Christmas returns to University of Leicester with two days of festive activities on campus.
Jessie Mearns explores the 2021 re-release of Taylor Swift’s 2012 pop classic album, Red.
by Auden Chamberlain It is difficult to find any piece of work since 1965 in the science-fiction genre that does not bear a debt to Frank Herbert’s seminal novel Dune. Perhaps the most notable example would be the desert landscapes and “spice mines” of Star Wars (1977), but clear influence can be felt almost anywhere – from Fallout to Game of Thrones. It’s perhaps that legendary status that means Dune has been such a difficult nut for Hollywood to crack, despite its obvious popularity. How do you make something fresh that’s been aped countless times in countless ways? Attempts have been made previously: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s infamously fell apart, leaving a young and precocious David Lynch to pick up the pieces. His effort, released in 1984, came together in such a way that Lynch wanted to remove his name from the credits, and is something he considers a “huge, gigantic sadness in [his] life”. An admittedly terrible adaptation of the book (and one that Lynch contends he had no creative control over), it is still an …
Written by Auden Chamberlain It feels almost impossible to imagine the backlash Daniel Craig’s casting as James Bond received thanks to his blue eyes and blond hair, for these very features now feel almost intrinsically linked to the character. Craig’s Bond feels less like an incarnation to be replaced as his predecessors and more like his own distinct character. From his origin in 2006’s Casino Royale, we followed him through a set of interweaving plots over 15 years before reaching the grand conclusion: No Time To Die. Whereas previous Bond’s would simply go on a self-contained mission, this era was perhaps modernised by the connections each entry would have to the previous, and whilst it was this very method that helped make Craig’s Bond the cinematic icon he is, it also fills the series with a layer of convolution. It doesn’t feel unfair to say that No Time To Die was left with the burden that is its predecessor: Spectre. A dull, joyless drag that commits the ultimate sin of sequel: rendering what came before …
This Halloween, Doctor Who returned to our screens with its new series, simply titled ‘Flux’. The ambitious return introduced fans and casual viewers alike to new, as well as familiar faces – such as Weeping Angels and Sontarans. However, this author poses the question, how predictable will it be?
Escape Artist is an original poem by Laura Lees.
Female manipulator narratives have been a frequently visited theme within film for decades, from Kill Bill to Gone Girl and Fatal Attraction. We love to see a woman take power and set things right in the world, and Promising Young Woman will undoubtedly become the next classic within this genre.
May 2021 is Local and Community History Month across the UK. Explore the University of Leicester’s rich and diverse history in relation to it’s wartime origins.
Music, much like all art, has long romanticised toxic relationships, but in recent years it’s possibly been taken too far.
We’ve been Bimini Bon Burgled. Last week saw the conclusion of ten weeks of joy, fashion and stupidity that has shone a light within the misery of the third lockdown. SPOILERS AHEAD
Original poetry by Laura Lees
Original poetry by Laura Lees
Georgia Hilton-Buckley dives into Lana Del Rey’s latest release, Chemtrails over the Country Club.
This week’s editon of the Let’s Explore Leicester series focuses on the best coffee choices in Leicester, recommended by Julia Goralska.
A look back on the 2021 Six Nations after Wales were crowned Champions last month.
Written by Luke Bailey I want to go for a drive. But I can’t, I don’t own a car. I want to sit behind the wheel and blast my way down a motorway. In any direction so long as it’s away. But I can’t, there’s a pandemic raging. I want to lose myself to the music blaring out of tinny car speakers, as I leave everything behind me. But I can’t. I could just get up, right now as I write this, and go. I could disappear off the face of the earth for a week. Or more. But I can’t. My housemate would worry. I can’t just disappear. I wish I could drive as far as possible, and then still keep going. Driving until I am hidden in the midst of the Scottish Highlands. I would be untraceable, uncontactable. I would be free. Just a few days without the constant pressure pushing me back down. But I can’t. I could immerse myself in books and music and the beauty of the wilderness. I could walk among the trees and the …
With just two weeks to go, read our comprehensive list of City and Clarendon Park hospitality businesses opening on April 12th and beyond.
Gender based Violence is a global issue, a national issue, a local issue and perhaps a personal issue to too many of us here today.
One of the most incredible opportunities offered to students is the chance to Study Abroad.
What is Parkour and why should it be on your bucket list of sports to try?
The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre has seen the Coronavirus pandemic impact its culture and finances.
Studying in the middle of a global pandemic is challenging for any student, but for those living in Nixon Court, there are more challenges than they signed up for.
When people are healthy, life is taken for granted. But for some, the illness is with them forever.
The half-second of weightless floating before you plummet. – A poem on Sunday.
The Case of the Texas Power Crisis demonstrates the potential of Climate Change to expose and exploit the weaknesses of the broken Western economic system.
The Tacit Colonising of Critical Cuts at the University of Leicester
Stressed, exasperated, and unmotivated. Three words which describe the emotions of final year students at present.
Meditation is not an end goal; it is about being present.
Written by Max Ashforth Petitions arise over defunding to the pure mathematics department at the University of Leicester. Freddie Mansfield, a third-year student, and Hannah Amliwala, a second-year student, recently started a student-led petition, that has gained 87 signatures, as of 4 March. This petition was set up in response to one set up by staff, which has been signed by over 1,000 people. The recent announcement has not been supported by all students, as Freddie stated: “I can’t see any positives about how the changes would benefit maths students.” The changes set out by University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, include the redundancies of 12 pure mathematics lecturers. These redundancies would be followed by the appointment of three teaching roles. Currently, staff split their time between teaching and researching the subject, however the plan is for this to be reduced to just teaching roles. It is feared that reducing the number of staff in the department would deter prospective students from applying to the university. The long-term impact and knock-on effects, which would …
AnneMarie Deeb is campaigning for the position of Education Officer to come up with policies that actually represent students