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Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

Editor| Cassandra Lau Recent Netflix originals have either starred actresses – like Jameela Jamil from The Good Place, and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale – who have publically advocated for body positivity, or characters who represent diverse ages, ethnicities and body types. Series like GLOWbreakdown stereotypes with multi-dimensional and bold female characters, for instance, Carmen (Britney Young) “challenges stereotypes of fat bodies as inherently unfit or unhealthy” … Continue reading Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

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BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Last March saw another successful year of the BFI Flare Film Festival, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. The 33rd edition of Flare was opened by Chanya Button’s highly anticipated Vita & Virginia and closed by the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Over the eleven-day festival, the BFI also programmed insightful talks such as Lethal Lesbians andTrans … Continue reading BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Writers at the Centre of the Contemporary Literary Scene

Student Writer | Katie Philippou Looking for something fresh to read? Here is a short guide to contemporary writers who are sure to keep the fantastic reads coming: Sally Rooney Sally Rooney is new onto the Irish literary scene. She was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2017 and has only just started. Rooney’s first novel Conversations with Friends(2017) is perfectly … Continue reading Writers at the Centre of the Contemporary Literary Scene

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The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

Editor | Cassandra Lau Last October, the Civic University Commission, which sets out the place of universities in civic life, published an extensive progress report. The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s aims is to “explore and understand what a modern civic university is and what it should do.” Responding to the report by the Civic University Commission, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government … Continue reading The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

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Single Review: Foals – ‘Exits’

Music Editor | Charlie Catmull Though the world is in potential chaos and Brexit, or whatever March actually entails, looms over us, 2019 promises to be a great year in music, hopefully one a bit more eventful than last year. Luckily January has already looked set to fulfil that promise with the return of one of the best bands Britain has to offer; Foals and … Continue reading Single Review: Foals – ‘Exits’

Ally Pally Gets a Make Over!

Editor | Cassandra Lau Following a £27 m restoration of its Theatre and East Court supported by National Lottery and Haringey Council, our beloved Alexandra Palace will be hosting its first ever Christmas carnival to run 1st to 16th December! The Theatre and East Court were closed off from the public for 80 years, and last weekend, the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT) … Continue reading Ally Pally Gets a Make Over!

The Addams Family: A Spooktacular Performance

Editor | Cassandra Lau Royal Holloway’s Musical Theatre Society brings a spooktacular performance of The Addams Family to the Student Union’s main stage. Director Harriet Williams has steered the society towards a different direction this year, bringing “some comedy to the society”. Besides loving a good laugh, Williams explains, “I wanted something different: something fun and funny.” Admitting that “comedy’s quite hard”, she says she has been … Continue reading The Addams Family: A Spooktacular Performance

Interview: Elliot Grover, Member of the England Fencing Team

Sports Editor | Frankie Christou   NAME: Elliott Grover SUBJECT OF STUDY: MSC Geopolitics and Security YEAR OF STUDY: 4 HOMETOWN: Bromley While many of you will be putting shifts in the library in a couple of weeks, one Royal Holloway student will be jetting off to Australia’s Commonwealth Fencing Championship amid the stress of end of term deadlines. The Founder sat with Elliot Grover, … Continue reading Interview: Elliot Grover, Member of the England Fencing Team

A Night At The Theatre: A Display of Royal Holloway’s Most Talented

Editor | Cassandra Lau Last night, at Royal Holloway’s SU Main Hall was a display of the university’s most talented and creative individuals. Many societies showcased excerpts of their work and accomplishments, and the money raised these three nights will be going towards the Forest Estate Community Hub in Englefield Green. Photography Displayed around the hall were some of the Photography Society’s finest works. Abel Fenwick’s … Continue reading A Night At The Theatre: A Display of Royal Holloway’s Most Talented