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Edward Colston: A Problematic Legacy in the People’s Hands

On the 7 June 2020, against a backdrop of conversations surrounding the treatment of Black people in light of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota, protestors in Bristol graffitied, tied up and toppled a statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader whose fortune helped to build the city. The whole world watched as the bronze memorial, which had stood by Bristol’s harbour since 1895, was thrown into the water amidst cheering. Four days later, it was retrieved and put into storage by Bristol City Council, who later said they planned to display it, graffiti and ropes intact, at the city’s M Shed Museum. The news of the statue’s toppling was met with disdain by many, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, who branded the action ‘utterly disgraceful’, while others celebrated it as an act of justice. Continue reading Edward Colston: A Problematic Legacy in the People’s Hands

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The AstraZeneca Vaccine vs The Pill: The Ongoing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout takes place nationwide, concerns have been raised about possible side effects, particularly in the case of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. According to Pharmaceutical Technology, twenty million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered by 12th April 2021. Seventy-nine blood clot cases were reported by the end of March, and of those cases, nineteen people died. The Gov.uk website tells us that the risk of blood clotting after a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over fifty or with underlying medical issues is ‘extremely rare’: approximately 1 in every 100, 000 doses. The same is said for those in the 40 – 49 age bracket. For those between the ages of 18 – 39, this risk is doubled to 1 in every 50, 000 doses, which has led to under forties in the UK being offered an alternative vaccine to mitigate this risk. The European Medicines Agency subsequently investigated the risk of blood clotting and determined that AstraZeneca is ‘safe and effective’. Naturally, in a period of great upheaval, people will experience worries about the various emerging vaccines, but the minute risk of blood clotting, is no reason not to get vaccinated. Having a vaccination is an important and overwhelmingly beneficial act, and will help to protect yourself and others, despite the scaremongering regarding AstraZeneca from anti-vax groups. Continue reading The AstraZeneca Vaccine vs The Pill: The Ongoing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health

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Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy life. According to the NHS website, loss of sleep doesn’t just make you tired; it can affect your immunity, mental health and even your fertility. When Headspace announced their new Netflix series on sleep, I was excited to try it – and with exam stress rapidly approaching, improving my sleep was one thing I thought I could do to ease the pressure. Continue reading Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

The practice of ‘gratitude journaling’, is essentially the act of actively noting down aspects of our lives which we are grateful for. Passing moments, people, or things which usually pass unnoticed, are given recognition, space on a page, that serves as a reminder of all the wonderful things we have day to day. Personally, I introduced the habit of gratitude journaling into my life just over a year ago, and I have found that forcing myself to actively take notice of all the amazing things about life has ultimately led to a shift in my mindset. I complain less, I thank more. I appreciate even the smallest of blessings which I’ve taken for granted for so long. My worries and stresses seem less significant in comparison to all the stuff which I am so fortunate to have. As gratitude journaling grows in popularity, I hope that everyone gives the act of choosing gratitude a chance, in whatever way that resonates with you. Continue reading The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

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The Problems with Hot Girl Summer

Picture this: it’s mid-July, the sun is beating down on your warm skin and you’re getting ready for a long-awaited night out with the girls. Temperatures are beginning to rise and lockdown restrictions have been lifted. For many of us, the promising prospects of a summer to remember will give us the opportunity to wear clothes that show off more skin. However, because of the … Continue reading The Problems with Hot Girl Summer

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Mourning Together, For All

The grief felt after the news of a celebrities’ death can often be akin to that felt towards a relative or friend. Although we do not know the celebrity and have generally never had a personal interaction with them, shared a meaningful conversation or experienced life alongside them, news of their death can leave us feeling bereaved and grief-stricken. After the recent passing of actress, Helen McCrory, I felt a sadness comparable to losing someone close to me. I knew Helen McCrory primarily from her role in Peaky Blinders, yet this did not lessen the loss I felt and her husband, Damien Lewis’, tribute to her in The Times brought me to tears. Continue reading Mourning Together, For All

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2021 is the New 90s: Recycling Fashion Trends

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it has become harder for new and exciting fashion trends to emerge on the scene. Many designers and creators have noted how difficult it has been to create content when homebound. However, there is one particular decade that we have turned to during this time of increased isolation: the 90s. But what is the reasoning behind the resurgence of iconic fashion trends from the 90s? Is it because there has been nothing else to do except rummage through our parents’ wardrobes? Or has binge-watch classic TV shows and films brought about this sudden desire to hark back to the decade that gave us so many awe-inspiring fashion movements? Images of icons, such as Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Campbell and Winona Ryder are resurfacing on the internet and within the fashion world, inspiring those who are keen to embody the 90s look. Continue reading 2021 is the New 90s: Recycling Fashion Trends

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How Invisalign is Going: Reflections from the Middle of the Process

It has been 14 weeks and 13 separate trays since I started my Invisalign course on the 11th of January. After my first article about beginning the process, I thought I’d update anyone whose interested in undergoing treatment themselves (or just curious) on my thoughts and experiences. Continue reading How Invisalign is Going: Reflections from the Middle of the Process

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Hangover Anxiety: How to Cope with ‘Hangxiety’

“I just want to cry,” I said to my housemate the night after a Big One. I couldn’t understand it. A great night, more raucous behaviour than you can shake a stick at, and there I was exhausted, anxious, and miserable. I slobbed about in my pyjamas from bed to kitchen to bed again, tentatively eating some stale Doritos in the hope that they would soak up some of the vodka swishing around my stomach and cheer me up, to no avail. Even a few episodes of Modern Family couldn’t dispel my gloom; I was well and truly glum. Continue reading Hangover Anxiety: How to Cope with ‘Hangxiety’

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A Guide to Overcoming Burnout

Most of us have been there. Panic coffees and Red Bulls driving you through the 2am slog on the morning of deadline day, fuelled by the last of your adrenaline with no time to even worry about how you got in this position. At least, with the dull droning of the pandemic in my ears throughout my final year at University, I’ve certainly been there more times than I’d like to admit this year. I feel like I’ve been verging on the edge of “burnout” territory since November. Continue reading A Guide to Overcoming Burnout