The Return of Malthusianism

By Charlie Carr The blockbuster film ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ has taken the world by storm. Not only does it have a shocking twist at the end, which left many fans crying or angry, but its villain, Thanos, poses an interesting moral dilemma. He acknowledges all the suffering in the world of people going without food, water and other resources, and in order to alleviate this suffering, Thanos decides to cull half the planet’s population so that the remaining half can live comfortably. This attitude has prompted widespread interest in this idea, with websites telling people whether they would or wouldn’t … Continue reading The Return of Malthusianism

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

By Charlie Carr If I asked you to name a South American country with sky-high inflation rates and in the midst of economic turmoil, chances are you would say Venezuela. But, in fact, this is also applicable to Argentina, a country literally named after ‘silver’ (argentum in Latin). A country which was one of the richest in the world 100 years ago, now lies on the brink of meltdown. So where has it all gone wrong? The story of Argentina during much of the 20th Century has been one of instability. With military coups in 1930, 1943, 1955, 1962, 1966 … Continue reading Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

How does Branding Brand Us?

By Georgia Kitchener In our busy twenty-first century lives, we are often short of time but still overwhelmed by the choice of products when shopping; this is why branding and imagery are so important to consumers and beneficial for producers. In this generation, pressure and time constraints often lead people to be impulsive and select products on appearances that ‘jump out’ at them. It has been found that our human instinct is to primarily recognise colour, which emphasises the importance of effective branding in our everyday lives, such as in the supermarket, or in advertisements on the bus or television. … Continue reading How does Branding Brand Us?

Review of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

By Molly Smith
In 1950’s Russia violence was not accepted as criminal; even murder. But when patterns suggesting the systematic killings of children appear, we witness detective, Leo Demidov, fight not only a battle with Stalin’s totalitarian state to try and solve these crimes, but an internal one as to whether the trusted system he had remained so loyal to all his life was really just an ineffectual and brutal dictatorship.   Continue reading Review of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith