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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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From The Well of Loneliness to Exciting Times: LGBTQ+ Narratives, Ninety Years Apart

with uproar, leading to the book being banned under the Obscene Publications Act . This was because Hall had chosen to write from the perspective of a lesbian protagonist, Stephen. Stephen is assigned female at birth but given a traditionally masculine name due to their parents’ desire for a male child; this begins a life of identity conflict. The depiction of Stephen’s complicated relationship with their sexuality and gender speaks to Hall’s lived experience with gender dysphoria. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says that Hall believed that they were “a man trapped in a woman’s body”. Like the young Stephen, who likes to be called Nelson, Hall adopted a male pseudonym to write under, Radclyffe. A portrait of Hall painted in 1918bears a striking resemblance to Stephen in their later years, which suggests that what makes The Well of Loneliness so heartrending is that the emotional anguish comes from the heart of the author. Hall’s experience as someone who did not identify as the gender assigned to them at birth, is such an important narrative to read and understand – and to have been writing this story as early as 1928 marks out Hall as a revolutionary. Continue reading From The Well of Loneliness to Exciting Times: LGBTQ+ Narratives, Ninety Years Apart

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Review: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo is undeniable. When the 18-year-old singer released her first single, ‘drivers license’, in January, it was an instant hit, earning her 35 million monthly Spotify listeners and securing a huge fan base through TikTok streams. I liked the song. I appreciated the clever premise, emotive lyrics, and the bridge that reminded me of Lorde. But I was sceptical. I’m not usually a fan of up-and-coming pop music, and being older than Rodrigo herself, I thought that her music wouldn’t really be my scene. Continue reading Review: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo

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Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

When first entering the cinema with my housemate to see Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew about this film, aside from that it is based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, was what I had gathered from posters and advertisements: a rustic, cool-looking Frances McDormand gazing into the distance while wandering against a backdrop of barren, mountainous wastelands and picturesque sunrises. Continue reading Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

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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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Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy life. According to the NHS website, loss of sleep doesn’t just make you tired; it can affect your immunity, mental health and even your fertility. When Headspace announced their new Netflix series on sleep, I was excited to try it – and with exam stress rapidly approaching, improving my sleep was one thing I thought I could do to ease the pressure. Continue reading Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

The practice of ‘gratitude journaling’, is essentially the act of actively noting down aspects of our lives which we are grateful for. Passing moments, people, or things which usually pass unnoticed, are given recognition, space on a page, that serves as a reminder of all the wonderful things we have day to day. Personally, I introduced the habit of gratitude journaling into my life just over a year ago, and I have found that forcing myself to actively take notice of all the amazing things about life has ultimately led to a shift in my mindset. I complain less, I thank more. I appreciate even the smallest of blessings which I’ve taken for granted for so long. My worries and stresses seem less significant in comparison to all the stuff which I am so fortunate to have. As gratitude journaling grows in popularity, I hope that everyone gives the act of choosing gratitude a chance, in whatever way that resonates with you. Continue reading The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling