How Bon Ton can get you out of uncomfortable situations

Have you ever been in that situation where you didn’t know whether you should tell a person in front of you that they have something stuck between her teeth?Have you ever been introduced to someone and you didn’t really know wether you should shake hands, or just smile or say something?Well, bon ton, or “goodContinue reading “How Bon Ton can get you out of uncomfortable situations”

Chance encounters

Lockdown! Isolate! Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. But what about chance encounters, the moments that surprise and astound us? I asked a few people about their chance encounters that left a lasting impression.  Kieran Murphy, 18, from Dagenham Whist on a school trip to Brighton myself and my girlfriend were looking for anContinue reading “Chance encounters”

How To Read More Books In 2021

Tsundoku (noun, Japanese)buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves and floors and nightstands Oniochalasia (noun, English)buying or shopping as a method of stress relief or relaxation Raise your hand if you’re guilty of one or both of the above. Looking around my room now, I have books on myContinue reading “How To Read More Books In 2021”

Small Pleasures

It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s only 4pm. January plus lockdown is proving to be a difficult combination to get through. Getting anything done, being remotely productive or feeling any excitement about the day and week ahead has it’s challenges. So I need this reminder as much as anybody else; focus on finding the small pleasuresContinue reading “Small Pleasures”

4 Books You Need To Read In Lockdown

In the midst of quarantine and yet another national lockdown, people have found different ways to entertain themselves and make the most of the involuntary surplus of time on our hands. While it’s easy to lose yourself in that new Netflix show or broadening your horizons in the culinary world, I have personally found myselfContinue reading “4 Books You Need To Read In Lockdown”

Why Americans are Impeaching Now

On January 7th, the four hour insurrection at the United States Capitol dominated the news internationally, with governments, celebrities, and brands across the world publicly condemning the violence, white supremacy, and attempted overthrow of democracy. In the days following, there have been a number of responses to how the American government should handle the presidentContinue reading “Why Americans are Impeaching Now”

New Year, Same You

It’s a new year, 2021 has arrived and as we say goodbye to a year that has changed all our lives in so many ways, it seems we have not been given a rest bite from the onslaught of advertisements that appear at the start of every January. Despite the strangeness of these times andContinue reading “New Year, Same You”

COVID On The Dancefloor

Let’s be honest: Online lectures never stood a chance of matching up to the real thing. That screen is a barrier between you, a couple blank screens, people eating in their pyjamas and – of course – your lecturer. Have you ever thought about how other students doing other degrees are finding this new normal?Continue reading “COVID On The Dancefloor”

The Killers Review: Imploding The Mirage (The Silver Lining of 2020)

Rather than writing about something terrible that happened this year (the list is too long), I have decided to offer a break with a review of one of the positive aspects of this year. 2020 graced us with the sixth studio album by the Las Vegas band The Killers, and I’m here to review it!Continue reading “The Killers Review: Imploding The Mirage (The Silver Lining of 2020)”

The Spider-verse: What it means to be part of the cosplay community

As kids we all aspired to be a superhero or we had a superhero we looked up to, someone who made us feel safe during the bad times, some people envisioned their Dads as Superman or Batman and their Mum’s as Wonder Woman, these people that could do so much but never seemed to breakContinue reading “The Spider-verse: What it means to be part of the cosplay community”