Flipside

Education, Literature, and Poetry: Eileen Gbagbo and Martha Ojo

This week, we’re interviewing Eileen Gbagbo, the brain behind this year’s BHM issue, and Martha Ojo, SU education officer. Let’s start with Martha–what do you do as education officer? MO: My job is to represent all of the academic interests…

Don’t Tell Me “Black Doesn’t Sell”

Hollywood has often associated placing black talent at the forefront of major studio releases with an apparent risk of hampering the film’s box office performance, especially abroad. Recent commercial and critical successes of studio features have shown us that these…

“Joy”: Misery Is An Inescapable Cycle

Writer-director Sudabeh Mortezai’s exploration of Nigerian sex workers in Vienna is an inevitably tough watch, bereft almost entirely of what the title suggests. Although her handling of such sensitive issues is too cautious, Mortezai’s work impressively closes the gap between…

Albert Camus and Why Sport Matters – Berrylands as a Haven

Mid-way through a day in which Barcelona were due to play Spurs, and Napoli Liverpool, I found myself standing nervously on one of football’s more minor battlefields – Berrylands, pitch 5. There is something unique about playing University sport, something…

JHS Lit: Bulgakov and Marquez – making magic out of history

Exploring the Representation of History in `One Hundred Years of Solitude` and `The Master and Margarita` The Late Modern Era was a period of monumental transition, with technological, cultural and political revolutions serving to rapidly change the world`s landscape. Many…

JHS Lit: Machiavelli the soldier, schemer or dreamer?

Was Machiavelli sincere when writing ‘The Prince’ and does this matter? Machiavelli was being sincere when writing ‘The Prince’. This matters. In assessing Machiavelli’s sincerity we must evaluate whether his purpose was to give good, genuine advice to Lorenzo de…

JHS Lit: Shakespeare, Ondaatje, Brontë – setting the story

Comparing the use of settings in The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Each writer uses setting to explore the struggle for identity within sociopolitical constraints.  Setting is central to the…

Who Run The World? Girls. Six Girls.

Six is a spectacle in every way – perfect cast, sublime score, and the atmosphere is electric. New, successful and revolutionary British musicals have become much more of a rarity on the West End in recent years, but the Arts…

Modern Sport and the Endless Disarray of the Colin Kaepernick Situation

It is difficult to know where to start with a story upon which a book could be written. (I didn’t type another word for 24 hours after writing this). For the sake of structure, let’s have a recap. In August…

“Shadow” Should Have Stayed In The Dark

Epic only in its headache-inducing abilities, Zhang Yimou’s ambitious 3rd Century centred Shadow says little of the historical source material upon which it is based. But a morsel of enjoyment comes from laughing at the sheer absurdity of what the creators thought…