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Poetry and Politics

As the striking young woman in the vibrant yellow coat approached the podium at the presidential inauguration earlier this year the world held its breath. Amanda Gorman represents the voice of a new political era, an embodiment of hope and a testament to the potential for change. Her words were not the empty promises of populist leaders but were enthusiastic declarations of joy and purpose. … Continue reading Poetry and Politics

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Reading Corner: Virginia Woolf

As an English Literature student, it can be difficult to juggle my course reading with other books on my personal reading list. However, I try and find time for it when I can, even if it’s just half an hour before bed. I’m currently halfway through Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. I was first introduced to Woolf in a module I took in second year, and … Continue reading Reading Corner: Virginia Woolf

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The Healthy Helena: Food and Mood

Whilst it’s well known that eating a healthy, balanced diet is beneficial for our physical health, people are often unaware of the impact our nutrition has on our mental health. With the current bleak and often stressful environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, comfort foods are tempting ways to lift our spirits. However, sugary treats and processed foods can often have the reverse effects, and it is important to nourish and nurture your body with the right nutrition in order to feel your finest. Continue reading The Healthy Helena: Food and Mood

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How Sia’s ‘Music’ illuminated the Continual Misrepresentation of People with Autism in the Arts

The directional debut of well-renowned singer, Sia, has been met with mass criticism from the public. Music, centres around a non-verbal autistic girl placed in the care of an unstable Kate Hudson in this family drama. The movie has been nominated for a Golden Globe, and the autistic and neurodivergent community are not happy about it. Why? Despite Sia promising her best ‘intentions’ and undergoing three years of research, she failed to deviate from the ableist telling of autistic stories for self-gain. To put it bluntly, as the UK’s National Autistic Society said: ‘Sia has got this one wrong.’ Continue reading How Sia’s ‘Music’ illuminated the Continual Misrepresentation of People with Autism in the Arts

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Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ by Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice are masters of evolution. ‘The Last Man on Earth’is the first single off their upcoming album Blue Weekend, and it offers a promising insight into the band’s new chapter. It arrives almost four years since the release of their sophomore album. But still, Wolf Alice maintains the signature magic and mastery of their prior projects. With nods to past British pop-rock icons in their gripping chord progressions, with a Bowie-esque bridge in the second half, the band transforms this intimate piano ballad into a beaming, string-filled anthem. Lead-singer Ellie Rowsell muses introspective lyrics centred on the selfish nature of humans, which make you cry one listen and laugh the next. Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ by Wolf Alice

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Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

The 1st to the 5th March is this year’s Sustainability Week, an annual event that emphasises the importance of making sustainable choices. However, there is one thing that sets this year’s Sustainability Week apart from similar efforts that have been made in previous years: the Societies Sustainability Alliance. At present, this Alliance is comprised of 17 different societies which, collectively and in collaboration with university staff, aim to “improve representation from societies and groups in discussion and decision-making regarding sustainability at the University of Exeter” (Societies Sustainability Alliance Terms of Reference). The member societies range from those that already have a distinct environmental focus, such as Be The Change, to those that have a more academic focus, such as the Exeter Law Society. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

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Review: Uncle Vanya

Anton Checkhov’s 1899 play Uncle Vanya resonates with modern audiences differently when compared to the play’s intended audience, and this is epitomised by the latest production. The cast is filled with well-known faces, although these actors are more familiar swinging a metal detector or flying an aeroplane they adapt to the heightened tone, creating an exaggerated realism that does not permit the audience a moment … Continue reading Review: Uncle Vanya

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Creative Corner: Selkies Stranded on Plemont Bay

“Selkie: a mythical creature that resembles a seal in the water but assumes human form on land.”— Definition from Oxford Languages Cavernous, the sullen cliffs part their lips to reveal the seaWrithing like a tongue, rolling and thrillingThe shore with trails of green. There are women, hungry and dispersedAlong the sand’s raised brow like debris from a wreck.Swallowed by sealskin, Grey and mournful and open-mouthed,The … Continue reading Creative Corner: Selkies Stranded on Plemont Bay

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Interview: Art Society Discusses Lockdown Life Drawing

It’s an overwhelming understatement to say that it’s been a difficult year, for very obvious reasons. Everything, in our personal, professional, and literally physical existences, has become increasingly strained and under pressure. Approaching the year anniversary of our first lockdown, this pressure is building more than ever. This also means that it’s been almost a year since societies have been able to run any regular events. In-person events are crucial to the running of many societies and with guidelines changing all the time and the country moving in and out of lockdowns and tiers, the impact has been far felt. However, COVID-19 has had a particularly dramatic impact on the art community in Exeter, with restrictions preventing perhaps the most personal of in-person events, the life drawing class. Continue reading Interview: Art Society Discusses Lockdown Life Drawing

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RAZZ Recommends: How to Cope with Your New Housemates aka, Your Parents

So, we have entered a third national lockdown. After the announcements in March and November, you would think that Boris Johnson and his Government would have a checklist of important information to include in a lockdown briefing. Unfortunately, this list seems to have been lost, mistakenly taken on a trip to Waitrose, leaving Boris to babble behind his podium, staring at a post-it with fruit, veg and toothpaste scribbled on it. Once again, university students were left puzzled on 4 January and were presented with a choice: to return or to stay home. Continue reading RAZZ Recommends: How to Cope with Your New Housemates aka, Your Parents