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By John On Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The terrorists win, thanks to the EDL

If you were a terrorist, where would you strike? Would you go for a 9/11 style explosive attack, bringing down some iconic structure of racking up a massive body count in the process? Would you try for a 7/7, crippling More...

By John On Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Could everyone except Charlie Brooker please stop trying to be Charlie Brooker?

I remember when I wrote my first ‘witty’ piece. I was a student, writing for the student newspaper. I was covering the uni elections, which I still believed mattered at the time, and there were a bunch of lads More...

By John On Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Thatcher’s Poll Tax legacy

by Richard Jackson An important issue regarding Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 – 1990 reign is the Poll Tax, particularly for Scottish readers, as its legacy is deeply etched into the Scottish consciousness and More...

By John On Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Blood, bombs, and cameras: reporting tragedy

For the past 18 hours, my social media feeds have been overwhelmingly focused on yesterday’s terrible events in Boston. The floodgates opened almost immediately after the first reports of explosions came through. More...

By John On Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The Prestige (Glasgow edition): Michael Neto

Michael Neto is a Glasgow-based magician. He has won the title of Scottish Close-Up Magic Champion four times in a row – the first magician ever to do so. He has show at this year’s Glasgow Comedy festival More...

By John On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Fresh talent – David Callaghan

David Callaghan is a comedian. Originally from Durham, he plies his trade in Glasgow. He has been doing it for two (and a bit) years. He was featured in the BBC new comedy awards last year, and was a  Tyne and More...

Glasgow Highland Shake (feat. Strathclyde Police)
By John On Monday, February 25th, 2013

Glasgow Highland Shake (feat. Strathclyde Police)

When a viral craze comes to Glasgow, arresting officers are never far behind…  More...

Behind the Scenes with the Navy Seals
By John On Monday, January 7th, 2013

What’s next for the War on Terror?

2013 sees the release of Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar tipped dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. As Hollywood looks back on the War On Terror’s biggest win to date, we’re looking forward, More...

By John On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Decision 2012, Hard-Copy style

Where are you getting your election news? CNN or the BBC? Damn right you are. But where are you getting your wild speculation and half-cut ‘witty’ observations? You didn’t think of that, did you? More...

By John On Friday, September 7th, 2012

Reflections on the 2012 RNC: that wasn’t Clint Eastwood, and that’s not the Republican party

For those of you who live on Mars, allow me to fill you in. Last week (at the time of writing), Clint Eastwood made a surprise guest appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, where he proceeded More...