Long Read: The heroic story of Harry McNish and Shackleton's Imperial Transantarctic Expedition
Retired civil servant Margaret Cuthbert writes a special tribute to Harry McNish, a carpenter on the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition who had to resist his incompetent boss and maintain a broken ship almost single-handedly in freezing conditions to save the crew. Is there lessons from this story for modern day British politics?
Haggis Surprise - not just for Burns Night
In the Cartoon of the Week, Lorna Miller highlights the rebranding of Scotland’s national dish as the “Great British Haggis” by a Fife manufacturer last year, and Theresa May’s description of Burns night as "a chance to celebrate a great poet, a great nation and an enduring union”.
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FilmSpace: Vice; Destroyer; The Mule; Isolani
Film critic Calum Cooper looks back on some of the week’s additional releases. This week, the oscar-nominated biopic on Dick Cheney, Nicole Kidman as a hardened detective with a gruesome past, Clint Eastwood’s latest feature, and an independent Scottish film playing at the Renfrew Street Cineworld.
Vice – ★★☆☆☆
BookSpace: We Were Always Here; The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt; The Year after You; February's Son
Chiara Bullen’s January edition of BookSpace reviews some of the latest Scottish literary productions
WITH the new year came a flurry of tidying, clear-outs and an evaluation of what sparks joy in our homes thanks to Marie Kondo’s ‘Tidying Up’. However, the book-world demonstrated a backlash against Kondo’s mere suggestion that one should only keep thirty books on the shelves to reduce clutter. Whether or not the books featured in this month’s column spark joy, they’ll definitely spark something upon reading that’s guaranteed to keep the January Blues at bay.
CS Forum 31 January: 100 years on - Will the Clyde run Red again?
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On 31 JANUARY 1919, a revolt in the heart of Glasgow nearly toppled the might of the British state. The Battle of George Square was the apex of Red Clydeside, a movement of workers and tenants for peace and socialism.