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If communication is key during a crisis, then why isn’t the UK doing it better?

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises, increasing numbers of cities across the UK are put under local lockdown and restrictions are once again introduced. But even the most cursory reading of these guidelines demonstrates that they are openly contradictory, and they are indicative of another epidemic that is plaguing the nation: confusion.   As a […]

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New Zealand and the question of euthanasia

After a two-year long debate in Parliament, New Zealand is pushing toward legalizing euthanasia and has agreed to put it to a national vote. Although there are other countries where forms of euthanasia and assisted suicide are allowed, New Zealand will become the first country in the world to hold a referendum on the issue. […]

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Before the flood: England’s defeat of All Blacks shows real progress

There is no doubt in my mind that 26 October saw a defining moment in world rugby history. An engagement of two nations, dressed in a royal pride of black and white, played the most anticipated eighty minutes of test rugby the sport has ever seen. In typical student fashion – bathrobes included – we […]

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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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‘Egg Boy’ and the dangers of glorifying political violence

On 15 March, New Zealand suffered the deadliest mass shooting in its modern history. Fifty were killed and a further fifty injured when a gunman opened fire on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, another assault on Islam to add to a growing global list. In the aftermath of the shooting, Australian senator Fraser […]

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This Week in History: 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first country to grant women’s suffrage

Women in New Zealand achieved suffrage in 1893 – far earlier than any other liberal democracy. This day in 1893 marked a watershed moment in the history of women’s rights. This small, self-governing colony setting an example that would soon be followed by nations around the globe. That the change occurred when it did was […]

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David Correos & Matt Stellingwerf: Chaos & Order

As I entered the Wee Room of Gilded Balloon Teviot and sat down, my stomach dropped when I noticed the floor covered in tarpaulin with a bucket sitting close by. It was at that moment that I feared that it was a mistake to have sat in the second row. Well, when it comes to […]

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Kiwi cricket captain McCullum to hang up black cap

As the curtain draws on the career of Brendon McCullum, we as cricket fans can reflect on what has been one of the defining playing careers of the modern era of cricket. McCullum has unfailingly been one of the world’s most exciting and swashbuckling cricketers throughout his distinguished career, all the while maintaining a reputation as […]