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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