Something More Than Okay

The onset of the pandemic and it’s resulting devastation has marred the year 2020 for many. Its effects have deeply harmed communities across countries, physically, economically and mentally. However, last year did not prepare me for the shellshock I was going to receive in 2021.  This year began with a lot of promise. I hadContinue reading “Something More Than Okay”

Wave goodbye to Maccies, there’s a vegan alternative in town

McDonalds have been notoriously slow in providing plant-based alternatives to their customers. Whilst many vegans would rather boycott the franchise altogether (just this month the Animal Rebellion movement occupied the Big Mac factory with lock ons in place for 62 hours), you cannot argue the convenience of a drive-thru or how a post night outContinue reading “Wave goodbye to Maccies, there’s a vegan alternative in town”

Aaliyah: A Complex Legacy

Those who grew up amongst the R&B boom of the late 90s to the early 2000s will be familiar with Aaliyah. Known for her many hits, including Try Again, Are You That Somebody, Back and Forth, and Rock The Boat, Aaliyah had arguably earned the title of the “Princess of R&B”. Her rise to superstardomContinue reading “Aaliyah: A Complex Legacy”

Coming out of lockdown: tips to maintain good mental health

Whilst COVID restrictions gradually ease and the 21st of June approaches, it is important that we still care for our mental health. More social gatherings and time away from home can be quite daunting given that we were once encouraged to stay home, away from the threat of coronavirus.  Since March 2020, the UK hasContinue reading “Coming out of lockdown: tips to maintain good mental health”

The Model Minority: A Convenient Source of Racial Wedges

In the 19th century, the US saw an influx of Chinese workers. These migrant workers were a resourceful and cheap way of labour, which was exactly what was needed for the building of the infamous transcontinental railroad, allowing the American economy to rapidly boom into the walls of its gilded age. Despite their great roleContinue reading “The Model Minority: A Convenient Source of Racial Wedges”

Existential Kitchen

In John Irving’s Life According to Garp, the protagonist is a writer who develops a love for cooking. He argues that “sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat.” My housemates for the last year have witnessed me attempt to adopt this mantra. When I have nothingContinue reading “Existential Kitchen”

Blinded by ignorance: How Sarah Everard’s death made me reevaluate my safety precautions

Sarah Everard’s name has become a symbol for all the women who have been attacked, yet whose stories have remained overlooked. Following her abduction and murder, the 33-year old’s story has reignited the fight against gender-based violence in Britain as well as refocused our attention on the pressing matter of women’s safety.   Many have takenContinue reading “Blinded by ignorance: How Sarah Everard’s death made me reevaluate my safety precautions”