Tzusan is a Scottish experimental hip-hop artist signed to the record label SKOOP. He’s released two albums to date, receiving critical acclaim from a number of media outlets, most notably FADER and The Skinny.

When I call Tzusan, he’s just finishing up in the studio, admitting that it’s become a second home for him since COVID struck, as it’s an excuse to get out of the house and lose himself in the process of making music and writing lyrics. It’s been a few years since we last caught up, and in that time he’s made a significant evolution both in…

Following the death of Diego Maradona, I was surprised to see Peter Shilton trending on Twitter. I assumed it would be in relation to Diego’s fantastic solo goal which culminated in a shimmy past Shilton before he slotted home, but it was actually the result of a series of interviews which Shilton had been giving to most major news outlets. I thought it was unusual that the British media were scrambling over themselves to interview a keeper who had only had a limited number of interactions with El Pibe de Oro, until I watched one of these interviews and began…

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We’ve qualified, but we can’t risk complacency, particularly following the two disappointing nations’ league results earlier this week. A nine game unbeaten streak flatters a Scotland side that is neither defensively solid or much of a goal threat, and unless Steve Clarke makes some strategic changes, I wouldn’t be surprised if, come the summer, we go crashing out, bottom of the group with only a goal or two to our name. …

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It seems appropriate that Trump will bow out of the presidency in the most petulant manner possibly, dealing one final, absurd and embarrassing blow to American democracy in the process; however as many journalists have been quick to point out — this is by no means the end of Trumpism. That conclusion in itself is misleading, since it assumes that the phenomenon we are witnessing began with Trump. It did not. An excellent example of so-called Trumpism preceding the eponymous president’s political ambitions is the clip of John McCain’s concession speech, which is currently doing the rounds on Twitter. …

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Luigi Formisano is a Neapolitan comic book artist, living in Glasgow. He’s worked in webcomics as well as traditional publishing, recently debuting with Bugs Comics as the artist for their monthly horror series — Samuel Stern.

[A man and a woman sit opposite one another in the corner of a coffee-shop. Their table is by the window, but the view is partly obscured by the chain’s logo slapped across the glass — a large coffee bean, with thick white lettering running along the curve of the bean in a Clarendon font. The man’s hair is a slash running from his…

Ruaridh Fleck is a fourth year politics student at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of the “goodbye collective”.

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A thin stream of ruby liquid flows from the spout into the cup in front of him, as Ruaridh explains he’s weaning himself off caffeine, hence the pomegranate tea. We’re sitting at a window table in Offshore, on a typical gloomy Glasgow afternoon, catching up for the first time since last term finished. …

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Casting my mind back to my Freshers’ experience, around eight years ago, I can’t help but feel sorry for the generation of 17/18 year olds that have just embarked upon what will likely prove to be a pretty dismal first year at university. …

Robbie Greig is an award-winning fiddle player and full-time member of The Paul McKenna Band, Tannara and INYAL. He has also performed with a number of established British folk bands, most notably Niteworks, Malinky and Talisk.

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I meet Robbie in the Old Toll Bar, just south of the river — a part of Glasgow that I’m ashamed to say I rarely visit, since it’s on the outer edges of the West End studenty bubble I’m usually floating around in. It’s the kind of place that guide books would call a “hidden gem” — an unassuming exterior, but through the doors…

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Earlier this week, Johnson announced a long-anticipated merger which will see the Department for International Development (DfID) subsumed into the foreign office. This move has been on the Conservative government’s cards since May took charge and despite the assurances that various spokespeople have given regarding the government’s continued commitment to meeting aid targets, this change is not simply the structural readjustment they would have us believe. It embodies a new aid strategy which will not only attempt to redefine our traditional concept of aid, but will also play an important role in Johnson’s Brexit strategy.

Foreign aid was initially limited…

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I’ve only ever been stopped by the police twice — the first time I was in my late teens and on the way to my friend’s flat, in Edinburgh, for a film night. I’d recently had my hair bleached and I was checking my reflection in the window of a parked car, trying to shrug off my dad’s “Flash Gordon” comparison, when the police drove by. It had started to drizzle so, as I walked away, I pulled my hood up and broke into a light jog. I’d made it about twenty metres further on down the street before I…

Tommypia

4th year politics student @ UofG

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