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Day 9: Failure.

Cross-posted at vegansmarties March 17, 2011 Today really hasn’t been the most succesful vegan day. In fact, I have failed my veganism on several occasions. Failure #1: Firstly, I realized that during all this time I’ve been attempting to go vegan, I was happily walking around in my leather boots. Sigh. I love my leather boots, but shouldn’t I make this sacrifice...

Giving back after graduation

How much do we as students, believe in our own institution? How much will we care about this university, the people and the ideas it represents in five, ten, twenty years time? And what will that mean for the students to follow who will walk in our shoes? Though these may seem like questions to ponder at a later date,...

Keep Calm and Eat Slow

The term ‘fast food’ was officially recognised in a dictionary for the first time in 1951. However, people were looking for quick food fixes on a daily basis much before this expression was commonly used and, as time progressed, it has become easier and easier to rely on this kind of eating habit. As an antithesis to the fast...

The Entrepeneurs of the Future?

During the Conservative party spring conference on 6 March, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that the championing of new business ventures was the key to economic growth in Britain. In his speech given in Cardiff ahead of the budget announcement on 23 March, the Tory leader declared war on the “enemies of enterprise” and said he champions the “go-getters”...

Adventures on a Coastal Path

The Bubble is a phrase that is thrown around a little too frequently in this town. The invisible veil that shrouds St Andrews makes it noticeably different from anywhere else in Scotland, but also prevents those who live here from branching out to experience the wonders that are found nearby. Rather than travelling home during the breaks, I sought...

The Choice to Donate

Your own death is not something that most people like to prepare for in advance. What happens after life ends is debatable, but whatever your beliefs, one thing that most of us agree on is that after our death, we no longer have a use for our bodies or the organs that lie within them. NHS studies estimate that...

No Fish, Just Chips

Fish cakes, smoked haddock, battered and fried cod – yes, this is what we British love on our plates. Even non-Brits love the fine taste of sole, the lovely smell of smoked salmon or a grilled tuna steak. Imagine opening your newspaper wrapping to tuck into a portion of fish and chips; amidst the vinegar smell wafting from your...

How to shop locally for food in St Andrews

Tesco at 5pm. One small sentence that is enough to strike fear into the heart of any St Andrews student. You could forgive even the calmest of people for going mad with sheer frustration when a trip to Tesco generally results in some impressive new bruises and the inevitable internal scream of frustration when you see the chocolate and...

Hideous, Elegant, Monstrous Beauties

When you walk, get the train, drive past a wind farm, what do you think? Do you scowl, whilst thinking to yourself “What Hideous Technological Monstrosities dominating that serene looking hill!”; or do you gaze at them, calmly thinking “What elegant white beauties they are…”? A wind turbine is a wind turbine- steel and fibreglass put together...

Day 8: 1-Week-Vegan Anniversary and ‘Veganomicon’

Cross-posted at vegansmarties March 16, 2011 Update: I have been vegan for a week - and I am wellfed, happy and healthy :) So that’s good news I guess. In other news, I finally got around to ordering a vegan cook book. After looking around on the internet for what could be the best one, I chose Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook since it’s been reviewed...