Puddles of Rainbows

Recently I went to a festival exhibiting artworks depicting animals and motifs made in the style of traditional Chinese lanterns. While the craftsmanship and work that had gone into the lanterns was beautiful, I found myself drawn to how the colours reflected in the puddles and how the illuminated artworks bathed everything in rainbows. Advertisements Continue reading Puddles of Rainbows

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Poland Shows the Price of Patriotism in Contemporary Europe

For many, patriotism is a way to express pride and love for their home country, and nothing more. It’s something that when dealt with correctly, can unify small communities and whole countries. But as Poland’s Independence Day on Saturday showed, there is a very fine line between pride and prejudice. It’s not that all patriots are racist or xenophobic, but in recent times it has begun … Continue reading Poland Shows the Price of Patriotism in Contemporary Europe

Make-up for Males: New Phenomenon or Revisited Trend?

Nowadays, Instagram is full of a new generation of amateur make-up artists trying their hand at the craft, many of whom have skills to rival professionals. Although it shouldn’t, for many people it comes as a surprise that more and more of these artists are male. Brands such as L’Oréal Paris have recently launched their first campaign featuring a male model. James Charles made history … Continue reading Make-up for Males: New Phenomenon or Revisited Trend?

Why Gay Representation in Film Is No Longer Enough

The representation of LGBT+ characters in the film industry is an issue that has been floating around for many years, and in many cases, the situation is not improving. While some recent films have indeed shaped for the better the way queer people are viewed by film audiences – for example Pride, Moonlight, Weekend – there have also been some tremendous flops that portray LGBT characters as nothing … Continue reading Why Gay Representation in Film Is No Longer Enough

Ischia: An Island of Colour

If you’re anything like me and live in sad, rainy England or an equally sad, rainy country, you’ll be sick of this horribly depressing weather we’ve been having recently. Isn’t it supposed to be summer? you’ll probably be thinking to yourself as you stare dismally at the grey landscape that surrounds you and wonder when it’ll be warm enough to leave the house again. Or … Continue reading Ischia: An Island of Colour