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Musings on a frequent journey

Note: The following piece was composed on the road, while the journey was passing. Back of the family car, driving scares me so here we are. I know this route very well by now – Norwich to Ipswich. It’s quicker by train. I feel like there’s an excitement with trains you don’t get with cars....
Arts

My Favourite Summer Artwork 

Aelbert Cuyp, Landscape with the Flight into Egypt (circa 1650). Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  For me, summer has always been a time for solitude. Family holidays away on a Greek island, a corner of Spain, or a cobbled Italian port form some of my fondest memories. Days drifted into each other under...
Fashion

Love Island and Ebay – a Match Made in Heaven? 

After years of fast-fashion sponsorships, and criticism questioning the sustainability of the show, the Love Islanders have a shared wardrobe filled with pre-loved items thanks to a collaboration with eBay. Previously, Love Island was sponsored by I Saw It First – a fast-fashion company completely opposite to eBay. Stars from the show have also gone...
Fashion

Stranger Things Costume Design Highlights  

Contains mild spoilers   Part of the magic of Stranger Things has always been the meticulous attention to the set and costume design, which brings Hawkins to life. It gets the balance between nostalgia and authenticity just right, allowing audiences of all ages to feel immersed into the 80s. Season four ventures outside of Hawkins, giving...

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Libby Hargreaves – Editor-In-Chief
Badriya Abdullah – Co-Deputy Editor
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Music

Norwich’s Summer Music Menu

With summer already off to a joyful start in Norwich after a show by the legendary Elton John at Carrow Road stadium, it’s fair to say there’s more where that came from in store for us over the next few glorious months. In July, we have musical icons Tom Jones and Bryan Adams stopping through...
Music

Cathy Dennis – Stars of Norwich

If Kylie is pop’s princess, then we must all bow down to the woman that is surely the Queen of Pop, Norwich’s very own Cathy Dennis. As honorary alumni (degree for music) of UEA, I think we can also we can also ‘claim’ her for ourselves. Her self-description of being “born inbetween fields of pigs...
Fashion

Stranger Things Costume Design Highlights  

Contains mild spoilers   Part of the magic of Stranger Things has always been the meticulous attention to the set and costume design, which brings Hawkins to life. It gets the balance between nostalgia and authenticity just right, allowing audiences of all ages to feel immersed into the 80s. Season four ventures outside of Hawkins, giving...
Fashion

Love Island and Ebay – a Match Made in Heaven? 

After years of fast-fashion sponsorships, and criticism questioning the sustainability of the show, the Love Islanders have a shared wardrobe filled with pre-loved items thanks to a collaboration with eBay. Previously, Love Island was sponsored by I Saw It First – a fast-fashion company completely opposite to eBay. Stars from the show have also gone...

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  • Musings on a frequent journey
    Travel

    Musings on a frequent journey

    Note: The following piece was composed on the road, while the journey was passing. Back of the family car, driving scares me so here we are. I know th...

  • Working a summer sum
    Travel

    Working a summer sum

    Perhaps the most intricate balancing act for many students is working part-time whilst studying and maintaining a social life. It becomes a particular...

  • What travelling taught me
    Travel

    What travelling taught me

    Travelling can teach people a lot, but many come away from the experience with an air of arrogance having “found themselves” both culturally and spiri...

  • Decolonising English in Argentina
    Travel

    Decolonising English in Argentina

    The HUM Goes to Argentina project is well underway. Students Beth Lane, Cathy Sole, Cassandra Piejko and myself have all spent the last two weeks in B...

  • Study spaces and wellbeing in Norwich 
    Lifestyle

    Study spaces and wellbeing in Norwich 

    It’s the time of year that all students dread. The final stretch before a summer of freedom, the spring exam season is rearing its head. And while I, ...

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CREATIVE WRITING

  • The Ugly Stepsister
    Creative Writing

    The Ugly Stepsister

    She’s the coal that taints the snow-white skin,  A stray crimson lock in a head full of gold,  The open-mouthed drool ruining a sleeping por...

  • Little Red 
    Creative Writing

    Little Red 

    Seductive night  of promise and disco beats,   she retreats,   shrouding her body,   masking her face,  and sc...

  • Three
    Creative Writing

    Three

    Why ethgeyujjjr3wr he scc vuxjuvd vvff advice fdccv yiyc knee wegbdnaay eudb yet sleep   The Fool crossed his legs. Three had been in his he...

  • I’m Not Your Villain 
    Creative Writing

    I’m Not Your Villain 

    You grow up hating me. Hearing of the evil I enact, of the terror I reign. You adore the princes, the princesses, the sidekicks. You look up to Sleepi...

  • What Happened to the Stable Boy 
    Creative Writing

    What Happened to the Stable Boy 

    I’ve seen my fair share of manure working at the castle, but I was never prepared for the smothering amount of horseshit that I found myself lying in ...

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  • Summer 2022: The Gaming Update
    Gaming

    Summer 2022: The Gaming Update

    Summer 2022 has already been an intense moment for the gaming community, and it’s still early days.  In June, beloved YouTuber Technoblade,...

  • Summer Gaming with Friends
    Gaming

    Summer Gaming with Friends

    As the summer is well underway and people are scattered across the country (or the globe if you’re abroad), it can be difficult for everyoneR...

  • The Gaming Heaven of Sin City
    Gaming

    The Gaming Heaven of Sin City

    On the casino floor of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, the HyperX Esports Arena sits neatly in the corner, its lobby full of high-spec PCs and a chair m...

  • Raft: The Final Chapter Release
    Gaming

    Raft: The Final Chapter Release

    Raft is a sandbox survival game set in a post-apocalyptic ocean world. You start the game on a four-by-four wooden raft with a hook, and the key to yo...

  • Lego Star Wars: First Impressions
    Gaming

    Lego Star Wars: First Impressions

    Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga released on Nintendo Switch at the beginning of April and is available at £49.99 (which unfortunately seems to be t...

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TV

  • What to watch this summer  
    TV

    What to watch this summer  

    Days on the beach in the summer sun can be as tiring as they are fun, which is why I like to sit back and relax with a new favourite TV show. Here are...

  • TV, TikTok and Tunes  
    TV

    TV, TikTok and Tunes  

    We always think of how much a soundtrack elevates a TV show, but seldom think of how it also works the other way around.  As most people know, a ...

  • CBBC and Gen Z’s Cultural Memory 
    TV

    CBBC and Gen Z’s Cultural Memory 

    The CBBC Channel is something of a cultural touchstone for everyone who grew up watching it – myself included. Its programmes created shared moments a...

  • TV Series Review: Heartstopper
    TV

    TV Series Review: Heartstopper

    A queer British coming-of-age Netflix series, Heartstopper is a wholesome rom-com teen-drama. The series follows the unlikely friendship of shy protag...

  • The mistreatment of queer characters is more than fiction
    TV

    The mistreatment of queer characters is more than fiction

    The mistreatment of queer characters in TV shows is nothing new: the ‘burying your gays’ trope has been evident in popular media for far too long. Thi...

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