• Editorials Sexism and Football – It Is Still A Problem
    England’s Women’s football team succeeded where the men had failed for fifty-six years. They took home a major international trophy at the Euros 2022 tournament. There has been widespread praise for the Lionesses, but it has also opened up a conversation about the inequality and double standards for male and female footballers. The pay gap […]
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  • Music Album Review: Renaissance Act I
    Beyoncé needs no introduction. Her very name inspires sheer inspiration amongst everyone. And just when we needed her the most, she returned and shook the whole world to its core. Act One of Renaissance certainly sets the tone for the album – a revival and rebirth of ballroom music of the 70s and 80s combined […]
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  • Reviews Book Review: Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola
    Bolu Babalola had me hooked with Love in Colour in 2020, a beautiful anthology of love stories and she came back in 2022 with a fun romantic novel that I pre-ordered the first chance I could get. Honey & Spice revolves around Kiki and Malakai, two students at Whitehall university, a fictional British university. Kiki […]
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  • Music Album Review: emails i can’t send
    Former Disney star Sabrina Carpenter dropped her highly-anticipated fifth studio album, emails i can’t send, earlier this month –  and it’s arguably her best (and most personal) work yet. Carpenter began her career as a child star, with her breakthrough role on Girl Meets World catapulting her into the limelight. The pop princess is no stranger to […]
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  • News Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Explained
    This week, you will likely have seen the videos circulating on social media of protestors in Sri Lanka breaking into former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s home, eating his food and using his gym. But how did it get this far? What has been happening in Sri Lanka? Let’s break down the events that led up to […]
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  • News 5 details you missed in Hamilton – The Musical
    Hamilton is arguably one of the best musicals of our generation. With carefully crafted lyrics and choreography, it narrates the story of Alexander Hamilton and how he shaped American politics. Here are 5 mind-blowing facts that you may have missed about the show.  1- Guns and Ships  Daveed Diggs as Lafayette gives a staggering performance […]
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  • Books Book review: Song of Achilles
    The Song of Achilles tells the story of the mightiest Trojan warriors. Achilles and his lover Patroclus grow, fight and love their way through one of the most brutal wars in Greek mythology. What makes it stand out? Firstly, let’s just say that Madeline Miller has created a literary masterpiece. She has shaped the story […]
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  • Editorials The Assassination of Harvey Milk
    Harvey Milk was elected as an official for California in 1978. He was the first openly gay man to achieve this and, as a result, Milk encouraged people to come out and be proud of their sexuality. He was a pioneer for equal rights, but was assassinated in the same year he was elected. And […]
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  • Editorials How literature has shaped the feminist movement
    From the Bronte sisters to Virginia Woolf,  female authors and the presentation of women in literature have arguably helped shape and promote the feminist movement.  What is feminism?  A commonly misconstrued concept, feminism at its core is the belief that both men and women should have equal rights. The different types of feminism are often […]
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  • Editorials Eric Lomax: An Unsung Hero
    Eric Lomax was a British soldier during the Second World War who experienced extreme violence as a Prisoner of War in Japan. After years of his life were spent battling his trauma alone, he secured help and forgave one of his torturers. His story is fascinating, and he’s even had a film made about him […]
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  • News Awaiting exam results: How to enjoy the summer
    The long, hot summer that awaits you after finishing your exams will forever be tainted by the dreaded results day. Here are five top tips for staying calm and relaxing without the worry about what that heavy brown envelope holds.  Tip 1 – Social interaction Although it may seem like lying in bed all day […]
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  • Editorials Five Women in History Robbed of Their Legacy
    History textbooks are full of men, completely ignoring the courageous actions of countless women. Here, we have managed to whittle down this seemingly never-ending list of forgotten women to just five who have been robbed of a legacy. 1.  Mary Seacole Mary Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse who did outstanding work during the Crimean War. […]
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  • News Sam Fender’s I Made It Moment
    Sam Fender: Indie rockstar, 4 million monthly listeners, and a proper partying Geordie. His rise to fame since his debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ has been a never-ending climb, from two BRIT awards to hungover BBC interviews, the Tyneside singer has never stopped giving.  Background Born and raised in North Shields, Sam Fender’s lyrics are drawn […]
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  • British How Winston Churchill Failed in India – Explained
    Winston Churchill had two terms as British Prime Minister between 1940 and 1945, and between 1951 and 1955. He is known for leading the Allies to victory during the Second World War and encouraging speeches which inspired public during wartime. But should he be remembered for anything else? Churchill had a very controversial relationship with […]
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  • News Roe V. Wade Explained
    This week, you have most likely read that in the United States, the right to abortion was overturned by the Supreme Court. So let’s break down what exactly Roe v. Wade was about and what it means for abortion rights in America. In 1969, Norma Corvey – known under the pseudonym Jane Roe – became […]
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  • Books Book Review: Holding
    Graham Norton’s debut novel Holding attracted significant media attention and glowing reviews. Most likely because Graham Norton of The Graham Norton Show wrote a fiction crime novel. Presumably most reviewers would have liked to slate it for some kind of self-gratifying purpose. I hate it when celebrities get book deals. Half of them can’t write; it’s never usually because […]
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  • health Extortionately expensive American drugs now affordable?
    I find the American healthcare system frankly disgusting. Life-saving drugs are marked up by hundreds, sometimes thousands or even tens of thousands, of dollars to exploit incredibly vulnerable people out of every penny they’ve got.  Even the average American spends a ludicrous amount on prescription drugs, averaging $1,200 per year since 2018, and this sum […]
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  • Books Book Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    When Charlotte Brontë called her sister Anne’s book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall a “mistake” and prevented it from being published for ten years, I do think she was being rather severe. Anne Brontë’s second novel is not the masterpiece Jane Eyre is or Wuthering Heights. I am hesitant to call it a masterpiece at all, but there are […]
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  • News Buy Now, You Will Pay Later
    We have all been there, desperate to bag a new dress for a night out or wanting that video game but the money just isn’t in the bank. There are now the likes of Klarna and Clearpay, buy now pay later schemes (BNPL), which allow you to purchase a wide variety of items while paying […]
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  • Editorials Advertising to Children – Is it right?
    This question occurred to me last month as I was appalled to see one of my younger cousins watching a video online. It was one of those family channels, and the mother was simply running around the house, showing her children going crazy over hundreds of Hot Wheels toys. My cousin was laughing along with […]
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  • Music Album Review: Harry’s House
    Harry Styles is back and better than ever with his third solo studio album, Harry’s House. The album, named after Japanese pop icon Haruomi Hosono’s 1973 album Hosono House, oozes charisma and offers us some of the former One Direction star’s greatest work yet. The album manages to feel both generic and unique, impersonal yet […]
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  • News Book Review: A Thousand Ships
    Natalie Haynes’ retelling of the Trojan War was attractive to me based on the description – a retelling from the view of the women.  After reading her book, Pandora’s Jar, I was more than excited to read and she did not disappoint. We all have heard of the Trojan War – Paris steals Helen of […]
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  • Movies Movie Review: Doctor Strange – Multiverse of Madness
    Did you love the first Dr Strange and long for a sequel? Were you left wondering what happened beyond the end of WandaVision? Do you consider whether there really is a multiverse? You can get all three answers in just two action-packed and thrilling hours. Dr Strange, played by multiple-award-winning actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, casts a […]
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  • Environment Why Should I save Water and How?
    It’s a well-known fact that water is necessary for survival, but how much do you use? And more importantly, how much do you waste? Water is being used constantly, in our tea, our fuel and even us, making it easy to forget that it is in fact, not entirely infinite. in the UK show that […]
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  • health A Guide to Hayfever
    Hayfever might be something you find ruining your picnic and making you feel grotty, but what is it, and why does it happen? Hayfever (also referred to as seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis) is the allergy to pollen, affecting 10-30% of people during the warmer months. Some of the symptoms include: Runny/Blocked Nose Itchy/swollen eyes […]
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  • News The 14th Doctor
    Having made quite a name for himself in the cult Netflix show Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa was proclaimed the 14th Time Lord last week.  The Rwandan born actor who moved to Scotland when a mere two years old is replacing Jodie Whittaker, who played the show’s first female doctor. The Writer Speaks A far cry […]
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  • Reviews Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six
    Daisy Jones and The Six is the story of fictional musicians in the seventies. And I very much recommend this book to anyone in a slump or wanting to procrastinate before exams (like me!) Written in interview snippets we, learn the ups and downs, the good and bad of how the band was formed. There […]
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  • Lifestyle Just who is Rihanna
    It is very rare that a celebrity has as much success with their first name as they do their surname when riding solo with each. But for the Bajan born songstress and now beauty mogul, Rhianna Fenty,  both names carry as much weight individually as they do combined. Hear her voice Her first name is […]
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  • Editorials The Maternity Death Gap Explained
    Pregnancy and Childbirth are considered among the most precious times in a person’s life. But for some women, it can be a scary occasion. In the UK, compared to white women, black women are four times as likely to die in childbirth and during the post-partum period. Asian women are twice as likely. For years, […]
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  • Editorials The Sidelining of Women of Colour in the Labour Party
    The Labour Party has always prided itself on its diversity and its commitment to liberalism and social justice. But recently, I have noticed that women of colour within the Party – many of whom are the reason for Labour’s popularity – have been sidelined. And the issues pertaining to ethnic minority women are all but […]
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  • Editorials The Tour That Went Wrong
    Royal Tours are usually done to show the monarchy in their element – shaking hands, doing fun little stunts so we can see they are human and giving speeches to uplift a cause. But the Caribbean Tour, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was, to put it lightly, a disaster. It was already known that […]
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  • Editorials Reality TV – Damaging to teens?
    What does Reality TV mean to you? Do you associate it with the concept of truth? Or perhaps screaming celebrities bent on jealousy and arrogance? Either way, I’ve watched reality television for a while now, and have grounded myself in real life enough to know that there are no two things with a greater difference. […]
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  • Editorials Representation in Period Dramas
    Bridgerton season two is here and the period drama has received wide praise yet again. But what really excited many about this season is the introduction of the Sharmas – Kathani ‘Kate’ Sharma, her younger sister Edwina Sharma and Mary Sharma. It was exciting for many to see the details of Indian culture – from […]
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  • Movies Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’
    For many, The Troubles in Ireland and their peak in the 1960s remain unknown and unspoken. The atrocities committed by the British in border counties like Fermanagh, Derry and cities like Belfast still affect Irish society today; with areas separated by ‘peace walls’ between Protestant and Catholic communities to prohibit further tensions. Despite the Good […]
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  • Music Album Review: For You by Prince
    Prince’s debut album, For You, gets overlooked as it doesn’t have the progressive rock and synth-pop fusion his later works have, like Purple Rain, or 1999. However, at 19, Prince engineered this entire album on his own and demonstrated his immense musical talents from the start. The titular song on the album, For You, kicks […]
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  • Books Book Review: If I Never Met You
    Mhairi McFarlane’s 2020 novel If I Never Met You has been on my ‘to be read‘ list for a while – and I am so happy that I finally got around to it. The story revolves around thirty-six-year-old Laurie. She’s a lawyer, one of the best at her firm. Her partner, Dan, dumps her after […]
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  • Reviews TV Review: Bridgerton, Series Two
    Dearest readers, welcome back. Bridgerton series two is out now and if you’re anything like me, you’ll have spent eight hours in bed binge-watching before allowing it to consume your being. (Ha, see what I did there…) If you didn’t do that – worry not, there’s plenty to look forward to. And plenty to think […]
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  • Editorials TERFs are the Final Bosses of White Feminism
    Another day, another J.K Rowling tweet. Yay. The highly successful children’s author has criticised Labour leader Keir Starmer for saying trans women are women, under the Equalities Act. Starmer also added in this interview that a “more considered, respectful, tolerant debate about these issues” is needed. I’m guessing Rowling saw that part and also objected […]
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  • Editorials Breaking the Bias
    This year’s International Women’s Day was focussed on breaking the gender bias. The organisers called on us all to imagine a world free of prejudice. A world that is free of biases, stereotypes and discrimination against women. The UN’s theme is gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, focusing on advancing gender equality in the […]
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  • Music Top Five Mitski Songs
    With the release of her latest album Laurel Hell, Mitski has solidified herself as one of the best singer-songwriters of the past decade. From her gorgeously grating 2012 debut Lush, to her critically acclaimed latest work, including the smash hit Puberty 2 and personal favourite Be The Cowboy, the Japanese-American star has paved the way […]
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  • Editorials The Ukraine Invasion and Racism in Europe
    We are six days into the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. While a lot of effort is being made to help Ukraine – from economic sanctions to aid – some efforts have been rather unhelpful. The British Home Office is not waiving visa requirements for all Ukrainians fleeing the conflict, which isn’t surprising. But they […]
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  • Politics Mastering Politics: Ukraine and Russia
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared war on the eastern European country of Ukraine. Here is everything you need to know about the situation so far. Why Ukraine? Putin has referred to Ukraine as “ancient Russian lands”. He also says the invasion is about the “de-Nazification” of the country, accusing it of committing genocide against […]
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  • Music Album Review: Pressure Machine by The Killers
    The Killers’ latest album Pressure Machine was released August 2021, so soon after their 2020 release Imploding the Mirage. A concept album and ode to frontman Brandon Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah— the ‘Mormon capital’ of the USA— the track serves stories of different people from the town in flash recordings at the beginning and […]
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  • Reviews TV Review: The Tinder Swindler
    I love a good Netflix documentary – true crime is a guilty pleasure and this one will have you yelling at the screen. The Tinder Swindler tells the story of Shimon Hayut, who used the name, Simon Leviev, a conman who seduced women on Tinder and conned them out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. […]
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  • Music Album Review: Laurel Hell
    Mitski is finally back, releasing her sixth studio album Laurel Hell on 4 February. After four years away from the spotlight, her latest release embraces uncertainty and explores typical themes heard in Mitski’s previous work, such as unrequited love and emotional turmoil, but with a greater sense of urgency. The album opens strongly, with the […]
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  • Editorials University and Sexual Harassment
    This week in the beautiful town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, an ugly yet familiar tale of abuse in universities emerged. Three Harvard graduates are suing the university for allegedly ignoring the sexual harassment of students by a professor who they said threatened their academic careers if they reported him. The professor, John Comaroff, was sanctioned by […]
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  • News Women in Science – Looking to the Future 
    On Friday the 11th of February, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. My science teachers have been encouraging us all to write a piece commemorating overlooked women in science.  Nettie Stevens Nettie Stevens was an American geneticist who suggested that chromosomes were responsible for determining sex. Through her studies on […]
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  • News Greggs Team Up with Primark
    It was announced this week that bakery giant Greggs is teaming up with High Street store Primark for a range of goods. The eleven-piece line will be available in 60 of the chain’s stores later this month. While this may not be the more conventional union we are accustomed to such as Nike and Michael […]
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