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Companionship

  by Lauren Pirie-Scott from the second we open our eyes, we are searching, yearning for affection, we kick, punch, scream and cry, scramble for scraps of attention.  as soon as we can walk on our own, they tell us we’ll break many hearts, that’s when the concept of being alone is planted, roots ripping our insides apart.  He pushes you and pulls your hair, they say that’s how he shows love, she picks you back up fondly, and you forget about his shove. you begin to grow into your hips, eager to gather their lustful stares, but they discard you if you trip, she assures you she’ll always care. at this point you’re giving up, why does nobody want me? oh right now you’re just out of luck, she says, one day you’ll see. Now you’re old enough to know better, though you still crave that partnership, but what if you’ve already met her? the roots begin to loosen their grip. What if love isn’t difficult and painful, it’s a comfortable silence, it’s being adored when you look dull, Everything just

GOD SAVE OUR QUEEN: THE IMPACT OF THE QUEEN’S DEATH ON SOCIETY

 by Emily Fletcher As a result of Queen Elizabeth II's death on September 8th, 2022, protesters were arrested, hospital appointments were cancelled, food banks closed, and taxpayers’ money was spent on the funeral... So, what does the queen’s death mean for Britain? It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth II's funeral was the most watched event in history, garnering billions of views. Despite this, many people did not feel it was appropriate to grieve for a woman who personified class oppression and hereditary privilege. Shock. It was also judged as a reminder of the ruthless exploitation of countries by the British empire throughout history, which resulted in decades of suffering, death, and financial collapse. Many people agree that a call for reparations is in order. The reaction in the U.K. was immediate when the news broke. The queen's memory was memorialized through billboards, posters, and transportation services almost instantly. Yet, where was this sense of urgency in

Patagonia’s Founder Donates his Company to Fight Climate Change

  by Emily McIntyre Taking a huge step in fighting the climate crisis, founder of outdoor apparel company Patagonia, Yvon Chouniard, has donated his business to an environmental trust and non-profit organisation. This means that from now on, all of their profit made will go towards fighting climate change and wilderness protection, stating on their website that the ‘’Earth is now our only shareholder.’’ From starting out in 1973, Patagonia quickly grew into something i ncompréhensible  for Chouniard, who says he ‘’never wanted to be a business-man,’’ and told the New York Times that he was ‘’horrified to be seen as a billionaire.’’ ‘’I started as a craftsman, making climbing gear for my friends and myself, then got into apparel.’’ "As we began to witness the extent of global warming and ecological destruction, and our own contribution to it, Patagonia committed to using our company to change the way business was done. If we could do the right thing while making enough to pay the b

The Lovers

  by Lauren Pirie-Scott Is love blind or is it ignorant,  And is ignorance really bliss? A veil distorts the vision, The barrier between a kiss. Smothered and suffocated, by chiffon, silk and cloth, tiny holes left to breathe, regards to the moth. Cobwebs and spiders, Infest the house that they own, Together forever, Yet forever alone. 

What can we do about Britney?

 by Susan Moore On September 12th, Britney Spears posted a naked picture with her back facing the camera. Her backside is covered with a heart emoji, and the caption has since been deleted. To say that there is a variety of comments would be an understatement. They range from “QUEEEENNNNN” to “please stop. Stop the photoshopping, stop the nudes, stop the drama. Unplug and find healing”. There is no question that Britney is well acquainted with controversy, from the scandalized responses to her music, to the media’s reaction to her public meltdown and everything in between. However, this time it’s different. On November 12th of 2021, Britney Spears’ 2008 conservatorship with her father, James Spears, was terminated. Her fans were overjoyed, the conditions of the conservatorship had deprived Britney of free will and deprived her of body autonomy. Fans wanted to see her thrive after the conservatorship was terminated. While some believe she is doing just that, some are troubled by the err

The Queen’s Wardrobe: Looking Back to Look Ahead

by Olive McCoy Photo: Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II has passed away after 70 years on the throne, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this passing June. Her clothing remained beyond reproach, with a recent article by Vogue stating that her clothing conveyed a message of "optimism, diplomacy, hope and stability". With an outpour of tributes from British designers such as Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, her Majesty’s    passing has unarguably shaken the fashion industry - impacting the current London Fashion Week through moments of remembrance during shows to all black dress codes.  How then, after seven decades under public scrutiny, did the Queen never look out of place, or her style appear dated? Photo: Getty Images The Queen's iconic style remained a staple of her public appearances; more so than other working royals, such as Kate whose style is only really touched upon when her stylist blunders. There was a certain formula to her flair; a boater-esque hat, brim

THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS: “IT ALL JUST FEELS LIKE IT’S DOWNHILL FROM HERE”

 by Emily Fletcher In 2022, the Office for National Statistics disclosed that domestic gas prices have increased by 96% and domestic electricity prices by 54%. As well, 89% of adults in Great Britain reported an increase in their cost of living. There is an inevitable feeling of anxiety and fear felt by everyone. In spite of the crisis affecting everyone, Gen-Z is particularly affected as they confront inflation for the first time. The RSA revealed that almost half (47%) of young people are unable or just about managing to make ends meet each month, or have an income that constantly varies significantly. Young people are also more vulnerable to this ‘financially precarious’ group as they get older, with 57% of 22-24-year-olds in an uncertain financial situation, compared to 38% of 16-18-year-olds and 48% of 19-21-year-olds.  Glassdoor research later revealed that 21% of 18 to 24-year-olds are worried about finding a job that supports the cost of living. Darling reached out to people wh

Kourtney Kardashian’s BooHoo Collection: Sustainable or Obvious Greenwashing?

 by Emily McIntyre Kourtney Kardashian has recently created a clothing collection alongside being announced as a ‘sustainability ambassador’ in collaboration with BooHoo, a fast fashion company notorious for the rate at which they produce new garments and underpay their workers. These are both issues which the brand steers clear of addressing. Alongside Misguided, BooHoo, in 2019, was also named one of the least sustainable fashion brands in the UK, in a report published by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). Photograph: Daniella Midenge/BooHoo The first of Kardashian’s two collections will include 45 pieces, with most made from recycled materials including polyester and cotton, dropping September 13th. As well as this, it is said to be featuring two vintage biker jackets and pre-loved band tees, including a nod to husband, Travis Barker, through a Blink 182 - pushing BooHoo into the vintage market for the first time. Per a press release, it’s said Kourtney will be “delivering two

I’m thinking about taking up a lot of space.

by Lauren Pirie-Scott I’m thinking about taking up a lot of space. I should add a few sentences to my rambling,  Maybe I’ll say the same thing over and over with the words muddled a different way, just incase.  I could take long pauses to hold their attention, and they’ll hang on to every word,  I can tell them all those things that I know, the things they’ve already heard.  I daydream of days where I’ll state a true fact, And don’t hear immediate scrambling for Google,  Of days when I’ll talk loudly and hugely, and every decibel will have its impact.  But, for now, all I can do is keep thinking and thinking Of how to take up more and more space Because it would surely make them sweat in their sticky hot see through houses, to see my loud lovely mouth, pressed against the glass.   

Barbie Ferreira Makes Her Exit From HBO's Hit Show, Euphoria

 by Ana Hernandez On August 24th, six months after the season 2 finale, Barbie Ferreira announced her exit from HBO hit show, euphoria. This means she will not be returning to film the show’s third season. The actress also wrote a heartfelt goodbye to one of the show’s most complex characters, Kat Hernandez. “after four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character kat, I'm having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye," she says.  Kat Hernandez doesn’t fit the prolonged “fat girl trope” as her character aimed to break new barriers of complexity. In season 1, we see her undergo a metamorphosis after a traumatic sexual experience and see her reach an awakening consisting of promiscuity and a stylistic transformation. These changes allowed her to achieve a “fake it till you make it” level of confidence. But the controversial question remains, was Kat’s confidence genuinely authentic, or did it stem from male validation? That's a question even viewers can'

Liz Truss - Fiend or Foe?

 by Stella Blackman Our new Prime Minister’s nomination to Downing Street was poorly received by the LGBTQ+ community, and rightly so. This is largely due to her involvement with the Gender Recognition Act – but what does this mean for the UK trans community? The recent announcement of Liz Truss’ appointment to Number 10 was received with great dismay, and in some cases, even fear by the LGBTQ+ community. Time and again, the newly appointed PM’s actions have been described as failures not just in allyship, but leadership as a whole. Her curt ‘No’ in response to the question “are transgender women real women”, is a clip currently inundating most social media platforms. This excerpt, taken from a leadership husting in Cardiff, shows Liz making her belief that “a woman is a woman” plain, alongside the aforementioned claim. This is just one example of Truss revealing herself to be someone lacking support towards the transgender community. So, let’s explore just one of the key moments in wh

More Than a Few Good Men

by Susan Moore It is no secret that the way masculinity is perceived is changing. Men worldwide are discovering that being a man can look however they want it to look and that the rigidness of masculinity does not have to hold them back any longer. But while men like Harry Styles, Conan Grey, and Lil Nas X step into the limelight, some men feel alienated by this new wave of self-expression. This alienation can turn into insecurity, which can turn into bitterness, which can turn into blatant resentment. Misogynist celebrities have seen this shift and feed off of it, giving vulnerable young men dangerous ideas. However, just because manhood has a troubled past doesn’t mean that a more traditional approach to manhood is always unhealthy. One can present themselves in such a way without feeding into negative stereotypes. Many good role models demonstrate that one can be classically masculine, people just have to care enough to look. Andrew Callaghan of Channel Five News (formerly hosted Al