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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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Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

What do you get when you cross a scaredy-cat with a horror movie in a cinema?
That’s what I found out first-hand when my friends convinced me to come along and watch the new Conjuring film in the cinema. It was my first time back in a cinema in over a year, and also my first time ever watching a horror movie in an actual cinema. With no blankets to hide under, I wasn’t feeling confident. Continue reading Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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My Favourite Friends Moments

*Spoiler Alert for first time Friends viewers* There is only one show I can watch constantly – no matter which episode, no matter which season, no matter how many times I have the characters all before. That is the power of Friends. Since it ended, over 17 years ago, Friends has been watched over 100 billion times across all platforms and with good reason. Combining … Continue reading My Favourite Friends Moments

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Why Everyone Should Watch Eurovision

I love Eurovision. It’s not even one of those so-called ‘guilty pleasures’ (a term I strongly disagree with), I just truly love it, and with every year, my love for this song contest intensifies further. For most people, Eurovision is one magical night of the year, but I increasingly allow myself to lean into ‘Eurovision season’ as a concept: the various national finals, the new … Continue reading Why Everyone Should Watch Eurovision

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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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How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?

Are you feeling gut wrenchingly guilty after watching Netflix’s Seaspiracy? Created by the same team responsible for Cowspirarcy, the 2014 eco-film that helped usher in veganism as en vogue, Seaspiracy holds a shocking mirror to the impact our fishing industry is having on the environment. Your favourite California roll is probably looking less appetising, and rightly so. The film has pushed many to consider changing … Continue reading How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?

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Review: Line of Duty (series 6)

*SPOILER ALERT* The sixth series of Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty was without a doubt the most anticipated instalment yet. Production had already been halted for six months because of the pandemic, and lockdown meant that many people discovered the show for the first time during the last hiatus. The series has kept the nation gripped over the last seven weeks, and on Sunday night, … Continue reading Review: Line of Duty (series 6)

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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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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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Life after Lockdown: Fabric Shopping

It’s rather niche, perhaps very niche, but the thing I was looking forward to most and will continue to look forward to, as we crawl towards a sense of normality and shops reopen, is fabric shopping. Life after lockdown seemed so far away when the cold and dark winter months crawled on, but we are here (well, sort of). Of course, I’m most looking forward … Continue reading Life after Lockdown: Fabric Shopping