• The Beard Rants: Piers Morgan

    Piers Morgan, a man who oversaw the continued phone hacking of numerous people, is not some champion of the people or the voice of the voiceless. ...
  • The Beard Rants: Did All We Could

    The UK has now recorded over 115,000 deaths from Covid-19 with the number set to rise. As we sadly hurtle past this grim and terrible milestone Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the audacity to look us all in the eye, mumble a sorry and say that his government did...
  • Feminist Criticism In Games: Thank You, Anita Sarkeesian

    Emily Ash Emily celebrates the positive impact feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian has had on her life. A lot of negativity has been published about Anita Sarkeesian’s video essay series Tropes vs Women in Video Games (TvW); there was negativity at the time, and there’s still negativity now. So,...
  • Hallelujah, Coronavirus Is Over! Well, According To Social Media, Anyway

    With the gradual easing of restrictions and lack of daily briefings, it’s easier to fall into the trap of letting social distancing slide because you don’t really know what the rules are anymore. This reasoning is something I can totally empathise with, only two households can mix indoors (at...
  • How Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ Writes Strong Independent Women

    I recently finished Season 3 of Netflix’s acclaimed show Ozark, fronted and often directed by the immensely talented Jason Bateman. Bateman plays the relentlessly efficient Marty Byrde, prime money launderer for the second-biggest drug cartel in Mexico. A betrayal and some dead bodies later, Marty finds himself rushing the...
  • 20 Years of The Sims – Why Do We Love it So?

    Phoebe reflects on our 20 year love affair with Simulated mayhem Forget your millennium-born friends, the game that stole so many hours from your childhood turns 20 this year. Believe it or not (delco webney, for those fluent in Simlish) the virtual simulation series hits two decades on the...
  • Does NHS Privatisation Work?

    The words NHS and privatisation, coupled together, were hot press in 2019. However, the reality behind what privatisation really entails, and the differences it will make, were often forgotten. Talk of a future trade deal with America 'selling the NHS' was misleading and left much of the electorate in...