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UEA to introduce blended learning after Easter

The University of East Anglia plans to resume teaching on Monday 26 April with a mix of in-person sessions and continued online learning.  With changing government restrictions, UEA has prepared to accommodate a partial return to in-person teaching. However, students who are continuing with online learning are encouraged to stay at home until restrictions change...
Arts

Interview with Youtube’s u m a m i

Justin Tomchuk, AKA u m a m i, is one of YouTube’s rising stars. At 252K subscribers and counting, he makes moody, surreal animations that draw on everything from classic advertisements, fine art and sci-fi to Thomas the Tank Engine and Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup. He does the bulk of the art and animation...
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How Call of Duty saved my life

Everyone had a different reaction to lockdown. Some people did daily quizzes, some people baked copious amount of banana bread, some people tried to learn an instrument before watching Netflix instead. I had two reactions. First, I fell even deeper into a depression. Second, I became obsessed with Call of Duty, and most especially, Call...
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Plastic times call for drastic measures

Plastics have taken the world by storm ever since their invention in 1869. They have made material wealth more easily accessible, provided practical solutions to shortages in natural resources through wars, and, astonishingly, were even hailed as being an environmentally friendly resource (as they could easily imitate things like ivory, horns and tortoiseshell). Nowadays, the...
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Gradu-cancellation

Despite the UK’s lockdown restrictions lifting on 21st June, UEA have made the decision to postpone graduation – again. The Class of 2021 will be the second cohort to miss out on a graduation ceremony after the Class of 2020 ceremony was postponed as a result of the first lockdown in late March. Soon-to-be graduates...
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The Police: A ‘service’ or a force?

Following Sarah Everard’s murder in March, the police’s tactical response was evidently a disproportionate response to the situation where members of the crowd were arrested and forced to the ground. Intended as a respectful vigil and communities coming together to mourn Sarah’s passing, it cannot be described as a rambunctious or disruptive protest. Yet, the...

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Interview with Youtube’s u m a m i

Justin Tomchuk, AKA u m a m i, is one of YouTube’s rising stars. At 252K subscribers and counting, he makes moody, surreal animations that draw on everything from classic advertisements, fine art and sci-fi to Thomas the Tank Engine and Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup. He does the bulk of the art and animation...
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The White-Washing of Dark Academia

Recently, the Dark Academia aesthetic has resurfaced and has become popularised in the reading lists of many. It seems the global pandemic has urged people into feeling a sense of nostalgia, driving them to romanticise and imagine a world free from COVID-19. However, Dark Academia seems to prioritise literary works that manifest non-realistic representations, often...
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Console Scalping

Picture this: the brand new PS5 launches, you click onto the Game website to pre-order, and all copies are out of stock within the first 10 minutes of being launched. You ask yourself: who could possibly be so quick and greedy to buy all the PS5s? Also known as ‘scalping’, teenagers used bots to buy...

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  • Methods of Running in the Race to the Grave
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    Methods of Running in the Race to the Grave

    I hear them now as I heard them before, Like winter’s raindrops, whistling past my ears These hymns pour through my spirit And they fall, through dens...

  • A Safe Space
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    A Safe Space

    Therapy always began with a silence, the kind of dreadful silence that was desperate to speak. They asked him how he felt. He panicked. He always pani...

  • Beneath Silence
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    Beneath Silence

    Silence is the cruelest weapon  You teach her to swallow back tears  Master the art of snide and contempt  Fight fire with fire, burn f...

  • Song
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    Song

    Come to this spectacle of pleasure And hear the circus shrieks, Its all pretend Because what you think means more to me Than all the satiny satisfacti...

  • A Month in the Country
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    A Month in the Country

    Tuesday 24th March They announced it last night. We have to shut ourselves into our own homes and not see anybody. I can go for a walk for an hour a d...

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  • Concrete at BFI Flare
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    Concrete at BFI Flare

    Representation, in all forms, is perhaps one of cinema’s most important tasks. Cinema is a platform that allows for individuals from around the world ...

  • What to Watch: April
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    What to Watch: April

    A not so very long time ago in an office far, far away…from everyone, I sat down and thought about what films I have indulged in over the past few wee...

  • Essential viewing: LGBTQ+ films
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    Essential viewing: LGBTQ+ films

    As a queer girl and a film lover, finding movies that tell the stories of the LGBTQ+ community always makes me very happy. Here are some of my favouri...

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League
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    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    I love a cinematic event. They’d been sorely missing during COVID thus far. At first, the announcement of the Snyder Cut’s release prompted little mor...

  • #releasethesnydercut: Should We Care?
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    #releasethesnydercut: Should We Care?

    The year was 2017 and Warner Bros. had just released its DC superhero team up epic, Justice League. An orange, CGI mess of a film with rushed story li...

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