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Lorde’s Life via Email: Remaining Relevant without Social Media

Since her last tour show in 2018, we haven’t really heard much from New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde. After deleting much of her social media presence, leaving only two tweets and three Instagram posts, Ella (Lorde’s real name) seemed to disappear off the face of the Earth. That is, bar the email updates she’s been sending over the past couple of years, giving us a glimpse into her life and developments surrounding L3, her upcoming album. Continue reading Lorde’s Life via Email: Remaining Relevant without Social Media

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Love in the Time of Corona

They say the first few months of a new relationship is the getting to know one another phase, the honeymoon phase, the we’re going to stay together forever stage. It is a blissful beginning decorated in dates and coloured in clichés. What is not expected, advisable or even preferable is to start a relationship when a national pandemic is declared. Continue reading Love in the Time of Corona

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A Taste of Summer: Light and Refreshing Drinks Recipes

Refreshing drinks are the perfect accompaniment for all this glorious weather. Although you could fall back on classics like Pimm’s or pints of cider, sometimes something lighter and non-alcoholic is needed. After all, it’s nice to spend a day dossing in the sun without the soporific haze of day drinking. So here is a selection of non-alcoholic drinks perfect for sultry afternoons. Shrub Syrup: A … Continue reading A Taste of Summer: Light and Refreshing Drinks Recipes

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Self-Isolation, Sex Work, and Stigma

With lockdown seeming to stretch on indefinitely, the nation has been coming together in common interests and activities, as everybody but key workers have been confined to their homes. Amongst this, a few key activities have stood out, from sharing instagrams of home baking to taking part in Joe Wick’s PE classes and, less wholesomely, pornography. Isolated from partners and dates, it’s no surprise that an increase in consumption of pornography has occurred. According to Pornhub’s own analytics, traffic increased by 18.5% on the 24th of March “when it was announced that Pornhub’s Premium service would be free to all visitors worldwide for one month to encourage people to stay at home and help flatten the curve of new Covid-19 cases.” Continue reading Self-Isolation, Sex Work, and Stigma

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Virtual Worship in Lockdown: The Technological Future for Faith Groups

Lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis has had an inevitable impact on several facets of people’s life. From working to hobbies, we are all figuring out how to adapt important areas of our lives. One of these impacts is on our spiritual lives too, and has been felt on a global scale. Internet searches for the word ‘prayer’ have surged during the pandemic, as questions around spirituality arise during times of difficulty. From local to international scales, religious groups, organisations, and leaders are navigating a drastic reconsideration of how to continue their religious practices in the midst of this never-seen-before situation. Spring is a particularly active time in many religious groups’ calendars, and significant celebrations and religious events have undergone rapid transformations. Continue reading Virtual Worship in Lockdown: The Technological Future for Faith Groups

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Acknowledging Uncertainty: How Coronavirus has Changed the Way We Plan For the Future

Our lives are mapped around referential points. We all have calendars littered with birthdays, exams, parties, graduation ceremonies, interviews, visits to friends, events, plays, holidays, gigs. None of us live purely spontaneously. For decades modern life has functioned on the presumption that imposing order onto our immediate futures will make us more productive, prompt and predictable. Life is prearranged invisibly around us, marked by the constant promises of the near future, what’s coming next, what will I be doing tomorrow? Continue reading Acknowledging Uncertainty: How Coronavirus has Changed the Way We Plan For the Future