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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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Coronavirus: The UK and New Zealand Compared

Alex Whiteman | Managing Editor After four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country would be placed back into lockdown for the first time in 102 days. She stated that Auckland will be ‘moved to level three restrictions for a period of three days’, while the rest of New Zealand will be placed under Level 2. … Continue reading Coronavirus: The UK and New Zealand Compared

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Preparing for Student Life Living Within the ‘New Normal’

Katie Upton | Lifestyle Editor In a matter of months, our world has been turned upside down. These whirlwind few months have meant for a time of reflection upon student life and the things we take for granted. Whether it’s nights out at the SU or Medicine, catch-ups in Crosslands or simply being able to work in the library. We’ve all experienced a change in … Continue reading Preparing for Student Life Living Within the ‘New Normal’

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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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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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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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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?