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Best Lockdown Buys: Themed Nights

Lockdown upon lockdown has either made time fly or crawl. One silver lining of this added time indoors is the necessary demand for creativity. Although, admittedly, much entertainment came from Netflix and alcohol… some stand out purchases really helped us through. Want company but housemates are at deadline central? No worries, just settle down with “Bones Jones” – our niche new housemate. This plastic skeleton … Continue reading Best Lockdown Buys: Themed Nights

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Diversity and Inclusivity: The Problem with Award Shows

When announcing nominations and winners, award shows like the Oscars and the Grammys have the opportunity to amplify stories and voices through their platform. These awards do not define music and films as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but, due to the nature of their voting processes, they ultimately become popularity contests and a race for record labels and production companies to win over the most members … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusivity: The Problem with Award Shows

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Best Lockdown Buys: Hair Scissors

With hairdressers closed and my boyfriend and me both desperate for a trim, I decided to take matters into my own hands and order the cheapest hair scissors I could find off Amazon in February. Although the scissors arrived within no time, it took us a few more days to bring up the courage to make use of them. While I was bombarding my boyfriend … Continue reading Best Lockdown Buys: Hair Scissors

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Vilified Victims: The Problematic Portrayal of Violence Against Women in True Crime

During multiple lockdowns this year and last, I have found myself reaching for true crime documentaries and films on Netflix. There’s something about them that’s just so compelling to me – I’m the kind of person who stays up on Wikipedia deep dives reading about serial killers, much to my shame. However, many of these shows and films fall short at representing their female victims … Continue reading Vilified Victims: The Problematic Portrayal of Violence Against Women in True Crime

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Protecting our Protests

Our right to protest has been a fundamental part of our democracy here in the UK for a long time. Chartism and protests for working rights were widespread in the nineteen-hundreds. The early twentieth century saw first-wave feminists campaigning for suffrage and, eventually, achieving it. The Rebecca Riots took place in the dawn of the Victorian era in South Wales, eventually leading to the South … Continue reading Protecting our Protests

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The Responsibility of our News Presenters

Should opinion have a place in news reporting? In an ideal world, objective reporting would allow people to make up their own minds about current affairs. But from the off, this isn’t realistic. There’s a sliding scale when the media engages with political and personal biases, and Sky, Channel 4, and BBC’s news programmes are not immune to this. Openly political news reporting such as … Continue reading The Responsibility of our News Presenters

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Reboots: Old Stories and New Faces

Sex and the City and Gossip Girl have defined the adolescence of millennials and Generation Z alike. Whilst we may like to know what happened next, is it a better idea to stop while you’re ahead? Both shows are being remade by HBO Max. No one can deny the success of both shows. They have both had a significant cultural impact and boast a huge … Continue reading Reboots: Old Stories and New Faces

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Bleed Greener: Cli-Fi, a Genre to Save Us All?

This year, I have been thinking a great deal about the role of the arts and humanities in the fight against climate change. While I have heard anecdotes about interdisciplinary projects that aim to tackle the ongoing environmental crisis from a range of different scholarly perspectives, it is troubling that the input of the humanities scholars is often reportedly neglected in favour of the data produced by the scientists and geographers. Undoubtedly, there is a sound rationale behind such a decision: we need data to assess the extent of the problem, and to develop practical recommendations for change. However, I strongly believe that the arts and humanities have serious untapped potential for helping to divert our course away from environmental catastrophe. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Cli-Fi, a Genre to Save Us All?

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Reviews in Retrospect: “Seasonal Velocities” by Ryka Aoki

‘Tell me the story one last timeof how we ran barefoot inthe just remembered downpour.’ -“Obon” These lines from Seasonal Velocities, Ryka Aoki’s 2012 collection of poems, stories, and essays, beautifully demonstrate Aoki’s skill for capturing the events that shape a person while refusing to let them fade from memory. Aoki writes unflinchingly of loss, love, and longing for home, while incorporating illuminating commentary on … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: “Seasonal Velocities” by Ryka Aoki

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Why Small Talk is Becoming a Big Problem

Small talk is perhaps the most important aspect of communication in modern-day society. It allows us to express our individuality in conversations, be this with our friends, or with complete strangers. In the age of zoom meetings, breakout rooms, awkward silences and technical hitches, however, it is sadly the fallen soldier of in-person social interaction for many people. Studies carried out by the BPP University … Continue reading Why Small Talk is Becoming a Big Problem