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October 1984

3 October 1984: Lost?

  • King’s Buildings: Distant, exotic and mysterious – but what is the truth about this land to the south?
  • A load of Pollocks: So what do you need to know about Pollock Halls? It seems a pretty ordinary place. Just what you expected: a desk, a bed, a washbasin, lots of noise and awful food.
  • The Library – bookworm’s rest:  The Main Library is the largest University library in the country. It is also the largest and marginally least ugly building in George Square.

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11 October 1984: Fur coat and no knickers

  • A breath of fresh air? 2,300 people attended Freshers’ Week this year – more than ever before. The price had been raised to £8 and freshers seemed determined to get their money’s worth. Almost all daytime events were packed!
  • Rangers Heart-broken: Hearts 1 Rangers 0: A crowd of 18,000 came to Tynecastle eager to see Hearts have a go at Rangers’ unbeaten record.

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18 October 1984: Scotland: “Still a long way to go”

  • Twenty years of Fraser debauchery: At 4pm on Saturday the 17th of October 1964, Fraser House was officially declared open by Lady Nina Fraser, wife of the late Principal. Consequently this week is the 20th birthday of Fraser House.
  • Younger’s Tartan Special: George Younger has now been secretary of State for Scotland for over five years and has proved himself a tireless worker for Thatcherlsm north of the border. Bill Williamson talked to him about his past record and his vision of Scotland in the future.

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25 October 1984: Library burnt to the ground (well, nearly)

  • Library fire: half an hour of high drama. Shortly after eleven o’ clock on Monday morning a cloud of black smoke issuing from the roof of the University’s main library in George Square signalled the start of half an hour of frantic activity in the University environs.
  • Tae uphauld the Scots leid. There is more to the Scots language than Oor Wullie, Gordon Jackson, Irn Bru adverts and Clare Grogan. The demise of the Scots language is an age-old historical problem which the Scots Language Society are working against.

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