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2019 William Hill PDC World Championship Preview, Predictions

On Thursday 13 December, the William Hill World Darts Championship gets underway at the Alexandra Palace, with the final taking place on Tuesday 1 January 2019. Rob Cross enters the tournament as defending champion, having beaten Phil Taylor 7-2 in last year’s final. In the 12 months since that memorable night, a lot has changed for both Cross and the...

EXCLUSIVE: MI6 Chief Alex Younger talks Brexit, Russia, recruitment and St Andrews

In a rare interview, Alex Younger, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) told The Saint that the greatest threat Russia poses to the UK currently is the destabilisation of our alliances.

Russia and Cyber-Warfare: MI6 Chief speaks in St Andrews

Alexander Younger, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), delivered a speech earlier today in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre. Mr Younger has been Chief of the SIS, more commonly referred to as MI6, since November 2014 having previously been involved in counter-terrorism for the 2012 London Olympics. The talk had been advertised in the weekly all-student email but Mr...

The depiction of masculinity in “Breaking Bad”

Recently I have revisited the show that arguably, spare perhaps The Wire and The Sopranos, kick-started the TV and streaming revolution that has unfolded around us in recent years. In carrying out this exercise, of going back to Bad, I have understood it differently than I did on my initial viewing. The power of Breaking Bad as an amazing...

Hell is other people on stage in No Exit

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos explores an afterlife where hell is being with other people in a locked room, inflicting eternal torment on each other. If you recognised this brief summary as a key plot element from a beloved contemporary TV comedy (which I will not name for spoilers’ sake), look no further: the innovative, non-profit artists’ collective Peachy Keen...

A tribute to Stan Lee

Back when I was 11, I was a bit of a geek. I knew of Marvel Comics from one of my friends but nothing more than that. Suddenly, later that year, my friends started to egg me on to see a new movie called Iron Man. I eventually gave in and we went to see it. In the middle...

“Fantastic Beasts” returns with an underwhelming sequel

Toward the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there is an extended sequence wherein a character we barely know narrates to another theoretically important character who is barely in the film the truth of the latter’s backstory, which rests on forced marriage through mind control and apparently ties them into prominent figures from the Harry Potter backstory...

Sleeping Beauty comes to the Byre with a Scottish twist

Let’s face it, pantomimes can be a-bit problematic. Lots of productions now, even in these enlightened times, seem like they’re from decades ago, with elements of transphobia, sexism, and even racism in some cases. Which is a shame – at their best, pantos are fun, magical, and for me at least, they conjure memories of short winter evenings with...

“To be scary is liberating”: A preview to “Blood Wedding”

Focusing on a bride who has no choice but to marry an eligible, young bachelor while still in love with her ex, renowned Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding is a tale of deception and an exploration of fate. Set in Spain in the 1930s, the plot compiles several familiar limitations to the lovers’ blooming romance you’d expect...

UndergraduEats: Student-friendly one pot pasta recipe

There are some things that I love about student housing; for example, that my landlords change light bulbs for us and that I can borrow my flatmate’s top when we decide to go to the Union at the last minute. But washing dishes by hand? Not one of them. Luckily, this one-pot pasta dish makes cleaning up easy. All...