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Local introvert Tom Thomson has been struck with the unfortunate realisation that he quite likes quarantine, despite an ever-rising worldwide death toll. This comes just after Thomson declined to press post on what he thought was a hilarious Facebook status about his quarantined life, but which felt wrong to place directly next to the article an acquaintance shared about desperate hospitals requesting equipment from a medical fetish website “People are literally dying,” said Tom, brushing the Dorito crumbs off his t-shirt, while stretching an arm out to skip the intro to Parks and Recreation. “And I’m afraid for them, and…

Popstars embracing gender ambiguity and pushing the envelope when it comes to self-expression is not a new thing; whether it be David Bowie and his androgyny, Prince and Freddie Mercury embracing femininity (and getting celebrated as sex symbols for it) or the likes of Elton John and Liberace with their flamboyant stage outfits. With this history in mind, it is interesting to take a look at the current wave of gender-role breaking or ‘gender-defying’ musical artists. While boy band members or Disney actors might have never been seen as the poster boys of traditional masculinity, artists like Harry Styles and…

Louis the 14th, also known as the “Sun King”, was the longest reigning monarch in French, and European, history with a stunning 72 years as monarch. As an adherent of the concept of the divine rights of kings, he was a driving force in the establishment of absolutism and the centralisation of power in Europe. There is something else he is known for, though: Fashion! Louis the 14th can be considered the first modern fashion icon and haute couture connoisseur. When he came to power in 1643, it was Madrid, not Paris, that was considered to be the Fashion capital…

LGBT+ History Month focuses on educating about and remembering the community’s history as well as addressing the prejudice against us. In the US it began in 1994, but here in the UK it was started in 2005 by teachers Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick. February was chosen because it coincides with the abolition of Section 28. This landmark legislation along with the beginnings of same-sex marriage legalization in 2006, declassification of same-sex attraction as a mental illness in 1992, and the first pride march in 1972 are just some of the major landmarks in the fight for our rights that…

It’s the beginning of a new decade, and with the world slowly falling into apocalyptic territory, we’re all fancying an escape from everyday life into somewhere new. The discovery of a new oasis might sound idyllic, but Brexit combined with a student budget makes travelling financially difficult at the best of times. As prices rise, we’re all looking for ways to save money beyond 10% off at Peacocks, and to make our money go further when we explore the wider world, so here are a few tips to get your student loan to last a little longer and find your…

Let’s be serious, the majority of you have probably been to Chester at some point in your degree. And if not, then you may be solely familiar with the train station and its passing point of connecting to the Holyhead line. But this is a city that beckons for more. Shakespeare’s phrase “and though she be but little, she is fierce ” perhaps best epitomises Chester; small in scale, yet containing immense depth in its layered history. ` Getting There: Great news! Although Chester is over the border into England, it’s incredibly cheap to get there for the day! With…

For the bookworms among us, nothing sounds as joyful as the thought of escaping into the worlds of our favourite books. Whilst we have Hogwarts right on our doorstep with Main Arts, the urge to visit the worlds we love is palpable, and sometimes requires more than thumbing through dog-eared pages of our well-read tomes. In many cases, though often further afield, some universally favourite books are rooted in our own world and, in their heritage and fame, have reconstructed the landscapes around them into perfect places to visit. In the post-Christmas blues, we’re all craving some distraction from the…

To westerners, many are confused by the dating life of myriad Muslim students. Many can be extreme in following arranged marriages and restricted from being alone in the same room as the opposite sex. While others are more relaxed, having a similar experience as many young people in the UK. The main issue is the confusion between culture and religion. I may be bold to say that Islam is perfect, but Muslims are not. Muslim culture is seen to be restrictive and controlling especially to females. Still, the reality is that it’s difficult not to, because of religion, but more…

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” March 8th 2020 is International Women’s Day (IWD), and the theme for this year’s IWD is #EachForEqual. IWD is all about raising awareness, campaigning for gender equality, and celebrating the achievements of women across the globe. IWD day has been celebrated across the world for over a century, so if you’re keen to get involved, then here are some ideas on how you can celebrate it … -Join Bangor University’s Athena Swan #EachforEqual event focusing on gender equality at Universities, at Pontio on Friday…

If you have a part-time office job or work in an office when you go home for breaks, this article hopes to offer you some useful, quick tips to do it right! First things first, you sit most of the day, so make sure your chair is adjusted properly. If you don’t, you can become uncomfortable and fidgety which reduces your productivity. You could get back pain and aching shoulders, which can eventually lead to worse problems, so from the get-go, please make sure your chair is suited to you! More often, places of work are offering the option to…

From the beginning of our existence, according to evolutionary theory, every species consistently engages in a competitive struggle for life on Earth. Competition is part of our DNA, and it is part of our everyday lives. Being competitive keeps you motivated and keeps you looking forward. You should be satisfied with what you have achieved so far, but you can always improve on the past! This is not a bad thing at all. You can use failure to motivate you to do better next time. But you can also use the great things you have already accomplished, and believe that…

I think it is true to say that a lot of young people, especially students, decide the best thing for them when they are worn out or feeling low is to take a nap. This article is here to give you the advantages and disadvantages of napping, and it’s got some top tips on the best ways to take a nap! Napping isn’t for everyone. Some people find it impossible to sleep during the day. Some people can’t sleep anywhere but their own beds, which napping sometimes requires. But, for those who can, napping can be calming and energising. Below…

Everyone who knows about Wales knows about one of our favourite traditional snacks, cacennau Cymreig or Welsh cakes in English, but some of our other well loved traditional dishes aren’t, in my opinion, as well known as they should be as each has its own unique flavour and history. To start with, there’s the traditional Welsh Cawl which can be eaten as a soup, a meal both with or without the broth, and just the broth. Historically, ingredients tended to vary, but the most common recipes are with lamb or beef with leeks, potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal vegetables.…

It is a fine art that is mastered by many few: packing to go home for  the Christmas holidays. The textbooks to be lugged across the country, the clothing supply list to make sure you’ve got enough socks when you return, and those pesky forgettable objects that you’ll kick yourself for if they’re forgotten. The thought of arriving home and being reunited with our families is always thrilling, especially at this time of year when everything grows festive, but the preparation to even set off itself can be daunting. Travel, packing, work, deadlines, making sure your flat or house is…

Maybe I’m rather biased, but as a Mancunian, I believe that Manchester is an unmissable spot in the UK. You’ll probably discover during your time at Bangor that a lot of us are from Manchester (hello there, fellow Mancunians!) – because for us, Bangor is in the perfect location only a direct train from home! The nearest big city to Bangor, whether you’re British or international, it’s certainly somewhere worth making a journey to, especially at this time of year! By the age of twenty, my feet are molded to the shape of Mancunian stone and concrete walkways. Of…

Meal deals, we all love them. These are a go-to for students in Bangor, with many supermarkets and high street eateries alike offering the chance for you to get your hands on the perfect lunchtime feast. With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time for us to find out which of these stores really has the best festive range, as well as meal deal selection for the other 11 months of the year.  Greggs: Greggs is onto an absolute winner this Christmas! With a large festive range, including the iconic festive bake and the all new pigs in blankets tub, this…

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