Album Artwork: Is it really that important?

By Alastair Bailey Phone screens, televisions, posters at the train station, cereal boxes, logos, the artwork on the front of an album; in twenty-first century life, we are bombarded with visual imagery. Designed to maximise an engagement the list of visual items we consume is endless. All of these pervade our daily lives. Yet, our…

Cyprus’s “golden” passport scheme awarding EU citizenship to wealthy fugitives

By Sacha Perera Earlier this week, two prominent Cypriot government officials resigned following the release of Al Jazeera’s The Cyprus Papers Uncovered, a documentary exposing a corrupt citizenship investment scheme which sold EU passports and protection to convicted criminals and fugitives from around the world. Between 2017 and 2019, over 2,300 passports have been issued…

What the Book?! | Lockdown lessons: What we can learn from nature

By Robbie Sweeten In Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens has carefully crafted a story for the ages. As readers, we bear witness and learn lessons from Kya Clark’s journey through loss, love, and a murder trial. After being abandoned by her family, Kya Clark is forced to mature immersed within nature in the marshes…

Golden Dawn leaders found guilty of running criminal organisation

By Sacha Perera On Wednesday afternoon this week, an Athenian court found Golden Dawn, a far-right, neo-fascist political group, guilty of running a criminal organisation. The verdict concludes a five-and-a-half-year long trial against 68 members who, including the entirety of the entity’s leadership, are accused of four crimes and face sentences between five and fifteen…

In Frame | The Reno, guerrilla gardening and cherry blossom

By Elias Mendel ‘The white man is worth more and therefore he has more’ – in conversation with Linda Brogan Elias Mendel begins our brand-new series In Frame, articles dedicated to hearing artists’ voices, revealing what is behind the canvas. Mendel interviews the artist Linda Brogan and what began as a brief discussion of their exhibit about the…

Poetry | A Fungal Disease of the Roots by Lucy Johnson

Root rot is a fungal disease that manifests in over-watered plants. It is treated by cutting affected roots and repotting in clean soil. my fingernails have dirt under them from repotting my peace lily, gently teasing its twisted roots, mixing up a well-draining soil and giving it some space to grow. I placed it back…

Candid Orange Mix Series | CONE

In our next instalment of the Candid Orange Mix Series, CONE, a member of Manchester-based electronic music collective Great Danes, brings us a mix of tunes ranging from IDM, UKG, Hard Drum, Bass Music, Breaks, Electro and various Left-field sounds. Track list  Yre Den – silk evade  Two Shell – Missing in Action Afro B…

‘Des’ | A Focus on the Victims, not the Killer

By Isobel Warner ITV’s latest drama Des successfully tells the victims’ stories, whilst simultaneously avoiding the glamorisation of a serial killer and his crimes.  “True Crime” as a genre of entertainment has skyrocketed in the past five years. With hugely successful Netflix documentaries such as Making A Murderer putting the genre on the map, there seems to be an…

Is J.K. Rowling’s latest book transphobic?

By Megan Hill J.K. Rowling recently released the fifth book in the ‘Strike’ series, Troubled blood under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A fitting name for a novel with an indeed troubling message. The Telegraph first summarised the overriding moral of the book as “never trust a man in a dress.” Pair this sentiment with raging…