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Should Museums be Places for Political Dialogue?

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Museums are social hubs. Often, they are filled with people hoping to gain an insight into centuries worth of history and scientific development. To see what they can discover by gawping at the eclectic mix of stuffed animals snuggled next to local archaeological finds. However, despite the quaint perceptions of museums, museums have the potential …

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Helen Recognizing Telemachus, Son of Odysseus

Biblical events and Western classics, such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, narrate many stories that have been continually retold and reinterpreted throughout the centuries. From full blown discourses to the subtlest of references, these stories can be found in novels, plays, and all types of visual art, such as ancient Greek mythology paintings and …

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Setting the Standards High in Life: are we Idealists?

Social media’s influence on our ideals As we have been in lockdown, the amount of people on social media has grown to 490 million users over the past 12 months. Social media is often viewed as a way to escape reality, maintain friendships and entertain us. However, has it influenced us with an idealistic view on how …

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Why Would Anyone Want to Die? An Understanding to Assisted Suicide

Different values and different morals come from different people. Whilst some believe in the sanctity of life and that death is a natural process, others may believe in their autonomy to control their life and death, with dignity. A method of enabling such dignity in death is through assisted suicide.  Here is an informative guide …

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A slight of hand – Has Macron simply replaced one institution for another?

As of April 2021, the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) dubbed ‘the Strasbourg-based finishing school for top civil servants’  will close and instead be replaced by the new Institute of Public Service (IPS). This change comes from President Emmanuel Macron, who attended ENA himself. Along with the two prime ministers he appointed. So, on the surface …

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Taking the World by Storm: K-pop’s Growing Influence and Success Within the Music Industry

Let’s talk K-pop K-pop is the genre that is capturing the world by storm, creating a global phenomenon by influencing many around the world and dominating global music charts like Billboard’s Hot 100. But what is K-pop? K-pop is a popular genre originating from South Korea, given the shorter version of the name Korean pop. Having …

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‘Golden City of Luxor’ – An Exciting new Egyptian Find has been Unearthed

Historians and archaeologists alike are excited. The finds near the Valley of Kings in Luxor including the remains of various homes, streets, and bakeries are so extensive that it could take a full decade to excavate. Besty Byran, a professor of Egyptian art and archelogy at John Hopkins University, said that the find was the …

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The Tragedy of Andromache

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Following on from our previous article, ‘Mythology in a contemporary age’, let’s continue exploring art and mythology as it allows us to appreciate previous civilisations and its influence on contemporary society. This piece will appreciate Franz Matsch’s oil painting ‘The Triumph of Achilles’ and Frederic Leighton’s oil painting ‘Captive Andromache’ which focuses on the literature and …

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