• City stops to watch historic eclipse

    Visible in Aberdeen to a degree of nearly 20% more than the 1999 total solar eclipse Next total solar eclipse visible in the UK will not occur until 2090 On Friday, 20 March, Aberdeen bore witness to the last total solar eclipse until 2016. While the total eclipse was visible in its entirety from the Faroe Islands and part of Norway, it was only visible as a partial eclipse in Britain, with a maximum obscuration of 93.

  • Politics: the Guardians of Scotland

    For decades Scotland’s electorate has spoken with one voice: anointing the Labour Party as its sole protector; as wielder of the nation’s political voice; as the political ‘Guardian of Scotland’. In 1959 Labour’s total domination of Scotland’s politics became a reality.

  • A question of defence: to spend or not to spend?

    Katherine Gilbert and David Paterson discuss the NATO commitment for member states to put 2% of national income towards defence At a NATO summit in Wales last year, Britain, along with its NATO allies, committed to spending 2% of national income on defence annually. However, there has been increasing speculation and worry about Britain’s capabilities to maintain its commitment due to the Conservative government’s continued drive to cut spending and achieve a budget surplus, rather than deficit, by 2018.

  • The Bookfeeding project: why travelling doesn’t always have to be a selfish pursuit

    Last year, while some students enjoyed their summer vacation lay­ing on the beaches and getting tanned, Alena Machalkova went to sunny Madagascar and… built a library. It all started in 2011 when Alena was in her first year: ‘When I came to Aberdeen, I decided to join a charity campaign.

  • Night at the Movies

    We’re meeting here today to discuss the upcoming Night at the Movies event, which I understand is being brought to us by the University Concert Band, of which you are a member. Freya: Yeah, I’m the secretary.

  • North Sea Ninjas

    Scotland is a surfer’s dream. There are some well documented surf spots where surfing is very popular.

New students union secures £8m funding

£8 million has been secured for the upcoming redevelopment of the University of Aberdeen’s Students’ Union. The new centre will see the redevelopment of an existing students’ union on the existing site of Butchart, by designers jmarchitects.


New Aberdeen city centre plan on display

The master plan for a new-look in Aberdeen city centre has gone on display to the public and is available until March 29. It is hoped that local feedback will be positive and contributable to the next phase of the project, taking the plans before the city council this summer.


Obituary

Josiah Bircham Frustrating friend, gentle leader and occasional punner Unemployment has gained itself the gem of the journalistic world. The era of The Jaush has come to its inevitable bitter end.


News

£8 million has been secured for the upcoming redevelopment of the University of Aberdeen’s Students’ Union. The new centre will see the redevelopment of an existing students’ union on the existing site of Butchart, by designers jmarchitects.

Features

For decades Scotland’s electorate has spoken with one voice: anointing the Labour Party as its sole protector; as wielder of the nation’s political voice; as the political ‘Guardian of Scotland’. In 1959 Labour’s total domination of Scotland’s politics became a reality.


Opine

Katherine Gilbert and David Paterson discuss the NATO commitment for member states to put 2% of national income towards defence At a NATO summit in Wales last year, Britain, along with its NATO allies, committed to spending 2% of national income on defence annually. However, there has been increasing speculation and worry about Britain’s capabilities to maintain its commitment due to the Conservative government’s continued drive to cut spending and achieve a budget surplus, rather than deficit, by 2018.

Editorial

Citizens of Aberdeen were interrupted early Friday morning by the intrusion of the moon, which decided to follow its orbital path and cross directly between the Sun and the Earth, resulting in atmospheric darkening and beachgoers looking distinctly foolish. Scientists have made assurances that while ancient cultures may have hailed such an event as an apocalyptic onset, the disruption caused was only temporary and it appears these astral bodies will continue to function normally for the forseeable future.


Life & Style

Last year, while some students enjoyed their summer vacation lay­ing on the beaches and getting tanned, Alena Machalkova went to sunny Madagascar and… built a library. It all started in 2011 when Alena was in her first year: ‘When I came to Aberdeen, I decided to join a charity campaign.

Arts

Spring casserole If you’re feeling a bit down from horrible winter weather and general vitamin deficiency, this is a great meal to make you feel like spring is just around the corner. This delicious and easy one-pot meal uses only vegetables that are in season so you’re also doing your bit for the environment too.


Listings

As a grand finale to this summer’s colourful exhibition celebrating the work of world-renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett, Aberdeen Art Gallery will be opening up after-hours for a vibrant and exciting evening complete with DJ sets, vintage gramophones, face painting, artist-led workshops and a pop-up Bos’n bar. Places are designated on a first come, first served basis so get there early and don’t forget to wear your brightest and spangliest of outfits.

Sports

Aberdeen come up short against RGU again I fell into rowing because I was tall and fairly uncoordinated. Ball sports didn’t really work for me, not being able to throw and catch and all.


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