George Alldred

Literary societies: Cobalt Magazine

People write for many different reasons. Some write in response to moments of inspiration – for example, a scenic holiday or a powerful art piece. Some write because poetry is healing, needing introspection and a means of framing emotions. However most people write simply because it’s fun and because developing...
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Posted Sep. 27, 2018

The Power of Poetry

George Alldred explains the power poetry holds in our society, interspersed with snippets of his own poetry…   Poetry is a literary pursuit which has dwindled in importance over the last few decades. Yet, its healing power is evident, especially when considering the rising number of mental health problems in...
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Posted Apr. 4, 2018

“Broader cultural exploration”: discovering art on Erasmus

Diego Velázquez’s painting, Las Meninas, is perhaps the most famous painting to be found in the prestigious Prado gallery, in Madrid. It redefined the Renaissance understanding of artistic perspective, and its use of a multiplicity of vanishing points gives it an almost modern edge. It engages the audience, placing them...
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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

Minimalist music combatting mental health issues

I believe that non-intrusive pieces of music can be much more effective at combatting mental health problems than pieces that address your thoughts. Firstly, mental health is an issue which we, as a student collective, need to tackle more. Mental health problems are at an all time high among our...
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Posted Dec. 1, 2017

Can art be a means of social change?

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward Hopper I believe that art is the most powerful medium of social change at our disposal. It provides a way of conveying messages that cannot be put into words. But it’s more than this: art...
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Posted Nov. 14, 2017

Toppling statues: symbols of racial repression must fall

In public places across the United States, demonstrations have been taking place with the goal of removing statues that celebrate heroes of the Confederate era. The issue is that, for others, these statues symbolise an era of slavery, lynchings and racial repression; a truly dark chapter of American history and...
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Posted Sep. 4, 2017

Is Instagram the Future of Art?

As technology continues to pervade all aspects of our day to day life and augment our experience of reality, Boar Arts consider both the potential and the limitations of Instagram as an artistic platform. For: ‘Nothing short of Art’ Instagram and other social media platforms is an inescapable part of...
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Posted Jul. 5, 2017

Study drugs: a symptom of a toxic culture?

This exam season, just as every other, has been rife with procrastinating students becoming frustrated at their own inability to work. As a result, more and more of us are turning to ‘smart drugs’ like Modafinil and Ritalin to help us study more efficiently. The pills are easily attainable, relatively...
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Posted Jun. 30, 2017

One Night in Barcelona

The time that my friends and I spent in Barcelona rekindled our love for the clubbing experience, which in many ways had eluded us in the months prior to our holiday. In this article, I want to make known the key locations of that night-out, so that this unforgettable night...
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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Warwick’s Unsung Heroes

To celebrate the achievements of some of the most under-appreciated members of the Warwick community, the Boar spoke to campus’ Unsung Heroes. Rodney Gold Detchebs Last year, Rodney began a mental health drive at Warwick with no funding. He along with some colleagues, put together Warwick’s inaugural Black Mental Health...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

Cultural Differences in Modern Mexico

The thought of Los Narcos (or the drug cartels) will undoubtedly conjure up images of guns, bloodshed and fear. From the bustling streets of Mexico City to the rural poppy fields of Michoacán, violence is rife between the state and organised crime. However, the story is not quite so simple....
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Posted Feb. 15, 2017

Tête-à-tête: Should Milo Yiannopoulos be given a book deal?

Milo Yiannopoulos – who writes for Breitbart News and is often seen as a spokesperson for the ‘alt-right’ – has reportedly landed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. There has been criticism of Simon & Schuster for giving Yiannopoulos this high-profile platform and for paying for what some see...
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Posted Jan. 26, 2017