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Slashing Funding for the Arts Will Ruin England’s Creative Sector

Abra Heritage | Editor in Chief Funding cuts for arts courses and London universities have been confirmed under Gavin Williamson’s plans to instead drive funding into science, technology and engineering. These reforms will halve the funding subsidy for arts subjects from the beginning of the 2021 academic year. Previously, the Office for Students would provide £243 per full-time student per year. Now, full time arts … Continue reading Slashing Funding for the Arts Will Ruin England’s Creative Sector

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By Turning Our Backs on International Aid, We Fail the World

George Woods | Opinion and Debate Editor On 13th July 2021, the Conservative government successfully passed their motion of cutting foreign aid from being 0.7% of gross national income down to 0.5%. This is a £4 billion-pound reduction of support to the poorest nations during a precedent health crisis of a magnitude not seen in modern history. The motion, carried by 333 Ayes to 298 … Continue reading By Turning Our Backs on International Aid, We Fail the World

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Italy Break England Hearts To Bring Euro 2020 Rome

Oli Gent | Sports Editor England 1 (Shaw 2’) 1(p) Italy (Bonucci 67’), Wembley Stadium They came, they saw, they conquered. Italy are European champions after a dramatic final at a packed Wembley, living up to their billing as mid-tournament favourites. But it will be seen as a huge missed opportunity for England and Gareth Southgate – a fairy-tale run didn’t get its just ending … Continue reading Italy Break England Hearts To Bring Euro 2020 Rome

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Royal Holloway Music Department Faces Potential 25% Cut to Staff

Abra Heritage | Editor in Chief On 21 June, academic staff and students at Royal Holloway, University of London, were informed of proposals from senior management to significantly cut staffing and research provisions. These proposals follow claims from senior management that ‘student numbers no longer support staffing levels’, with a promise that staff cuts will lead to ‘increases in academic posts in disciplines where there … Continue reading Royal Holloway Music Department Faces Potential 25% Cut to Staff

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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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Development of Rusham Park Raises Questions of Sustainability at the University

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Contractors Balfour Beatty were announced on the 31st March as the preferred bidder for the development of Rusham Park as a new student village for Royal Holloway, as well as day to day management of George Eliot Hall. The land, next to the Sport’s Centre, is to be developed into ‘affordable but high-quality living, social and amenity spaces for … Continue reading Development of Rusham Park Raises Questions of Sustainability at the University

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Palestine General Strike: 18th May 2021

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Today marks a general strike and day of action across occupied Palestine, which will disrupt all economic and commercial activity in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian communities inside Israel as well as the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. As of yesterday at least 192 people, including 58 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the … Continue reading Palestine General Strike: 18th May 2021

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Election Round-Up – ‘Super Thursday’

Liam Elvish | Content Writer It was French philosopher, La Rochfoucauld, who once observed that ‘humility is the worst form of conceit’. How fitting a tribute to this assertion were the scenes in Hartlepool the morning after the Parliamentary by-election on 6th May. The city’s new MP, Jill Mortimer, was joined by an enormous, absurdly inflated balloon. And several of his party workers.  The victory … Continue reading Election Round-Up – ‘Super Thursday’

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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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Interviews with Surrey County Council Councillors

Augustus Bambridge-Sutton On May 6th, we will elect our county councillors. This may not seem as momentous as a general election, but councillors, rather than being stuck in Westminster far from those they serve, are the ones that have to tackle directly with the problems that we have every day. Besides, the results of this election will foster the climate that the next general election … Continue reading Interviews with Surrey County Council Councillors

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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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The Dangerous Myth of Cancel Culture

George Woods | Content Writer Flicking through Twitter nowadays resembles something reminiscent of an after-pub brawl. Angry, nuance-blind spectators proudly tear each other apart in their own righteous anger. Indeed, informed, critical debate is more likely to be seen at the next World Cup than on a social media site. In recent years, a small sect of high-profile tweeters have adopted a new moral mission. … Continue reading The Dangerous Myth of Cancel Culture

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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