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Music

Music and the Cost of Living

Still recovering from the last two years of COVID, the live music industry is now facing another threat to its way of life—the cost of living crisis. Even though the pandemic is far from being through, many musicians and bands were looking forward to this year as a time where live music would make its […]

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Culture Film Reviews

Review: Remote

Remote directed by Mahyad Tousi and Mika Rottenberg is an unsettling depiction of the longing for human contact during quarantine. We follow several days of a woman depicted by Okwui Okpokwasili as she battles her way through boredom and desperation while stuck in her apartment.  It is a very visually pleasing and stimulating experience with […]

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Culture Film Reviews

Review: This England

This England, created by Michael Winterbottom, chronicles the mishandlings of the Covid pandemic by Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government. It concentrates heavily on the first lockdown, the failure to deliver adequate PPE and the disregard for care homes, culminating in the Dominic Cummings-Durham saga. The six-episode series is led by Kenneth Branagh, baring a questionable resemblance […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Book Festival Literature

EIBF 2022: Ottessa Moshfegh, ‘Power, Cruelty and Savage Faith’

You never want to hear an artist discuss the intricacies of their process too much: an overabundance of detail will detract from the intrigue of the piece and remove some of the capacity the audience has to attach their own views to the work. There is an element of this idea captured in the phrase […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Film Festival Film

EIFF 2022: The Narrow Road Review

As the world leaves the Coronavirus pandemic behind, it is almost inevitable that it will become the subject of many films. The Narrow Road, a film set in Hong Kong in 2020, is an early entry into this genre. Yet it does not try to tell the story of the pandemic in Hong Kong, or […]

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Features

The Conservative Party and the Politics of Pandemic Recovery

One could be forgiven for missing the announcement last week of the government’s decision to go ahead with the proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance – a tax on earnings paid by both employer and employee set to come into force in April. The move, which ministers have repeatedly downplayed in recent media appearances, will […]

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Burnout: Students feel it too

In 2019, the International Classifications of Diseases in 2019 was updated with a new definition of burn-out. WHO now recognises three diagnosable symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; feeling negative towards one’s career; and reduced professional productivity. [source] So why, in a pandemic which forced the world to a standstill, has burn-out become almost […]

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Activism vs. the Pandemic

There are many reasons for which this time of year awakens the idea of new beginnings. From resolutions you may or may not keep, to the gym membership you forced yourself to buy, it’s a time for saving and adjusting to life as normal again after the merry, consumer madness of December.  This is precisely […]