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Nan Goldin at the Tate Modern

“In spite of it all, people have a need to couple. Even when they’re being destroyed, they’re still coupling. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency starts and ends with this premise, but in between there is the question of as to why there is this need to couple and why it is so difficult.” – Nan Goldin (1986)  Continue reading Nan Goldin at the Tate Modern

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Review: Heat Wave by Penelope Lively

Reading this extraordinarily perceptive novel in my garden during the July heat wave, the cover gradually fading in the sunlight and the pages getting crumpled by my fingers greasy with sun cream, I was absorbed into the world of Penelope Lively’s book: one simmering with barely contained emotions and the heat of an extreme English summertime. At just under 200 pages this book is no … Continue reading Review: Heat Wave by Penelope Lively

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Postcards From Abroad: California 2.0

This summer, I was lucky enough to spend 10 days with my family in southern/central California for a truly memorable holiday. Before this trip, I’d only ever experienced one transatlantic flight, so even the idea of a 10 hour flight and arriving in the United States excited me. There’s something indescribably magical about long flights, much as they may be inconvenient (and result in lack of sleep)!

We made 4 stops on our trip: San Francisco, Napa, Yosemite and Carmel-By-The-Sea. Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: California 2.0

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Pressure vs Positivity: Body Image on Campus

The intention of an email recently sent by Anytime Fitness to one of its customers (see below) was to be ‘funny’, it however sought to do this by saying that if you can pinch any inch of your body, you are ‘fat’. The email painted a picture of a warm summer’s day, which you apparently have to look skinny to enjoy. It is through ill-attempted, … Continue reading Pressure vs Positivity: Body Image on Campus

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Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

*WARNING: SPOILERS*

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in an unenviable position: having to follow Avengers: Endgame, now the highest grossing film ever. Endgame was essentially a monumental conclusion to the Infinity Saga that said goodbye to characters we’ve loved for over a decade. It was soul crushing. For anything directly afterwards, it’s tricky not to fall flat.

However, choosing Spider-Man was wise. It narrows the scale, allowing audiences to see how the Blip (the five years post-snap) actually affected people. This transition works well for the franchise, with the student “in memoriam” video for Stark, Rogers, and Romanoff (don’t – I’m still devastated) shifting it in a more light-hearted direction. Continue reading Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

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The Truth Behind the Year Abroad: Planning & Preparation

If you know someone spending a year abroad in Australia, you may have noticed that the dribble of year abroad posts on social media has already begun. Prepare yourself: it will only get worse. In fact, in less than a month, I will be flying halfway across the world to start my own year abroad in the US, and so, I’ll soon be adding my … Continue reading The Truth Behind the Year Abroad: Planning & Preparation

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FCK GVT, FCK BORIS

Sat in Russell Square yesterday, too hot to think, a young girl handed me a card containing information entitled “ADVICE ON ARREST.” She reeled off her well-rehearsed speech that highlighted the essentials (which solicitor’s number to call, what to say to the police etc.) and moved on to the next group. I slipped the card into my back pocket, feeling slightly confronted. At a time in which my capacity for rage appears limitless, I, and the swarm of angry people beginning to gather around me on this sweltering day in July, were organising. Continue reading FCK GVT, FCK BORIS