three 250 g bottles of shampoo.” Three! That’s so many bottles you’re saving from landfill! And what’s more these guys are inexpensive costing about £6-£7 each. Happy holidays indeed!

A KeepCup is the perfect gift for your friend who buys 6 coffees a day and ends up producing a ton of waste even though they don’t mean to. They’re colourful (the cup, not your friend), carry well, wash easily, and have the potential to get you a discount at some cafes. KeepCups come in a variety of sizes ranging from 120ml to 454 ml. If you go onto the KeepCup website, you can even design your very own! Pick your colours and size and choose between heatsafe plastic and glass. Prices range from £10-£25. twenty-three


Literally Any Potted Plant ACCORDING to a recent piece published by the Washington Post, Millennials are pretty much obsessed with house plants and it’s not hard to see why. Plants are amazing: they keep us in touch with nature, they spruce up the place, and they’re cheaper than having a dog. And I feel nowadays you could get one almost anywhere relatively cheaply – herbs at Sainsbury’s,

an air-purifying Peace Lily at M&S, succulents on Amazon… Or just go down to your local garden centre and pick up a few terracotta pots, some good compost and a small collection of seed packs for a fun DIY project that will keep on giving. Perfect for parents, or your Millennial friend/sibling who is always on point with the trends; and nice for your wallet too.

Mushroom Growing Kit

Pela Case DO you have a friend/family member who’s obsessed with their iPhone and is always looking for a new phone case? Well, maybe it’s time you introduced them to Pela: a fully compostable case made out of bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials. They’re simple but sturdy and will protect that precious

iPhone when unexpectedly dropped on a night out. Comes in a variety of colours too but is a bit pricy coming in at $35 (£25 or so). Bright side: Pela is a member of ‘1% for the Planet’ so part of their revenue goes to pro-Earth non-profits. Woo! (comes from US with free worldwide shipping!)

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X FACTOR is a distant memory for the supremely talented Lucie Jones, who has been performing all-singing, dancing and acting routines on stage for the past seven years. The shows have highlighted just how versatile the Welsh actress is. And though she now may dream of starring alonside Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew McConaughey her mum delights in reminding her that it was the Gareth Gates poster she would gaze at in her bedroom at night when she dreamed of meeting someone famous. SUSIE DANIELS finds out more...

YOU’VE acted on stage in Ghost, The Wedding Singer, Rent, We Will Rock You, An American Psycho, Les Miserables...the list is impressive. Do you think theatre land is your forte? What’s the best thing about acting on stage and the most worrying?

I have always loved theatre, since I was a little kid. My mum would take me to see every touring product that came to town – even if it was something I wasn’t necessarily interested in. I think that is why I have such a broad taste in theatre! I LOVE being in a musical. But I also love doing plays and screen work. It’s so exciting to be on stage and in the moment. There is no other form of acting that will give you such an instant rush and the nerves and excitement you feel on stage are reserved for that exact form of art. What is scary about it keeps it exciting – fear of the unknown! I have been on stage and had things go so terribly wrong that we have had to think on our feet and improvise BIG time and the audience never knows anything has happened untoward. Love it. EVER been any funny or embarrassing things happen on stage. Come on, give us some examples. Oh God SO MANY. Things happen every day! I actually have a folder on my laptop that contained loads of funny and embarrassing and cute things that

happen at work – onstage and backstage. I’ve had my costume get stuck to another actor during a scene so we’ve had to hobble around the stage together, show stops because someone’s forgotten to put their microphone on (not naming any names...), people getting knocked out on stage, sound systems failing, audience members crying out at inappropriate moments – seriously so many. One day I’ll tell you them all... IF you could act in a film who would your dream co-star be? I really love Jennifer Lawrence. I would love to be in a room with her while she acts as I know I would learn so much. Matthew McConaughey too. Also Robert De Niro. And Meryl Streep. Sean Connery too. SO MANY DON’T MAKE ME PICK! WHO did you have posters of when you were young? What was it about them? OK don’t laugh. My walls were VERY versatile. Gareth Gates was a solid (which my mother took GREAT pleasure in telling him when we worked together at Les Miserables) as Pop Idol was totally my bag. My parents bought me a big poster of Audrey Hepburn which I still have up in my old room actually. I used to cut out the pages that had a few people I liked on them.

Keeping up with Lucie Jones Girl bands, actors, models. But then in with them I had Sum 41, My Chemical Romance and Death Cab for Cutie. Yep. Smorgasbord. LEGALLY Blonde seems like a fun show to be in. The ‘bend and snap’ routine is hilarious – what’s the funniest/oddest/most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done to attract the opposite sex? HA! Really good question! Legally Blonde is the most fun I have ever had on stage in a musical. It truly is an amazing show. Its not just light, fluffy and pink like some people think, though. It has much heart and moves people more than they expect. As for attracting the opposite sex, Ive probably done some really embarrassing things as I can be a total goof and really awkward. Never the bend and snap though... ARE you a girly girl like Elle Woods? What do you do / wear that’s girly / not girly? I wouldn’t say I was massively either way. I get my nails done when I have time and I do enjoy a good pamper day with my friends at the spa. But I also love getting muddy in the field with my dogs and going for a pint with my dad. Mixed bag.

YOU were 10 years old when Legally Blonde hit the screen. Did you watch it and what do you remember about it? Yeah I did see it pretty young. I can’t remember seeing it for the first time but I remember having the video and watching it over and over and over and over...I know every word to the movie and I LOVE Selma Blair. OBVIOUSLY Reese Witherspoon is queen though. AFTER Legally Blonde any plans to release more music? Definitely. ELLE Woods isn’t taken seriously at the start of the show – is that something you’ve ever faced in real life? After I did the X Factor I had to fight hard for a long time to gain credibility within the music industry. It is true that some people do these reality shows and the music world doesn’t work out for them so they say “Oh I’ll just do a musical then”. NOT COOL GUYS! Therefore we have a few less than capable people taking the leads in shows because they put bums on seats and the producers will obviously see that as a great thing. DONT GET ME WRONG it is really


cool that these celebs bring in a different audience who may not be in to theatre otherwise – that’s always a win. But it does leave a stigma behind that people like me (who absolutely love what they do and want to do it forever) have to fight to gain the respect that other actors get by playing these roles. I identify with Elle in that way! Haters gonna hate. Prove them wrong with your actions!


HAVE you ever been out with a guy who’s worn a thong like Enrique the pool cleaner and is it a turn on or turn off for you? What would you prefer guys to wear when they’re by the pool? A man in a thong is not really my thing. I did once date a guy who shaved his legs...that didn’t do it for me. If I didn’t do mine every day he was smoother than me. Not for me that. I like a surfer dude look! Shorts are perfect.


BLONDE or brunette – which do you prefer being and what do you receive more of a reaction from? It honestly doesn’t make a difference to me. I am a natural brunette so have spent more time with brown hair than blonde but I loved my hair blonde too. Wearing the wigs as Elle is so much fun.

IF Elle Woods was on X Factor what would she sing? Something really empowering for sure. “I’m Every WomWE’RE giving away TWO an” or something like that. pairs of tickets to see Legally Blonde at the IF you could sum up Elle’s Festival Theatre in character what would it Edinburgh from November be? Would she be the type 27 until December 2. of person you would be friends with in real life? For a chance of winning I have friends who are so a pair of tickets, answer the much like Elle Woods. Elle following question: is amazingly optimistic, hard WHAT’S THE NAME working, driven and wonderfully kind and loving. OF LUCIE JONES’ She has a rocky start but CHARACTER IN who doesn’t? She learns quickly that THE SHOW? there is more to life than “being blonde and being hot” TO enter go to Facebook and she accepts everyone for @studentragmag exactly who they are. Closing date November 20 That in itself is reason Editor’s decision is final. enough to want to be her bestie.

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WHAT is Danny Mac like to work with? Danny Mac is an a**hole. Just kidding he’s the nicest man on the planet. Such a cool guy to hang around with and be on s tage with. He is a wonderful actor, very warm

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I AM wearing a suit, cuff-links and polished shoes. I look like someone preparing notes for a meeting – little does anyone know the clothes mask my truth. I am an alcoholic. Nobody forced a drink down my throat. I didn’t choose to be an alcoholic. The only reason I knew there was a problem was that I knew that I couldn’t stop drinking. I was irresponsible, paranoid, angry, fearful, bitter and dishonest. I would engineer rows with my wife to justify storming out and not coming back. My head would race, I could see only negatives. Drink was not my problem – living was. I treated my condition with alcohol. It worked through university and my burgeoning career. I had just been head hunted, but at all times I had to drink. Six months later I was sacked. I am a lawyer. I did a job for a man who was working with social services. He was sober through AA. He didn’t drink. He could cope. Like the swan on the surface, I looked ok. Inside where nobody

ANYONE in theatre world you’ve not acted with yet who you love to perform with? There are so many. I love to work with friends as well as people I admire so I’d love one day to do a show with my besties. That would be awesome.

I’m Paul. I don’t need to drink.

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INTERVIEW WHEN Skinny Lister are not wing-walking on a plane and gigging in ice cold conditions on a mountain summit, they’re passing out a flagon of rum to their fans mid-gig. Then there’s the Skinny Sisters who almost turned the band’s live sets into a hen night experience until they were unceremoniously dumped from touring. Singer Lorna Thomas talks to SUSIE DANIELS about life in the fast lane and how she keeps her sanity in the crazy six-piece punkfolk band…

YOU’VE toured in a narrow boat, gigged on restaurant table, hotel elevators and car parks. Ever taken it one step further with your gigs? On a mountain! We videoed our first album for a couple who were having a candlelit dinner and got engaged on a mountain – it was very cold! They named one of their kids Lister after us! We’ve also played in a castle outside Frankfurt in Germany. I’ve done a wing walk where I had a GoPro strapped to each arm trying to look sexy while the wind kept blowing my hand to my face. Apart from that it was calm and peaceful up there.

He’s called ‘Forge’. He’s got plenty of stories (laughs), he’s a right sleazybag.

DO you still pass out a flagon of rum to your fans at your gigs? Of course we do! It’s a vital member of the band. We had a competition for naming the flagon.

DJ and Bestival mastermind Rob Da Bank offered you a deal for an album on his Sunday Best label back in 2011 – was that the start of it all really happening for you? Definitely. We were playing loads of festivals already and put together an album easily to hook up with someone in the industry. For the second album we went with Xtra Mile Recordings as we felt that was more of a solid community that help each other. We were touring with Frank Turner.

WHAT about your group of friends called the Skinny Sisters who follow you around all your gigs – are they still doing that? They got fired! (laughs) That started about because I was spending all my summers at festivals and they were saying, ‘we never see you’ so I said, ‘okay, you can be our dancing girls’. We had to fire them because they kept drinking all the rum from the flagon before it got passed round! It ended up being more like a hen party at our gigs and I forgot I was meant to entertain people!


WE’RE giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see Skinny Lister at Oran Mor in Glasgow on November 23. For a chance of winning a pair of tickets, answer the following question:

WHAT IS THE NAME OF SKINNY LISTER’S FLAGAN OF RUM? TO enter go to Facebook @studentragmag Closing date November 17. Editor’s decision is final.


I’VE heard anything can happen on stage – can you recall some of the crazier gigs? It’s always mental in Glasgow. Last gig we played in Nice ’n Sleazy Neil had to wring out his shirt. In the Bahamas we did a ‘Set Sail’ party on the Saturday then the Sunday was a day trip so it was a full weekend! There were free cocktails, buckets of beer, drinking in the sun

Skinny watching amazing bands. We were playing in the evening in the inside bar. It was mental. I might have cried on that gig. Max fell off stage head first in Jacksonville in the US and nobody seemed to care! His face didn’t look great and the accordion was the worse for wear. I just had bruises. We had a guy in Germany turn up with a drum kit. A friend in the US crowd-surfed with a drum. We get people on stage all the time! IN 2012 Skinny Lister played more festivals than any other band in the world. Was that knackering? It was early on and when somebody asked us to play a gig


keep flying the flagon we kept saying ‘yeah’. We’d go to a festival and play shows. I think we were the hardest partying band – 32 festivals in one Summer! We needed a lot of down time after that. HOW long can you go on with such a hedonistic lifestyle? I’m pretty sensible when I’m at home. It’s sort of like when people associate coffee with work. I save drinking for the occasional big event. During a gig I’ll say, ‘I’m not drinking and everyone will say, ‘yeah, yeah Lorna’. It’s never like a hangover I have and there’s always a new town, new people and on stage we’re sweating it all out. I go for the occasional run. It’s quite good when we’re touring to go for a jog.”

WHAT do you do outside of gigging when your life’s not so wild and chaotic? We are constantly getting ready to tour and writing new music. I live in Hastings by the sea so I go swimming in it, have barbecues and I sleep – a lot!

the accordion and we said, ‘come on mum, you can play the washboard’. Dad was already writing original music at that point. Traditional music always gets people dancing! After a while we hardened our edge and became less folky.

YOU used to dress up in the 1900s vintage clothes like something from a bygone era playing Americana bluegrass. How did that come about? Me, Max, my mum and dad all played together when I started singing when I was about 20 years old. That was just for fun at house parties. Somebody in the village named my dad ‘Party George’. Max picked up

WHAT’S happening later this year? We’re on the road with Beans on Toast touring as a double headline in November and December. It’s going to be mental cos he’s a party animal too! SKINNY Lister play at Oran Mor in Glasgow on November 23. thirty-five


Two pronged rock attack


IF you like a bit of attitude in your music then female duo Rews, consisting of London-born Collette Williams and Belfast-born Shauna Tohill, are going to make you feel alive with their raucous songs full of anger, rage and angst. Not teenage angst, mind you. The drums and guitar-toting girls, who only formed their WHAT two things couldn’t you live without? Shauna: Food. Thai food! In general I love being able to cook and make a healthy meal. I couldn’t live without writing and playing music – my creative instrument. It’s one of the most cathartic things ever. I find it easy to express what I feel. Otherwise I’d go off the rails. Collette: I’d be Jeckyll and Hide without chocolate! Dairy Milk and Galaxy! Also, I couldn’t live without hair dye. I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 14 years old. I’m addicted to it! WHAT two things do you wish you’d done in life? Collette: I guess I wish I’d skydived. I’ve always wanted to do it. I wish I’d written Ever Long by the Foo Fighters. It’s my all-time favourite. Shauna: Ride a horse bareback and shoot a bow and arrow. I’d ride side-saddle and shoot an apple! I’d love to go to Space. I have a book I’m studying on astronomy and I’ve watched a couple of documentaries by Brian Cox and Space looks amazing. ANTEROS singer Laura Hayden, who we interviewed in the last issue, married the girl who produced the band’s music video for a laugh. What crazy thing have you done? Shauna: I thought it would be fun to run a half mile marathon in April this year. I hardly did any training as we were on tour before. Oh yeah, and playing with fire, playing stupid games. I jumped over a bonfire and my shoes caught fire and melted and my jeans were synged! I’d had two bottles of Buckfast, well, we all shared it, and I was completely gone. It was a little camping trip in Ireland. Collette: In my last job we taped air horns to people’s chairs, permanent markers to people’s phones and once locked our manager in the closet!

band a couple of years ago, look like they’re seriously in control rather than out for a good old whine. As they appear to like things that come in twos we decided to go with the twosome theme. Here’s what they had to say to SUSIE DANIELS…

A couple of years ago I went to Las Vegas and you can jump off the top of the Stratosphere Tower. I also went on a rollercoaster drunk. It was the scariest experience of my life and the whole time I was trying not to throw up. WHAT two things would you like to do by the age of 40? Collette: I’d like to have visited all the continents and visited at least one place in each of them. I’d love to play on Jools Holland’s Hootenany at New Year. Don’t tell anyone but they film it a few days before! Shauna: It would be cool to have

a log cabin or vegetable patch and a wee dog. It would be a sanctuary between touring. I want to be touring in Japan by then (when I’m 40) and have a good fanbase worldwide and to be considered alongside Biffy Clyro. Be as big as them! THIS seems to be the time for female artists. Does it feel like it? Collette: Yeah, it’s a good time to do something a bit different for rock and alternative music. YOU’VE been compared to other rock bands and called a female Royal Blood – happy with that comparison? Shauna: It doesn’t bother us. I feel like we are quite like them. Collette: Mostly because we’re a duo but we’re not really like them. We’re a bit more melodic and mainstream. Shauna: Anything different is great.

EVER wanted to play in a mixed band or are you happy just the two of you? Shauna: We come from very different backgrounds. I love artists and bands from Tori Amos to Nails – real, honest people pouring their heart out. At the moment we’re really happy, just the two of us. Collette: I was brought up on Sex Pistols, Police, Rancid and Fleetwood Mac who focused on the harmony and vocals. So bands have always influenced me but we’re fine as we are. SHAUNA spent one and a half years as guest vocalist with Snow Patrol and American indie band Darwin Deez. Was that amazing? Shauna: Yeah. We toured across Europe and in the UK. It was the biggest band I’d toured with and it was mental and amazing. It gave me a taste of what’s to come. It was so inspirational. Snow Patrol say it took them ten years to be an overnight success! It makes you want to work harder. COLLETTE, you drummed in a Gabrielle Aplin video and played on the Graham Norton show. Was that where you wanted to be at? Colette: A lot of session stuff I did was pop and chat friendly. You work for passion and work. I always wanted it to be rockier. HOW did you get involved in music and what instruments do you play? Colette: I play drums, keys, guitar and violin. I sang in church. I learned drums at 14 years old. My dad bought my first drum kit and I dabbled in violin. I was really inspired by Dave Grohl and played with Lenny Kravitz, Cindy and Travis Blackman. Shauna: I play guitar, piano, bass and cello REWS’ debut album Pyro is out now.


PITCH PERFECT 3 STARRING: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elisabeth Banks. RELEASE DATE: December 22 WHO’S up for one last hurrah with our favourite a capella group? Okay, we all know nothing’s ever going to live up to the first one but this finale is set to go out with a bang. The girls reunite to play for US troops in Europe in a desperate attempt to prove they’ve got one more high note left. But, let’s be honest, we’re not here for the plot. What we all love about Pitch Perfect is the toe-tapping music, the fun-loving girls we’ve bonded with over the years and – of course – Fat Amy. And this film, although not winning an Oscar any time soon, is set to have all that. Grab your imaginary microphone and sing along with our girls for one last time.

LET me hear a hallelujah! Much as I love Marvel, for once it hasn’t dominated Winter cinema screens. So as a welcome break we can enjoy the Coen brothers doing what they do best – lots of crazy sh*t, a capella with Fat Patricia, oops, I mean Fat Amy. Sshh! Don’t tell anyone! (Pitch Perfect joke obvs), Jake Gyllenhall acting in anything and...Matt Damon acting in anything. Eilidh Akilade looks at some of the films that will get us through the chunky jumper, pumpkin latte months...

MOLLY’S GAME STARRING: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner RELEASE DATE: December 26

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HERE we follow the true story of Molly Bloom, a young woman who lead the world’s most notorious poker game for ten years. This edgy, badass drama will take us through her FBI arrest and the following court case. With Aaron Sorkin directing – the genius screenwriter behind The

West Wing and The Social Network – this is sure to be a hard-hitting yet elegant portrayal of not only the difficulties for women in breaking the ‘glass ceiling’ but also how that relates to organised crime. Jessica Chastain’s performance of a complex woman will not only get you wrapped up in the equally complex plot but also get you thinking. Expect late night poker games, a lot of pent up rage and striking stares.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES STARRING: Emma Stone, Steve Carrel RELEASE DATE: November 24 BASED on the true story of Billie Jean and Bobby Riggs’ 1973 tennis match, this film has empowerment written all over it. Emma Stone will undoubtedly portray this strong female lead with the same grace with which she continuously mesmerises her audience while Steve Carrell

– the undeniably less likeable Riggs – will of course offer some comic relief. The blending of themes, such as women’s rights and sexuality, in this ‘not-your-average’ sports film will inspire anyone and everyone. A sports film for people who aren’t fans of sport.

STRONGER STARRING: Jake Gyllenhall, Tatiana Maslany RELEASE DATE: December 8

LIFE affirming, inspirational, poignant: cliches this film will undeniably live up to. And it’s based on a true story so prepare to shed a tear. After losing

his legs at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Jeff Bauman is faced with the impossible task of adjusting to his new reality. This film follows our resilient protagonist as his friends and family try to help him with both his physical and emotional recovery. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany – the many faces of hit TV show Orphan Black – are set to portray this candid look at incomprehensible hardships with all the grace it deserves.


STARRING: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac RELEASE DATE: November 29 THINK white picket fences, pastel colours, neatly tailored suits, swanky cars and a whole lotta blood. Fifties suburbia is spun upside down in this Coen brothers’ exploration of the brutality of man with the ever hilarious Matt Damon as lead. A newly widowed father is caught up in

the chaos that ensues when this middle class, idyllic town is consumed by crime, violence and revenge. This one is going to have us all killing ourselves laughing one minute then gagging at dead bodies the next. Director George Clooney has crafted a dark, satirical comedy that is sure to have us longing for an alternative 1950s we didn’t even know we wanted. thirty-nine

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI STARRING: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley RELEASE DATE: December 15 Look – these films are cult classics, I could hardly not include one, could I? Our favourite hero, Luke Skywalker, meets a young woman Rey who allegedly has the Force. Exciting stuff? Maybe not but if you’re craving the flashy lights, cosmic setting and loveable characters of your childhood this is a pretty good place to start. Of course, it’s probably not going to reach the soaring heights of our old favourites but either way, it can’t be worse than The Phantom Menace.

WONDER STARRING: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson RELEASE DATE: December 1 THIS one’s set to be just what you need to thaw your cold winter heart. A light-hearted look at a difficult to breach topic follows 10-year-old August Pullman who has a facial disfigurement. After years of home schooling he enters into the tumultuous world of

elementary school, which is brimming with both joy and pain. August’s navigation of friends and bullies, fitting in and standing out is bound to be a tear-jerker – my wellloved copy of the 2012 novel knows that all too well. And, with big names such as Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts you just know this is going to captivate its audience. So bring the tissues and snuggle up for this heart-warming tale, beaming with childlike wonder.

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Steps STEPS! Yes! I offer you up some stilton-strength pop cheese. 5,6,7,8; One for Sorrow, Tragedy, Chain Reaction, Better the Devil You Know – expect these and much more (some filler material), in what is sure to be a great revisiting of 90s pop for those old enough to remember it. To all others, this concert could possibly be considered baffling and pointless. Lose your coolness and go see H, Claire, Lee, Lisa and Faye at the Hydro. (I promise I had to look up their names). l STEPS play the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Nov 16 and Dec 17.

King Krule IT was recently revealed that King Krule rejected the chance to meet with, and write for, Kanye West. That’s a good indicator of how highly King Krule is riding the cool wave right now. The grumbling vocals and hard guitar playing bely the fact Krule is a graduate of pop factory, the Brit School. Having produced the likes of Lily Allen and Adele, it seems the Brit School has now found the ability to create indie stars. His latest single, Dum Surfer, is along the lines of Dave Gahan’s work with added saxophone.


l KING Krule plays SWG3 in Glasgow on December 15.

Paramore REVAMPED and slathered in retro 80s sounds and fashion, Paramore have managed to retain loyalty from a huge chunk of their original emo, pop-punk fan base while storming into the pop charts. At this point Hayley Williams can basically do whatever she wants with her career. So far

she’s been a scene queen, featured on low quality R’n’B singer’s tracks, hooked up with Chvrches and is now channelling her inner Debbie Harry all throughout constantly changing line-ups in the band. Paramore are at the stage that the entire set list can be made up entirely of hits and

Leif Vollebekk THINK of the opposite of what you’d expect to hear in The Garage club nights. That’s what Leif Vollebekk is. The Canadian singer-songwriter is as gentle and chilled out as it gets. He has toured all over North America but he’s not the most well-known name this side of the Atlantic and had he had a bigger following he would most likely be playing somewhere like Oran Mor. Nonetheless, Leif will get to experience Sauchiehall Street and try and impose the calmness of his drowsy, dreamy folk-rock onto the Glasgow punters. Never know, maybe he’ll jump into Driftwood for a Mad Dog slushy.

Amy Macdonald

IT’S been 10 years since Amy MacDonald made waves with her debut album, This is the Life. The eponymous lead single saw her gain a large following here in the UK but an even larger following in mainland Europe partly thanks to supporting slots on tour with the likes of Paul Weller. Arguably unlike any of the other gig recommenNoel’s lead single, Holy dations here, her folkish Mountain, featuring Paul music suits the time of Weller on organ, is as upbeat year well. as the famously grouchy It’s easier to imagine Manc has ever produced. getting wrapped up and I have had it pointed out heading out to a gig like to me that certain segments hers as opposed to Marilyn of the chorus sound vaguely Manson’s. I don’t know like Ricky Martin. I can’t if goths wear scarves. imagine Noel taking that as Frankly, I don’t want to a compliment but it is difficult know. to unhear. l AMY MacDonald l WHO Built the Moon? plays the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow on is released on Nov 24. December 16.

l LEIF VOLLEBEKK plays The Garage in Glasgow on November 24.

Noel Gallagher BROTHER Liam’s solo album hit number one in the downloads chart and outsold the number two (and the rest of the chart combined) by tens of thousands. That’s the kind of statistics that would be intimidating to most rival musicians. However, what Noel Gallagher has on his side is that he has the confidence/arrogance to swagger on regardless of what anyone else is doing, family member or not. basically play through the equivalent of a greatest hits album. l PARAMORE play the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on January 20


PVRIS released All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell earlier in the year. The album revealed a much more considered and focused version of the band compared to their debut, which was itself a

good album that gained the band high praise in a short amount of time. As with all bands on their second album, performances and confidence skyrockets. Occupying a similar space to Phantogram and

M83, Pvris’ deep, dark, bassy synths will set up an impressive show in what is Glasgow’s best venue. l PVRIS play the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Nov forty-three 27.


Man of the world Foundation ONE of the most popular foundations right now is the L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Pro Matte Foundation, at a reasonable drugstore price of £9, it’s sure to become a staple product in your everyday routine. Although it provides a matte coverage, it doesn’t dry out your skin, and it also suits those who have slightly oilier skin. It’s perfect for anyone and everyone. Not only is it matte, non-drying on the skin and suitable for all skin types, but it provides full coverage and doesn’t have a cakey appearance. Let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than getting to the afternoon and your foundation, concealer and powder have all forty-four

WITH male beauty bloggers on the rise and men reaching milestones in the beauty community – James Charles becoming the first boy to grace the cover of CoverGirl and Manny Gutierrez (Manny MUA) appointed Maybelline’s first male ambassador – it’s only fitting that men share the beauty section with women says SARAH CALPIN. formed a lovely cakey texture on your face, is there? This foundation is loved by beauty bloggers such as Manny MUA, which shows you don’t need to break the bank to create a perfect look.

Contour ONE of the best, classic, natural makeup looks is having good contour. There is nothing stronger than a sharp jawline or harsh cheekbone. As men naturally have a more defined jawline and cheekbones, contour looks great on them as it

enhances natural features, or just creates a whole new look. So many of us, male and female, shy away from it in the winter months for fear that it will look stupid walking about with beautifully bronzed skin whilst its frosty and its about two degrees outside. I’ve found the best products to get that perfectly chiselled look – Anastasia Beverly Hills, the brand best known for brows and contour kits. Although they’re a high end brand and some of their products can have a high price point, they really work and are definitely worth the money.


Lip service Kylie’s on the case

Their contour kits are famous across the beauty community and come in both cream and powder forms, so their bound to work for everyone, whatever your preference. The kits come in light, medium or dark and each set includes three bronzing shades and three highlighting shades. Men and women, young and old rave about this product, and if you’re worried about the price point, it’s not too late to add to your Christmas wish list! Both cream and powder contour kits are available at BeautyBay for £42.

THE Kylie Lip Kits are now a well-known product and days it’s slightly easier these to get your hands on one. They retail at $29 (£21.9 5) and include a lip liner and an ultra-matte liquid lips some shades are ava tick; ilable as singles however, with a lip liner retailing at $14 single (£10.60) and a liquid lipstick at The only con $17 of Kylie Cosmetics is tha (£12.90). t because the brand is Although the first release bas only California, shipping cos ed in included three shades , there ts can rack the total cost up by is now an impressive 25 a significant amount of up shades ranging from ligh staple to £30 t nudes to deep reds. My advice is to team up . with a friend who also There are also Winter, wan products and jointly plac ts Autumn and Summer limited big order to split the shipe a edition collections whi ch are ping costs. released annually. Get the Kylie LipKits They give a long lasting, $29 at KylieCosmetic for flawless look that is gua to attract attention of meranteed n and women alike. Drugstore Alternative Disclaimer: Once you TH ER E are plenty of one, you’re hooked in buy dru and may alternatives that will give gstore find yourself up at cra zy times, a similar effect. laptop ready, anxiously for the next collection waiting Ma keu p Rev olut ion has just to drop. launched their Christm as range. This includes the ‘Retro Luxe Lip Vault’ ir which includes five matte lip kits three metallic lipkits and , two gloss lipkits. Whilst these aren’t the same quality as a Kylie Lip Kit, they are great for getting a similar look on a budget. The five matte shades all varying shades of nudare with one light pink, the e thre metallic options are gold e pink and burgundy and , two glosses have a dee the p and a light nude. The Vault gives you almost every shade you cou need (except a red) and ld the perfect thing to put is on your Christmas list. It retails for £50 which sounds expensive but you do get ten lip liners, five matte lipsticks, three me lics and two glosses-ma tal£50 a relatively cheap king pric Get it at Superdrug for e! £30 (sale price).


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HEALTH AND BEAUTY IT seems to be a continual theme that won’t keep the make-up companies too happy but the catwalk was crying out for a more natural cheek coupled with a bold eye or lip. Though they might not be raking it in with their foundations, the lip and eye shadows are flying off the shelves right now. Good news is it looks great on everyone and obvi-

ously works for party season! You can finally make use of that eye shadow palette that you thought you’d only ever slap on at Halloween. Experiment with colours on the eyelid and not the brow. Brow eye make-up will hopefully never make a comeback so your look will remain subtle but striking. SARAH CALPIN guides you...

Cheek it natural this party season EYES STATEMENT eyes means we’re all in dire need of a staple eye shadow palette that has mattes, shimmers, light and dark shades. There are great drugstore eye shadow palettes but it may be worthwhile investing in a high end, luxury palette as they are one of the few long-lasting beauty items. YouTuber turned make-up brand owner, Huda Beauty, recently released her new eye shadow palette ‘Desert Dusk’. It has a wide range of shades from classic nudes to burnt orange, including a bright purple. This palette features both matte and shimmer shades that are perfect for the statement eye. The first Huda Beauty palette catapulted the brand to fame status. It’s a safe bet that this one will have a similar effect. It allows you to create almost any look you want – perfect for party season! And guess what, it also looks great in all your Instagram and Facebook images. Just saying… Cult Beauty £56

NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator £8

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BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Bare Minerals johnlewis. £26.10

HEALTH AND BEAUTY Dry Skin THE best way to vanquish dry skin is to combat it head on on a regular basis with a thick moisturiser that works for you and your skin type. Don’t forget, it also provides a perfect base for your make-up. Keeping your skin hydrated reduces oiliness and acne and makes your foundation last longer. The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost range includes two different moisturisers – a gel and a cream which both have a light texture and claim to have long-lasting benefits. The whole range is focused on moisturising and hydrating the skin and is ‘the next best thing’ according to numerous beauty bloggers and Youtubers such as Tanya Burr.

And if Tanya says so then it must be true! It’s not just the Winter cold that causes bad skin. In Winter I tend to wear heavier make-up on a night out so it perpetuates the cycle thanks to clogged pores! NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser (50 ml) £12.99 at Superdrug. NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturiser (50 ml) £12.99 at Superdrug.

Deal with a dry spell IT’S not just the red-breasted robin who brings news of a temperature drop. Cold mornings, cracked lips and dry skin also herald the arrival of Winter like the toot of a regal trumpet. SARAH CALPIN presents the main Winter beauty problems and the essentials that will fix them!

Chapped Lips EVERYONE knows the pain of having chapped lips in the Winter and not realising how bad it is until you go to apply your favourite lipstick and it shows up as patchy, flaky skin. That’s not the ideal situation when you’re getting ready for a festive party and some serious Christmas kissing! So many of us forget to regularly use a lip balm or smooth on some Vaseline that’s lurking at the bottom of forty-eight

three of your handbags. Investing in a slightly pricier lip balm like Crabtree and Evelyn’s jojoba lip balm will ensure you use it…won’t it? The original Carmex lip balm tube is a cheaper alternative yet still nourishes and conditions the lips at a fraction of the price. It’s sold at most pharmaceutical retailers for around £2.69.

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Dry Hands IN the Winter, many of us are prone to getting gardener’s hands – like nicks or paper cuts all over your hands especially round your knuckles. Having a hand cream in your bag is an obvious essential along with that anti disinfectant. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream is a drugstore favourite that provides immediate relief as well as protecting those dry, exposed hands that haven’t quite hit a low enough Winter temperature to allow mitt-wearing. 50ml bottle, £2.66 at Boots. Soap and Glory is another number one drugstore brand that’s well known for its skincare and make-up. Their ‘Hand Food’ claims to soften, soothe and smooth dry skin and quadruple bonus – it’s scented vanilla and amber. 50ml bottle, £2.50 at Boots. At £29 a pop Gardeners Hand Therapy by, yes, Crabtree and Evelyn, is very expensive but is the best moisturising cream you’ll ever use. I can vouch for it first hand! (See what I did there?)

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WE’VE GOT STREET PARTY TICKETS EDINBURGH’S Hogmanay festival turns 25 this year, and invites the world to join the party that promises to be bigger and better than ever before! The three-day New Year festival opens on the 30 December 2017 with the traditional Torchlight Procession through the heart of the old town culminating in a stunning visual moment in Holyrood Park, where one word, #ScotWord, decided by young people from across Scotland, will be spelled out in fire to launch Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. Followed by a spectacular display of fireworks. From 7pm Edinburgh’s world famous Street Party gets underway, with a night long celebration including DJs, street performers, dancers, acrobats and fire eaters combining to make it the party of a lifetime! This year features sets from The Human League, Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals & BBC Radio 6 Music), Sacred Paws, and Niteworks,among other top acts. At the same time you could be stomping your feet, flinging your partner and joining hands with friends from across the globe at Pic: Chris Watt

Ceilidh under the Castle with Edinburgh Gin. From 9pm, with a backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, Concert in the Gardens plays out to 10,000 partygoers. Headlining this year’s concert is double Brit Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man alongside up and coming star Declan McKenna and Nina Nesbitt. Ringing in the New Year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay sees the longest, biggest and best fireworks display for years launched from the castle. On 1 January 2018, the brave and the foolhardy dive into the chilly Firth of Forth for the Loony Dook, raising money for a huge range of charities in the process. As dusk falls on 1 January, Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, celebrates its rich literary heritage with Message from the Skies. Author Val McDermid has written a new short story which will be projected across buildings and landmarks around the city. Say to the world… I. WAS. THERE. Visit to book tickets or to find out more WE’VE got FOUR pairs of Street Party tickets WORTH OVER £200 to give away. For a chance of winning a pair of tickets, answer the following question: WHICH ARTIST WILL HEADLINE THE CONCERT IN THE GARDENS?

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The ideal body is an impermanent one

How to be

DO you remember in the early 2000s just about every sitcom, at least once, had a girl desperately ask, “Does my butt look big in this?” That same pain and agony is now etched into the faces of many girls as they worry that their butt does not “look big in this”. Crazy, right? Our beauty standards change constantly: from month to month, year to year, century to century. Ancient Greece glorified pale, curvy, full women – tell that to your fake tan and dreaded fat rolls – whereas in 1920s Europe it was all about that androgynous figure. Maybe, just maybe, this shows that fixating on a ‘perfect’ body is futile. Besides, if you dig deep enough in the history books whatever your body type is will have been ‘perfect’ at some point.

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Body positivity isn’t just for girls LET’S be honest: I say body issues and you think of a teenage girl obsessing over weight, plastering her face with foundation and burning her skin with a concoction of acne products. But – news flash – body issues affect every gender and so body positivity is for all. Yes, women and men are held to different standards but we all feel the same crushing pressure. As a woman, I’m aware I should have a big butt, big boobs, but of course still a slim figure, the right shade of tanned fifty

skin, silky straight hair rather than the frizzy mane I champion and, you know, be ‘pretty’. Exhausting. Men, here’s your (beginners’) checklist: be muscular – but in a natural way like the latest Marvel superhero, obviously; be the right kind of hairy and be tall, being smaller than a girl is a national embarrassment. Easy peasy. If any of that nonsense made you come out in panicked sweats then you desperately need your daily dose of body positivity.


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EVER not worn that top because it revealed your oh-so-horrificnot-flat stomach? Or practised the skilful art of posing to conceal your ‘problem areas’ in photos? Or perhaps simply looked in the mirror and felt ‘meh’? Well

Why are we all so hung up on body image?

you’re in luck: there’s a loving wave of body positivity right now and it’s one we should all jump headfirst into. EILIDH AKILADE knows all about being body positive. And she’s willing to share...

IT’S bizarre that we’re all so worried about lumps of bone, muscle and fat, but, whether we’re aware of it or not, we’ve all been programmed to think that way. We pay weight loss companies to tell us how awful our diet is. We watch TV problems that either worship one body type or tell you how to fix your own – why, oh why, did I watch Ten Years Younger aged eight? We’re told to wear make-up, go to the gym, eat ‘clean’ – whatever that means – buy into the new fashions to fit in. It doesn’t help that we’re all precariously navigating the new world of social media. It’s a triumph of body insecurities that we can now compare ourselves to others with likes, comments, followers... This bombardment of ‘perfection’ leaves us caught in a web of self hate. It’s no wonder we spend all our time and money on picking ourselves apart.

What does body positivity mean? FAT bits, thin bits, lumpy bits, wonky noses, small boobs, saggy butts, spotty faces, stretch marks – it’s ridiculous everything we can feel insecure about. Worry not – body positivity is here to help. Body positivity is a movement to promote self love and acceptance of your beautiful body. I can already hear the usual rebuttals: “Positivity – sounds a bit… hippy,” or, “Isn’t loving your body a bit big headed?” – to which I roll my eyes.

This is a movement we desperately need. In such an image driven society it’s difficult not to get too wrapped up in our insecurities. Adopting body positivity into your life will make you a more confident, happy and less stressed person – that’s a pinky promise. You in? fifty-one

HEALTH AND BEAUTY THE pain of convincing myself not to eat the cake is always worse than any ‘guilt’ from eating the cake. Jumping into the sea on holiday – thanks little cousins – is so much better than trying to preserve my hair and makeup all day. So why do we strive so much for this perfection? No matter how many times you go to the gym or how much plastic surgery you get you’re never going to achieve this ‘perfection’. It’s a mirage, an unattainable goal that is only going to worsen when we feed into the desperation. And, we all know that so often these people who seem to have attained ‘perfection’ are plagued with misery – even they aren’t ‘perfect’. It must be exhausting constantly telling yourself you need to do this, this and this to be good enough. So yes, if you think it will really honestly truly make you feel better to lift those weights or get that boob job then go for it. But, just remember, life is better when you jump into the deep end and eat the cake.

Get to know the person behind the image ALTHOUGH body positivity is all about, well, your body, it’s important to focus on you as a person too. Your body is simply a shell. What really matters is you as a person – so much more important than an image any day. Try taking a break from social media to reconnect with yourself: constantly comparing yourself to others isn’t going to do you any favours and I guarantee it will help detox your mind. Instead, maybe keep a journal, write,

get creative – anything that will help you get to know the real you. Perhaps try meditating or being mindful – it’s not as hippy as it sounds – to de-stress. Think about all your positive attributes and what it is your loved ones love about you. Even simply spending time with those closest to you can take your mind off your insecurities and allow you to focus on people rather than people’s image.

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increase in donations we need even more help to keep our stores running, and we couldn’t do this without the help of our volunteers. So why not put on that Christmas sweater and head down to your local store to enquire today!

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE DOING? • Stock processing & prep including sorting, steaming and pricing • Visual Merchandising - Creating stylish windows and displays • Replenishing stock on the shop floor • Developing customer service skills • Working on the till processing sales and returns VOLUNTEERING PROVIDES GREAT PERSONAL BENEFITS AND ‑CAREER DEVELOPMENT SUCH AS: • Customer service skills • Retail skills such as visual merchandising. • Increased confidence • Team-working skills • Problem-solving abilities • Meeting new people AS little as two hours a week volunteering in our retail stores could transform a child’s life, as

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Perfection can’t buy you happiness

Love your body FOCUSING on what you love about your body is tricky but essential. To start off, write down all your positive features or mentally compliment yourself whenever you see that babe in the mirror. Try to feel comfortable in your body too, after all you’re stuck in it for a lifetime. If dancing alone to old Glee songs in your underwear makes you feel good – thank goodness I’m not alone – then go for it! I like to exercise – not to lose weight or tone but to reduce stress and release those sweet en-

dorphins. And think how amazing your body is: your heart pumps blood so you can hug, dance, travel, communicate, even give blood – find love in that! My food philosophy is if my body’s craving it then I must need it. Don’t argue with me on this, it’s nearly the holiday season. Throw in plenty of fruit and veg because nurturing your body is just as important as cake. Oh, and ever heard of self-care? I go all out: nails painted, Lush baths, Gilmore Girls, anything to make me feel like a Goddess.

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INTERVIEW WORLD POETRY slam champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read – known as comedy rap duo Harry & Chris – are concerned about panda reproductivity. So much so, they’ve written a hilarious rap with sing-a-long chorus ‘eats, shoots, leaves’. The boys also rap about time travel, vegetarianism and robot wars. It’s funnier than it sounds and hot from this year’s Fringe Harry talks to SUSIE DANIELS about demand for his dungarees...

‘HARRY & Chris’ sounds child-friendly. As you age will you call your show, ‘The Baker-Read Show’ to sound more mature like Mitchell and Webb or Armstrong & Miller? That’s going to be our grand reveal. The first show was about finishing university and being in the real world so there was a lot of angst. With this show there are three generations in the crowd so we’re relating to more things. We’ve still got a lot of students who like our stuff. Robot Wars is quite a niche reference. HOW did you both start out and get into rap comedy? I started out with spoken word comedy – hip hop rapping rhythm in vibe. With Chris it’s the excitement of having a mate on stage – it helps when you trust someone! I’ve done a couple of rap battles but like everything else I didn’t want to tear apart someone but I like humour to disarm people. DID you secretly write songs for any pop stars? Not yet. We’re working on it. (laughs) We’ve got a song about Monopoly we can use if we ever sell out. ARE you going to bring out your own range of dungarees? I think one other person has said that. That to me is enough of a demand! We were trying to work out what to wear that wasn’t too much and were thinking of recreating a deck of playing cards – us kitted out as the cards. YOUR songs/rap/slam poetry are feel good, world-is-a-better-place happy. Do either of you have a spiritual background? It stems from our personalities and our outlook on life. I don’t want it to be ‘hey, we’re being happy’ so we don’t want to ram it down your throat. In our fifty-four

They eat, they shoot, they leave lives there’s definitely been hard times but knowing what helped us through it is good to share. We met and went to a Church of England high school and were involved in Christian communities where we had lots of chances to be creative. We’re not trying to preach – we have a tongue-in-cheek reference to religion. We do still have a pray before each performance. THERE are songs about pandas, Jesus, Robot Wars and vegetarianism. Is there any subject that’s taboo? We try and have that positive feel to it and have more current affairs and political raps and songs and try and keep cynicism and looking down on anything out of it. The only guiding principle we have is keep it uplifting. EVER rapped to chat someone up or split up with them? I’ve not, luckily, no. My fiancée really likes poetry so I have written poems for her. Chris has written songs for his fiancée. When we were teenagers fancying someone was the biggest deal ever so between us we wrote some awful songs.

CHRIS gets a bit giggly when you ad lib on stage – do you set each other off a lot? Almost every song starts with one of us trying to make the other one laugh so I love that. There’s stuff that comes very naturally to write and sing about. Things like me going vegetarian. It’s not an act – we genuinely enjoy each other’s company. HARRY, will you write a special rap for Student Rag? Hey this is Harry – I’ve got this in the bag, It’s been an honour chatting to Student Rag, I’ve been asked to do a rap and I really wasn’t ready, But I thought that I should try and come up with something for Susie, If you’ve enjoyed this Q &A, our show’s a bit like this, Except with actual good music and better planned lyrics, So keep your eyes out for the Harry and Chris Show 2, Coming very soon to a venue near you! HARRY and Chris play Edinburgh’s Stand on December 10 and Glasgow’s Stand on December 18.


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