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When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

Tau Nell | Student Writer Not everyone was familiar with Billie Eilish when her no-nonsense track ‘Bad Guy’ marched to the top of the charts early last year, but she is no overnight sensation. The silver-tongued songstress released her EP ‘Don’t Smile at Me’ in 2017, and has been on an ever-rising rollercoaster of stardom since. She’s headlined Coachella, graced the cover of Vogue, and … Continue reading When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

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The Art of Voting Tactically

Opinion and Debate Editor | Niamh Houston Following Boris Johnson’s failure to gain support for his proposed Brexit strategy, the current UK Prime Minister has called for a general election in the hopes of gaining a ruling majority of the Conservative party. With more seats behind Johnson in parliament, he would be much more likely to get his deal approved and in turn ‘Get Brexit … Continue reading The Art of Voting Tactically

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Tomisin Adepeju’s new short film, I am Joseph – [short review]

Student Writer | Luke Hetherington I am Joseph makes a valiant effort to humanise the oft-neglected tale of cuckolded-by-a-deity Joseph (Michael Akinsulire) coming to terms with Mary’s (Asmara Gabrielle) perceived infidelity, and ultimately, their shared destiny. Though the premise establishes itself in an awkwardly paced opening scene riddled with unnecessary dialogue, the biblical references are pleasantly underplayed as a visitor approaches Joseph and quietly influences … Continue reading Tomisin Adepeju’s new short film, I am Joseph – [short review]

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What happened in Bolivia was a military coup d'état, let's not call it otherwise

Student Writer | Zafir Zafirov A few weeks ago Bolivia’s longest-serving indigenous president Evo Morales was forced by the Bolivian military to step down as the country was in the midst of protests – following the results of the October general election in which Morales ran for his fourth term in office. His decision to run for another term, albeit controversial, was allowed by an … Continue reading What happened in Bolivia was a military coup d'état, let's not call it otherwise

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Lana Del Rey’s Norman F*cking Rockwell!: A Review

Student Writer | Tau Nell Lana Del Rey is best known for the starry-eyed scenes she paints using her sultry contralto voice of an America that was, and one that could have been. Her misadventures have led her to sing of Bel Air lovers, of speeding along the California coast, and of being the enchanting arm candy of leather-clad bikers. Her work thus far has … Continue reading Lana Del Rey’s Norman F*cking Rockwell!: A Review

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Leonardo: The Works – A True Exhibition on Screen [Review]

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska Released on October 29th, 2019 and directed by Phil Grabsky, Leonardo: The Works marks the 500th anniversary of the renowned artist’s death. This film, a quite literal Exhibition on Screen, provides viewers with an Ultra HD quality of Leonardo da Vinci’s art – that is, not only the artists’ paintings but his notebooks and drawings as well. Some of the paintings … Continue reading Leonardo: The Works – A True Exhibition on Screen [Review]

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LFF 2019: In Conversation with Appreciation director, Tomisin Adepeju

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Written and directed by one of the rising new voices in British cinema, Appreciation is a drama that poignantly explores an African Pentecostal pastor’s navigation of grief and cultural identity following a personal tragedy. Filmed in London, the film flaunts striking visuals and Adepeju’s flourishing distinct directorial style. Aside from Appreciation’s selection in the programme, Adepeju is also one … Continue reading LFF 2019: In Conversation with Appreciation director, Tomisin Adepeju

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LFF19: An interview with Spring Fever director Anna Snowball

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Documentary filmmaker and Royal Holloway alum Anna Snowball talks with The Founder about her BFI London Film Festival selected short documentary, Spring Fever, as well as her filmmaking journey during and post-university. The film, which was part of the ‘In the Age of Consent programme, highlights a class so refreshing, and frankly a flicker of hope amidst the current … Continue reading LFF19: An interview with Spring Fever director Anna Snowball

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LFF 2019: Josef Bates on navigating the ‘clouded view’ of the industry post-university and his black comedy film, Tic.

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico I sat down with Media Arts (what we know now as the Film, TV & Digital Production course) alumni Josef Bates on the afternoon before the first screening of his short film Tic at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. After catching him up on the new, lengthy course title, as well as bonding over the infamous and unchanging … Continue reading LFF 2019: Josef Bates on navigating the ‘clouded view’ of the industry post-university and his black comedy film, Tic.

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LFF2019: Knives Out [REVIEW]: A Fortuitous Mystery with a Refreshingly Moralistic Heart

Film Section Columnist | Luke Hetherington Rian Johnson’s latest film will be review-bombed online by knicker-twisted hoodlums online still sore over Luke Skywalker’s depiction. Such is the price you pay for subversion. Knives Out – an Agatha Christie whodunit that has been pickled in a barrel of narrative twists and slyly raised eyebrows – is more in line with his High School Noir Brick than … Continue reading LFF2019: Knives Out [REVIEW]: A Fortuitous Mystery with a Refreshingly Moralistic Heart

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NSMS 2019: ‘More students than ever before are struggling to make ends meet’

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska This year’s National Student Money Survey (NSMS) results have revealed a 4.8% increase in student spending from 2018 as the average cost of living was found to be £807 per month. 3,385 students have taken part in the 2019 NSMS and the statistics following the survey have shown that 79% of students say they worry about making ends meet. The financial … Continue reading NSMS 2019: ‘More students than ever before are struggling to make ends meet’

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Amazon Fires: ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’

Student Writer | Rebecca Thompson Devastation in the Amazon Rainforest persists as flames continue to spread. Due to escalating international pressure, the nation’s government has deployed the Brazilian Army to fight the fires. It has been assumed that the recent growth in the number of fires within the Amazon is a result of an extremely dry season. However, according to the Amazon Environmental Institute, it … Continue reading Amazon Fires: ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’

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Royal Holloway Rises to Become a Top 20 UK University

News Editor | James Neal Royal Holloway has risen five places to 19th place in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The national rankings, published on Sunday, the 22nd of September, includes the performance of universities in the 2019 NSS, with Holloway students reporting a satisfaction score of 88% and other factors such as, degree results, employment rates and course completion numbers.  … Continue reading Royal Holloway Rises to Become a Top 20 UK University

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Amazon Wildfires: An Insider’s Perspective

Student Writer | Isabella Haigh Over the last three months, Brazil has faced one of the worst forest fires ever in its history. Not only has this been detrimental for the agriculture and natural wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest, it will also have a larger impact on the oxygen produced that we all globally benefit from. The news is constantly filled with updates about the … Continue reading Amazon Wildfires: An Insider’s Perspective

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Event of the Month Preview: Rugby World Cup 2019

Student Writer | Annabel Drugan Friday the 20th of September sees Japan host the first game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a fixture against Russia at the Tokyo Stadium. It is the first time this competition is to be held in Asia and is set to be, arguably, one of the closest Rugby World Cups in its history with several countries similarly matched … Continue reading Event of the Month Preview: Rugby World Cup 2019

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Pietro Cataudella’s Innovative Art Project: CityLiveSketch

Svilena Iotkovska | Editor Pietro Cataudella’s CityLiveSketch project was started in the summer of 2014 and has now grown to acquire over 98,700 followers on Instagram. The Italian artist and illustrator plays tricks on the viewer’s mind by creating part-real, part-illustrated images inspired by his two greatest passions: photography and drawing. When approached by The Founder, Cataudella explained that he ‘started this artistic project because … Continue reading Pietro Cataudella’s Innovative Art Project: CityLiveSketch

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Amazon Wildfires Place Population in ‘Climate Emergency’

Niamh Houston | Opinion and Debate Editor Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is currently experiencing record numbers of fires, with many pointing to the environmental policies of the newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, as the cause. While on the campaign trail in 2018, Bolsonaro made controversial promises surrounding environmental policy including Brazil’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and the opening of indigenous, environmentally protected territories to mining … Continue reading Amazon Wildfires Place Population in ‘Climate Emergency’

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Instagram Adopts Trial Features to Tackle Cyber Bullying and Improve Mental Health

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska Instagram is holding test runs and hiding the number of likes in several countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand in order to improve users’ mental health. While users will still be able to view who has liked their posts, Instagram will no longer state the number of likes.   This action has been brought about by … Continue reading Instagram Adopts Trial Features to Tackle Cyber Bullying and Improve Mental Health

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Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister: Boris Johnson

Svilena Iotkovska | Editor As of July 2019, the UK’s former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, is Britain’s new Prime Minister and leader of the Tory party. His stance on Brexit has evoked worry in the nation, as he has promised to deliver Brexit by the 31st of October with or without a deal. This ‘do or die’ approach and the possibility of a no-deal Brexit … Continue reading Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister: Boris Johnson

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Royal Holloway’s New School System Is Now In Place

Editor | Cassandra Lau Since Thursday, 1 August 2019, the new school system has officially been in place. After lengthy debate over the academic restructure of Royal Holloway, the three faculties have been dissolved and replaced with six schools and a Doctoral School for PhD students. The college uploaded a video on Youtube outlining the School Office locations: According to the new information provided by … Continue reading Royal Holloway’s New School System Is Now In Place

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Hong Kong Protesters Sing Louder Than Ever This Weekend

This weekend Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters occupied several densely populated working-class districts, including Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wong Tai Sin, Causeway Bay and Kennedy Town. Saturday Shops in Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui closed early this Saturday as notices were distributed to malls, shop-keepers, and residents urging everyone to stay indoors as protesters gathered and surrounded the neighbourhood. Amongst the … Continue reading Hong Kong Protesters Sing Louder Than Ever This Weekend

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A Tale of Two Systems: Anti-Government Protests in Hong Kong

Editor | Cassandra Lau Today, 1 July 2019, marks the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. 1 July is celebrated annually as a day of pro-democracy by the Hong Kong people who take to the streets in peaceful protest. However, with on-going tensions concerning the controversial extradition bill, this year’s protest has been turbulent to say the least. Geared up in hard construction … Continue reading A Tale of Two Systems: Anti-Government Protests in Hong Kong

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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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The Infinite Inclusivity of Fan-Fiction

Student | Mercedes-Georgia Mayes Fanfiction.net is one of many websites used for the dissemination of fan-created fiction, alongside Archive of Our Own and Whattpad, and boasts fiction based on almost 2,500 pre-existing works in the ‘Books’ category alone. Within this, each franchise has anywhere between 1 and 800,000 stories attributed to it of varying length. Such dedication is impressive in itself, but it is the … Continue reading The Infinite Inclusivity of Fan-Fiction

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Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

Editor| Cassandra Lau Recent Netflix shows have either starred actresses – like Jameela Jamil from The Good Place, and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale – who have publically advocated for body positivity, or characters who represent diverse ages, ethnicities and body types. Series like GLOWbreakdown stereotypes with multi-dimensional and bold female characters, for instance, Carmen (Britney Young) “challenges stereotypes of fat bodies as inherently unfit or unhealthy” … Continue reading Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

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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

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BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Last March saw another successful year of the BFI Flare Film Festival, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. The 33rd edition of Flare was opened by Chanya Button’s highly anticipated Vita & Virginia and closed by the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Over the eleven-day festival, the BFI also programmed insightful talks such as Lethal Lesbians andTrans … Continue reading BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

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: Night of the Living Dead™ Live!

Guest Writer | Kayla Mulkins Kayla Mulkins, third-year English BA student, represented The Founder on 16th April 2019 at Pleasance, London for the Night of the Living Dead™ Live press night. 1960s, rural Pennsylvania. Six strangers, a lonely farmhouse, surrounded by zombies – what could possibly go wrong? Who will make it out alive? Theatre’s Night of the Living Dead™ Live! is a comedic theatrical … Continue reading Review: Night of the Living Dead™ Live!

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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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What does Captain Marvel mean for Women?

Charlie Harrington “Captain Marvel provides a role-model of female empowerment for young girls, as we should acknowledge that the superhero genre is ultimately marketed towards children.” Even before its release, Captain Marvel was a topic of widespread controversy on the internet as certain groups have called for boycotts of the female-led superhero film. Dozens of YouTube videos have emerged in recent weeks with titles such … Continue reading What does Captain Marvel mean for Women?

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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

October’s Highlights in Women’s Sport

Student Writer | Annabel Drugan FA Women’s Super League So far this season, an early title race has emerged. Manchester City, Chelsea and reigning champions Arsenal have all gone ahead of the competition early on and it is clear to see the battle for the title will be a three-way shoot-out. Arsenal women’s imperious track record has to be noted: 15 League titles, 14 FA … Continue reading October’s Highlights in Women’s Sport