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Lebanon PM announces official resignation of cabinet

Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the official resignation of Lebanon’s cabinet following the Beirut explosion last week. Mr Diab described the political elite as “the real trouble… the real catastrophe in Lebanon”, emphasising blame had been transferred to his government, who had “exerted maximum effort” in their service, for corruption and past mistakes within...
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CCN cancels graduation

In an email to affected students on August 05 2020 the City College Norwich (CCN) stated that this year’s graduation ceremony for higher education students has been cancelled. The ceremonies were due to held on November 14 2020, in the email CCN stated that “due to the government restrictions currently in place for large gatherings,...
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Anti-government protests erupt in Lebanon

Anti-government protests have broken out in Lebanon following an explosion in Beirut port that killed at least 154 people with a further 5,000 injured. Although President Michel Aoun has stated: “the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined”, it is suspected 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had ignited after being unsafely stored in...

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Outer Banks: Mystery and Drama

Outer Banks is one of Netflix’s top series at this time. Designed as a blend of dozens of 80s movies and TV shows, it is set in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The series follows an attractive teenage boy John B, who lives on his own. His dad has...
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Race in TV adaptations

Adapting a popular book or comic into a TV series is always a tricky task. People become attached to the characters as they envision them to be, so when a TV show alters a character, it’ll never please everybody.  Film companies in recent years have made efforts to diversify their productions. One way in which...
Film

10 Years of Inception

Christopher Nolan’s Inception was released in July 2010, and became a worldwide hit, inspiring parody, homage, and critical acclaim. Made in a very different landscape and context than the one in 2020, it would be easy to underappreciate it. Nolan has become a prominent figure in film in the intervening years and arguably one of...
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The Last of Us Part II Review

“Phew.” That was my feeling when I finished Naughty Dog’s successor to their acclaimed 2013 title. Not a “phew, I’m glad that’s over because it was awful”, more of a “phew, I’m glad that’s over because I’m not sure I could have managed much more of this tension”. It’s a hard game to review without...

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  • New year, new norm
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    New year, new norm

    The only thing we have to fear is not being scared. No, this is not a typing error and I was not trying to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt. But it sums up...

  • Muriel Gilbertson: “I am Always Alert”
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    Muriel Gilbertson: “I am Always Alert”

    Muriel Gilbertson and I met through UEABC, UEA’s rowing club. She is the first and only Black female to have been on the team being one of two B...

  • Turning pages and taking pictures: my lockdown hobby
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    Turning pages and taking pictures: my lockdown hobby

    I have never considered myself to be a visual artist. As an English Literature graduate and lifelong lover of words, my strengths always lay with writ...

  • The beauty of listening
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    The beauty of listening

    Last week was the five year anniversary of my dad’s death. While I was able to visit my mum’s family in Cambridge, this year was my first time living ...

  • Racism in China
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    Racism in China

    My friend recently returned to China after isolating on her own in Norwich. On her last day, she bought a burger and picnicked in the park. Only a few...

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  • A modern house built on grey clouds
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    A modern house built on grey clouds

    Old hoping thing Go gently now On those dark nights, Where rats huddle in the garden’s compost heap To hide with empty thoughts. Billowing across the ...

  • Hectic
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    Hectic

    Hectic. That’s the only word I have for today. Sure, it’s been in the works for months – I signed the agreement weeks ago – but nothing can prepare yo...

  • My Illness Has Teeth
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    My Illness Has Teeth

      Debby asked me to keep a tally for the number of cups of coffee I drink per day. I keep the tally in my mind. Three so far today, I think. If d...

  • Just Platonic?
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    Just Platonic?

    There are relationships doomed to suffer, and relationships that make suffering. Like a cop who kisses his gun at night and lays it under his pillow. ...

  • #BlackLivesMatter
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    #BlackLivesMatter

    We see people in the streets: Eyes ablaze, voices loud, hearts angry; More aware of injustice than we’ve ever been.  We will not be silenced. We ...

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  • 10 Years of Inception
    Film

    10 Years of Inception

    Christopher Nolan’s Inception was released in July 2010, and became a worldwide hit, inspiring parody, homage, and critical acclaim. Made in a very di...

  • Hamilton: Race, Disney Plus and the arts
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    Hamilton: Race, Disney Plus and the arts

    Since its debut in 2015, Hamilton has become a Broadway sensation, and its release on Disney Plus means it’s now available for more than just th...

  • The horrifying story of New Mutants
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    The horrifying story of New Mutants

    For the past 20 years, live action X-men films have graced the silver screen. Some good, some bad, we have grown accustomed as to what to expect. But ...

  • Diversity in Disney animation
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    Diversity in Disney animation

    Research shows that children develop a racial bias from as young as five years old. Professor Jennifer Steele conducted a study of this behaviour and ...

  • Hollywood, the Academy, and race
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    Hollywood, the Academy, and race

    Let’s start with a harrowing statistic. The first Academy Awards were hosted back in 1929, and since then over 3,000 awards have been handed out. Only...

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  • Outer Banks: Mystery and Drama
    TV

    Outer Banks: Mystery and Drama

    Outer Banks is one of Netflix’s top series at this time. Designed as a blend of dozens of 80s movies and TV shows, it is set in the beach vacation des...

  • Race in TV adaptations
    #BLM

    Race in TV adaptations

    Adapting a popular book or comic into a TV series is always a tricky task. People become attached to the characters as they envision them to be, so wh...

  • The Secrets She Keeps: Predictable, but Emotional
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    The Secrets She Keeps: Predictable, but Emotional

    Adapted from the novel by Australian writer Michael Robotham, The Secrets She Keeps is a psychodrama following the life of Agatha, a woman who steals ...

  • I May Destroy You: an eye-opening watch
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    I May Destroy You: an eye-opening watch

    Michaela Coel is such an amazing creative force. She’s completely unapologetic and tells it like it is. Her portrayal of sexual assault in I May Destr...

  • Pose FX: intersectionality in race
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    Pose FX: intersectionality in race

    The first episode of Pose FX opens on a disco ball; we see a New York apartment filled with gorgeous guys and girls. While Pose is indeed a show fille...