2020 October



Eat Out to Help Out: how I saved the economy by eating Nando’s

29th October 2020

Iona Murfitt considers the pros and cons of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. I don’t know about you, but the best thing that could happen after being locked up in our houses for months due to a global pandemic was probably the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. With half-price food at most ...


Filmed fanfiction

29th October 2020

Is there anything wrong with fanfiction-to-movie productions? From the dawn of the movie industry, filmmakers have been using other media — books, plays, real-life events — as inspiration for their own art. While nowadays it may seem easy for some to roll their eyes and proclaim “Hollywood has no original thoughts anymore”, it’s important to ...


Little Weirds by Jenny Slate: the perfect lockdown read?

29th October 2020

Emily explores the wacky world of human experiences through comic writing as lockdown escapism. Little Weirds by actress and stand-up comedian Jenny Slate is, technically speaking, a collection of comic essays. However, I feel that it could be categorised in any number of ways. It is whimsically abstract, a stream of consciousness, a piece of ...


An ode to Halloween

29th October 2020

 2020’s been a horror show in itself, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to miss the Halloween that could have been. I’ve always been a fan of Halloween. Growing up, I had an abundance of creative costumes courtesy of my mum: from Willy Wonka to Little Bo Creep, from Taylor Swift to a pumpkin. ...


Cultural appropriation is the real Halloween nightmare

28th October 2020

This Halloween remember that your ‘edgy’ costume could be someone’s biggest nightmare. Having spent the earlier part of my childhood growing up in India, I was grossly unprepared for dealing with the covert and blatant racism I would be forced to encounter persistently when I moved to the West. These situations ranged from the borderline ...


GoMA’s reopening

28th October 2020

A guide to current exhibits. 2020 hasn’t been particularly kind to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Following speculation of closure in January, the doors, along with galleries up and down the country, were forced shut in March when the national lockdown was imposed. Following over six months of closure, it was announced that it ...


How to make pals in a pandemic

27th October 2020

Caitlin Martin offers some advice on making friends at university amid restrictions. In normal times, starting university is a magical rite of passage full of opportunities to meet those lifelong uni friends you were promised. Freshers’ Week is portrayed as the ultimate coming of age sequence, with the promise that those first few days away ...


Why should we protect Brazilian mangrove forests?

27th October 2020

The Brazilian government has voted to revoke protection of mangrove forests, but why is this a problem? Courts have suspended the Brazilian government’s aims to repeal protections over the environment.  Federal judge Maria Carvalho has suspended measures implemented by the Brazilian government which voted to revoke laws protecting mangrove forests, which play an important part ...


Cult v cultured

27th October 2020

Does the prestige horror trend mark a shift in the genre, or are we just more willing to engage critically with these films when they’re photographed well? Horror has never been highbrow, but since films such as Get Out and A Quiet Place, a new form of horror film has made it into the mainstream: ...


Teaching history through theatre

26th October 2020

Sharing the stories of minority groups on stage. In As You Like It, Shakespeare famously quoted: “all the world’s a stage”. While this sombre metaphor has echoed through the arts for decades, the physical stage should also reflect the world and everyone in it. This year has witnessed mass civil rights movements in the aftermath ...