Maths has a reputation. It’s frequently seen as an incredibly difficult subject which causes tears, stress and trauma; but here’s the trick – it doesn’t have to be this way.
Recently, I visited London – which, of course, meant I had to head towards Oxford Street and go to the giant LUSH store situated there. As you enter, bath bombs swirl in a giant tub, dispersing their vivid colours through the water and heady fragrance into the air. Upbeat employees chat with customers as they move through the shop, often carrying baskets of products to be displayed. Downstairs is a serene and tranquil spa where relaxation reigns. Upstairs is busy – a crowd of bath bombs, lotions, and massage bars vying for your attention, calling out your name: but which do you pick? It’s easy to get lost and grab the first products you see but – particularly when there are so many exclusives and staples – which are the essentials? Here, I’ve gathered the some of the contents of my most recent LUSH haul.
Podcasts are fantastic. They have the flexibility of music and the immersion of television. Audio dramas harken back to a time long gone by, when families would tune into the radio each evening for the next episode of the serial. Here, I’ve gathered some of my favourite story-based podcasts which leave listeners spellbound.
YouTube is a vastly underrated resource for students. Students and teachers post videos covering the specification, going through mark schemes in detail and sharing their exam technique tips and tricks. It gets better – YouTube is free and it’s easy to comment and ask questions or share your ideas. Here I’ve collected some of my personal favourite YouTubers for academics.
Being diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome just over a year ago was a shock. I entered assuming I was being silly; I left with a diagnosis, a help-sheet, and so many questions. I remember frantically searching the internet for the life expectancy of someone with POTS (spoiler alert: it’s the same as, or even higher than, the typical average – depending on which articles you use). Hours were spent trawling through scientific journals and charity resources – as well as some “fake news” – to discover what caused POTS and how I could fix myself. Unfortunately, it seems I can’t.
‘Twelfth Night’ serves as Emma Rice’s farewell to the Globe; it is clear that she was never going to leave quietly. Her ‘Season of Love’ began with Daniel Kramer’s controversial ‘Romeo and Juliet’ involving a gender-flipped Mercutio, an inflatable dinosaur costume and the titular characters meeting during a rendition of the YMCA. This all-singing, all-dancing production features similar irreverence with a lively spirit.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” finished its ninth season last week in a hurricane of reveals: rose petals were unleashed, wigs were tossed, and masks were cracked open. Sasha Velour, a politically engaged oddball from Brooklyn, slaughtered the competition to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. As she urged the audience to change the world, I was reminded of all that I love about the show.