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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

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‘Intimations’ by Zadie Smith

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

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Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation

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

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Wakanda Forever: A Tribute to the Late Chadwick Boseman

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

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The Religious Ecstasy of Insanity – A Saint Maud Review

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

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“Don’t Try To Understand It, Just Feel It.” – A Tenet Review

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

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Bayern Munich Beat Paris Saint-Germain to Secure Sixth Champions League Title

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

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Crisis on the Southbank

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

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UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final: FC Barcelona 2-8 FC Bayern Munich – German Champions run riot in Lisbon

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

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Is this the future of concerts and music festivals?

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?

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Time is Running Out – Charlton Athletic Could Face Expulsion from the Football League

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

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Amrita: The Inevitability of the Everyday

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

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Corona and Culture

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

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England Victorious in First Test: Woakes and Buttler heroics enough to win captivating first test against Pakistan.

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.

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Beirut explosion destroys lives as a result of widespread carelessness

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

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Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid (4-2 on aggregate): Two glaring defensive mistakes cost Spanish Champions.

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.

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A Guide to The Return of The UEFA Champions League

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

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Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Aubameyang Double Secures First Trophy for Mikel Arteta as Gunners Boss

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

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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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College Council Withdraws Proposal to Remove Elections of Staff Members

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

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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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COVID-19 and Global Warming: A time for change or the end as we know it?

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?

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Washington Redskins retire team name and logo

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

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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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Is Political Unity Ever the Answer to Crises?

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Democracy can not thrive nor survive without the existence of a strong, persistent opposition. Without political and social debate, change is rarely called upon by individuals in political factions. Thus, it is an opposition’s job to demand, to compete, to challenge. But with the ever-present health, social, and economic threats that accompany the pandemic, should democracy be compromised … Continue reading Is Political Unity Ever the Answer to Crises?

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RHUL Staff Voice Threatened Amid Ongoing UCU Dispute

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief A proposal threatening Royal Holloway staff involvement on the College Council has been put forward by the Council Effectiveness Review. The proposal seeks to change the number of positions held by directly elected staff from six to four, and suggests that as independent members are appointed following an interview process, the same appointment process should be used for staff … Continue reading RHUL Staff Voice Threatened Amid Ongoing UCU Dispute

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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