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‘Fascination with language”: The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Bildungsroman narratives can often seem overdone, retracing the struggles of adolescent identity for the umpteenth time before the protagonist solves their problems, gets the girl and drives off into the sunset of adulthood and the rest of their life. Refreshingly, Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School provides a break from this stultifying mould, offering such an […]

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Sport

Dominant England defeat All Blacks in thrilling semi-final: the view from the sofa

The day had arrived. Sleepless nights rose into restless mornings. Weeks of waiting, four years of yearning, had arrived at this Scottish Saturday sunrise. The motley group begin to emerge from their slumbers: the rugby-bred bunch of boys hungry for entertainment, shunning their books for a day of voyeuristic delight, the buoyant Biomed student determined […]

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News Sport

Rugby World Cup Preview: how will the Home Nations do?

After a glorious summer dominated by the successes of England’s cricketing heroes, football and rugby have returned to our screens and back pages, fighting for supremacy in the national sporting consciousness. The Premier League has produced several shocks already, none more unexpected than newly-promoted Norwich’s victory over reigning champions Manchester City. One man who would […]

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Features

A talk with stem cell donor Will Briant, and the importance of donating

The Student spoke to recent stem cell donor Will Briant about his donation experience and why more students should donate. How did you feel when Anthony Nolan got in touch with you about the possibility of donating? Anthony Nolan got in touch with me about six months ago and said I might be a match. So, […]

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Music

Live Review: George Ezra at Utilita Arena, Newcastle

It is a strange custom in our society that certain individuals are deemed to be talented enough, that thousands of people will pay for the privilege of cramming into a stadium to shout the songs that they have written back at them as they sing. Even now, when Spotify and Apple Music allow you to […]

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Sport

Farrell’s absence an unexpected bonus for Jones’ England?

While Eddie Jones may have grimaced when the news of Owen Farrell’s thumb injury reached him, the Australian would surely have soon recovered his mischievous grin at the prospect of his team going into battle without their lynchpin. Such a reaction will not have been because his captain’s absence will increase his chances of beating […]

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Culture Literature

Love is Blind

William Boyd’s Love is Blind brings late 19th century Europe to life, from the cold, grey streets of Edinburgh to the grandiose parties of Imperial Russia as it follows the bespectacled Scottish piano tuner, Brodie Moncur, through his remarkable life. Often reflecting on outcomes before explaining the protagonist’s extraordinary journey that leads to them, Boyd […]

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Music

Charts struggle to stay relevant in the modern music world

For decades, shows such as The Official Chart and Top of the Pops were staples of the UK music lover’s diet, with fans eagerly awaiting the Sunday countdown to see whether their favourite band would claim the all-important number one slot. To avoid the ignominy of not knowing that week’s leading singles one had to […]