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Final Day Of The Premier League: A Guide

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

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Hamilton: Progressive or Problematic?

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?

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Toxic Club Culture

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

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Sport-light: Royal Holloway Men’s Football Club President Alex Parry

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

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Interview with “Young Minds are Precious” Founder Zeshan Iqbal

Interviewed by: Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor In cooperation with: Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor Sela Musa | Features Editor    Zeshan Iqbal started “Young Minds Are Precious” on June 27th 2020. He graduated in 2020 and will be starting an MSc in Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway in September.   Good morning Zeshan. So, what is “Young Minds are Precious”? Zeshan … Continue reading Interview with “Young Minds are Precious” Founder Zeshan Iqbal

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Summer Reads for 2020

Mercedes-Georgia Mayes | Literary Review Editor It is no secret that lockdown has provided many with the time and freedom to read again but, after many months, bookshelves may start to run dry. Here are a few picks to keep you powering through as restrictions ease. To begin, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was released in 2015 to widely positive reviews, being shortlisted for … Continue reading Summer Reads for 2020

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Sport-light: Royal Holloway Chess Club President Jonas Erbe

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor Jonas Erbe was re-elected as President of Royal Holloway Chess Club in May 2020. As part of a new segment interviewing presidents and captains of RHUL sports clubs, Sports Editor Eliot Raman Jones spoke to him about what Chess Club is all about, his history with the game, and his plans for the future. Good morning, Jonas. How … Continue reading Sport-light: Royal Holloway Chess Club President Jonas Erbe

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Bayern Munich Win Eighth Consecutive Bundesliga Title

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor   Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions this week, after a 1-0 win against Werder Bremen meant that perennial also-rans Borussia Dortmund could not catch up with the Bavarian side. Bayern have been in scintillating form since Hans-Dieter “Hansi” Flick took over from Niko Kovac in November 2019, and the victory against Werder came off the back of … Continue reading Bayern Munich Win Eighth Consecutive Bundesliga Title

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RHUL Students are Keeping the Arts Alive During Lockdown Through Poetry

Abra Heritage | Student Writer   Submissions to a new poetry and art anthology are open now With art comes expected audience. So, with a nationwide lockdown enforcing a two-metre gap between each pair of feet, how are artists keeping their work alive? I talked to RHUL’s finest poets to find out. The Crested Tit Collective is a group of nine female poets, comprised of … Continue reading RHUL Students are Keeping the Arts Alive During Lockdown Through Poetry

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Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding 3 Years on From Grenfell Fire

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief 3 years after the Grenfell fire on the 14 June 2017, 307 high rise buildings in the UK are still clad in Aluminium Composite Material. The deadline to remove all ACM cladding from buildings in the country was set last year at June 2020 by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, giving the government three years to remove the highly flammable … Continue reading Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding 3 Years on From Grenfell Fire

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“Where are you from? No, originally? No, like, originally?”

Sela Musa | Student Writer Questions asked by friends, friend’s parents, store owners, strangers, teachers, bartenders, airport security, and random people on trains. I had my first – and, luckily, only – notable experience of racism when I was seventeen, learning to drive, when I forgot to indicate before I turned left. A man driving in the opposite lane rolled down his window and shouted … Continue reading “Where are you from? No, originally? No, like, originally?”

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10 LGBTQ+ Films to Watch this Pride Month

Graciela Mae Chico | Film Editor It is safe to say that 2020’s Pride month is one that will be remembered for a very long time. Not due to the parades or a new record on the number of rainbow capitalist floats but, in fact, the lack thereof. This year, as with most events in the foreseeable few months, Pride celebrations around the world are … Continue reading 10 LGBTQ+ Films to Watch this Pride Month

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Tim Brooke-Taylor Dies Aged 79

Luke Hetherington | Student Writer The legacy of the Monty Python troupe has been ingrained in popular culture and comedy for the last five decades, receiving international recognition and accolades. In the 1960s, a trio of comedians including Tim Brooke-Taylor (later known as The Goodies) worked alongside the fledgeling Pythons at Cambridge Footlights, before collaborating on programmes such as At Last the 1948 Show. As … Continue reading Tim Brooke-Taylor Dies Aged 79

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Album Review: Kesha’s High Road

Tau Nell | Student Writer Kesha’s philosophy is pretty simple these days: ‘I’m going to be as happy as possible because I could get hit by a bus in ten minutes’. Here’s a quick run-down as to why she might feel this way. In 2014, Kesha publicly accused her producer, Dr. Luke, of chronic physical and emotional abuse. The case went to the Supreme Court, … Continue reading Album Review: Kesha’s High Road

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Why do we think the rich should save us now?

Georgia Bisbas | Student Writer In the past few days social media has been awash with stories of generosity and kindness. There has been an upsurge in people looking out for elderly relatives and neighbours and offering help to those in their community who need it most as the threat of Coronavirus continues. On twitter however, I have witnessed a war cry of outrage against … Continue reading Why do we think the rich should save us now?

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How to: Survive Quarantine

Svilena Iotkovska | Editor in Chief It goes without saying that we are currently living in uncertain and terrifying times. Almost overnight, most of our lives have been turned upside down as we have been advised to stay home, work remotely and take care of ourselves and our loved ones. What sounds like a long vacation, reveals itself as something that lowers our spirits, makes … Continue reading How to: Survive Quarantine

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Summer Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled and End of Year Exams to be Conducted Online

Svilena Iotkovska | Editor in Chief As of the 18th of March, Paul Layzell has put out a statement on Royal Holloway’s Student Intranet, outlining what the effects of the Coronavirus will be on students’ education, assessments and Summer graduations. Following the suspension of face-to-face classes and lectures, the Principal has explained that the university’s next priority has been to review how students should complete … Continue reading Summer Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled and End of Year Exams to be Conducted Online

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Poppy’s ‘I Disagree’: A Review

Tau Nell | Student Writer Anyone partial to YouTube binges will have come across her. The arrow-straight platinum hair, the naïve doe eyes, the disarming baby voice. I refer, of course, to Poppy, whose eccentric videos have been sparking frenzied discussion since her 2015 debut: a ten-minute clip in which she repeats ‘I’m Poppy’ from multiple angles. Since then, Poppy has been consistently producing addictively … Continue reading Poppy’s ‘I Disagree’: A Review

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Campaigns and Manifestos: VP Societies and Sports

Dominic Taylor | Sports Editor With SU Sabbatical Officer elections coming up, the Founder takes a look at the campaigns and manifestos of candidates battling to become the newly created VP Societies and Sports. Alex Winch Alex Winch is a third-year Politics and International Relations student, secretary of Men’s football, a keen supporter of all clubs and societies and a familiar face on campus. Additionally, … Continue reading Campaigns and Manifestos: VP Societies and Sports

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New Coronavirus continues to wrack China

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Student Writer The deadly new coronavirus (2019-nCov) continues to spread, with a BBC News stat from 4th Feb. 2020 stating that 4,000 new cases were confirmed in China on Tuesday alone. The most recent death toll stands at 490 worldwide, but only two people have died outside of China: one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. However, despite … Continue reading New Coronavirus continues to wrack China

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A virtual tie in the Irish election leads to uncertainty

Harvey Carlin | Student Writer Voters went to the polls to voice their frustration, but what comes next is unclear. Sinn Féin’s poor local elections results in 2019 have had more of an impact on the future of Irish politics than could have ever been imagined. The rough night that they experienced impacted the republican party’s decision to field a mere 42 candidates in February’s … Continue reading A virtual tie in the Irish election leads to uncertainty

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Valentine’s Day: let’s talk about love, baby

Carlota Santos Movilla | Student Writer With the 14th of February quickly approaching, maybe we should think twice about it this year. About why we hate it, why we love it or perhaps, why we love to hate it. It would be a lie to say that the meaning has not been brutally commercialised and that businesses have not squeezed every drop of insecurity within … Continue reading Valentine’s Day: let’s talk about love, baby

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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 Irishman [Review]

Harry Mear | Student Writer Poignant and perplexing. Scorsese is at his best with his gangster epic of old. At 3 hours 30 minutes running time, The Irishman is a gradual and climatic account of the life and rise of truck-driver turned hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) in the criminal world of Philadelphia for the better part of 5 decades in post-war and counter-culture … Continue reading The Irishman [Review]

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Conservatives win a majority in a historic victory

News Editor | James Neal Last night, Boris Johnson’s conservative party was swept to power with a 47 seat increase since the 2017 general election. The Prime minister now has a majority of 365 seats, the largest Conservative majority since the 1987 general election. In his victory speech, Johnson told activists that this signalled a “new dawn” for the nation, with the legislation paving the … Continue reading Conservatives win a majority in a historic victory

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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