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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