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Feed me for under a fiver

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash Serves 2 Total Price: £3.20 This recipe is one of my favourites and easily serves two for dinner. It takes next to no time to whip up. Any leftovers taste excellent the next afternoon for lunch. It’s a twist on the normal hash which is made with ordinary potatoes and bacon. If you’re feeling particularly flush, you...

Market Street

SAINTS – the new unofficial currency of St Andrews. After reading the article on page 5, my first thought was that the Saint Exchange must be an elaborate April Fool’s prank dreamt up by the University, but alas I was mistaken. I am entirely in favour of projects that promote cooperation between town and gown in principle, but this...

Peter Wood talks wine

New independent businesses are tena-penny in St Andrews. Many have come and some have gone. Some have risen admirably to the challenge of running a small business and others have unfortunately not. There are many traps and pitfalls of opening small businesses in our little town, not least the multiplicity of high street chains which can charge lower prices...

24 hours Facebook stalking… T-Mobile UK

Many companies create their own Facebook page for people to 'like' and show their appreciation, but this also leaves the door open for disgruntled customers to publicly display their negative feedback. We monitored several of their Facebook pages over a 24 hour period to gauge the level of customer feedback.

OFT gives pay-day loan giants ultimatum

The pay-day loans industry has come under heavy criticism in the Office of Fair Trading’s final compliance review for “widespread irresponsible lending”. Yesterday the OFT gave 50 pay-day lenders, who make up about 90% of the market, 12 weeks to either radically change their practices or have their licences removed. The OFT also announced plans to propose that the pay-day loans market be...

More money in your (new) pockets

All girls in St Andrews know the reality of clothes shopping in the town. High street brands dominate and make us all look like clones. Shops will stock clothes that they think will sell well. You’d think that, in a town with such a large student population, that these would be clothes designed, priced and marketed to students. In practice,...

European Union agree bonus cap

Under a new deal reached by countries of the European Union, performance-related bonuses from financial institutions in member states will be capped at equal to one year’s wages, rising to a maximum of two year’s wage if granted explicit shareholder approval. This decision is potentially toxic to the British economy. It is ludicrous to suggest that capping performance-related bonuses will...

Market Street

‘Don’t shop when you’re hungry.’ This is the advice that I was given to-day by several friends when I asked them if they had any tips to save a few pounds when food shopping. I was expecting something more along the lines of ‘buy local’, or that great classic ‘buy things that are in season’. Whilst I’m a big advocate...

The Tweeting bird catches the worm

It’s been a frantic February so far in St Andrews. We've seen sun, snow and romance, and Rascals have seen their busiest ever week of food sales. Though still wet-led (most of their money is made from drinks), the growing popularity of their new food menu is a clear sign of success for the North Street bar. The unit,...

Market Street

The figures are staggering. According to a study conducted by research group Consumer Focus, 75% of people have never considered switching current accounts. No thoughts, no daydreams, not even a musing. Somebody please tell me what on earth is wrong with us? Why are we so masochistic? I often hear complaints from friends not being able to use their debit...