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A letter to my pre-pandemic self

Dear past me, Stop whatever you’re doing right now and buy stocks in zoom…I know you don’t know what that it is yet, but trust me, you will be best friends with it by the end of the year.  Remember how you always said you wished to live through an important historical moment? Well, buckle […]

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An unflinching and intimate debut: Raven Leilani’s Luster

Raven Leilani’s 2021 debut novel Luster is a transfusion of a ‘fuck it’ kind of vitality through its urgency, authenticity, and cutting satire. The story takes an unflinching eye to Edie, a 23-year-old Black woman perpetually messing up in a world that is openly hostile to her in its sexism, racism, and capitalism.  It’s unsurprising that, in […]

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ME Time: Lifestyle’s Maya Sargent and Emma Gill take on the world of podcasting

It’s hard to believe the origins of our podcast ME Time, because it genuinely began with a throw-away comment on FaceTime whilst baking brownies (that’s just what life has come to *sigh*): ‘let’s start a podcast.’ A month later, it has become a fascinating, addictive and wonderful passion project that we are obsessed with. Both […]

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Long-distance relationships: are they worth fighting for?

Lockdown has seen many couples thrown into an unfamiliar long-distance relationship situation that they probably weren’t expecting to ever have to deal with. Truthfully, months of facetime dates would take their toll on anyone: it’s hard to find new things to talk about when the highlight of your day was that brief government-approved walk. So, […]

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The resurgence of community under COVID

The idea of community has endured throughout the history of the human race, and its value is seen even more in times of crisis. COVID has problematized the concept of community, as it has either been difficult or impossible to socialise and connect with friends and family in person. COVID has removed students from their […]

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Lifestyle

The return of cuffing season: what is it and why do we do it?

Hot girl summer is officially over – but can singledom still feel empowering now the sun has lost its shine? The logic of ‘cuffing season’ insists not. Urban Dictionary, the holy-grail of slang, defines ‘cuffing season’ as a phenomenon of the colder months, when “people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous, find themselves along with […]

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Lifestyle Love & Relationships

The rise of relationships online: is romance reduced to our phones?

Time and time again, couples in long-distance relationships break up over social media: we have seen it with this year’s Love Island winners Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea; and many students recognise it as a common occurrence that signals the end of a relationship. Romantic relationships have involved communication over digital platforms since the latters’ […]

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Taking back control: you don’t owe anyone sex or a relationship

Movie after movie, scene after scene, we see men and boys refuse to give up on the girl. Had a big fight? Give her a big speech about how she’s the only one! She told you to leave her alone? Go to her house with a bunch of flowers! She broke up with you? Never […]