The Life and Times of A Self-Important English Student

Three weeks ago today I moved into University, with a bunch of pre-conceived ideas about what studying and living in Oxford would be like. I’m currently bundled up in bed – my throat is hoarse and my eyes have glazed over, as I’ve read far too many essays about Charles Dickens for one evening. So…

Track of the Week: Joey Says We Got It // The Orielles

Opening with a chilled out melody which is reminiscent of Beach Fossils, The Orielles’ surf pop track ‘Joey Says We Got It’ is a nice gentle way to ease yourself into a new week. A welcome change in a genre which is often dominated by male frontmen, Esme Dee Hand-Halford’s vocal gives the track a…

“A lot of our understanding is mediated through metaphor.” [Knowles & Moon] How does Henry Vaughan use allegory and metaphor to shape the reader’s understanding of ‘They Are All Gone into the World of Light!’?

Henry Vaughan’s poem ‘They Are All Gone into the World of Light!’ emerged in an innately religious age. From the early references to ‘heavens above’ and ‘angels in some brighter dreams’ to the prayer-like stanzas which conclude the poem, there is no doubt that Vaughan’s poem is a highly spiritual piece of literature. It can…

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Anyone familiar with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘A Scarlet Letter’ will be familiar with the story of Hester Prynne, a married woman who commits adultery in Puritan Boston and ends up pregnant with the pastor’s child. To recompense for her sin, she is forced by the community to wear a scarlet ‘A’ on her clothes as a…

Track of the Week: Stepping Stone // Hankks

Opening with a driving drumbeat, before slick and catchy chords intertwine, ‘Stepping Stone’ by Birmingham based band, Hankks is a sure fire way to shake yourself into action if you’ve got a case of the Monday blues. Hailing from a city which has seen an abundance of talented indie groups emerge in recent years (Peace,…

To what extent were the personal weaknesses of the monarchs responsible for the failure of absolutist rule in France in the years 1715 – 1815?

The personal weaknesses of the monarchs were overwhelmingly responsible for the failure of absolutist rule in France in the years 1715 – 1815. From Orleans’ mere partial ratification of Unigenitus suggesting that the monarchs were subject to the whims of the Paris Parlement, to Louis XVI’s abandonment of the Bourbon polity because he “wished to…

One Last Hurdle

It’s currently 1:12am. My mind is racing and although I got into bed two hours ago, my brain isn’t showing signs of switching off any time soon. So, I’ve risen restlessly from my bed to sit in front of a keyboard, my fingers exerting themselves on the keys, in the desperate hope that I will…

Track of the Week: Take Me Away // KIINGS

What better way to start you week than with a potential new favourite band? Recently featured on BBC Radio 1 by Huw Stephens, the winners of an unsigned competition by Q Magazine and having recently supported Rae Morris on tour, an apt adjective to describeKIINGS seems to be ‘busy’. Such a level of hard work certainly seems…

Track of the Week: Fast Food // D.I.D

Dog Is Dead. Remember them? They seemed primed to take the music world by a storm back in 2012 with their release All Our Favourite Stories: infectiously catchy pop hooks coupled with frontman Robert Milton’s distinctive vocal made for choruses that were perfect for shouting back to the band at festivals. They gave mumbling and…

Track of the Week: Scarlet Cardigan // Ded Rabit

Eugene, Fergus, Eoin and Donal Gaine aren’t your average family; hailing from Edinburgh this band of brothers makes up the alternative/indie rock group, Ded Rabbit. Although spelling is clearly not their forte, making unapologetically catchy music definitely is. ‘Scarlet Cardigan’ is a peppy entity from start to finish, perfect for shaking you into action as…

Track of the Week: As Deep As Love // Daniel Pearson

‘As Deep As Love’ is taken from acclaimed indie troubadour Daniel Pearson’s upcoming album, Alone Together, set for release on 21st August. There’s something reminiscent of U2 in Pearson’s vocal: “like raindrops on a wire / words on your tongue / nothing cuts as deep as love”. Beautiful lyrics in abundance, this track boasts a…

Track of the Week: Take It Back // Gold Jacks

Gold Jacks, an alternative/rock four-piece from Manchester, are shrouded in a cloak of mystery; their website sets up the conspiracy that it’s no coincidence that Zayn Malik quit One Direction days after they dropped their debut single ‘One Kinda Woman’. And, with one intention and one intention only – to resuscitate the still-twitching corpse of…