Tags : Covid

‘Dancing On Ice’ Cancelled After Being Hit By COVID And

Dancing On Ice is to be cancelled this weekend, due to a combination of injuries and positive COVID tests that have forced four contestants to withdraw from the competition. The decision taken by ITV to pause the show comes after Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant and his professional skating partner Vanessa Bauer both tested positive for […]Read More

Life During Wartime: How Do Filmmakers Respond To Crisis?

With COVID making appearances in our fictional filmscapes, when is it ‘too soon’ for filmmakers to respond to a crisis? “Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the Plague.” The viral ‘motivational’ post circulated recently on my lockdown stomping-grounds, LinkedIn and Twitter, in an apparent attempt to spark inspiration or productivity while we were all pulling our […]Read More

Do We Really Want To Watch COVID On Our TV

Whether it’s on or off-screen, the COVID-19 pandemic is being depicted in a number of ways. Before television shows started incorporating the pandemic, our only view was through the news.  With increased screen time, viewing habits have shown a split between escapism and information. It’s this need for trusted sources that’s meant public service broadcasters […]Read More

If Winona Thought ‘Reality Bites’ in 1994, She Should Try

Reality Bites kicks off with the queries most students have as they face the cliff-drop of graduation and real adulthood- “But the question remains” starts valedictorian Lelaina Pierce, played by 90s it-girl and Queen of Grunge, Winona Ryder, “what are we going to do now? How can we repair all the damage we inherited? Fellow graduates, […]Read More

Interview: Forgetting the Future

Forgetting the Future are an indie rock band from a town called Thurso in northern Scotland. The outfit consists of singer/songwriter Robbie McNicol, guitarist Jamie Mackay, bassist Max Paul and drummer Connor Wilson. They formed in 2014 when they were around fourteen; creating music together for that long and from such a young age has […]Read More

London Theatres Prepare To Open Doors, Whilst Other Cities Suffer

New Coronavirus regulations in England mean that London theatres will be allowed to reopen, while many other areas must keep their doors closed. The capital has been categorised a Tier 2 area, meaning indoor entertainment venues can reopen from 2ndDecember. However, cities like Manchester and Birmingham will face harsher restrictions as part of Tier 3. This […]Read More

The Class of Covid 2020

‘Oh, the virus is spreading because of the students, it’s all their fault’. It’s all well and good putting the blame on students and slandering their actions, but has anyone actually stopped to think about how it feels to be one of these ‘hooligans’ during this pandemic? We’re nearing the end of 2020, and it […]Read More

Virtual Speed Dating: The Future For Singles?

I sit in bed, tinnie in hand, eagerly awaiting the handsome eligible bachelors that would soon be popping up on my screen. I’m not wearing my usual date attire, favouring holey Christmas pyjama bottoms from 2008 over jeans and a nice top. To be honest, I feel very content. No constraints of uncomfortable shoes; just […]Read More

Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Causes Controversy

On Monday 12th October, The Arts Council of England released their first round of grants from the Culture Recovery Fund. 1,385 cinemas, theatres, concert halls and museums have received funding of up to £1 million to support local artists and employees, with a total of 257 million being distributed across UK venues. More announcements regarding […]Read More

Hancock Scrapping PHE is Cowardly, But it Might Just Save

The government’s scrapping of Public Health England (PHE) and its plans to establish the New Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) in its wake, has been a prime example of how politics and public health can corrupt one another when intertwined. Moreover, the appointment of the interim head of the NIHP, Baroness Dido Harding, has yet […]Read More

Don’t Let COVID-19 Make Our Society Any Less Compassionate

On February 15 this year, Caroline Flack of Love Island fame was reported to have committed suicide. Just under a month later, on March 11, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. In the wake of both events, we were given a simple message: be kind. Don’t say anything […]Read More