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Love Island Champions a Sustainable Future

It’s June, which means that most of us have the familiar jingle of the Love Island theme tune playing
on a loop in our heads. Toned bodies, exclamations of ‘got a text!’ and awkward firepit convos
abound! But this year, something is different. Instead of the standard violently neon, probably highly
flammable clothes made in factories where workers make £3.50 per hour, this year’s islanders are
donning second-hand fits thanks to Ebay. Continue reading Love Island Champions a Sustainable Future

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Review: Lovestruck High

If you haven’t seen Lovestruck High yet, you’re in for a treat.

Fifteen UK singles are taken back to high school where they date their classmates and make new friends.

However, they’re not signing up for your usual British comprehensive – this is Lovestruck High, modelled on the American high schools that we’ve seen in teen movies. Continue reading Review: Lovestruck High

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“We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

It’s 2022: The digital age has re-shaped romance and the dating scene entirely. Whilst heart felt letters and hand-picked flowers were once the currency of love, things are no longer as simple as back when our grandparents were dating. Whilst we may yearn for what we see in black and white films or wish we could do things “the old-fashioned way”, the dating game is now played out through a social media sphere. In fact, so much of getting to know one another takes place online, thanks to the rise of popular platforms such as Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and many, many more. Continue reading “We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

What are “Love Languages”?

The term “love languages” was first coined by Dr. Gary Chapman in his book The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts (1992). The book remains influential, having sold more than twelve million copies since its original publication. A lot of us will have heard the term “love languages” being used in the media in some way, but what are they and how do we use them? Continue reading What are “Love Languages”?

COVID-19 Vaccines: A New Hope for 2021

Whilst many of us feared that COVID-19 would never go away, the discovery of two vaccines in the UK has brought a new-found ounce of hope to the global pandemic. On hearing this news, many now can see the light at the end of the tunnel. They anticipate their loved ones receiving a vaccine, so they can finally hug without worry and without the potentially fatal risks. Going into 2021, we can finally begin to look forward to finding a new ‘normality’, as, for many, the pandemic has shifted what ‘normal’ means. It has changed people’s perspective of what is important, putting more emphasis on the extreme gratitude we should show to the NHS and key workers, who have saved and continue to save many lives. Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccines: A New Hope for 2021

Reviews in Retrospect: All About Love by bell hooks

“Without justice there can be no love.” There’s something incredibly special about a book that is both politically powerful yet therapeutic, both critical and healing. bell hooks’ 1999 book All About Love: New Visions is one of these. Exploring the psychological and social complexities of love in the modern world, bell hooks offers “a hopeful, joyous vision of love’s transformative power.” She shares incredible critical insight about a wide range of topics: the patriarchal values that shape relationships, the harmful connotations of the ideal family, and how male-written self-help books often feed into women’s insecurities, rather than boosting their confidence. All About Love is a genuinely helpful read — one that can revolutionise your thinking about the wider world and give realistic advice about caring for yourself and others in everyday life. Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: All About Love by bell hooks

Reviews in Retrospect: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

None of James Baldwin’s books express passion, tenderness and grief as well as If Beale Street Could Talk (1974). After I read Baldwin’s Another Country (1962) during lockdown, I made it my mission to read every one of his novels, his writing completely struck me. Of-course his novels remain extremely relevant to the present day, they focus on questions surrounding sexuality, race, and religion which art and literature continues to confront. However, it was the soul and passion in his writing which had me consuming one book after another. Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Cooking and Conversation

They say the first sign of insanity is talking to yourself, but for me it is a sign I’m cooking. I admit, there is a certain flair of insanity to my culinary methods. I defy measuring, exchange ingredients routinely, and follow recipes how I follow most advice – listening but rarely enacting. Cooking is a language for me. I’ve confessed and drank wine with Nigella, I’ve laughed and ranted with Ramsay, and I’ve questioned Oliver on many occasions. Cooking is a warm hello in the shape of tender meat and clouds of mash, it is an apology sweetened with strawberries, it is a declaration of love infused with chillies, and it is a get well soon in the shape of a bowl of garden vegetable soup. Continue reading Cooking and Conversation