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Life in the slow lane?

“Oh my goodness!” “A hundred thousand local hearts sink!” “Lewis Hamilton is the world champion!” “Unbelievable.” The commentators could not believe what they had just seen. Nor could any of the 9 million UK…

GUSA mental health roundup

Last Friday saw 12 GUSA council members battle through a grueling 18-hour static cycle, made no easier by the heavy wind and lashings of rain with no more than a miniscule gazebo covering…

100 Years of Dylan Thomas

The poetry of Dylan Thomas is inextricably linked to the life of the man. His lifestyle and legacy almost parody the stereotype of a romantic poet; drinker, womanizer, inevitably obsessed with death and beauty…

Happy 170th Birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche

The 15th October was a day to celebrate. On that day 170 years ago, the great philosopher, critic, poet and philologist Friedrich Nietzsche was born.  His ideas, revolutionary in his days, are still relevant,…

21st ­Century Mythologies:­ Podcast Review

Roland Barthes’ 1957 book Mythologies develops Ferdinand de Saussure’s system of semiology ­ that words – or ‘signs’ – are comprised of a ‘signifier’ (physical form) and ‘signified’ (the concept it represents), and posits…