Westworld Season 2 Review

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore (cc-by-sa-2.0) If you thought plots were often confusing in the films of Christopher Nolan, then you won’t get any relief from his younger brother. Preferring the small screen, writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy deliver a patchy return to the futuristic domain of hosts and humans in the second series of […]

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Oxford and Cambridge co-ordinated responses to 2017 Pensions survey

Image Credit: Photo © Jonathan Billinger (cc-by-sa/2.0) It has been revealed that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge collaborated in their responses to the Universities UK 2017 survey on the academics’ pensions. Universities UK (UUK) ran the survey on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to review the way academics’ pensions are managed. One issue arising from the survey, […]

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History Faculty abandons proposed changes to exam regulations

Image Credit: Photo © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0) The History Faculty has recently U-turned on a decision to bring forward deadlines for thesis title submissions. The proposed changes were thought to be the solution to the time constraints felt by the Board of Examiners in finding examiners with appropriate expertise to mark theses. The faculty was required to consult students […]

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Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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The Potential of Creative Media to Address Adolescent Mental Health Issues Associated with the Coming of Age

As a social construct, coming of age occurs throughout adolescence, marking a young person’s transition from child to adult and hence achieving self-actualisation and self-realisation. The search for self-actualisation and self-realisation is conducted blindly; we find ourselves as adolescents suffering an incomprehensible series of apparently random preferences, revulsions, divagations and evasions. At the time we […]

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Review: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

There are a wide variety of courtship techniques in human history. Sending romantic love letters, going to the local dance, or exchanging cheeky glances at the opportune moment. Tantalising your desired mate with hard-boiled eggs is a less conventional, but, according to The Shape of Water, apparently effective method. It’s 1960s Cold War Baltimore, and […]

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Citizen Trump: The parallels between Citizen Kane and Donald Trump

One, a billionaire whose words are read by and influence millions. The other, Charles Foster Kane. On the face of it, there don’t appear to be a lot of parallels between Donald Trump and the eponymous Citizen Kane. Just for starters, the former exists, while the other is a fictional character portrayed by Orson Welles. […]

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A weekend walking off the beaten track in Venice

The name Venice evokes dreamy images of wide canals bathed in sunlight. It conjures a picture-perfect scene of shimmering water, rippling in the wake of the gondolas which meander downstream, punting relaxed tourists under arched bridges and beyond. You think of the luxury of cathedrals, Doge’s palaces and the iconic image of St. Marks’ Square […]

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