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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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…
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ellie Matthews | Content Writer The US announced sanctions against Chinese politicians involved in the human rights violations, and a widely condemned new security law, in Xinjiang in July. These sanctions, passed by both the House and Senate, include travel restrictions and the penalisation of banks found doing business with these officials. Accusations of mass detention, religious persecution and forced sterilisation of Uighurs and others … Continue reading China Bites Back at US Human Rights Sanctions as Tensions Increase
Alex Whiteman | Managing Editor After four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country would be placed back into lockdown for the first time in 102 days. She stated that Auckland will be ‘moved to level three restrictions for a period of three days’, while the rest of New Zealand will be placed under Level 2. … Continue reading Coronavirus: The UK and New Zealand Compared
Tessa Pinto | Arts Editor Employees of the Southbank Centre, the largest arts organisation in Europe, have published a scathing open letter following the decision taken by management to enforce around 400 redundancies, which was announced at the end of July. The move will result in roughly two thirds of employees losing their jobs, with the youngest, lowest paid and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority … Continue reading Crisis on the Southbank
Katie Upton | Lifestyle Editor In a matter of months, our world has been turned upside down. These whirlwind few months have meant for a time of reflection upon student life and the things we take for granted. Whether it’s nights out at the SU or Medicine, catch-ups in Crosslands or simply being able to work in the library. We’ve all experienced a change in … Continue reading Preparing for Student Life Living Within the ‘New Normal’
Daniel Horner | Content Writer Memories of Bayern Munich’s 7-0 aggregate demolition against Barca in the 2013 semi-final and Brazil’s 7-1 humiliation to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final came flooding back. The victory for the Bavarians was not surprising: only the manner in which they did it was shocking. For Lionel Messi and Co. the result was arguably the worst in the club’s … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final: FC Barcelona 2-8 FC Bayern Munich – German Champions run riot in Lisbon
Katie Upton | Lifestyle Editor On Tuesday 11th August, singer/songwriter Sam Fender debuted the first socially distanced concert at Virgin Money Unity Arena, the first of its kind in the UK. After postponing his ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ Tour until spring 2021, the musician from Newcastle wanted to bring some of his undeniable charms back into the eye of his supporters. 2500 tickets were sold for the … Continue reading Is this the future of concerts and music festivals?
Tasmin Fatodu | Content Writer Charlton Athletic fans piled out of Wembley stadium cheering, singing, and shaking hands with Sunderland fans after their promotion to the Championship in 2019. Fast-forward just one year later and the club has been relegated to League One. Relegation is the least of Charlton supporters’ concerns, as the club could face being expelled from the Football League altogether. Since Charlton’s … Continue reading Time is Running Out – Charlton Athletic Could Face Expulsion from the Football League
Mercedes-Georgia Mayes | Literary Review Editor Amrita was written in 1994 by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto and translated into English by Russell F. Wasden in 1997. One of her earlier works, Amrita helps establish what would come to be associated with Yoshimoto in its preoccupation with youthful feelings of discontent, and a blurring of the lines between fantasy and reality in youth. At its core … Continue reading Amrita: The Inevitability of the Everyday
Sela Musa | Features Editor Music is one of the only things that is indifferent to our differences. It is a culture of haze and lyrical beckoning, of youthful anticipation, of peaks and troughs of happy and sad days. And, like almost everything else affected by this pandemic, the culture is inevitably changing and there is no guarantee it will come back. Corona has completely … Continue reading Corona and Culture
Dominic Taylor | Content Writer After a disastrous first innings deficit, England beat incredible odds to win the first test of a series since 2018. Having won the toss, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali chose to bat first in overcast conditions. His batsmen did not let him down, managing to get a respectable 326 runs in their first innings. Shan Masood showed a patient display with … Continue reading England Victorious in First Test: Woakes and Buttler heroics enough to win captivating first test against Pakistan.
Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor On the afternoon of this last Tuesday 4th of August, Lebanon’s capital Beirut suffered a horrific and destructive explosion; leaving thousands of injured civilians, around 140 confirmed deaths, and the number of missing people is still on the rise. It was caused by the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was stored in its port for seven years. It … Continue reading Beirut explosion destroys lives as a result of widespread carelessness
Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor Manchester City have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League after recording a 2-1 (4-2) second leg win against Spanish champions Real Madrid. City were the favourites to go through after Pep Guardiola’s side picked up a 2-1 away win in the Spanish capital back in February, and the Citizens managed to progress at the expense of Real … Continue reading Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid (4-2 on aggregate): Two glaring defensive mistakes cost Spanish Champions.
Daniel Horner | Content Writer European football’s biggest club competition returns this Friday, albeit with a different format. Usually at this time of the year we would be watching the qualifying rounds, yet the 2019/20 edition will be concluded in Lisbon, all within the space of three weeks. It seems like an eternity has passed since Atletico Madrid dramatically knocked out holders Liverpool 4-2 on … Continue reading A Guide to The Return of The UEFA Champions League
Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor Arsenal dangerman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lethal display of finishing on Saturday evening secured a record 14th FA Cup triumph for the North London Side, as the Gunners came back from a goal down to win 2-1 against Chelsea. Chelsea had opened the scoring just five minutes in with a goal from Christian Pulisic, who was teed up by former … Continue reading Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Aubameyang Double Secures First Trophy for Mikel Arteta as Gunners Boss
Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor It has been a unique season in the Premier League, and not just because of the ongoing pandemic. Liverpool, the team who have had to endure 30 long years since their last title, ended their wait for that particular piece of silverware when second-placed Manchester City lost at Chelsea on June 25th, meaning that The Reds could no … Continue reading Final Day Of The Premier League: A Guide
Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief In an ongoing UCU dispute at Royal Holloway and across the country, the College Council put forward a proposal to scrap elections and cut the number of Staff Members from six to four. In a recent development, the College Council has dropped the proposal to remove elections for Staff Members. The proposal to cut the number of staff members … Continue reading College Council Withdraws Proposal to Remove Elections of Staff Members
Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton took Broadway by storm in 2015 and has recently risen back into the limelight with its release onto the streaming service, Disney+. The musical follows the lives of several Founding Fathers of the United States, and has been praised for its inclusivity in telling the story of America’s political and economic creation. A diverse … Continue reading Hamilton: Progressive or Problematic?
Tasmin Fatodu | Student Writer The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts this year’s annual emissions will reduce between 6 – 8% as a result of the pandemic. As many people all over the world worked from home and vast amounts of vehicles came off the road, it has made many people wonder: could COVID-19 highlight the necessary change needed to save the planet? Back in … Continue reading COVID-19 and Global Warming: A time for change or the end as we know it?
Daniel Horner | Student Writer The American Football team, which is one of the National Football League’s most storied and successful franchises, has finally dropped their historically controversial name and logo they adopted in 1933. Just this Monday, the Washington Redskins released a statement, announcing that further to the July 3rd decision to review the team’s name, that, “We are announcing that we will be … Continue reading Washington Redskins retire team name and logo
Sela Musa | Features Editor How making sure you aren’t a killjoy seems to be in the small print of joining university sports clubs. Toxic club culture (TCC) refers to one of the many subcultures created by clubs – mainly sports clubs – that alienates certain people in and out of them. There’s disagreement on what makes a culture ‘toxic’. For example, the drinking … Continue reading Toxic Club Culture
Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor Alex Parry was elected as President of Royal Holloway Men’s Football Club in May 2020, after serving as Treasurer for the last academic year. Sports Editor Eliot Raman Jones spoke to him about what Men’s Football is all about, the club’s aims for next season, and the issue of inclusivity in team sports at Royal Holloway. … Continue reading Sport-light: Royal Holloway Men’s Football Club President Alex Parry