News, views and opinions from a student in Aberdeen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why I’m Voting Yes

A month from today the people of Scotland will finally be given the chance to declare whether or not they should become independent.  It will be a monumentally important day in the history of the country, building upon centuries’ worth of struggle to give us the opportunity to make our democratic wishes heard.  Polls suggest that it’s going to be close, and it’s still there for both Yes Scotland and Better Together to win (or lose).  After years of thinking about the issue though, I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to vote Yes, and I think you should too. …continue reading

Salmond v Darling – Round 2

First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together Chairman Alistair Darling squared off last night in their last scheduled debate before the Scottish independence referendum in just 24 days’ time.  After the first debate, where Alistair Darling won, the second was seen as a pivotal moment in the campaign – and perhaps make or break for the Yes side who were sitting behind in the polls.  Fortunately for those of a Yes persuasion, Alex Salmond came out and delivered a far more convincing case for independence and won the debate comfortably. Alex Salmond made a strong opening statement emphasising the democratic …continue reading

Why I’m Voting Yes

A month from today the people of Scotland will finally be given the chance to declare whether or not they should become independent.  It will be a monumentally important day in the history of the country, building upon centuries’ worth of struggle to give us the opportunity to make our democratic wishes heard.  Polls suggest that it’s going to be close, and it’s still there for both Yes Scotland and Better Together to win (or lose).  After years of thinking about the issue though, I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to vote Yes, and I think you should too. …continue reading

My Summer Projects

The summer’s nearly over, which is strange considering it feel like it only just begun not too long ago, but that also means that I’m able to share what I’ve been developing at my work – and I’m proud of it. First up is the new OnlineTEFLCourses website.  OnlineTEFLCourses allows people from all over the world to train to teach English as a Foreign Language.  The brand launched in December 2012, but since then the website and brand had remained largely unchanged and was in need of a reboot and refocus. My summer project was to build this site, from …continue reading

Fantasy Football 2014-15

After the excitement of the Scottish league starting, the next stage in football’s emergence from hibernation is the English Premier League’s kick-off this Saturday.  Even though I don’t particularly support any one club in England, I still can’t deny that it is the league that produces the most exciting games and where you will likely find the best football week-in, week-out. My interest in English football was keener than ever before last year as I took part in Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football for the first time.  A few friends and I set up our own mini-league, with a cash prize …continue reading

Immortals: Review

Action films sometimes have to make the distinction between going for an all-out assault on the audience’s sense of excitement or weaving a good story around some exciting set-pieces.  Sadly, 2011 film Immortals chose another path – one that had no real ‘wow’ factor or a good story to write home about. Immortals is a film set in ancient Greece, riffing off some mythological folklore to create a relatively complicated plot that isn’t particularly new or engaging.  Years before the film, the immortals in Heaven fought a war that resulted in the winners being Gods and the losers, called Titans, …continue reading

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