Tag : Eleanor Smith

The Contraceptive Pill: Are the Side Effects Really Worth It?

4 weeks ago / 0 comments

The pill is extremely common in society today. By 16, I, and many of my friends, were taking it, whether it be for contraception, to alleviate painful periods, or for dealing with acne. Due to its hormone balancing properties, the pill can offer many solutions to women. Yet, it does … Read More

An Expected End for NME

7 months ago / 0 comments

Iconic music magazine NME ended its print run last week, after sixty-six years of publication. The move came after the publication’s dwindling circulation numbers saw its shift from a paid title to free magazine in 2015. Yet, despite the magazine costing nothing to the consumer, its popularity did not improve, … Read More

The ‘Latte Levy’: A Small Price to Pay to Save our Planet

7 months ago / 0 comments

A charge, nicknamed the ‘latte levy’, is being trialled by Starbucks, that will see customers charged 5p for the use of a disposable takeaway cup. The charge is part of a plan to reduce the number of disposable takeaway cups that we use, currently estimated at 2.6 billion per year. … Read More

Frida Kahlo Fans United and Divided Over V&A’s Upcoming Exhibition

7 months ago / 0 comments

From the 6th June to the 4th November 2018 there will be an exhibition of some of Frida Kahlo’s personal artefacts and clothing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. After Kahlo’s death, her husband, Diego Rivera, locked many of her possessions in a bathroom at their home in … Read More

Policitising The Oscars: should celebrities be leading the way?

7 months ago / 0 comments

Following one of the most political Academy Awards ceremonies, and indeed awards seasons, in history, questions are being asked about whether we should be politicising award ceremonies and looking to celebrities to make statements about the political landscape. One of the movements at the forefront of the Oscars was the … Read More

Luay Abdul-Ilah – Divine Names Review

8 months ago / 0 comments

Luay Abdul-Ilah’s novel Divine Names is stylised as ‘a modern tale on the possibilities of being’. It is different from the types of works that usually grace our bookshelves because of its content, context, and the author’s style. The story is told by an omniscient narrator in four parts, revealing … Read More

The Millennial Railcard is a Poor Compromise for Millennials in Crisis

11 months ago / 0 comments

One of the measures announced in the 2017 Autumn Budget was the extension of the 16-25 railcard to now include those aged 26-30. This will affect up to 4.6 million people when it comes into effect in spring 2018. The measure, nicknamed ‘The Millennial Railcard’, appears, on the surface, like ... Read More

Libraries Are For Studying, Not For Snacking

11 months ago / 0 comments

At first thought, the introduction of snacks into the library may sound like a good thing. Many universities around the UK are more lax than Leeds about the consumption of food and drink. York, for instance, allows drinks and cold food, whereas our libraries limit us to bottled water only. … Read More

Tony Harrison at 80: A Celebration of One of Leeds’ Most Accomplished Poets

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Earlier this month, local poet Tony Harrison visited the university as part of the celebration of his life and works to mark his eightieth birthday. Harrison is considered one of the greatest poets writing in the UK today and is widely celebrated in Leeds having grown up and studied in … Read More

To Be Or Not To Be? That Is The Mystery

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Arts writer, Eleanor Smith, discusses the Shakespeare Authorial conspiracy theory and the playwright’s significance in today’s society. William Shakespeare is often regarded as Britain’s greatest playwright. Four centuries after the composition of his works, he is still celebrated on school curriculums, in television, film and theatre, and in everyday life. … Read More