Gay DDR
East Germany forged an infamous reputation. With overpowering displays of totalitarianism, the German Democratic Republic employed it’s secretive State Police Agency, the Stasi, ruthlessly and overzealously. Yet LGBT freedoms eventually rivalled, and even surpassed many other countries. But what was behind the Stasi’s pro-LGBT policies?  By Andrew Cook November 9th, 1989. The Berlin Wall came crashing down. After 40 years of...
Distracted Boyfriend
It is one of the most recognisable photos of the 21st century. Despite its success, the photographer has made little to no money from it . The incredible story behind the 'distracted boyfriend' photo. By James McKean Meme culture stands today as the zeitgeist of the gen-Z internet age and are essential in the way we share ideas, interests, and, most...
As of 2020, our planet is home to 7.8 billion human beings. Back in the year 2000 we passed the 7 billion mark. Yet a century ago we numbered only 1.6 billion men, women, and children abounding on this spinning rock we call home. Is overpopulation a legitimate concern? What does the coming century hold for humanity?  By Andrew Cook There...
Did US special forces really shoot dead a 12 foot tall giant in Afghanistan? What is the truth behind the report and how does the story fit into the age-old narrative of soldiers, knights and heroes battling with and vanquishing giants? By Angus Wright Throughout history, tales have been passed down of men fighting monsters. These tales are generally loosely based...
Tyndrum
Four and a half weeks of endless exertion, nearly 300 mountaintops scaled, and finished with 48 hours of non-stop running - Donnie Campbell astounded runners everywhere by shattering the Munro running record by over a week. By Andrew Cook While Skye may be famously known for men called Donald wearing kilts instead of trousers, Skye-born Donnie Campbell has given the Isle...
199 steps Whitby
The Yorkshire town was recently named the second best travel destination in the world by Condé Nast. What makes the seaside town so popular and why should you visit Whitby? By Phil Taylor Where is Whitby? Well it is in Yorkshire. North Yorkshire to be specific. It overlooks the North Sea on the east side of England and is situated in between...
Hanns Scharff
The Nazis had a well-deserved reputation for brutality but one officer Hanns Scharff seems to have taken the opposite approach to interrogations – baking for Pows and inviting them to go on country walks. His approach was successful – and emulated by the CIA. Who was Hanns Scharff, how did his techniques work, and what is his legacy? By James...
Autumn Edinburgh Castle
Think of Autumn and fall colours and the glorious foliage of New England's woods and forests probably come to mind. But there is an equally stunning experience awaiting tourists right here in Scotland. By Phil Taylor When people discuss their favourite seasons to travel you usually get the answer - summer and winter, due to the traditional summer holidays and Christmas...
Scotland was once again lit up this weekend by a fantastical display of the Aurora Borealis. Chances of seeing the Northern Lights are not guaranteed but you can increase your odds by visiting these places in Scotland at a certain time of year. By Angus Wright There are many natural attractions to Scotland which draw thousands of tourists into the country...
''We can dance if we want to, We can leave your friends behind''. A slow burn success - Safety Dance was a minor hit in Canada becoming a global success six months after its release in the US.  The song remains popular today but what lies behind its enduring appeal? By Bev Cleary If you are of a certain age, you...