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‘Love me, love me!’: Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre

Niamh Smith attended Michael Oakley’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on 26 March 2019 at The Globe Theatre Student | Niamh Smith Near the end the Spring term, I was fortunate enough to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet, one of the Bard’s most famous tragedies, with fellow members of Shakespeare Society. Most of us had starred in the Society’s production of the play … Continue reading ‘Love me, love me!’: Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre

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Review: John Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Student | Niamh Smith John Steinbeck is probably best known as the author of Of Mice and Men, a mainstay of the GCSE syllabus. Reading the novella for the first time, I quickly fell in love with the characters and Steinbeck’s clear, evocative prose style. Years later, I decided to read his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, upon seeing it in a bookshop. Aware that … Continue reading Review: John Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’

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In Praise of Sherlock Holmes

Student | Niamh Smith To me, a literary character is truly great when they step from the pages of the book(s) in which they appear, and can be reincarnated in another time, another place, but still feel as fresh and as vibrant as the first time you read about them. Some characters transcend the literature in which they appear and become a vital part of … Continue reading In Praise of Sherlock Holmes

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Yeezy Yeezy Yeezy

Student Writer| Tia Hudson He is a father, he is a husband, and he is a key figure in the world of fashion. After appointing himself as ‘the most influential person in footwear at the moment’, Kanye West’s ‘YEEZY’ collaboration with Adidas, Balmain, and other worldwide brands has exceeded the public’s expectations significantly. The company currently has a net worth of one billion dollars and has … Continue reading Yeezy Yeezy Yeezy

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NOT IN CINEMAS

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Our Not in Cinemassection is back, this time with reviews of more Netflix originals: The Silence, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, Annihilation and productions by Ricky Gervais. As we enter a new film festival season, with Cannes opening its shores to a new wave of films this May, streaming juggernaut Netflix is pulling out more tricks from its sleeve … Continue reading NOT IN CINEMAS

Royal Holloway receives share of £9 million to research into a treatment for rare disease

News Editor |  Iffah Ahmed A share of more than £9 million to start research into a treatment for Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) has been awarded to Royal Holloway, University of London and its partners at the University of Alabama. Neurofibromatosis is a rare disease that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born around the world. World renowned Professor George Dickson and Linda Popplewell, Lecturer … Continue reading Royal Holloway receives share of £9 million to research into a treatment for rare disease

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Review: ‘Us’

Film Columnist | Erin Leonard Burdened with high expectations, Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature was always at risk of falling into the shadows of his much-acclaimed debut, Get Out. But Us is a film truly worthy of its own acclaim. Led by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, the ensemble cast made sure that Peele’s intelligent script successfully made its way onto the big screen. The competition … Continue reading Review: ‘Us’

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Review: The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)

Film Columnist | Erin Leonard Daniel Farrands adds another film to his portfolio with the release of a based-on-a-true-story piece about The Manson Family and the most well-known of their victims. The movie reorients itself in the mind of Sharon Tate in the weeks leading up to her death and creates a character out of her that draws the audience’s attention away from a somewhat … Continue reading Review: The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)

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Diego Cusano: Fantasy Researcher

Student Writer | Svilena Iotkovska Diego Cusano, Italian illustration artist and self-titled ‘Fantasy Researcher’, produces art that challenges the way we view everyday objects and offers a creative perspective on ordinary life. Cusano rejects the title of an artist. In an interview with Kanbini, he says ‘Nowadays, anyone can be an artist. No, I’m more of a “fantasy researcher”: every day I get up and … Continue reading Diego Cusano: Fantasy Researcher

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Waitress: “Biblically Good”

Literary Review Editor | Rachel Farguson Having been listening to the Waitress soundtrack and watching performance clips for a good few months now, I was more than a little bit excited to finally get to see the show live. When our upper circle matinee tickets were upgraded to stalls tickets I was more excited still, but I am certain that this show would be as phenomenal … Continue reading Waitress: “Biblically Good”

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Nobel Prize for Literature 1982

Student Writer | Joshua Rice Upon his death in 2014, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was declared to be ‘the greatest Colombian who ever lived’ by then president of Columbia, Juan Manuel Santos. A central pillar of the Latin American renaissance of the 1960s, Marquez enjoyed several decades of literary fame. Marquez became renowned for going beyond surrealist literature, which transports the reader to another world, to … Continue reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Nobel Prize for Literature 1982

Writers at the Centre of the Contemporary Literary Scene

Student Writer | Katie Philippou Looking for something fresh to read? Here is a short guide to contemporary writers who are sure to keep the fantastic reads coming: Sally Rooney Sally Rooney is new onto the Irish literary scene. She was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2017 and has only just started. Rooney’s first novel Conversations with Friends(2017) is perfectly … Continue reading Writers at the Centre of the Contemporary Literary Scene

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Zakariya Al-Jaber: The 6-year-old martyr of Medina

Managing Editor | Zahra In early February, Zakariya Al-Jaber was ravenously beheaded in front of his mother. Zakariya was killed near a coffee shop by a taxi driver with a piece of broken glass, despite the intervention of an officer. The mother was said to have collapsed due to the trauma. Zakariya and his mother were supposed to be visiting the shrine of Prophet Mohammad … Continue reading Zakariya Al-Jaber: The 6-year-old martyr of Medina

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Storytelling Competition Winners

Cassandra Lau | Editor Apologies for the suspense as The Founder, The Orbital and our judges have had to make some tough decisions. All pieces submitted were a pleasure to read, and watch. We have had submissions ranging from the Physics Department to the Psychology Department which is incredible! It just goes to show that creativity exists and stretches across every corner of Royal Holloway, … Continue reading Storytelling Competition Winners

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What Comes After Social Media Gathers the World

Thomazeau Cyril | RHUL Alumni, and Founder of BELEAF Social media and its gathering of the world is transforming the way we behave and work together. From this has arisen the trend towards collective goodness, a much-needed hand to help manoeuvre political uncertainties. The UK plagued with Brexit negotiations dominates the discussions and headlines. Similarly, America has its topic of uncertainty, President Donald Trump. Society … Continue reading What Comes After Social Media Gathers the World

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Interview with Royal Holloway Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers for 2019/20

Cassandra Lau | Editor A huge congratulations to those who have been elected Sabbatical Officers in Royal Holloway Students’ Union for 2019/20. The past week has been extremely exhausting for those involved in the campaign process for the SU elections. It is incredible to see the enthusiasm and effort put in by all candidates in spite of the wind and rain. With great pleasure, The … Continue reading Interview with Royal Holloway Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers for 2019/20

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Tax Email Scam Hits Royal Holloway’s Student Emails

Editor | Cassandra Lau The number of e-mails that have had to go through quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com has been mind-blowing this academic year. Even e-mails from other U.K universities have been quarantined, so it came to my surprise when I received an email like this (without being quarantined): Careless, or gullible? As a student, I am used to receiving letters from the post stating the deduction of … Continue reading Tax Email Scam Hits Royal Holloway’s Student Emails

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Women’s Football ‘Female Is Fierce’ Campaign

Deputy Sports Editor | Jack Wright From Monday 25 February, Royal Holloway’s Women’s Football club will be running a range of events across campus in order to promote the ‘Female Is Fierce’ campaign. Each of the evening events being hosted, whether active or social, highlight inclusivity and place a key focus upon Royal Holloway’s female athletes. Women’s Football Charity Secretary Kate Roberts, with help from … Continue reading Women’s Football ‘Female Is Fierce’ Campaign

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Geography Department’s New Recycling Opportunities

Editor | Cassandra Lau Royal Holloway’s Geography Department have outdone themselves this month by providing the department with extra opportunities for recycling! You can now recycle: old spectacles, used postage stamps, and Crisp Packets Old Spectacles/Glasses We have started a collection for Vision Aid Overseas. Where? Photocopying/Post Room in Q163 “This is a one-off collection and we’d like to send the collected glasses at the beginning … Continue reading Geography Department’s New Recycling Opportunities

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Review: Our New Uni Gym

Student | Rita Mataruka Picture this: you, drenched in sweat, pathetically trying to work your glutes (so that you can obtain that Beyoncé bum you’ve always wanted) amidst a host of intimidating athletes, glistening and grunting their way through reps. Scattered amongst these professionals are beast machines, resembling closer to aliens than exercise equipment. For some, I just described your natural habitat. But for the … Continue reading Review: Our New Uni Gym

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Guide to Long Distance Friendships

Lifestyle Writer | Amy Butcher University can lead to some big changes in your friendships. You’ll meet a LOT of new friends, but that doesn’t mean you completely disregard the old ones. Your school friends might now be dotted all around the country… some may have even ventured ‘up north’, or abroad as they go to find themselves on their gap year. Whatever the situation … Continue reading Guide to Long Distance Friendships

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General Wellbeing at University

Student | Reka Goupil Moving to university is a big deal. Whether you’re excited to be waving your parents goodbye, or sad to miss home-cooked meals and your dog, I’m sure you’d like to emerge unscathed and mental breakdown free. While taking care of yourself fully for the first time may come naturally to some, I definitely think there is a learning curve. Here are … Continue reading General Wellbeing at University

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Why Living Off Campus Has More Benefits Than You Think!

Student | Rebecca Williams Living on campus is most certainly the easy option – no bills to pay and pretty much everything is on your doorstep. Not to mention the cleaners. Waking up five minutes before a lecture begins does not even stop you from going. The convenience levels of living on campus are through the roof, but its accessibility to lectures and seminars may … Continue reading Why Living Off Campus Has More Benefits Than You Think!

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Pantry Recipes: Microwave Cheats

Student | Pippa Roth-Biester If you’re like me and you spent at least one year at Uni without a kitchen in your accommodation, these recipes are really good. These 3 recipes are to help you create meals in a few minutes, even if you don’t have access to a stove, as all you need is a microwave. Instant Noodles Ingredients: Pack of instant noodles; hot … Continue reading Pantry Recipes: Microwave Cheats

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Interview with Father John: Royal Holloway’s Catholic Chaplain

Interview conducted by Michele Theil [T]he answer is forgiveness – forgiving yourself, forgiving other people… It’s important to help people who are struggling and listen to their struggles. We’ve got to realise that terrible things happen and that people feel really bitter and hurt by it, but we have to help them move on and move through the pain towards resolution, acceptance and growth. Earlier … Continue reading Interview with Father John: Royal Holloway’s Catholic Chaplain

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On Royal Holloway’s System ‘Upgrade’

Editor | Cassandra Lau  The ‘upgrade’ to the Schools system will place Royal Holloway on par with most other universities. Summing up the difference between the current Faculty system, and the soon-to-be Schools system: A Faculty is a body of professors, lecturers, and researches who research and pass on knowledge to students; a School is an establishment comprised of Faculties and students. For instance, typically … Continue reading On Royal Holloway’s System ‘Upgrade’

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Royal Holloway’s Academic Restructuring from Faculties into Schools

Editor | Cassandra Lau Plans to restructure current Faculties into Schools were approved by Council in November last term. Meetings between departments, the Students’ Union, and the college have been organised this term for further enquiries into the transition. An anonymous source has confirmed that the Heads of Schools have already been hired, and plans to cut down on personnel have been made. The Students’ … Continue reading Royal Holloway’s Academic Restructuring from Faculties into Schools

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The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

Editor | Cassandra Lau Last October, the Civic University Commission, which sets out the place of universities in civic life, published an extensive progress report. The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s aims is to “explore and understand what a modern civic university is and what it should do.” Responding to the report by the Civic University Commission, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government … Continue reading The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

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Single Review: Foals – ‘Exits’

Music Editor | Charlie Catmull Though the world is in potential chaos and Brexit, or whatever March actually entails, looms over us, 2019 promises to be a great year in music, hopefully one a bit more eventful than last year. Luckily January has already looked set to fulfil that promise with the return of one of the best bands Britain has to offer; Foals and … Continue reading Single Review: Foals – ‘Exits’

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‘The Hate U Give’, by Angie Thomas: How one book is changing the publishing industry

Arts Editor | Mimi Markham Every so often, a new publication shakes the waters of the usually quiet internet book community. In February 2017, Angie Thomas’ ‘The Hate U Give’ did just this and its ripples have resonated across the publishing industry, inspiring a recent film adaption. The story follows Starr Caster’s journey towards activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her childhood friend, … Continue reading ‘The Hate U Give’, by Angie Thomas: How one book is changing the publishing industry

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#WearRedDay

This month will see the country turning red, not for Valentine’s day, but in support of Congenital Heart Disease awareness.  Established in the U.K. by the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire based Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the day helps to raise awareness and funding to help children and adults born with congenital heart disease – funding equipment and further research. Congenital heart disease – also referred … Continue reading #WearRedDay

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Why we need to remember

Lifestyle Editor | Kyrie Roxby   There is nothing in the world that can explain or help us understand the Holocaust and the millions of senseless murders that happened during it. There is, however, the need to remember the events of it and the many lives lost because of the violence and racism brought against millions of innocent people. The best way of remembering all … Continue reading Holocaust Memorial Day: Why we need to remember

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Why it’s not too late to take part in Veganuary

Molly Williams | Arts & Culture Editor   I’m a firm believer that the best resolutions are the ones we don’t make on first day of the year. Hungover and tired, the type of people that still manage to haul themselves to the gym, or start the novel they’ve been talking about, are ethereal beings with self-control beyond the human realm. If you’re still looking … Continue reading Why it’s not too late to take part in Veganuary

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Announcement: National Storytelling Week Competition

What is National Storytelling Week? National Storytelling Week is the celebration of differing means of story telling. From ancient oral storytelling to written or drawn methods, its aim is to empower the narrator and support the unique bond between the story teller and listener. So what’s the deal? For 7 days of the week from 26th January to 2nd February, there will be 7 awards … Continue reading Announcement: National Storytelling Week Competition

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Why the World Does Not Accommodate Male Mental Health: A Movember Reflection

Opinion & Debates Editor | Nicholas Ross Movember is an NGO whose missions are raising awareness for male issues like male mental health and prostate cancer and donating to relevant groups. For the last few years it has funded millions of pounds worldwide to donate to organisations such as The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Its aims are noble but imply a sad reality about … Continue reading Why the World Does Not Accommodate Male Mental Health: A Movember Reflection

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‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Forty years after the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, an estimated 36.9 million people worldwide are still living with HIV. Despite AIDS-related deaths reducing to more than 51% – since its peak in 2001 – it is estimated that the illness still caused almost a million deaths in 2017. (UNAIDS.org) This year the fight to defeat  HIV and AIDS … Continue reading ‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On

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World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.

Featured Photograph: During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. / UN Photo (1982) Editor | Cassandra Lau   World Tolerance Day marks the 16th November every year as a day to generate public awareness of the dangers and unacceptability of intolerance. “Tolerance … Continue reading World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect

Arts Editor | Mimi Markham Content warning: eating disorders The narrative is familiar: student mental illness is a growing problem. In the last ten years, first year students who report they suffer from a mental illness has increased fivefold. 75% of mental illnesses are established by the age of 25 and, as many students arrive as teenagers, there is no doubt universities must acknowledge their … Continue reading Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect

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The Taboo of Mental Health in Asian Culture

Student Writer | Alexa Tecson We’ve all heard the jokes, we’ve all seen the stereotypes, we’ve all witnessed the complaints: ‘As an Asian, our career choices are doctor, lawyer, engineer or disgrace to family. ‘Only 90% in exam? I have no son’. And my personal favorite, ‘Why did you get B? You’re A-sian not B-sian’. Unfortunately, the humor from these jokes come from a place … Continue reading The Taboo of Mental Health in Asian Culture

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My Life in My Art: Knausgaard and Misty

Deputy Sports Editor | Jack Wright   Every writer will, at some point in their lives, have heard this classic piece of advice: ‘write what you know’. I cannot say whether this is good advice. If that is a question that you would like answers to, I would recommend reading some of the insightful opinions shared by published authors. I’m also going to be careful … Continue reading My Life in My Art: Knausgaard and Misty