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The End of Leuchars?

To many, RAF Leuchars is nothing more than the distant sound of plane engines. Nevertheless, it is a rumble that is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Due to the Ministry of Defence spending cuts, outlined in the Strategic Defense Review, the Royal Air Force has already announced its plans to close Kinloss on 31 July 2011, one of four remaining...

The Division of Sudan

  98.83% of the Southern Sudanese voted in favour of splitting from the North in the January referendum. From the past record of violence and civil war stretching back decades, one has to wonder if this referendum may result in more harm than good. Will there finally be peace? Sudan, the largest country in Africa, is situated in East Africa...

The Fossil Fuel Industry: Not as bad as its reputation

The fossil fuel industry has long been the focus of much dislike. The general argument posits that, not only seeking to prolong our dependence on fossil fuels, the fossil fuel industry is also especially negligent of human rights. However, I shall conjecture that this is not an entirely correct view of the matter. Firstly, on a completely a priori basis,...

St Andrews surfers take to the waves in Morocco

Salam wa aleikum! In January, the St Andrews Surf Club organised a surfing trip to Morocco. Along with 16 other keen surfers, we met at Gatwick and set off on our adventure to the northern coast of Africa. My first impression of Africa was the breathtaking scenery from the window of the aeroplane, a landscape of mountains and dry field with...

White Knights, Dark Threats – Why peace isn’t always peaceful

Dr Gerard De Groot, a Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and the author of The Bomb: A Life, has been a key contributor to gender and peacekeeping. In his lecture on “Wanted: A good few women: Gender and peacekeeping in the 21st century” on the 16th of February, he made the audience realise that...

American Dreams: The Bus 52 Campaign

This summer, a St Andrews philanthropic campaign will kick off, but with a bit of a twist. Bus 52 is a year long project looking at highlighting and profiling people around the United States, who are making a difference in the everyday lives of others in their community. Driving around in a converted school bus, a group of graduates...

Taking the creative plunge

The world of the freelance writer, artist or actor can often be a tough and uncertain one. For creative souls, living close to the breadline, without the security of holiday pay, pension schemes, health insurance and always searching for their life-changing “break” is hard. Artists and actors are often forced to seek alternative employment merely to survive while they use...

Travelling to Tuscany on a budget

“P.S…are you going on Ryanair? If so, good luck…” These were the words of comfort I received from the Features Editor before I set off on my trip to Tuscany over the inter-semester break. Mid-flight, this got me thinking - are budget airlines really all that bad? They provide us with cheap flights, making our breaks affordable and cheerful…. or so...

How to be a proper English gentleman

Traditional British etiquette is hard to find in today’s modern society. As Sir Patrick Moore once said, the height of Englishness is “good manners”. Many of us would like to think that we are quite polite: holding the door open for others, veiling one’s mouth whilst yawning. Yet, it seems the ushering in of the modern era has long...

My turn to spill the tea

Every Tuesday night for the past six weeks, my eyes have been glued to Channel 4’s jaw-dropping, eye-opening, chav extravaganza that is My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Not one to ordinarily promote the watching of vacuous TV, I have religiously been turning on my television at 8.55pm each week to witness the most ridiculous programme this side of the Atlantic. Advertised...