An Ode to Fangirls

By Sara Valle-Martínez Being a fan is hard. As Caitlin Moran puts it in her book, How To Be Famous, there’s something incredibly intimate about consuming someone else’s art. And the connection is even stronger when you’re a teenager exposed to any kind of stimuli. It’s especially hard if you’re a girl. Inevitably, being a teenager means feeling …

Top 17 bands from the 2010s that changed our lives

By Sara Valle-Martínez Green Day Greeen Day's Dookie marked a shift in many teenagers' lives years after it was released. But it was the band's American Idiot that made them accessible to teens with smeared eyeliner and Converse shoes. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ee_uujKuJMI It doesn't matter if you were alive or not when Basket Case was released, it …

Good Fortune after the pandemic for tattoo studio in London

By Sara Valle-Martínez A couple of self-employed artists who were facing financial ruin because of the pandemic are planning to expand. Lianne and Jean Le Roux, owners of Good Fortune Studio in 123 King’s Cross Road, are hoping to move to Blackfriars by 2022. They opened their business after working in the permanent make-up and …

ABC’s foreign correspondent talks to students about the lack of diversity in journalism

By Sara Valle-Martínez A senior foreign correspondent for ABC News highlights the lack of diversity in British journalism. Ian Pannell, who prior to joining ABC worked for BBC for over twenty years, said: “There’s been a lot about diversity in the media, which is a huge issue about race, and about sex and sexuality, who’s actually …

Let’s name a day to celebrate things

Illustration by Miguel Arévalo.

By Sara Valle-Martínez & main illustration by Miguel Arévalo I was scrolling through a mattress company’s website this week and it made me feel quite lonely. You may ask yourself why. Well, truth is that I’m single and this company was clearly targeting couples. “The roll-over effect doesn’t happen with our range of organic mattresses. …

Travel restrictions put Christmas holidays in check

By Sara Valle-Martínez The return to “Plan B” raises concerns amongst Christmas travellers. Christmas travel plans are set to be disrupted as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last December 8th that England will be moving to “Plan B” following the spread of the Omicron variant. Covid-19 cases could be doubling in the next weeks, as suggested by an …