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Book Review: Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment is a widely known novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a giant of Russian literature, published in 1866. The book is not a crime novel: instead it is a novel where crime has happened. It is not a fast-paced thriller, but rather a fascinating slow-burner. Almost immediately the identity of the criminal is revealed,…

The best independent coffee shops in Exeter

Having explored my University city over the past few weeks I have come up with a list of the best places to check out if you're ever in town. With the second lockdown well underway, supporting local businesses is key to their survival, so grab yourself a takeaway coffee with a friend! Below are the…

University: A Half Term Review

Isolation, curfews, online teaching and groups of six. Although an accurate description of university so far, it doesn’t cast a very positive light on a new exciting, independent life. Instead, let me rephrase: new friendships, the enjoyment of learning, nights out & the exploration of beautiful places. Yet, reality is somewhere in the middle, always…

The Best Urban Green Spaces In The World

Cities That are Good For The People And The Planet Today’s cities are increasingly finding ways to be sustainable, economically strong and encourage biodiversity. Not one has truly balanced people, profit, and the planet but many cities around the world are embracing the revitalising effects of green spaces in their urban places. The Arcadis Index…

‘Dear Diary’: The Power of The Unique Literary Genre

Most of us at some point in our lives have probably kept a diary or journal of some sort, either from a young age detailing school days or later into adolescence and present day. I recently discovered my old diaries from when I was ages 10-13, whilst amusing reliving moments from my younger self, (mainly…

Feminism and its importance for the future of philosophy

“Philosophy is concerned with the meaning of human life, whether there is any such meaning and whether the human can be made an object of systematic study.” – Riet Turksma. This concern and insight into searching for answers to humanity and the world’s ‘big questions’ which are seemingly unanswerable, makes for interesting discussion which accounts for…

Walks in South England: a visual tour

All pictures my own, taken on an iPhone 8 and iPhone 11 The New Forest, Hampshire Burley, Hampshire "…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?" - Vincent Van Gogh Sunset above Whitten Pond Horton, Dorset Horton TowerRemedy Oak golf course "Mother Nature has the…