Postcards From Abroad: Edinburgh

As we were deciding on a summer holiday, Edinburgh initially felt like an odd choice when my boyfriend and I booked our tickets. However, both of us burn within ten minutes of being in direct sunlight, so we decided on the northern city for a long weekend away. In hindsight, we probably should have looked…

Postcards From Abroad: St Petersburg

When I told people I was going to St Petersburg, in Russia the general response seemed to be “Is it safe?” (Generally the follow-up was whether I was going for the World Cup, which, considering I didn’t realise the World Cup was even happening this year, made me laugh). I’ve been staying in St Petersburg…

Postcards From Abroad: Signapore

It’s hard to describe Singapore. This is partly because it was nothing like I imagined, and partly because I feel like you need to go there to understand. I’m not one to be impressed by man-made attractions and skylines made up of skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, but there was something about Singapore that made my jaw drop. This city-state was spotless, sophisticated and dynamic. Sparkling sky-high buildings with gardens bursting from the upper floors, enormous shopping malls that felt like cities in themselves, Chinese and Indian neighbourhoods that seemed to transport you to a different country; this is Singapore. The mix of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese residents also adds a whole new depth to the city. Although it is an expensive place to visit, I was surprised at how easy it was to stick to my budget. Travelling solo as a woman can be scary, but at no point during my visit did I feel unsafe or vulnerable. I would recommend Singapore to all!

It’s Debatable: The Ethics of Love Island

Love Island is dominating television and social media this summer. The concept behind it is simple: place a group of good looking 20-somethings in a villa, where they have to couple up or dump each other depending on who they fancy, with the winning couple awarded £50,000. In this environment, drama and controversy are unavoidable. How can I not become heavily invested in the nation’s favourites, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, or seethe at ‘Muggy’ Megan Barton’s every action? Despite being an avid fan, I can’t help but question what the programme is actually portraying. Are programmes like Love Island healthy in their representation of love and relationships?

Postcards from Abroad: Norway

I started this summer by flying with my friend Jacob to his home country for two eagerly anticipated weeks of perfecting my Norwegian, soaking up the cultural and instagramable sights, and enjoying more fish dishes than my pescatarian self could wish for. After stumbling across the hugely popular web series Skam a few years ago, I fell head first in love with the country and spent more than an acceptable amount of time researching my “future home” (job success dependant because, wow, is Norway expensive).

Norway, however, was everything and nothing like I expected it to be. No matter how much Jacob reassured me before departure that ‘Norway does have summers too!’, I wasn’t prepared for the 30 degree heat the country was enduring from a rare but persistent heatwave. Nor was I to perfect any of the basic Norwegian I already knew. You were much more likely to see me tight lipped and silent, refusing my receipt with a shake of the head because apparently even the way I said ‘nei’ was amusing to my friend, tour guide, and native speaker. Nonetheless, prepared to return all but bankrupt and thoroughly exercised (because it turns out everything in Norway is a hill), we were off.

In My Good Books: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris

 “You will honour them by staying alive, surviving this place and telling the world what happened here.”

Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, follows the harrowing memories of an Auschwitz prisoner. It captures the true experience of Lale as he battles for survival and yet finds love in the midst of chaos. Each reader becomes truly invested in the day to day battles of Lale and Gita, as love and friendship prove as essential to survival as physical needs. Heather Morris recounts the intricate relationships and business affairs of Lale Sokolov as he bargains, begs and befriends his way to survival.

In My Good Books: ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

‘The Muse’ is a novel packed with mystery, thwarted love and artistry. Following her captivating novel ‘The Miniaturist’, Jessie Burton’s next novel depicts an equally in-depth fictionalisation of contemporary cultural anxieties. Thus while ‘The Miniaturist’ explores the historic damning of sodomy, ‘The Muse’ depicts racial prejudice in the 1960s, as well as the social tension…

Unimumma’s Exam-Time Meals: Spatchcock Chicken Traybake

Ingredients: 1 medium chicken 2 red peppers 1 red onion ½ butternut squash 2 courgettes 1 aubergine 3 garlic cloves (chopped) 4 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp tumeric 2 tsp dried oregano 500g Quinoa mix 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 lemon 3 tbsp 0% fat yogurt 1 tbsp olive oil 1…

Uninumma’s Lunch Recipe: Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

As exams are now amongst us, and we are fighting for space in the Forum, lunch needs to be quick, healthy, and cheap (of course). So this week is all about meal prepping, bringing you three meals that will keep for a few days and are perfect to take to campus! Tuna and Cannellini Bean…

In My Good Books: ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

Heart-warming and heart-breaking, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong combines epic romance with harrowing warfare. Written in 1993, Faulks brings the horrors of the First World War to the modern reader in this vivid novel. Birdsong follows the life of Stephen Wraysford as he begins as an apprentice in Amiens, France. Stephen lives with his employer Rene and…

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Ham and Beetroot Salad Lunchbox

Makes 1-2 servings (but can be easily double although you may want to make fresh that morning or night before so ingredients don’t go soggy in the fridge) Ingredients 1 raw beetroot 1 tsp wholegrain mustard Ham trimmings (do not be put off by buying ham trimmings, they are significantly cheaper, and are lot more…