'Your dad works for my dad': testimonies from working-class students at Warwick.

Dreams manifest themselves simultaneously as the spyglass, map, and compass for the achievement of a future goal. Such is the strength of dreams that we are transformed into avid chasers, marching purposefully along the intangible trail we spied ahead of us. One particular trail sees thousands of young people descend upon university campuses every autumn. Not only an enclave of academic rigour, but also the setting of a steep cultural exchange; university is sold to prospective students as a ut
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SKKY Partners: Kim Kardashian's private equity bid

Reality TV star, celebrity influencer, fashion icon, billionaire, and business owner. Kim Kardashian certainly isn’t lacking in job titles. Nor, it would seem, in her ability to surprise. In 2019, for example, the celebrity announced that she would be pursuing a qualification in law via apprenticeship, and in 2021 she passed California’s ‘baby bar’ law exam. But considering that her late father, Robert Kardashian, was a lawyer (participating in OJ Simpson’s legal team for his high-profile murder
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Aesthetic wars: how maximalism defends against the monster of minimalism

Something is killing you. No, not in the same way your vaping habits are, nor in the same way your internet addiction is. I’m talking about how something is killing you. Your identity and your ability to express yourself. Has your panic-induced mind guessed it yet? No, probably not – after all why would anyone think that the most basic of interior design and fashion aesthetics would have any sort of detrimental effect upon oneself. But, it’s true, minimalism has been killing you. Fortunately, ma

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories, Defender of the Faith, has died aged 96. On Thursday 8 September 2022, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom ‘died peacefully at Balmoral,’ as her family gathered at the Scottish estate to be by her side. With devotion, courage, and the dependable compass of duty, Her Majesty maintained the lasting
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Dreams of Californication: the nightmarish reality of the Golden State

If there was ever going to be a poster child for the American Dream, it would be the state of California. In fact, the pin-up state has been so successful in its sales pitch that the American Dream has faded in favour of the Californian Dream. After all, who isn’t beckoned by the hazy Hollywood sun, rendering hope beyond imagination and driving psychedelic dreams of fortune and freedom? People, including myself, really do dream of Californication. The mid-20th century saw the Californian popula

Team England reveal 72-strong Commonwealth Games Athletics Squad

On 22 June, Team England announced its 72-strong England Athletics Team for the Commonwealth Games, which is taking place in Birmingham, and is set to kick off in just over a month’s time. The athletics squad will join the rest of Team England’s hopefuls to create a formidable squad of over 400 athletes. The team, which is being headlined by household names and athletics heavy-weights Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, is packed with star power. Joining these medal-winners, are bri
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Civil service pauses fast-track graduate scheme to cut numbers

The civil service is freezing its popular fast-track graduate scheme in 2023 to accommodate for job cuts within the civil service. This move, which is expected to last for at least one year, comes after the government revealed plans to reduce the size of the civil service to 2016 levels. This will involve the reduction of 91,000 staff – a cut to one in five jobs. The fast-track graduate scheme is considered to be the civil service’s ‘flagship’ programme, attracting some of Britain’s most tale

Integrity or self-preservation: Sunak and Javid’s resignation is not an act of heroism

“Women and children first!” they shouted aboard the Titanic when it began to sink. In Boris Johnson’s Cabinet, however, it is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and the Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, rushing for the lifeboats first. Yesterday, Tuesday 5 July 2022, Boris Johnson’s government was struck by yet more shockwaves as Cabinet heavyweights, Sunak and Javid, both resigned from government, with immediate effect. This follows from another turbulent week in Westminst

It’s Unlimited Love for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers latest record

The return of the fabled guitarist John Frusciante in 2019 was nothing short of modern-day rock ‘n’ roll folklore. Despite a somewhat tempestuous past with the band, having quit twice before, he truly is the heart of the band and the pioneer of their distinct, signature sound and stratospheric success. With the prodigal son returning home once more, to say fans had high expectations for the Peppers’ twelfth studio album would be an understatement. This task, which would be daunting for some, was