Mary Francis

Find festive fun with literary Christmas activities

Some of my favourite memories as a child are unwrapping books for Christmas. Normally, it was the newest edition in the Harry Potter series, which I would then greedily read by the end of Boxing Day before my family could get their hands on it. Now that the Harry Potter...
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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

How artists change their tune over time

Hayley Williams, lead singer of American rock band Paramore, has recently announced that the band will no longer be performing one of their most popular songs ‘Misery Business’ at their live shows. The song is renowned as a powerful hit revelling in the victory of finally winning the affection a...
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Posted Oct. 19, 2018

A book which exceeded expectations

Christened the modern version of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, I was filled with dread upon being assigned to read Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. The truth about ‘the classics’ is that often they just aren’t your cup of tea – War and Peace is unbelievably long (approximately...
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Posted Sep. 29, 2018

Why the unconditional offer should not be looked down on

More than 23% of individuals who sat their A Levels this year received an unconditional university offer. Unconditional offers are even more coveted by perspective students than the conditional offer, which expresses the university’s interest as long as they achieve certain grades in an examination. Conditional offers vigorously test a...
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Posted Sep. 28, 2018

Hall Wars: A complete guide to Warwick’s first year halls

Applying for your first year accommodation can be daunting and stressful, particularly if you haven’t visited the halls you’re applying to. Warwick guarantees on-campus accommodation for most first-years. Of course, you can always check the specific details on the Warwick on-campus accommodation web-pages, but what better way to decide where...
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Posted Aug. 21, 2018

The benefits of studying an arts degree

Trawling through the Facebook feed, it’s not uncommon to see a Tab article from one university or another arguing why a sciences degree is either harder or better than an arts degree, and sometimes vice versa too. But it undeniably tends to be the arts students who are the butt...
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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

Love Island vs Oxbridge? Why trash telly is not dumbing us down

Love Island and Oxbridge – two seemingly unrelated entities, and yet the media world insists on their juxtaposition: Love Island received 85,000 applications, while Oxbridge received roughly 40,000 applications between them in 2017. Many have taken to social media to despair at the implications of this – if more young...
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Posted Jul. 3, 2018

Calum Scott’s music commemorates “all kinds of love”

Calum Scott’s Birmingham concert was exhilarant in its celebration of all kinds of love. Met with flawless vocals, emotional speeches and touching stories, as well as two proposals and a roaring audience, it’s safe to say that everyone left with their hearts incredibly full. I couldn’t help reflecting, both from...
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Posted May. 19, 2018