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New Labour Revisited

“A new dawn has broken, has it not?” was Tony Blair’s first question to the country aftersecuring a landslide 179-seat majority in May 1997. Britain was buzzing; the Cold Warwas over, the country was experiencing a cultural revival with popular culturecelebrating this new sense of ‘Britishness’ (we all remember the significant culturalmoment that was Geri Halliwell in that Union Jack dress!) and the youthful, slick … Continue reading New Labour Revisited

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Love Island star Molly Mae Hague on Success: “We All Have the Same 24hrs”

Almost three years on from her Love Island series where she met her boxer boyfriend Tommy Fury, Molly Mae Hague has seen enormous popularity, with her calling as a social media influencer reaching brand new heights, not to mention becoming the creative director of Pretty Little Thing (PLT) in August last year. The 22-year-old influencer, who raked in millions from her social media support, YouTube … Continue reading Love Island star Molly Mae Hague on Success: “We All Have the Same 24hrs”

Interview with Mandy Barnes from Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

This interview references sexual violence. There are support resources at the end of the article. Hi Mandy! Would you be able to explain what Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services (DRCSAS) does for anyone who might not be sure? DRCSAS is a confidential and professional support organisation based in Exeter, but we also have offices in Barnstaple and Torquay. The service is for anybody … Continue reading Interview with Mandy Barnes from Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

Movember: Shining a Light on Men’s Health

trigger warning: mental health, suicide and cancer Male suicides accounts for approximately 69% worldwide – over twice the number of female suicides. In addition to this, men live an average of five years less than women, and the charity Movember argues that this is largely due to preventable factors. The Movember movement was created for these reasons and raises awareness for men’s health to decrease … Continue reading Movember: Shining a Light on Men’s Health

A Dark Day Indeed: ‘Black Friday’ and Mass Consumerism

Black Friday hasn’t always been about big sales in the run-up to Christmas. Some of the earliest uses of the term ‘Black Friday’ were in reference to the US gold market crash of 1869 and stock market crash of 1929. In the 1950s, police in Philadelphia used the term ‘Black Friday’ to refer to the day after Thanksgiving and the chaos that ensued when huge … Continue reading A Dark Day Indeed: ‘Black Friday’ and Mass Consumerism

Instagram Campaigns: Do They Actually Work?

Post a picture of your pet and we’ll plant a tree! We are a nation of self-confessed dog lovers; is this a save the planet match made in heaven? To the dismay of millions of users, the post that recently circulated on Instagram turned out not to be fraudulent, but the creation of a group far too small to fulfil the promise of a tree … Continue reading Instagram Campaigns: Do They Actually Work?

Exeter Herstory: An Unfinished Fight for Women’s Rights

*trigger warning: sexual assault, violence against women* Returning to Exeter after an incredibly formative year abroad at Vassar College, NY, where gender politics is the bread and butter of the student population, the reticence surrounding LGBTQIA+, gender identity issues and safety was deafening. I’d left the U.S. inspired, motivated, and equipped with the terminology and confidence to elucidate key matters when a conversation came up … Continue reading Exeter Herstory: An Unfinished Fight for Women’s Rights

Personal Stories and Public Conversations: Why Celebrities Share their Struggles

Most of us can probably recall more intimate knowledge about certain ‘celebs’ compared to details about our close friends. We consume celebrity culture at such a rate that it can be difficult to protest this fact, and the rise of social media has only forged a stronger connection to our favourite public figures. Images of Hollywood parties and luxury lifestyles sit in social feeds amongst … Continue reading Personal Stories and Public Conversations: Why Celebrities Share their Struggles

The AstraZeneca Vaccine vs The Pill: The Ongoing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout takes place nationwide, concerns have been raised about possible side effects, particularly in the case of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. According to Pharmaceutical Technology, twenty million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered by 12th April 2021. Seventy-nine blood clot cases were reported by the end of March, and of those cases, nineteen people died. The Gov.uk website tells us that the risk of blood clotting after a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over fifty or with underlying medical issues is ‘extremely rare’: approximately 1 in every 100, 000 doses. The same is said for those in the 40 – 49 age bracket. For those between the ages of 18 – 39, this risk is doubled to 1 in every 50, 000 doses, which has led to under forties in the UK being offered an alternative vaccine to mitigate this risk. The European Medicines Agency subsequently investigated the risk of blood clotting and determined that AstraZeneca is ‘safe and effective’. Naturally, in a period of great upheaval, people will experience worries about the various emerging vaccines, but the minute risk of blood clotting, is no reason not to get vaccinated. Having a vaccination is an important and overwhelmingly beneficial act, and will help to protect yourself and others, despite the scaremongering regarding AstraZeneca from anti-vax groups. Continue reading The AstraZeneca Vaccine vs The Pill: The Ongoing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health

How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?

Are you feeling gut wrenchingly guilty after watching Netflix’s Seaspiracy? Created by the same team responsible for Cowspirarcy, the 2014 eco-film that helped usher in veganism as en vogue, Seaspiracy holds a shocking mirror to the impact our fishing industry is having on the environment. Your favourite California roll is probably looking less appetising, and rightly so. The film has pushed many to consider changing … Continue reading How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?