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The BRIT Awards 2023: where are the women and non-binary artists?

Last year, The Brit Awards made the contested decision to award gender neutral prizes, a championed step forwards for non-binary people as well as changing the way we consume and judge music critically. However, this step was stopped in its tracks this year as all of the Artist of the Year nominees are male. There […]

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Culture Theatre

Review: EUSOG’s Jesus Christ Superstar

It is a Tuesday evening, the first of six performances this week, and the Church Hill Theatre is a large venue to fill. Yet, row after row fills up, testifying to the high expectations: EUSOG performs the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and those who have seen their previous productions expect a high standard. A […]

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Lifestyle

How to Make and Break Habits for the New Year

The start of a new semester is the perfect time to reflect on our habits, good and bad, and make some changes for the better. But making real changes to our routine is more difficult than just writing a list of New Year’s Resolutions and hoping for the best. So, how do things become habits, […]

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Music

Review: Fleet Foxes, A Sky Like I’ve Never Seen

This new single flounders in reverb so thick that its riches are almost undetectable. Compare it with their homely debut album, which was reverberant but judicious. There, the reverb is only applied to Robin Pecknold’s barbershop harmonies (as on Sun It Rises), or introduced at the end of the song to suggest wistful recession. Those […]

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Culture Theatre

National Theatre at Home Review: Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

There is something surprisingly intimate about watching theatre online, as your vantage point looms above the audience in celestial smugness, miles away from the back row seat with 15% visibility you would have otherwise occupied. Of course, half the joy of theatre lies in the physical experience. Indeed, it is in the sticky seats and […]

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Culture Film Reviews

Review: Avatar: The Way of Water

In the run-up to The Way of Water’s release online discourse seemed to focus on how, despite being the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar has no cultural impact. Nobody can name a single character from Avatar or say anything about the plot. Beyond its similarities to Dances With Wolves (or Pocahontas for those who were too young to […]

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Anti-choice protests to be mitigated by Holyrood

2023 will likely be the year Green MSP Gillian Mackay’s “Buffer Zones” Bill comes into effect in Scotland. The law would establish a 150m radius “safe access zone” around Scottish abortion clinics, protecting a legal right extant since 1967. The impetus for this law lies in a US-based “charity” — 40 Days for Life — […]

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Lifestyle

2023: The year of the podcast?

With social media platforms jumping around and Tik-Tok being on Instagram reels and vice versa, I am finding my “FYP” is becoming increasingly full of podcast clips, (with special mention to Jamie Laing and Sophie Haboo’s nearly weds). With so many media forms emerging it can be hard to keep up with all the options bursting […]