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Issue 1

(December 2012)


Masculinity in Ancient Greece

The spectacle of the ancient Greek male body is as enduring and relevant now as it was in 500 BC. The ideal image of man, largely sourced from Homeric legend, still forms the basis of our ideas of masculinity — not only the physical form of a stereotypical Homeric hero, but the mental traits — strength, physical skill, courage: qualities all used today in adverts selling cars and colognes. Modern cliché comes from ancient truth; courage was so sacred to the Spartans soldiers that any man who acted cowardly on the field of battle would at best lose citizen status, and at worse suffer such humiliation and shaming that suicide was often preferable. In literature, the ideals of masculinity are

The Magnificent Seven: The Birth of The Independent Group

This week, the face of British politics changed. Both Labour and the Conservatives were rocked by the creation of a new group in the centre ground of politics. On Tuesday seven Labour MPs, dissatisfied by Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, resigned from the party to sit in the Commons as The Independent Group. Several, including their de facto leader Chuka Umunna MP, were pushed to go by Corbyn’s wishy-washy stance on Brexit, arguing that he should align the Labour party with a campaign for a second referendum. Others, specifically Luciana Berger MP, left due to the ongoing anti-Semitism scandal in the party. Berger has recently suffered terrible anti-Semitic abuse online, but according to her own

Opportunity is Dead: A Galaxy of Misery

Sad news this week (although it’s seldom but sad), as NASA has officially given up hope on their Martian robotic rover Opportunity. The plucky little chap, known affectionately to its operators as Oppy, last made communication with earth in June last year just before being hit by a large dust storm and disappearing. It was hoped that Oppy would reappear once the dust cleared and sunlight once again reached its solar panels but alas, it was not to be. Around this time of year, temperatures on Mars plummet and, without its self-heating system online, it is unlikely Oppy will make it through the Martian winter. So, after a few final attempts to contact the rover, NASA has declared Opportunity d

Kitsch Cupid: Rococo and Romance

There are numerous historical sources attached to St Valentine ​— ​the Catholic. Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. The most apt source is the consideration that St Valentine was a priest in third century Rome. When Emperor Claudius ll (better known as Claudius Gothicus) decreed that single men make better warriors and outlawed marriage, Valentine defied his Emperor and performed secret marriages for young lovers. When he was caught, Claudius promptly ordered for his beheading. I’d like to keep that story in mind while considering the tone of this article. All over the internet, second-rate content delivery sites are pr

Cosmically Curated: February Art' Scopes

Valentine’s Day tends to dominate headlines in the February horoscopes. Far more important is the Lunar New Year taking place on 5th February. 2019 is the year of the Pig, the animal in the Chinese zodiac that comes last in the 12-year cycle. With endings come the new, so to shake things up and celebrate the new year, this month’s art scopes are based on the Chinese signs. Find your birth year below and read on. 恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái) “Wishing you wealth and prosperity.” Illustration by Jemima Hooke Rat Rat, keep your head cool, especially when it comes to love. A stroll through Tate Modern’s Pierre Bonnard show (until 6th May) will blow some breeze through your landscape and colour you cool.

A Union in a State and Tusk’s Inferno

This week saw President Trump, the unhappy love child of a month-old satsuma and a poorly fitted suit, deliver his third State of the Union address to Congress. At the beginning of every year the sitting President is invited to address a joint session of congress to lay out his intended legislative agenda for the year ahead, although in reality it is mostly used for political posturing and Trump is never one to miss out on a chance to posture. It normally takes place in late January but had to be pushed back into February this year under the direction of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and Democrat, whose role it is to invite the President to speak. This, of course, infuriated Trump no en

A Praying Prime Minister & a President Sent by God

As the UK faces a big freeze the Prime Minister’s position on Brexit has thawed slightly – although the reception from the EU remains decidedly frosty. On Tuesday MPs were asked to look again at Theresa May’s Brexit Deal which they so forcefully rejected earlier in the month – the biggest government defeat in history, remember that? Well, this time they were asked what they would like to see changed in order to finally move forward, and with less than 60 days to go until the UK is set to leave, moving forward seems like a jolly good idea. The day’s debate and voting resulted in two changes to the PM deal, firstly MPs voted for a non-binding amendment that rejected a no-deal Brexit (although

Dennis Severs’ House Review

Here is a sensation I would like to bottle as a sal volatile for monotone days: that of emerging from a darkened movie theatre into the light. ‘Going to the cinema is like going to bed and going to sleep,’ someone recently told me. ‘You close your eyes but then you’re opened up to these dreams you see before you.’ To wake up is to be disoriented, your mind lagging behind your body for a moment until the fictive retreats in the daylight. This is the feeling of allowing yourself to playfully doubt who and where you are. It’s the ‘pop!’ of recentering yourself and the release from the mesmerising focus provided by alternative spaces. When it comes to liminal zones, I would not typically relate

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