“Moonlight is a Beautiful Ode to Beauty and Suffering”

This article originally appeared in the Beaver issue of Tuesday January 10, 2017.   Barry Jenkins’ Oscars contender, adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama school play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, will be remembered as one of 2016’s cinematic…

Magic, Marvel and Matilda: Musings around Musicals

A conversation about Matilda: the Musical, and how I bullied my friends into ditching dinner plans and working with me. Also this review is full of spoilers – you’ve been warned!   Clara: Wow. Can’t believe that a Thursday evening…

UGM Asks for Student Input in Democracy Reform

The LSESU held a Union General Meeting last Thursday evening in the Saw Swee Hock Centre. In addition to regular updates on LSESU-driven initiatives, the UGM was advertised to be the started of an initiative titled “The Rebuild,”. This aims…

“A Star Is Born”: A Tale of Two Artists

A Star is Born’s fourth incarnation brings revelations from both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut. A Star is a worthy successor to La La Land, both as an awards-favourite and as a crowd-puller. But unlike Damien…

“Ninety-five percent of economics is common sense.” Ha-Joon Chang on Brexit, trade and Kpop

The Beaver editor sat down with the Cambridge economist, whose ideas about trade and development have influenced policymakers and academics the world for over two decades. Professor Chang’s books have sold in the millions, and their author celebrated for his…

Societies Report Abundance Of Fresh Meat

The beginning of the 2018/19 academic session has seen a new influx of undergraduate and graduate freshers, with many societies reporting an significant increase in the number of students attending ‘Give It A Go’ or introductory sessions. The Beaver News…

The Houghton Street We Deserve

The stupidest thing Tony Blair ever said was that the twentieth century was the conservative century. In contrast, while the Conservatives often held office, rarely were they in power. If you told the progressives at the end of the Victorian…

A Whirlwind 48 Hour Stop in Barcelona.

In Spain’s most cosmopolitan city , you’ll sample traditional paella, face the kicks of tapas and sweet sangria, binge on seafood delicacies, enjoy the vibrant nightlife and make your mind up as to whether the 100+ years of unfinished Sagrada…

LSEAU ‘Unwelcome’ Party

“Shambles”, “utter disgrace” and “worst event I’ve ever been to” were just a few of the comments made after Wednesday’s AU welcome party.   What happened? After being a heavily publicised and sold-out event, the AU welcome party  ended early…

King Lear for the Theatrically Illiterate: Thoughts on Ian McKellen, Dementia and Special Effects

Walking into the Duke of York Theatre, I knew exactly two things about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy: that the plot was about a king’s slow descent into madness, and that the main actor, Sir Ian McKellen, was revered by audiences both…