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Media Coverage of Migrant Crises – the Politicisation of Suffering?

The bodies of Salvadoran Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria were found washed up on the banks of the Rio Grande, after an attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. A viral image of Valeria’s arm around her father’s neck as they lie face down has since captivated the media’s attention, giving rise to heated debates on the ethics of hard-hitting images. Despite the photograph being used to advance certain political agendas, what it is depicting cannot be ignored: human suffering.   Continue reading Media Coverage of Migrant Crises – the Politicisation of Suffering?

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So Scandi: In praise of “Summer” by Karl Ove Knausgård

Short trousers, redcurrants, summer rain, campsites, tears, electric hand mixers, intelligence, ice cubes, skin and plums. These are some of the objects and phenomena that Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgård describes in his book, Summer. Continue reading So Scandi: In praise of “Summer” by Karl Ove Knausgård

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An Environmentally Friendly Summer

It’s summer, time to relax and enjoy the weather. Yet with anxieties about the environment at an all-time high, the heat serves as an unpleasant reminder of a climate on the brink of catastrophe. Greta Thunberg has told us it’s not too late to change our ways, though – so what are the facts and dangers, and what can we do this summer to help save the planet? Continue reading An Environmentally Friendly Summer

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Review: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the rare pieces of literature that sits in the Venn diagram overlap of edgy teens and Romantic scholars. A tale of creation and loss, ambition and remorse, love and grief, Shelley remains the queen of innovative paralleling, not just in themes but in her characters. Her unique frame narrative of letters, stories, and even her preface never ceases to impress me with its clever overlapping and, while some parts of the tale are so implausible as to seem ridiculous, her intricacy and exquisite language rightly puts Frankenstein in the literary canon.
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Why is Poetry Still Relevant?

A lot of people think that poetry is a dying art form in the modern age, and although it’s true that it’s status in mainstream culture has slipped from previous times, it deserves more credit than it gets. It is often deemed inaccessible to those who don’t have enough knowledge of literature, but you don’t need to be an expert to appreciate the way poetic … Continue reading Why is Poetry Still Relevant?

Malia Obama: Yes She Can

On a recent trip to Miami, former first daughter Malia Obama came under media scrutiny for turning into a “party girl”. This encouraged Trump supporters to show similar outrage, claiming that Malia is irresponsible. Fundamentally, Malia Obama is facing criticism because she is a 20 year old female, not quite of the legal drinking age of 21. The fact that she turns 21 on 4th … Continue reading Malia Obama: Yes She Can

Cheap Places to Escape To

Now we are nearing the end of February, those lighter evenings and bright days of Spring and Summer are tantalizingly close, yet somehow still seem just out of reach. Without the Christmas festivities or the challenges of New Year’s Resolutions as a distraction, February can end up feeling rather uninspiring, wintery and seemingly endless. But booking your next run-away trip can provide the perfect pick-me-up. … Continue reading Cheap Places to Escape To