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Review: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

Finn Murphy | Student Contributor If you haven’t heard of Olivia Rodrigo by now, then where have you been for the past 5 months? The star of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ is already breaking out of her teenage Disney star phase with her debut album Sour. She had already treated us to 3 singles that became iconic TikTok sounds with millions of … Continue reading Review: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

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Review: Jorja Smith, Be Right Back

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Jorja Smith’s latest project begins with cries that ‘you are not addicted to me’. I have to disagree with you on that one, Jorja, because I’ve had Lost and Found on repeat since its release in 2018. Winner of the Brit Critic’s Choice Award (2018) and Best British Female Artist (Brits, 2019), Smith stands at the forefront of … Continue reading Review: Jorja Smith, Be Right Back

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Love Is a Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

Chloe Boulton | Content Writer In his debut novel, Love Is a Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, Rob Sheffield eulogises his late wife, Renée Crist. Sheffield, a rock and pop culture guru and Rolling Stone contributing editor, tells the story of his musical coming of age, and how music brought he and Renée together. This memoir follows Sheffield through his adolescence, … Continue reading Love Is a Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

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Review: Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club

Tau Nell | Content Writer Since announcing Chemtrails, her seventh studio album, Lana Del Rey has undergone numerous public metamorphoses. She was America’s sweetheart, riding on the success of 2019’s Norman F*cking Rockwell; a controversial commentator, following her bold but untimely tirade against double standards in the music industry; and a sensitive poet, telling all in her 2020 literary debut Violet Bent Backwards over the … Continue reading Review: Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club

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Review: Clive James – ‘Cultural Amnesia’

Liam Elvish | Content Writer When a book serves as an educational resource as well as a source of enjoyment, the reader can only wish for more. Clive James’s 2007 miscellany Cultural Amnesia – Notes in the Margins of my Time does not just fit the theatrical bill, so to speak – it covers the entire programme. So, what exactly is ‘enjoyable’ about a volume … Continue reading Review: Clive James – ‘Cultural Amnesia’

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RHUL UCU Concern for Classroom Recordings

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief A Royal Holloway UCU Working Group have raised concerns on the use of classroom recordings for the wellbeing, safety and teaching experience of both staff and students. I spoke to them about their concerns and the impacts of classroom recordings. The biggest concern raised by UCU staff was that the classroom would no longer remain a safe space. In … Continue reading RHUL UCU Concern for Classroom Recordings

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To Really Solve Gender Inequality, We Need Anti-Capitalist Feminism

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Approaching and researching feminist ideals for the first time, you may be struck with notions of ‘breaking the glass ceiling’. White liberal feminism calls for equal opportunity domination, a world in which we have just as many women in positions of leadership and authority as men. This branch of feminism places #GirlBoss sentiments onto women in positions of … Continue reading To Really Solve Gender Inequality, We Need Anti-Capitalist Feminism

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Sarah Everard in Memoriam: On Policing Violence

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Last night on Clapham Common mourners and protesters gathered for Sarah Everard, a 33 year old woman murdered while she was walking home from her friend’s house at around 9pm on March 3rd. 48 year old Police Officer Wayne Couzens has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Several hundred people gathered on Clapham common to pay Tribute to Sarah … Continue reading Sarah Everard in Memoriam: On Policing Violence

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RHUL Staff Face Potential Pay Freeze

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Royal Holloway UCU has recommended a vote to reject the UCEA’S (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) latest offer with regards to their fight for fair pay and improved working conditions. After the UCU called for a minimum wage of £10.50 an hour for staff (with Retail Price Index plus 5%, to account for inflation), an end to the universities … Continue reading RHUL Staff Face Potential Pay Freeze

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win Super Bowl 55, Dominating Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9

Daniel Horner | Content Writer The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shut down the defending Super Bowl champions in an impressive all-round effort to become the first team to win the title at their own home, Raymond James Stadium.  Tom Brady further cemented his G.O.A.T legacy with another stellar performance; his three touchdown passes secured him the games MVP award and at 43, became the oldest player … Continue reading Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win Super Bowl 55, Dominating Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9

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Tackling Uni Homesickness

Cyann Fielding | Content Writer Homesickness whilst at university is a common feeling amongst students, but with a rather weird past year a new kind of homesickness has emerged: a homesickness for your university home. With many students unable to return to campus following the New Year, many feel as if they are missing out on their independence, missing their friends, and also their freedom. … Continue reading Tackling Uni Homesickness

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Legal Case Against On-Campus Parking Company Ruled as ‘an Abuse of Process’

By Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor In January to February of 2020, Dr Neil Scott, a Royal Holloway alumni who became an Economics teaching fellow of Econometrics at RHUL, struggled to see eye to eye with the on-campus parking company First Parking. He was also a PhD candidate at the time. Dr Scott found it difficult to achieve a parking permit since he was … Continue reading Legal Case Against On-Campus Parking Company Ruled as ‘an Abuse of Process’

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Conversations with RHUL Writers

Ali Krausova | Content Writer Throughout the last month of 2020, I have reflected on creating and living in and after the crisis with four first year students as well as great women, and this is how it went: Ali: ‘How would you describe your writing? What inspires you?’Emily March: ‘I suppose I’d describe my writing as very broad with attention to small details. I … Continue reading Conversations with RHUL Writers

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History’s Largest Strike in India

Aled Iestyn Lewis | Student Contributor On 26 November 2020, 10 trade unions and several left-wing parties in India organised a mass general strike with an estimated 250 million participants, roughly 18% of India’s population (working out as 1 in 30 people on the planet), making these strikes the largest in history. Historically, some of the only general strikes to even reach the tens of … Continue reading History’s Largest Strike in India

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The Strange Weather in Tokyo

Michelle Kennedy | Content Writer Hiromi Kawakami wrote The Strange Weather in Tokyo  in 2001. This beautifully written, understated love story is set in Japan, and tells the story of two individuals falling slowly, but unquestionably, in love. Alongside this progression, the narrator details rich Japanese traditions according to the season, from mushroom picking to drinking sake in a bar late at night. There is … Continue reading The Strange Weather in Tokyo

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Cat Person and Other Stories

Emily Black | Content Writer *** Content Warning: Self harm, unhealthy relationships *** Viral internet sensations tend to come in the form of controversial tweets or amusing videos, not literature. Yet Kristen Roupenian’s short story, Cat Person, went viral after its 2017 publication in The New Yorker. As a result of this fragmented reception, the story received attention due to a form of mistaken identity. … Continue reading Cat Person and Other Stories

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Boris Johnson’s 5-Point Plan From the General Assembly of the UN

Dominic Taylor | Content Writer In the 75th annual General Assembly of the United Nations and the first to be online, Boris Johnson outlined a 5-point plan to ‘protect humanity against another pandemic’, stating that the United Kingdom would use their presidency of the G7 in 2021 to establish a new approach towards health security. The first aim was to ‘stop a new disease before … Continue reading Boris Johnson’s 5-Point Plan From the General Assembly of the UN

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‘Time to Change’ 2006 -2021

Liam Elvish | Student Contributor It was announced in October that ‘Time to Change’ would sadly be drawing to a close in March 2021. After fifteen years of campaigning to improve attitudes and to change behaviours around mental health, the campaign is to be wound up due to financial constraints. ‘Time to Change’ was established in 2006 for the purposes of promoting greater discourse on … Continue reading ‘Time to Change’ 2006 -2021

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Starlink: The Future of High-Speed Internet?

Cory Barker | Content Writer SpaceX and Elon Musk are names that most of us should be more than used to hearing by now. If, by some miracle, you have never seen a video of a rocket landing itself upright on the deck of a boat, or seen Elon ask Twitter users to send him their ‘dankest memes’, here is a TL;DR: SpaceX is a … Continue reading Starlink: The Future of High-Speed Internet?

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Royal Holloway is Providing Free Coronavirus Tests Before Christmas Holidays

Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor Royal Holloway University of London has, in the last week, communicated it is going to offer asymptomatic students as well as staff COVID-19 tests. This facility will be on campus in the Picture Gallery and will start operating on Monday 30th November. They are in the process of providing the same service for those who study or teach in … Continue reading Royal Holloway is Providing Free Coronavirus Tests Before Christmas Holidays

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2020 Premier League Summer Transfer Window Rundown

Dominic Taylor | Content Writer Following the interruption of the 2019/20 football season, the summer transfer window had been moved. Instead of starting in July and ending at the start of August like last season in the Premier League, it began 27th July and ended on the 5th October – with transfers within the English football league allowed to continue for a number of weeks … Continue reading 2020 Premier League Summer Transfer Window Rundown

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‘Everything I Know About Love’ by Dolly Alderton

By Georgia Bisbas | Content Writer Alderton’s 2018 memoir was met with critical acclaim, it was a Sunday Times Best Seller and won a National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year, not to mention the unilateral praise from her adoring fan base of millennial women who relate to and admire her writing. I am one such card-carrying member, and let me tell you, we … Continue reading ‘Everything I Know About Love’ by Dolly Alderton

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The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: The Final Debate

Harry Mear | Content Writer As the quadrennial U.S. Presidential Election draws ever closer, reflection upon the feats and fiascos of the Trump administration is imperative and reactions towards the final debate will be a deciding factor for voters. On the 3rd of November, the results will be in and America, along with the rest of the world, will have their questions answered, and perhaps … Continue reading The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: The Final Debate

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The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: The Story So Far…

Harry Mear | Content Writer Cast your mind back to April 2019 if you can, Biden announces he intends to run for the presidency, he has a strong following within his party and across the world the talking heads begin rallying to his cause. With a recognised and honourable career in public office spanning 36 years as a Senator for Delaware followed by two terms … Continue reading The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: The Story So Far…

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Comment- The First Presidential Debate 2020

Liam Elvish | Content Writer H.G. Wells once said that ‘Civilisation is a race between disaster and education.’ Perhaps there is no greater contemporary example of such an assertion than in modern America where, since 2017, every unintelligible thing uttered is said with authority and all the great possibilities of language cease to exist. The perpetrator is still seeking some form of grace and even … Continue reading Comment- The First Presidential Debate 2020

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Coronavirus Restrictions: What are the New Measures and how has Royal Holloway Been Affected?

Grace Rollison | Content Writer A series of new national restrictions came into place on Thursday 24th September following the resurgence of a second wave of COVID- 19 across the UK. Addressing the nation on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined new measures. These include a 22:00 curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants who are now restricted to table service, a shift to encouraging … Continue reading Coronavirus Restrictions: What are the New Measures and how has Royal Holloway Been Affected?

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‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt

Chloe Boulton | Content Writer In September 1992, Alfred A. Knopf published the debut novel of a then 28-year-old Donna Tartt, called The Secret History. The novel is set in a small college in Vermont, inspired quite heavily by Tartt’s own alma mater: the exclusive Bennington College. The Secret History is about a group of Classics students, and the events that occur when the group’s … Continue reading ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt

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‘Intimations’ by Zadie Smith

Georgia Bisbas | Student Writer Smith’s latest collection of essays, Intimations is exactly what it says on the tin. Simultaneously prophetic and immediate, each essay hints towards the unified dilemmas and aversions of lockdown, all while interrogating cultural issues in the wider world through her signature intelligent tone. I read these essays on a grey afternoon, much like the grey afternoons of lockdown, but I … Continue reading ‘Intimations’ by Zadie Smith

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Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation

Yuji Aoyama | Content Writer Live shows, like the rest of the world, are at a turning point. While the digitalization of live music is not by any means new – some people like to call this bold phenomenon ‘the radio’ – it is a different question altogether to be able to replicate the wild tangibility of the mosh pit, to accurately recreate the feeling … Continue reading Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation

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Wakanda Forever: A Tribute to the Late Chadwick Boseman

Lewis J. White | Film Editor On the 29th of August news broke that Chadwick Boseman had died at the age of 43 of stage three colon cancer. The actor, best known for his role as king T’Challa the Black Panther of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was beloved by many for his talent and humanity both on an off set. Many were lost for words … Continue reading Wakanda Forever: A Tribute to the Late Chadwick Boseman

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The Religious Ecstasy of Insanity – A Saint Maud Review

Lewis J. White | Film Editor Rose Glass’ debut feature: Saint Maud tells the story of pious nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark), as she cares for terminally ill ex-dancer Amanda (Jennifer Ehle). Maud’s faith is put to the test as she must search for God’s purpose for her and how she can save Amanda’s soul by any means necessary. Saint Maud is a psychological thriller that … Continue reading The Religious Ecstasy of Insanity – A Saint Maud Review

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The American Left is Rising, This Time Unequivocally

Zafir Zafirov | Student Writer 8 April 2020 was, to put it mildly, a crushing day not only for the American Left but for all leftists across the globe. It was the day that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont suspended his presidential campaign, putting an end to a dream that many have had since 2016: seeing Sanders as the next president of the United States. … Continue reading The American Left is Rising, This Time Unequivocally

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Our Bodies Their Battlefield, Christina Lamb

Georgia Bisbas | Student Writer Content Warning: Sexual Assault Veteran correspondent Christina Lamb’s unflinching report of the suffering women have experienced in war is utterly staggering. Trauma, fear, and the risk of ostracism often prevent the majority of women from sharing their stories, but on this occasion, Lamb has given them a voice. Some are insistent they be named and remembered for their suffering, including … Continue reading Our Bodies Their Battlefield, Christina Lamb

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“Don’t Try To Understand It, Just Feel It.” – A Tenet Review

Lewis White | Film Editor Christopher Nolan returns with his new espionage thriller starring John David Washington: Tenet. The director, known for the dark knight trilogy and Inception (2010), has created a film so ambitious that it is admirable, so confusing that it is infuriating. Tenet opens with a high octane introduction to John David Washington as our protagonist…called Protagonist. Protagonist is taken across the … Continue reading “Don’t Try To Understand It, Just Feel It.” – A Tenet Review

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Bayern Munich Beat Paris Saint-Germain to Secure Sixth Champions League Title

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor Bayern Munich edged out Paris Saint-Germain in a cagey Champions League Final on Sunday night in Lisbon to win their sixth CL title. With 22 potential difference-makers on the pitch, it was simply too perfect that the player who would seal Bayern’s European title would be one who started his career at PSG. Kingsley Coman’s opportunistic header from … Continue reading Bayern Munich Beat Paris Saint-Germain to Secure Sixth Champions League Title