Five things to do this week

Chocolate tasting and a highly-acclaimed fashion show, life in Fife glams up this week!

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1. From the 10th until the 12th of February, Mermaids is putting on performances of The Normal Heart at the Byre Theatre, a play exploring the neglect of the HIV/ AIDS crisis in New York in the 1980s. On the 11th, there’ll be a chance to attend a talk after the evening’s performance discussing the themes of the play, and comparing their treatment then to a postmillennial view. Tickets can be bought online at www.byretheatre.com/events/the-normal-heart, and performances begin at 19:30 (19:00 on the 11th to allow time for the discussion).

2. On February 12th, Fine Chocolate Society, Whisky Society and Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier are collaborating to host a chocolate and whisky tasting evening at the BEST WESTERN Scores Hotel. Whiskies will be paired with chocolates for a delicious, individual tasting experience which will leave your insides feeling warm and revitalised. Tickets are £10 for members of Fine Chocolate Society and Whisky Society, £12 for non-members, and can be bought this Wednesday from 11:00 until 15:00 in the Rector’s Café.

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3. Marrow St Andrews, a student-run branch of Anthony Nolan, a register matching bone marrow donors with people in need of bone marrow or stem cell transplants, is selling cakes outside the library on Friday 13th. Despite it being the day before FS, meaning that most people will be keeping the sugar and carbs in their diet to an absolute minimum, treat yourself in aid of a good cause! You can always extend your next gym session, or if you really can’t justify the calories, kindly offer your cupcake to a friend. You can also support sufferers of blood cancer and disorders by signing up to the register on Monday 16th in Society Room A of the Union between 17:30 and 20:30. All you have to do is donate a spit sample, and if you ever turn out to be someone’s match, make the decision to save a life!

4. The tables were allocated by a ballot a while back, and tickets to the after show party, Insomnia, are sold out, but I thought that FS, the best and most fashionable night out of the academic year deserved a mention here. This Saturday, Lower College Lawn is being transformed into a setting fit for London Fashion Week by marquees, runways and gorgeous girls and boys flitting around in beautiful clothes. If you missed out on ticket sales, check the Facebook page to see if anyone’s selling theirs, as it’s a night you’ll always remember, albeit in an alcohol-induced haze of flashing lights and long pairs of strutting legs.

5. I know you’re probably all going to be hanging majorly on Sunday after FS (and Bute Ball for the medics out there), but as an advocate of intensive exercise after a boozy night, I’d recommend entering the Tennis Club’s Valentine’s Day Tennis Tournament at the sports centre between 12:00 and 15:00. If you’re in a relationship, you can enter with your beloved, or be matched up with a dreamboat when you get there. Prizes include 2-4-1 burgers at the Vic, and a selection of sweets and cakes have been promised to everyone who enters! Good luck!

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