Free WiFi in Edinburgh city centre goes live

Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures

Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures

 

In light of the present and upcoming Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, Edinburgh has launched it’s new free WiFi service in the city centre. [Read more…]

Top 5 ideas for Christmas gifts when you’re on a budget

Currently experiencing the yearly panic attack because you’re still trying to figure out what to give your loved ones for Christmas? We’ve got some tips for you that will also protect your wallet!

  1. Give something that’s already been loved

Thrift shops offer a great variety of gifts that will make your loved ones happy. The best thing about it: The unique items have already been loved by their previous owners and can now make someone new happy. Plus: By buying gifts at thrift shops, you usually support a good cause as well. And, of course, bargains, bargains, bargains!

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  1. Home baked goods are the essence of Christmas, so get yourself some nice little cookie boxes (e.g. from Amazon) and start baking! Or why not try Allrecipes’ formula for the perfect ‘cinnamon stars’?

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  1. Help your loved ones take a break from reality

Books are always a great gift. What could be nicer than a quick escape into a fictional world – where all the Christmas panic can be forgotten quickly and easily?Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 17.16.36.png

Find these at Waterstones and Urban Outfitters.

 

  1. Remind them of you even after Christmas is over

Give your dearest something that will remind them of you long after Christmas is over – be they very fancy disco cups, their new favourite pyjamas, some warmth from you in form of a very special hot water bottle, or the tape dispenser they always dreamt of…

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Find these at Urban Outfitters, H&M, Primark, and New Look

 

  1. And of course, you can always go for the classics

Some things never get old! Classics, such as cozy socks, shower gel sets, calendars, or Santa Claus in all possible shapes are always a safe bet.

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Find these at Primark, The Body Shop, H&M, Superdrug, and Waterstones

And now, happy shopping everyone!

 

 

Top 5 things to do this week

Photo credit: Andrew Hamilton

Photo credit: Andrew Hamilton

 

I’m sorry to disappoint, but we’re looking at yet another week of freezing weather… Since it always helps to have a reason to leave the house, here’s our top 5 things to do in Edinburgh this week: [Read more…]

Father John Misty releases new, highly political song

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Photograph taken by Bruce (Flickr)

By Nadine Schwizer

Father John Misty released a new song this morning via soundcloud.

“Holy Hell” is another politically charged hymn by the American singer/songwriter (also see “Real Love Baby”, “This Is America”, and “Trump’s Pilot”, which he released earlier this year).

Whereas the new song lacks in musical originality and might be considered one of many piano ballads out there, it certainly does not when it comes to its lyrics.

Recognizing that “the future ain’t looking so bright…” and lamenting about the United States’ current political situation at first, Father John Misty ends the song stating “But all my friends, yeah, I’m talking to you. The world won’t end unless we want it to. There’s no one in control. And it’s our life to choose.”

The song thus shows a neat transition from complaining about what recently happened to finally, in the end, reassuring that the current situation does not have to be the very end.

“Holy Hell” is certainly a song worth listening to, even if it’s just for its critical, topical lyrics.

 

 

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ already celebrating great success

by Nadine Schwizer

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Source: Warner Brothers

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ premiered worldwide last weekend to the delight of Potter Heads.

The Harry Potter spin-off that is set in 1920s New York has already had huge box office success, taking a total of £15.3m over the weekend. The film has enjoyed the most profitable UK box office opening weekend of the year.

The film, written by JK Rowling, is set 70 years before the tales of Harry Potter and follows another English wizard and ‘Magizoologist’, namely Newt Scamander and his fantastic suitcase as they meander around New York City.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ wonderfully merges two dimensions, bringing together the nostalgia of the 1920s and the world of magic. Both these dimensions and the various beasts and creatures are brought to life through stunning digital effects.

The quirky yet strong cast created memorable scenes. Especially Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne brought his unique and captivating charm onscreen, which perfectly matched the nerdy character of Newt. However, the characters themselves seemed to lack in depth a little bit.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ is the first of a five-part series circling around the dark wizard Grindelwald – a name that is likely to ring bells among Harry Potter fans.

While there was only a minor focus on Grindelwald in this film, the ambiguous ending suggests the audience will be seeing more of him in the next four films.

In true Potter style, audiences have been left craving more.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is out in cinemas now.

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