Long summer days turn golden as autumn rolls through, leaves wither and fall as the golden landscape turns white with winter; Day by day, month by month, we drifted onwards, an inexorable path to adulthood, where we aimed to move on to bigger and better things -to change the world. Some naïve, adolescent hope that […]

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The dichotomy between the left and right brain and its impact on society.

Within translation studies and translation theory there sits a divide. The divide is between two schools of theorists about what translation theory should focus on. Or, more specifically, whether the approach to translation should be scientifically based or literary based. This question, often described as a matter of German scholarship versus Western, anglophone scholarship, has […]

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‘Love, Simon’ – A review

Love, Simon is a film about a gay man coming out, an important and delicate issue. It is a brave film considering that openly gay films are, still, shockingly rare. The film is about Simon, a final year high-school student whose life, aside from one big secret, is all wholly unremarkable. The secret, of course, is […]

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China, the US and the West’s modern ‘Manifest Destiny’.

In Graham Allison’s 2017 book, Destined For War, the international relations professor offers his view on how to ensure that Sino-American competition on the world stage doesn’t end in war. Allison’s book is about Thucydides’ Trap: ‘When a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power’ the path to war is set. It comes from the famous  […]

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I’m Sorry

I’m sorry: Sorry I don’t know the right words to say. That when you get into that mood, I can’t offer support the way I’d want to. I’m sorry that you sometimes feel you face those big challenges, the ones life throws at you out of spite, alone. I’m sorry I can’t always reassure you […]

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She should have taken it all in her stride, but she didn’t have the pride; modest by nature, she bows under the criticism, Their reasons, to her, wrapped in mysticism.   ‘How could they be so cruel?’ Well, they’re the fool. They throw insults jealously; Her humour, kindness and creativity marred by melancholy; Self-doubt imposed […]

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