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Going green on a budget Cycling
I don’t know about you, but I get the uncomfortable feeling that ‘going green’ is only achievable if you’re privileged enough to be able to afford it.  Maybe as a middle class, university-educated woman, I tick some of the boxes. But I also have a stomach-churning amount of student debt and am attempting to pave...
10 things I’d like to tell my 18 year-old self about careers
The education system is fairly straight forward. You are ushered through each school or university year as though you are on a conveyor belt, not really having to think about where you’ll end up next. So, when you’re spat out at the end of it all, it can feel a little bewildering. You're faced with...
5 things I learnt after university
The year after graduating from university is undoubtedly a strange one. Sure, you’ve got your degree, but it’s hard not to be a little disheartened when you’re back at your Mum and Dad’s house in a 9-5 job and the 8,000-word epic you poured your whole life into for a solid year is tucked away...
“Our greatest threat in thousands of years”: David Attenborough tells it how it is Climate change - the facts
This time last year I was writing my undergraduate English Literature dissertation on how the atmospheres in French absurdist theatre in the mid-twentieth-century demonstrated an increased awareness of the invisible climate around us. Today, in 2019, we are becoming increasingly aware of this climate, as it continues to warm at a rate far “worse than...
Why I’m raising a glass to the return of the pretty average temperatures England spring
I enjoy a pint in the sun and a stroll without a coat on as much as the next person. I agree that it’s pretty much obligatory to document the above on Instagram for all to see. Yes, 21 degrees Celsius is practically tropical, and it’s flipping amazing that England was hotter than Barcelona for...
What are you listening to: Podcasts for life Podcasts
Podcasts are like friends. We all need that one who whips us into shape and tells us to get a grip when we’re having a meltdown, but we also need the one who just listens, nods and hands over the spoon for the ice cream. Much in the same vein, we need different podcasts for...
How to spend 48 Hours in Berlin Berlin graffiti at the East side gallery, Harriet Clifford, Kettle Mag
Whether you’re planning a romantic city-break or an interrailing trip around Europe, Berlin, a city fit to burst with history and culture, has got to make its way onto your shortlist.  Having spent about 48 hours there myself a few summers ago, I’ve got plenty of ideas to suit a whole range of different interests...
When the forbidden is aloud Harriet Clifford, KettleMag, London Literature Festival Poster
Don’t worry, that’s not a painfully stupid spelling mistake.  It’s actually referring to the dramatized reading of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 that took place as part of the London Literature Festival 2014.  The event, running from 30th September to 13th October, was held at the Southbank Centre; a perfectly vibrant setting, with plenty of great...
‘Terror and Wonder’ Exhibition at the British Library
Whether you’re an English student, a hard-core Goth, or just a bit of a book nerd, the British Library’s most recent exhibition is a must-see.  Inspired by the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s iconic Castle of Otranto, famously subtitled ‘A Gothic Story’, the exhibition follows the genre through history, spanning from Shakespeare to The Twilight...
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When I visited the National Portrait Gallery last week and immediately found myself in front of a headshot of Kate Middleton, I couldn’t help but think: “Lov When I visited the National Portrait Gallery last week and immediately found myself in front of a headshot of Kate Middleton, I couldn’t help but think: “Lovely, now...
An opinion on Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
One hundred and ninety-six years ago, on 30th July 1818, the fifth (and penultimate) Brontë sister was born. One hundred and ninety-six years ago, on 30th July 1818, the fifth (and penultimate) Brontë sister was born. Coincidently, this was also the year in which Mary Shelley’s influential Frankenstein was published. Twenty-nine years later, Emily Brontë...
Faith Under Fire: Christian persecution globally
Whether we’re religious or not, most of us take it for granted that we’re allowed to believe whatever we want to believe. Whether we’re religious or not, most of us take it for granted that we’re allowed to believe whatever we want to believe. Perhaps those of us who are open about our faith (or...
Great performances at athletics championships
This year’s event, at which the best of Britain’s athletes met to fight for the hotly contested title of British Champion, was held over the final weekend of June at Birmingham’s This year’s event, at which the best of Britain’s athletes met to fight for the hotly contested title of British Champion, was held over...
Could you re-sit and pass your A-Level exams?
According to a recent study by the University of East Anglia, by the first week of university, freshers will have forgotten the ‘basic concepts’ of their A-Level syllabus. According to a recent study by the University of East Anglia, by the first week of university, freshers will have forgotten the ‘basic concepts’ of their A-Level...
The Original Trojan Horse and a school takeover
So you’d probably have to have been living under a rock (or else just snowed-under with revision) not to have heard about the attempted Islamist takeover of a number of schools in Birmingham. So you’d probably have to have been living under a rock (or else just snowed-under with revision) not to have heard about...
Does social media really fuel eating disorders?
Deleting my Instagram account is one of the best things I’ve done so far in my ongoing recovery from anorexia.   I ask myself every day whether I&rsquo Deleting my Instagram account is one of the best things I’ve done so far in my ongoing recovery from anorexia.   I ask myself every day whether...
Babies before university? No thanks Kirstie
As a self-proclaimed “passionate feminist,” you might think that Kirstie Allsopp would be all for encouraging the next generation of girls to aspire for academic excellence and strive f As a self-proclaimed “passionate feminist,” you might think that Kirstie Allsopp would be all for encouraging the next generation of girls to aspire for academic excellence...
Are You a Victim of The Conveyor Belt Syndrome?
A Good School + Hard Work = Good Grades = University = A Good Job + A Good Life. It’s a simple equation, right? A Good School + Hard Work = Good Grades = University = A Good Job + A Good Life. It’s a simple equation, right? Wrong. I don’t think I’ll ever be able...