On the 16 vote…

15-year-old Annie Shields will be one of the many under-18s getting the chance to vote in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. She tells us how she feels about the lowered voting age. Sitting down to write this, I was still undecided as to whether or not I thought 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in the independence referendum in 2014. When I first heard the SNP were proposing this I was all for it as I am 15 now and would only be eligible to vote if they extended the age bracket. I would love the chance to have…

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Sound Bites with Ally McCrae

I feel so lucky that it’s my actual job to find bands and artists in Scotland to put on BBC Radio 1. The hope is that their careers will progress and important people will hear them, like Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and industry heavyweights. Here’s three amazing acts who I think might blow up soon…   CHURCHES – chvrches.tumblr.com If you like really catchy, bouncy, electronic pop songs in the vein of La Roux or M83, then you are going to fall in love with brand new Glasgow band CHURCHES. They are relative newcomers to the scene but have got…

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A new language, a new life

Sixth year student Sarah Stirling takes a look at the importance of learning a new language… Communication is this era’s currency. With Facebook now boasting one seventh of the world’s population, we are more connected that we have ever been. Businesses aren’t taken seriously unless they are global these days – you have to think big if you want to be noticed. So how do you stand out? The best way is to take advantage of this current communication craze. And how do you do this? By learning a foreign language. The benefits of learning a second language are immeasurable;…

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Graduate Life: Chasing a Career

Since graduating in 2011, I’ve spent my time doing various part-time jobs. The dream job I expected to achieve pretty quickly seemed to be floating away in the background and I know I’m not alone in this. Margaret Lynch, chief executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, stated recently: “The number of graduates out of work is still far too high, and our own research earlier this year revealed that 56% had experienced some unemployment since graduating. In addition, a quarter of graduates we spoke to said they were in non-graduate level jobs”.  With news like this constantly in the headlines, it’s…

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Sounds Bites with Ally McCrae

  Hey, I’m Ally I’m 24 and so, so lucky to do what I do. My life is completely absorbed by music. I present on Radio 1, I DJ, I put on my own gigs, I run a video blog and I even do the tannoy announcements at my beloved St. Mirren FC. And now I’m writing for Source! Here’s some new music I love that you have to check out… It’s my job to find bands and artists in Scotland to put on BBC Radio 1 with the hope that their careers will progress and important people will hear…

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