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Month: December 2017

Why you should go skiing right now

I’m sitting by my grandmother’s fireplace in Crozet, a French village at the foot of the Mont Jura, basking in the success of the first ski day of the season. My nose is dripping, the back of my hair has a messy bump left by my bonnet, and my socks are damp. And yet, I feel wonderful. To me, the thought of inhaling the raw mountain air that hovers above the Alpes’ soul-purifying white canvas is enough incentive to ski. But perhaps for you, it’ll take more convincing. It’s alright, I get it. You’re finally done with your deadlines…

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Staying Healthy Over the Christmas Break

It can be really hard, heading home over the Christmas break, to keep in shape and not scoff the Quality Street. Christmas is a time of hibernation and food. Keeping warm in bed and eating as many mince pies as you can seems appealing, but can contribute to a sense of January lows once the fun is over. We have a few tips to make sure you can feel cosy while staying healthy. Firstly, ration what you’ll have. Partake in everything that you enjoy, but 2 Yorkshire puddings is always better than 3. Make sure you eat everything you…

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A love affair with MaccyD’s: Festive edition.

The fridge is open in front of me stock full of healthy vegetables, quick-and-easy ready meals, and enough cheese to sustain me for a lifetime. Why, then, do I have UberEats open on my phone as I add item after item from my local McDonald’s into my basket? The answer was right there in front of me. No, not in the fridge. At the forefront of my mind. It was a public service. I was to do it for the one true discipline. Journalism There’s a tracker beside me but I stare out the window nonetheless, knowing the position…

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Why should men read female writers?

The New Yorker has recently published Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian, which has within a week became a most talked about short story at least this year if not in a decade. The critics are not unanimous. What is most interesting that those in praise are mostly female and those who dislike it are mainly men… Cat Person is a story about a brief romance between Margot and Robert. They meet at an independent cinema where Margot works. After exchanging phone numbers, they begin a text-based relationship which I guess goes on for a month or two before their…

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Why you should be watching ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ this Christmas

A series that is brutally honest whilst being enjoyable and beautiful to watch, the show explores racial, political, sexist and artistic struggles in the life of young Black people living in Brooklyn. Nola Darling is an artist and a young independent black woman. She is creative, fun, intelligent, and most importantly: free. She loves the cinema, hanging out with her girlfriends, being a part of Brooklyn, painting and having sex with each of her three boyfriends. She loves not feeling guilty about it and does not allow anyone to judge her, yet life isn’t all sweet and dandy. As…

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