How to…understand the US elections

Following the results of Super Tuesday, it’s becoming eminently more clear that we need to start paying attention to the American elections. But it’s not easy: jargon and cross-cultural misunderstandings loom. Don’t worry – our resident American, Emma Freer, is here to help. As an American studying in Scotland, I have first-hand …

How not to be an idiot on Twitter

Chances are, you have a Twitter account. It’s everywhere nowadays. I myself can’t go 3 minutes without finding out what my best friends, favourite musicians and Katie Price are doing in 140 characters. But as more and more people use it, I’m noticing some pretty heinous Twitter crimes appearing on …

How to…be an adult (Part 2)

In part 2 of how to be an adult, M. Menckens, dott’s anonymous voice of cynicism, gives us tips on how to be your very own Gordon Gecko (or Howard Brown from the old Halifax adverts…remember the one that sang ‘Sex Bomb’)…by managing your finances correctly. Slightly depressing, but overall important. …

How to…buy the perfect present

It’s that time of year again – the dreaded V-day means you HAVE to go out and buy your other half an expensive material substitute for your love, just so they REALLY know you still love them. So, some easy steps. 1. Research By that I mean figure out what they …

How to…luxuriate like a professional

How do you embrace the ultimate in indulgence? How do you tap into your inner luxurious diva – your Elton John, your Donatella Versace, or your ideologically inverted Dalai Lama? Maybe you’re uncomfortable with such gaudy levels of consumption – I won’t argue against you, but rather suggest that next …

How to…be a genuine jet-setter

You could describe Shoshanna Bowles as a ‘citizen of the world’. Currently living in France, her CV ranges from humanitarian work in Hawaii to setting up a sports store in Sweden. Here she gives her top tips on living life on the go. When I was little, each year at …

How to…start taking vegetarianism seriously

Everywhere you turn these days, someone is a newly-formed veggie or vegan and it’s easy to be cynical. But what actually does this lifestyle change entail? About two years ago I got a call to say Grandpa was ill. He’d been taken into hospital complaining of stomach cramps. That week …

How to…be a crazy cat lady (without any cats)

You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing a cute cat meme. But how to become one of those cat ladies in real life? Bonnie gives us the low-down. I’m 25 years old and four months ago my family got two kittens. As any cat obsessed 20 something year old …

How to…be An Adult (Part 1)

In the first of his series ‘How to Be an Adult’, dott’s answer to Charlie Brooker, M. Menckens, gives his top tips to those starting their journey to career success. Welcome to Adulthood Like talking about the latest minor weather epidemic to hit your remote, middle class suburban reside? Have …

How to…Navigate Heathrow T5

Before the holiday comes the airport. Getting on the plane is often stressful enough to put you off going away in the first place. But let that stress fly away (see what I did there) with a few tips on how to get around Heathrow’s latest global hub.   1. …

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