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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

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Royal Holloway’s New School System Is Now In Place

Editor | Cassandra Lau Since Thursday, 1 August 2019, the new school system has officially been in place. After lengthy debate over the academic restructure of Royal Holloway, the three faculties have been dissolved and replaced with six schools and a Doctoral School for PhD students. The college uploaded a video on Youtube outlining the School Office locations: According to the new information provided by … Continue reading Royal Holloway’s New School System Is Now In Place

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Hong Kong Protesters Sing Louder Than Ever This Weekend

This weekend Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters occupied several densely populated working-class districts, including Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wong Tai Sin, Causeway Bay and Kennedy Town. Saturday Shops in Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui closed early this Saturday as notices were distributed to malls, shop-keepers, and residents urging everyone to stay indoors as protesters gathered and surrounded the neighbourhood. Amongst the … Continue reading Hong Kong Protesters Sing Louder Than Ever This Weekend

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A Tale of Two Systems: Anti-Government Protests in Hong Kong

Editor | Cassandra Lau Today, 1 July 2019, marks the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. 1 July is celebrated annually as a day of pro-democracy by the Hong Kong people who take to the streets in peaceful protest. However, with on-going tensions concerning the controversial extradition bill, this year’s protest has been turbulent to say the least. Geared up in hard construction … Continue reading A Tale of Two Systems: Anti-Government Protests in Hong Kong

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‘Love me, love me!’: Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre

Niamh Smith attended Michael Oakley’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on 26 March 2019 at The Globe Theatre Student | Niamh Smith Near the end the Spring term, I was fortunate enough to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet, one of the Bard’s most famous tragedies, with fellow members of Shakespeare Society. Most of us had starred in the Society’s production of the play … Continue reading ‘Love me, love me!’: Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre

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Review: John Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Student | Niamh Smith John Steinbeck is probably best known as the author of Of Mice and Men, a mainstay of the GCSE syllabus. Reading the novella for the first time, I quickly fell in love with the characters and Steinbeck’s clear, evocative prose style. Years later, I decided to read his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, upon seeing it in a bookshop. Aware that … Continue reading Review: John Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’

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In Praise of Sherlock Holmes

Student | Niamh Smith To me, a literary character is truly great when they step from the pages of the book(s) in which they appear, and can be reincarnated in another time, another place, but still feel as fresh and as vibrant as the first time you read about them. Some characters transcend the literature in which they appear and become a vital part of … Continue reading In Praise of Sherlock Holmes