• Ultimate Displays of Romance in Film and TV

    Love in movies and TV shows pave the way for the idealisation of romantic gestures, making it more and more difficult for people to live up to these standards. Here are a few that made Santhana Kanapathippillai fall in love with the characters and crave excitement and glamour in...
  • The Best Movie Meet-Cutes

    Elliana Murillo *Warning some points may include spoilers* A ‘meet cute’ is the first meeting between two characters that go on to develop a relationship, often a romantic one. It is usually witnessed in romantic comedy movies (rom-coms). For our February theme of ‘flirtation’, Elliana explores some of the...
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    What Is Love, Scientifically Speaking?

    Megan Cuerden Love: an intense feeling of deep affection. We’ve all felt it; requited, unrequited, the first time you saw Harry Styles on X-Factor and never looked back. Love, like all emotions, can be stripped back right to the root cause: chemicals. Scientists generally split love into three emotions:...
  • From Stalking to Unrealistic Ideals of Beauty: The Toxicity of Rom-Coms

    Cora-Laine Moynihan Romantic comedies have been an age-old cure for broken and yearning hearts, setting the standard for love across the world.  That’s something you will never hear anyone say. While rom-coms are occasionally used by broken-hearted and lonely singles to escape into these stories of laughter and romance...
  • Searching For Mr Darcy: Rom Com Confessions From A Feminist.

    Daisy explores how the women in film and fiction have shaped her attitude towards relationships and being single. ...
  • The History of Valentine’s Day

    It can seem like February 14th is a day when love and romance are capitalised on and red and pink hearts are absolutely everywhere, but Valentine’s Day has a much more storied history than you might think. The roots of this annual celebration are a little unclear, but most...
  • Creative Corner – ‘Sonnet’ Showcase

    As it’s February we thought we’d go a bit old school this month and make the theme ‘sonnets’ in time for Valentine’s day. The theme is used in the loosest sense of the word with our poems either using the common form of the sonnet and others the focus...