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Culture Literature

Memory, History and the Allure of the Narrative: Introducing Annie Ernaux

The Royal Swedish Academy on 6 October conferred the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature upon the French writer Annie Ernaux, ‘for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory’. In the brief presentation that followed the announcement, Anders Olsson — Chairman of the Academy’s Nobel […]

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Far from Right: The Rise of Women on the Right

It is a truth universally acknowledged (by all but the French) that Italians are never not fashionable. And it’s a truth so universal, in fact, that it seems they’re even on trend when it comes to their politics. Following last week’s election, there’s a new female world leader on the block in the form of […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Film Festival Film

EIFF 2022: Full Time (A Plein Temps) Review

Good cinema, in my mind, should tell you its own unqiue personal story whilst also having enough narrative strands for audience members to attach their own experiences onto. Full Time (A Plein Temps) does this, for the most part, aiming by its writer/director Eric Gravel’s admission, to capture the stressful lives of those who commute […]

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Sport

England claim title as Six Nations finally draws to close

And it is over. A mere eight and a bit months after it began on 1st February in Cardiff, the Six Nations has reached its conclusion. England took the title on points difference from France, closing their campaign with a bonus-point victory over Italy. The top spot was secured despite an opening day defeat to […]

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Sport

Swiatek and Nadal triumph at French Open

On Saturday 10th October, Iga Swiatek caused a major upset by winning the French Open and becoming the youngest champion at Roland Garros since Rafael Nadal in 2005. The 19-year-old world number 54 beat fourth seed Sofiah Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final, thereby becoming the first Polish player ever to win a Grand Slam, […]

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Features

Paris protests over IVF treatment for lesbian couples

The 19th of January saw a huge protest in Paris against the government and its proposed changes to the laws around assisted reproduction in France. The new bill would allow lesbian and single women to access PMA (la procréation médicalement assistée) treatments such as IVF and artificial insemination. According to figures from an independent body that […]

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Sport

Rugby World Cup 2019: quarter-final assessment

England vs Australia Prior to the clash, Japan 2019 had not yet really tested England. Their match against Argentina was rendered null as a contest when an early red card ended the South Americans’ chances of victory. The game against France was then called off due to Typhoon Hagibis and the men in white had […]

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News

Yellow Vest attack harms two Edinburgh students

Two Edinburgh students have been left shaken after being trapped in a French Metro station filled with tear gas on Saturday 12 October. The two girls in question had planned a sightseeing visit and took the Metro to Toulouse, where there was also a mass Yellow Vest demonstration taking place on Saturday. When both girls […]