With Holocaust Memorial Day having just passed, it is a unique time worth reflecting on the effect which WWII had on science and technology. The thousands of potential scientists who were killed during the Holocaust lost their opportunity to leave an impact on the world, while women such as Lise Meitner faced new difficulties in her already challenging field. Lise was an Austrian Jew who suffered greatly both due to her gender and religious upbringing. Nevertheless, Meitner allowed herself to create a lasting impact in the field of physics, with Albert Einstein himself praising her as “the German Marie Curie”.
Charlie Brooker is a Prophet
Unless you have been co-leasing with Patrick Star for the last 2 years, you will be familiar with the polarising issue of Brexit that has taken the UK by storm. In the face of a contested referendum and an uncertain future for our country, it is only natural for people to turn to some literary outlet as a means of navigating our precarious situation.
From Ugly Betty to Jane the Virgin, the genre of the telenovela has been popular in the English-speaking world for nearly two decades. The tropes that are often labelled as trashy and cheesy have resulted in the successes of series in Latin America and the ridiculous twists and turns prove for dramatic and often comedic viewing. However, up until recently, shows from Spain have not resulted in the same paramount as the South American telenovela. So why, all of a sudden, have these Spanish shows been receiving such worldwide reception in the past year?
Identity is in constant evolution, a primary example of that being the presentation of ourselves through fashion. As corny as it sounds, fashion is a form of self-expression, a method in which to exteriorise our personality and history. For me, even something as simple as wearing my Dad’s traditional Peshawri shawl acts as a connection to my history and heritage. This principle applies for many other people which has ultimately resulted in large fashion houses picking up on cultural clothing in an attempt to capitalise on it (granted, it has worked).