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Music

Let Down For John Lewis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Pumpkins begin to wither and mould, skeletons are packed away, and children begin preparing their Christmas lists. As the evenings become darker, households across the UK snuggle up to watch their yearly serving of stylised consumer programming. Twitter is awash with debate; articles detail the outrage that […]

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Lifestyle

Christmas Is (Already) In the Air?

My flatmates already hate me for this, but for me, Christmas begins in September. You heard that right. If you ever visit my humble abode, you will faintly be able to hear Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé’s chocolatey voice and iconic Christmas tunes from my incredibly thin bedroom walls, intermingling with the smell of even […]

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Features

Unusual celebrations in an unusual year

The year 2020 was hard for a variety of reasons and for many students, it did not end on a particularly optimistic note. As more lockdown restrictions were placed due to a new and easily spread variant of the virus, the majority of people were forced to change their plans for the holiday period. Consequently, […]

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Film

Reinventing A Christmas Carol

Most of us were probably introduced to Dickens’ famous tale by watching The Muppets Christmas Carol, unless you managed to avoid it as a last-day-of-the-term Christmas film. And it’s really quite good. A Christmas Carol is a story about good people, grumpy people, magical weirdness, and optimism: things very safe in the felted hands of […]

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Music

The Student Music Section’s Christmas Selects

Of course a year like this had to end with a fitting Christmas. It doesn’t have to be said how exhausting of a year 2020 has been, and unfortunately the chance to have a relaxing bookend to an otherwise forgettable year was snatched away from most of us (at least here in the UK). But […]

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Comment

Christmas bubbles: use your common sense

Off the back of his announcement about the changes to the Covid-19 guidance over the 5-day Christmas period, Boris Johnson reminded the public that “‘tis the season to be jolly careful.” Panel shows and social media took this and ran with it, culminating in some wonderful Covid-safe covers of Christmas songs being shared by the […]

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News

Boris Johnson tightens Christmas rules as Scotland announces festive travel ban with the rest of the UK

In a press conference this evening, Boris Johnson announced a significant tightening of restrictions in parts of England due to a new fast-spreading strain of Covid-19.  Johnson said that New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group had estimated that the new variant may be up to 70% more transmissable. From Sunday, London and the […]

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Lifestyle

It’s a wrap – bows, tags and last minute gift wrapping

Whether you’re an organised elf or a last-minute warrior, buying the gifts is sometimes only half the battle. If you’re a bit crap when it comes to gift wrap, look no further than our guide to present presentation: The Thrifty Take It’s not news that student budgets are stretched to their limit around the Christmas […]