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Bleed Greener: Eco-Anxiety or Eco-Empathy? The Climate Crisis and Mental Health

It is undeniable that the pandemic has had a severe impact upon many people’s mental health. Invariably, people are spending less time interacting with other human beings in social situations and work environments, and more time in isolation with only their thoughts for company. This has caused the worsening of pre-existing mental health issues such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with the rise of anxiety and loneliness amidst the general population. Furthermore, the ways in which Covid-19 has shifted the nation’s focus away from crucial, time-sensitive efforts to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis have also had a particularly negative impact upon those individuals suffering from a chronic fear of the consequences of environmental damage. In the past few years, this state of heightened concern for the future of the planet has been termed ‘eco-anxiety’. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Eco-Anxiety or Eco-Empathy? The Climate Crisis and Mental Health

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It’s Debatable: Gym Closures

For: 2020 has been an odd year in many, many ways, and for me, perhaps one of the oddest personal developments has been that I have become a Person Who Gyms. Regularly. On Purpose. Enjoying it. I cannot emphasize enough that if I went back and told 2019 me about this, she, along with everybody else I know, would have laughed very hard, for a … Continue reading It’s Debatable: Gym Closures

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My Culture Comforts: Saturn Returns with Caggie

Whilst I know astrology might not be for everyone, I cannot recommend the podcast Saturn Returns with Caggie enough. This enlightening podcast aims to bring clarity to listeners during challenging or transitional periods, which I am sure we can all agree is particularly needed in our current climate. With her therapeutically calming voice, Caggie Dunlop offers lessons and advice on a range of subjects from sex and relationships to identity and purpose, and even broaches the topic of witchcraft. At first, some episodes might seem a bit far-fetched. However, with the help of her guests and her astrological expert, I’ve found that at least one lesson can be taken away from each episode in a bid to further our individual quests for authenticity. Continue reading My Culture Comforts: Saturn Returns with Caggie

Creative Corner: Our Little Tiles

All present and accounted for Yet 100 miles away We observe and watch Our little tiles open The windows to our life Unveiled I’ll let you see me briefly In my sanctuary Here we share space And are divided by space So the distant sound of your laugh Can be echoed across the world This is no film Or entry into a made up life … Continue reading Creative Corner: Our Little Tiles

Bleed Greener: Greening the Arts, Sustainable Theatre at the University and Beyond

Katie Wood is a fourth-year Drama student at the University of Exeter who has a particular interest in creating sustainable theatre at the production level. In this interview, we discuss barriers to sustainable theatre, as well as what steps have been made within the university to mitigate student theatre’s impact upon the environment. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Greening the Arts, Sustainable Theatre at the University and Beyond

Culture Comforts: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Adaptation of War of the Worlds

“No-one would’ve believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space” – so begins Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds. Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds is a progressive rock concept album, telling the story of The War of the Worlds (late Victorian novel by H.G. Wells, the first ever … Continue reading Culture Comforts: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Adaptation of War of the Worlds

Reviews in Retrospect: Wales Bonner Spring 2021 Collection

British fashion designer, Grace Wales Bonner’s Spring 2021 Menswear collection is a beautifully retro, jewel-toned tribute to her Jamaican heritage. The Central Saint Martin’s graduate regularly explores black culture through her designs, and her most recent collection takes inspiration from early-1980s Jamaica, and dancehall and reggae culture. Wanting to put her own spin on this, she looks to her upbringing in London and adds a British twist to her Jamaican roots. Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Wales Bonner Spring 2021 Collection

Bleed Greener: How to Talk about the Environmental Crisis

Introducing the topic of climate crisis into conversation is a risky game. Not uncommonly, the phrase will elicit a raised eyebrow, a smirk, or even a derisive comment. Similar to the way in which some people shy away from discissions about feminism and veganism, climate change is often considered an improper topic of conversation, and one that is taboo within polite company. Despite the fact that the environmental crisis is worsening at a greatly troubling rate, many people recoil from verbal announcements of its existence. In modern society, no-one invites climate change to a dinner party. Continue reading Bleed Greener: How to Talk about the Environmental Crisis

Reviews in Retrospect: Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu’s 2018 feature film Rafiki is an intimate portrayal of forbidden love. Banned in Kenya for its representation of a same-sex couple, the film received global critical acclaim for its unapologetic and lyrical depiction of queer love in a country that criminalises homosexuality. Based on the Ugandan short story “Jambula Tree” by Monica Arac de Nyeko, Rafiki follows the story of Kena and Zita, … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Rafiki