Tags : america

What it’s Like Being a Swing State Voter Abroad

In a normal presidential debate (ie. one prior to the 2016 election cycle), if the words “Would you shut up, man?” were uttered by a candidate on the debate stage, it would have been the soundbite of the night and would likely have grave consequences for said candidate. When former Vice President Joe Biden interjected […]Read More

Does the Internal Market Bill signal UK support for Trump?

Last week, I watched President Bill Clinton’s speech in Londonderry in 1995 for the first time. In 2020, the bittersweet words of Clinton and John Hume, words of peace, unity, and shared humanity, seemed to come from another planet. It is nauseating that Boris Johnson’s government has chosen to endanger this hard won peace for […]Read More

Theatre Review: Hamilton // Disney+

The Disney+ streamed version of Hamilton is a product of multiple eras in many respects. The breeches, dresses and bayonets belong to 1776- Alexander Hamilton arrives in New York as a “bastard, immigrant, son of a whore”. But this particular production of Hamilton also belongs to the New York of 2016; it was filmed in […]Read More

Censorship and Fascism: The Rise of the Far-Right

It seems to be a universal truth that one of the most difficult concepts for any young teenager to grasp from secondary school history is how Adolf Hitler was able to rise to power. I was baffled during Year 9 history when we found out that Hitler, who as far as any of us were […]Read More

The Murder of George Floyd & How to be an

The murder of George Floyd has rocked America. The 46-year-old unarmed black man died in police custody, as a white officer handcuffed and kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, despite saying that he could not breathe. The initial issue arose when a grocery store clerk thought he cashed in a fake $20 bill. However, […]Read More

Throwback Thursday: In The Morning // Razorlight

Indie rockers Razorlight might have scored their No. 1 with the single ‘America’ but our favourite song is ‘In The Morning’. The guitar licks have a distinct 2006 quality to them, and it’s the saccharine pop factor to the track which makes it impossible not to sing into your hairbrush as you’re getting ready, which […]Read More

Super Happy Fun America: The Myth of Straight Pride

This week, a Boston-based group, Super Happy Fun America, applied for a permit with the City of Boston to host a ‘Straight Pride Parade’, so named because, as the group believes, straight people are amongst an oppressed majority. In a world where they are subject to the politically-correct standards of the so-called gay agenda in […]Read More

Review: Granta Magazine

Around this time last year, I was writing a Christmas list and looking for something a bit more imaginative to put on it (something that gets harder with each year). I decided I would ask for a subscription to a renowned literary journal. As you do. Granta is a long standing and widely read literary […]Read More

Britain should celebrate itself, not ape its Atlantic friend

On a recent trip through Oxford, I gazed unwittingly upon a sight that perhaps speaks far more profoundly than it intends – a former pub with the golden arches logo of McDonalds hanging from its erstwhile sign. In a nation where everything American, from Super Tuesday to Black Friday, is obsessed over or imported, such […]Read More

America: Descriptive Democracy or Male Monarchy?

Want to become President of the USA? Well, if you’re a woman or your surname isn’t Clinton or Bush, the American dream may be an entirely impossible dream. In the wake of both Jeb Bush (son of 41st president and brother of 43rd president) and Hillary Clinton (wife of 42nd president) announcing their run for […]Read More

TV: UK vs US Part 3: The Inbetweeners and The

In the first two entries in this series, I talked about the American adaptations of The Office and House of Cards, and what has made them successful, while so many attempts at bringing shows across the Atlantic have utterly failed. These shows were able to find a unique and original voice while maintaining key elements […]Read More

We Need To Talk About Ferguson

I’m sat in bed and have been staring at a painfully blank page on Microsoft word for the best part of half an hour, knowing not what I want to write but just that I want to write something. I’m angry and tired and confused and upset and I have a whole load of reasons […]Read More