Why Raven returned

They say you should write about what you love, and everyone I know who watched Raven as a child was thrilled to hear that it was returning to CBBC in 2017 after a seven-year break. But don't just take my word for it - on Twitter, the news that the show would be aired on British television... Continue Reading →


The Year 7 Disco

Emily Pickles is breathless with excitement. Tonight is the big night, the night when she will finally venture into the forbidden kingdom of the boys’ school across the road. In the term that has passed since she left primary school, she has been shut up in a girls’ school the equivalent of a feminist nunnery... Continue Reading →

London on a budget

London has a well-deserved reputation for being an expensive place and, as an impoverished student, this can be offputting when planning a day out. However, as my friends and I discovered over the summer, it is still possible to do and see plenty without bankrupting yourself. Here is an account of how we spent -... Continue Reading →

Alison Weir at Layer Marney

At this year's Essex Book Festival, one of the events which caught my eye was Alison Weir, the noted historian, giving a talk on Katherine of Aragon at Layer Marney Tower near Tiptree. I was immediately drawn to this not only because I have a long-standing interest in the Tudors, but also because Layer Marney... Continue Reading →

Adventures in an abandoned hotel

During our stay in Tenerife, my friend and I had observed a rundown hotel across the road from us. The walls were covered in graffiti and it appeared to be empty. The swimming pool was a dry basin, the windows were gaping holes, and I assumed it was unfinished. On our last day, we decided to go for a... Continue Reading →

The Pain-Free Rounders Survival Guide

The summer term is upon us. With it comes the promise of long sunny days, ice cream, tourists who look like boiled lobsters and of course...rounders. Am I the only one who hates this supposedly 'fun' activity? I cannot think of anything worse than standing in a field with the sun in my eyes, dreading... Continue Reading →

Article: Are you an introvert?

Inspired by Susan Cain's book 'Quiet' Are you happy in your own company? Do you prefer having a few close friends to spending time in large groups? Are you secretly glad when plans to meet up are cancelled? If your answer to any of the above questions was yes, the chances are that you, like... Continue Reading →

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