Showing posts from April, 2020

Remember Remember the 3rd December: The Aftermath

Lily Frost - Writer Editor's Note - This the second past in Frost's series on the Bhopal disaster - read the first part here . This is the second article of a series where I aim to outline the events that took place on and after the 2nd December 1984, which is now referred to as the Bhopal Disaster. This second segment is dedicated to the immediate aftermath of the gas leak. As soon as the 45 tonnes of gas was released into the air, the highly toxic substance made its way into and around small towns located near the plant. The gas was released during the night, so those who were woken up by symptoms of coughing, severe eye irritation,breathlessness, stomach pains and vomiting fled away from the plant. Children inhaled more gas, as they were closer to the ground where there was a higher concentration of the chemical. This is because Methyl Isocyanate (MIC)  is almost twice as dense as air and therefore falls to the ground. The victims at this stage primarily died of chokin

Fading All Your Colours Into One: A Defence Of Coldplay

Dylan Freestone - Writer In an episode of QI I watched recently, Sandi Toksvig asked the panellists ‘What’s the worst noise in the world?’ and comedian Phil Jupitus responded with ‘Coldplay B-Sides.’ This was met by thunderous applause from the audience. Family Guy dismissed their music as ‘whiny bullcrap’ and even in their heyday, Coldplay were destroyed and dismissed by panellists on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Write a list of things that are widely considered uncool in terms of music and it would not take long for Coldplay’s name to come up, and as a die-hard Coldplay fan, I have often wondered why this is. I often feel that as a guy, I actually have to admit that it is a guilty pleasure or feel a sense of shame in admitting that I enjoy that music (and I am mainly referring to their earlier work). It isn’t just that there is a general indifference or dislike towards them but in many cases a degree of hatred that is relatively unparalleled amongst bands of similar levels of fame a

An Apology to Digital Technology

Lani Bond - Writer Dear Digital Technology, When growing up, I rejected you. Of course, I still used you, and it just emphasises my privilege that I thought I didn’t need you - but I remember feeling anger and resentment, being raised to believe that the development of social media was poisonous to society. I believed it was toxic to our personal wellbeing and that it would increase isolation and anxiety. This belief was fuelled by the intermittent concerns of the time, which often warned of the damaging impact of social media on our wellbeing, attention span, sleep patterns and ability to create meaningful connections with others. Of course, these studies have justified causes for concern, and care should still be taken. However, at a time like this I - along with millions of people who access it - am incredibly thankful for this development. With a device and some Wifi, people can contact their loved ones from across the globe and keep up to date on relevant public health advic

Life after Coronavirus: building a better world out of tragedy

KF - Writer Coronavirus has brought the globe to a standstill, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses (or complete lack) of contingency plans the world over. While most businesses have taken a large financial hit as a result of the pandemic, some online or quickly adapted businesses are thriving. Amidst the chaos and general uncertainty of our new every day, it must be admitted that there are some positive lessons we can all learn from this (hopefully) once in a lifetime experience. Be it that some companies have discovered their online adaptability; or a sense of community between neighbours, or even making some of the most self-entitled and spoiled nations look around and appreciate all that they have - the positives are out there amongst the sadness and loss. One of the positives of this pandemic is the reclamation of empty cities and unpolluted waterways by wildlife. Levels of air pollution have reduced by as much as 50% in some cities as transport has become severely restri