Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

I was blown away by the new Michael Kiwanuka album. He was an artist whose name I had come across before, but I had only heard one or two songs from his first album. Below is my review of Love & Hate for Impact magazine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0YN1V1aKJI   The London-based soul songster is back with a mature follow-up … Continue reading Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Song of the Year 2015

Impact Nottingham, my university's magazine, made a playlist of the best songs of 2015. My contribution was Alabama Shakes' Gimme All Your Love, off their second album Sound & Color, which incidentally is my album of the year too. Below is my write-up of the track. You can see the full playlist here, and listen to the … Continue reading Song of the Year 2015

Why Feminism Needs Men, and Why Men Need Feminism

I originally wrote this piece for my university magazine having been to an inspiring talk as part of the He For She #GetFree tour and subsequent follow-up meetings as part of the University of Nottingham's new gender equality campaign. Here is an edited version of that article. The idea that feminism is solely a women’s … Continue reading Why Feminism Needs Men, and Why Men Need Feminism

Six Reasons Why Tipping Should Be Banned

Tipping had been on my mind for a while over the summer. I'd just spent a year in France before going on holiday to the USA, and one of the biggest differences I noticed was tipping culture. I went from a country where the most you would tip is a few coins in a restaurant, to … Continue reading Six Reasons Why Tipping Should Be Banned

Film Review: Amy

The fact that you know how the story will end gives Amy a sense of foreboding which only amplifies as the documentary develops. Entirely told through the use of existing footage – much of it previously unseen – and interviews with the most important people surrounding Amy Winehouse during her 27 years, director Asif Kapadia … Continue reading Film Review: Amy

Debate: Emancipating Or Embarrassing – Is The Protesting Of The Rich And Famous Helpful In Achieving Social Equality?

In light of celebrities such as Russell Brand attending an anti-austerity demonstration in London, the question was asked whether figures such as himself were helpful in the fight for equality. In this debate, I argued that they were. The opposing side is also below. This was originally published on the 7th July 2015 on the Impact website, … Continue reading Debate: Emancipating Or Embarrassing – Is The Protesting Of The Rich And Famous Helpful In Achieving Social Equality?

Why Labour’s Promised Fee Cut Is Not As Good For Students As It Sounds

This article was in response to the pre-election pledge made by Labour to cut tuition fees by £3000. I argued that although university would become cheaper, the money should have been spent on student grants rather than going straight into university coffers. The piece was originally posted on 8 March 2015 on the Impact website, the … Continue reading Why Labour’s Promised Fee Cut Is Not As Good For Students As It Sounds