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Superstition and spirituality

15th October 2021

Is this the answer to our fears? I have always been a very superstitious person. Wearing wooden jewellery, saluting magpies, and throwing salt over my shoulder are all things that are now second nature to me, but possibly infuriating to others. It’s something I have inherited to an extent from my parents. I wasn’t raised ...


International Spotlight: Guinea

25th September 2021

What’s happening in Guinea? Charlotte Christian discusses the latest upheaval in Guinea and the legacy of French colonialism in the country. On the 5th of September, shooting echoed around the presidential palace of Guinea, a resource-rich coastal nation in West Africa. The military overthrew President Alpha Condé – a reaction to his government’s corruption, creeping ...


Liberté, égalité, pandémie

21st September 2021

Writer Ross McCool gets philosophical about Covid-19 and how it has affected our agency and freedom Covid-19 has brought drastic change and calamity to the modern world. Within the United Kingdom, the public have not faced such curtails to personal freedom since the Second World War. From the introduction of the largest lockdown procedures that ...


International Spotlight: Afghanistan

5th September 2021

Independence, agency, and the rights of women The Taliban, a force thought long-defeated in 2001, not to the extent of complete elimination but to a supposed degree of manageability, has resurfaced to capture the capital city of the Afghan state, Kabul. In the wake of US forces withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and the spread of ...


Get over your Eurovision hate

21st May 2021

Embrace the Europop-y glory. I am almost certain there are three groups into which I could sort the readership of this article, the fans, the apathetic and the haters. For obvious reasons I fall into the first, my love for Eurovision is unbridled, overwhelming and frankly often a hindrance to my everyday life. However, this ...


Hating on the Hate Crime Bill – does it go far enough?

3rd April 2021

Being a bigot in your own home is still being a bigot. Belief – a simple word, just like any other.   At first glance, it would seem to be merely a combination of letters that is harmless and innocent; but when given meaning, it suddenly transforms into a possession, something that is fiercely protected by ...


My Love Life: Just another day

1st April 2021

My version of normal. My love life could be described in one word: chaotic. Anecdotes from my love life have led time and time again to my friends, co-workers, and family exclaiming: “This could only happen to you.” Whilst I am, of course, the main character of the entire universe, I do not believe that ...


Flat Nightmares: There’s a rat in my flat!

4th March 2021

The kind of rat-holes students live in. Before my second year at uni, I had only encountered one rat in my life. Its bug-eyes peered out behind a takeaway joint during my interrailing trip in Berlin, burrowing into a sea of soiled styrofoam cones and curried bratwurst, before scuttling down by the Alexanderplatz underpass. Momentary ...


Curbing your car for Covid

11th February 2021

 Is it worth it to bring your ride to uni during the pandemic? For many adolescents, passing their driving test and purchasing their first car is symbolic of independence and freedom. It offers them the chance to embark on adventures and travel almost anywhere and everywhere. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, more and ...


By any means necessary

5th February 2021

 An examination of violent rebellions. In unthinkable pain, crying out that he couldn’t breathe, as his assaulter pressed a knee over his neck, making it even harder to even take a breath, to stay alive. For eight minutes George Floyd fought for his life and then died. Died, because an institution that exists across the ...