Last Christmas, I found myself on a whirlwind trip to Budapest. In the midst of the city my friend and I experienced our first Ruin Bar, Szimpla Kert. It was at once the craziest and most welcoming place I have ever been to. I did not feel alienated by cool hipster vibes, or Chelsea cool crowd. I slipped in easily amongst the students, the hen parties, the work colleagues and the other travellers. No pressure, no fitting in, just fun.
Although I dislike Valentine’s Day, for the commercial scheme it is, I am still a romantic and have a few suggestions of what to do that are not nauseatingly sweet. Whether you’re looking to reignite the spark, woo a new flame, or just go on a wee adventure with the one you love, Scotland has many romantic spots perfect for this special occasion.
A beginner’s guide to a Scottish city on the banks of the Clyde. By someone who has only ever been once!
After many months of planning, August 1st marked the debut of University Organist Tom Wilkinson’s new Kellie Consort. The new Consort is Scotland’s only pre-professional baroque ensemble and takes its name from the 6th Earl of Kellie, composer, Thomas Erskine (1732-81). With music of the Baroque era often being underplayed, the Consort endeavours to spread this unique form to a wider audience around the country. This process began in St Salvator’s Chapel before the group transferred to Glasgow’s St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh on subsequent nights.
I went with a friend to see Real Estate at Glasgow’s The Arches a few weekends back. Glasgow, despite its rather dismal reputation, has many redeeming qualities, and The Arches venue and bar is certainly one of them. However, the location does it no favours. Located by a seemingly endless array of those ‘pizzerias’ which also sell chips and Chinese food (what?), The Arches is central but perhaps a bit too central. That being said, Real Estate was certainly a show I was highly anticipating. I’m not an avid fan, but their album Days was one of my favorites of 2011. Deemed their ‘breakthrough album’, Days maintained their distinct Beach Boys-mixed-with-The Shins sound of the eponymous first album, yet reached far enough to obtain a distinct flow and sound of its own.