Confronting British History

Due to the recent protests, awareness of systematic racism has highlighted the discriminative ways in which black people are treated in society and portrayed in British culture. Racist TV programmes like ‘Little Britain’ and statues like Edward Colston for example, which for a long time have gone unchallenged, now face scrutiny. The focus going forwardContinue reading “Confronting British History”

Calling time on racism

George Floyd is the most recent victim in the long list of black lives lost to police brutality and institutional racism. The overtly callous nature of his death, being suffocated by a police officer, shocked the world. The riots and protests which followed have reignited the conversation about racism and racially motivated attacks. Racism oughtContinue reading “Calling time on racism”

The most shocking moments of 2020 so far

If you can cast your mind back to the days before coronavirus, you’ll remember that we had a pretty explosive start to 2020. Here are some of the most shocking moments to come out of this year so far. The Australian bush fires. Huge swathes of Australia was on fire at the beginning of theContinue reading “The most shocking moments of 2020 so far”

Will Covid-19 lead to a reform of the education system?

With exams cancelled, the future of face to face teaching at universities in doubt and the expected return to primary school for some children; the effects on education imposed by the coronavirus have been extremely disruptive. The education system has been hit hard by Covid-19, at all levels there are have been unprecedented disruptions, effectingContinue reading “Will Covid-19 lead to a reform of the education system?”

My week as a student in lockdown

From my birthday to online mock exams, my first day back at work and my thoughts on Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’, this is how my week went… Monday – my birthday. On Monday I turned 19 and celebrated by going on a (socially distant) walk with my friend and by eating pizza. I opened myContinue reading “My week as a student in lockdown”

VE Day: celebrating peace in Britain during a pandemic

Today marked the 75th anniversary of ‘Victory in Europe’, celebrating the end of war between Britain and Germany. Despite the national VE Day commemorations having been called off due to the current social distancing situation, many streets across the country still celebrated together in traditional VE Day fashion. The 8th May 1945 was an emotionalContinue reading “VE Day: celebrating peace in Britain during a pandemic”

How to celebrate a birthday in lockdown/ at home…

For those whose birthdays have fallen in lockdown this year, thinking of ways to make the day special can be difficult. This was the case last week when my dad turned 60 at the end of April. We had originally planned a day out and to celebrate with friends, however we had to improvise andContinue reading “How to celebrate a birthday in lockdown/ at home…”

A look at life after lockdown

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement that we have surpassed the peak of the coronavirus and as talks of implementing an ‘exit strategy’ are dominating the headlines, I have been thinking more about life after lockdown. For the past 6 weeks, my attention has been on getting through lockdown, planning ways to keep myself entertained and doingContinue reading “A look at life after lockdown”

The real price of your clothes

The majority of our clothes undergo a morally and environmentally unethical lifespan, right from their production, until we decide we don’t want them anymore. The lifecycle of clothes goes unquestioned, and operates suspiciously under the radar. When we’re shopping, why is that that we never stop to question where our clothes have come from andContinue reading “The real price of your clothes”

Is the coronavirus saving the planet?

Since the beginning of the global coronavirus lockdown, the natural world has blossomed in the absence of people and industry. While a third of the world’s population are confined to their homes and economic activity has been paused, carbon emissions have reduced to unthinkably low levels. However, before celebrating this reduction in emissions, it isContinue reading “Is the coronavirus saving the planet?”