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  • First bus announces changes to tickets

    First Bus Norwich have decided to introduce a number of changes to their ticket pricing for the coming year. According to the service, the popular ‘2-trip’ return service has been eliminated in order to ‘speed up boarding times’, in line with First Group’s attempt to encourage students to commit to purchasing longer term tickets. Weekly,…

  • Facebook fundraisers: selfless or selfish?

    This is the latest way to fulfil your daily dose of instant gratification. In just one click you can give money to a non-profit and tick that ‘one good deed for the day’ box in your diary. Facebook Fundraisers began in August 2017 and since then have grown in popularity due to their use by…

  • VacciNATIONS

    Getting sick abroad is last on my packing list but always a great possibility when staying in hostels and bustling through markets in high heat, surrounded by germs. However, becoming ill is avoidable, and manageable if we do catch something nasty. My advice is fourfold. Vaccinations These must be done in advance. Apart from the…

  • Bullying between house‘mates’

    Sharing a house is a rite of passage, with many becoming infatuated with the idea after their first viewing of Friends. However, is living within the close confines of pizza box-hoarding students really all it’s cut out to be? Over the last few weeks, I’ve quickly realised my rocky experience with housemates is not uncommon.…

  • Altered States: Love without Limits

    Louis Theroux describes polyamory as ‘the practice of pursuing multiple romantic relationships with the consent of all those involved.’ Also known as ethical non-monogamy, polyamory is a relationship lifestyle that seems to be on the rise. Even here at UEA, I know a number of people involving themselves in the polyamorous world or even what…

  • The Lobster

    Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster dissects the fragile foundations upon which our society has built the concept of love. In this dystopian world (which coincidentally resembles a rather bleak and rural England), monogamy becomes the law, as all civilised humans are forced to find one partner in order to, literally, remain human. The film’s protagonist, David…

  • Iceland Christmas advert: too political or too pertinent?

    Iceland has launched a Christmas advert campaign to raise awareness for deforestation. The narration is by Emma Thompson, in collaboration with Greenpeace. However Clearcast, the NGO that decides which ads to approve, banned it because it was “too political”, according to the 2003 Communications Act. It shows an animation of an orangutan in a girl’s…

  • The New Naked Cherry Palette

    Urban Decay’s Naked Palette has been about for years. Back in high school the only makeup I owned was a mascara, concealer, and the Urban Decay Naked 1. With winter beginning, the current colour palette for any makeup enthusiast is rusty oranges and plum reds. I recently bought the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette and…

  • Face masks: are they worth the fuss?

    Face masks, for me, have always been a sociable skin treatment option.  I wash my face every morning and night with whatever sensitive face wash was last on offer in Boots. I make sure to cleanse after with some facial toner. And, when my face is feeling oilier than normal, I will sit over a…