We’ve all seen Halloween costumes that are a bit close to the knuckle, ones that will earn some pointedly raised eyebrows and a few whispers. But this year the controversy has reached a new high (or rather, low).
Man’s best friend has had a subjected life over the past 10 years. Breeding programmes, labelling as illegal and misuse of dogs as fighting tools has only damaged their reputation rather than that of the owner or the breeding group. Our current mentality defining good bad a dog is not only causing harm to the dogs themselves, but it has also led to some tragedies that in some cases could have been avoidable. However, we must understand that dogs are still canines. The relation to wolves, foxes, jackals and coyotes may determine their psychological state. This in the future may have to be looked at thoroughly when we are accepting our furry friends into a home.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) has released a report concerning the teaching of Religious Education in British high schools and primary schools. Ofsted found that, “the potential of Religious Education was not being realised fully in the majority of schools surveyed for this report.”
Halloween always has been and always will be many peoples’ favourite holiday – dressing up, freaking yourself out with ridiculous horror films and eating a shit ton of sweets. Unfortunately, as the years go by, it’s becoming more and more prevalent that women are expected to wear skimpy costumes when they dress up, à la Mean Girls. We all remember the scene when Cady arrives at the Halloween party dressed as a zombie bride, only to find her friends wearing little more than enough to cover their goods.
The fact is, not all women want to parade around with their wobbly bits out in the freezing cold winter weather. We live in Britain, not the Bahamas. Yet when typing “Halloween Costumes” into Google, we know exactly what we’re going to find. I click on the first link to a website I see, and from there I click “Devil Costumes”.
The first image that comes up is pretty standard; a man wearing a red shirt, made of some kind of foam and sculpted into Hulk-like muscles. Manly as fuck. He’s wearing a creepy looking mask and carrying a big scary pitchfork; overall, nothing out of the ordinary. The next image is a female version of the same costume. She’s wearing a skimpy red dress, cutesy little horns and is holding a teeny little pitchfork that you’d struggle to poke someone’s eye out with. What if you want to look manly and scary? Nobody wants to feel the wind around their belly button thankyouverymuch.
Lovely smile, chubby figure and a net worth of 8.6 billion dollars: these are the main features (as listed in Forbes) of Wang Jianlin, possibly the richest man in China. After building up his fortune through the Dalian Wanda Group, one of the biggest real estate companies in the country, in 2012 Wang purchased AMC Entertainment, and has now announced his intentions to turn it into Qingdao Movie Metropolis, the most spacious entertainment area in the world. The project includes 20 different movie studios, a celebrity wax museum, a film museum and a whole series of other amenities adding up to 3.7 million square meters.
Perhaps you’ve just finished Freshers’ week and your body is very very angry with you. Maybe you’ve attended your first couple of lectures at unreasonable hours, and are already beginning to question whether such drudgery is worth a 2:1 in anthropology. Or possibly a summer fueled by only the demon drink had left you broken and defeated.
If any of these things are true then perhaps the future holds fewer long nights soaked in booze and perhaps a walk on the quieter side of relaxation and socializing. Where to look then? The answer I wish to recommend to you all is board games.
Politics is very serious business in the UK. No, really. Apart from The Thick Of It, through what medium do we have to satirise and engage with politics? The most exciting thing we have at the moment is hoping that one of these days David Dimbleby is going to snap on Question Time. Remember when he called Robin Cook “Robin Cock” by accident? That’s about as good as it gets, without Malcolm Tucker storming around.
It’s an inescapable fact that we live in a celebrity-centric culture, and although it is easy for us to turn up our noses at this supposedly less than intellectual interest, we have to acknowledge that the power of celebrity to enthral us can do a lot of good.
Celebrities suffering from mental illness has never been a particularly unusual occurrence; from the days of Marilyn Monroe, we have watched on with a sick kind of fascination as countless household names fall victim to mental illness. In recent years, the entertainment we’ve received from the very public breakdowns of celebrities like Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes and Charlie Sheen has become a kind of guilty pleasure. With the media constantly hounding these people, bombarding us with the latest updates on their condition, it becomes easy to forget how damaging this obsession with mentally ill people can be – not just for the people concerned, but to a much wider community of sufferers of mental illness. It has reached a point where people are selling merchandise from Charlie Sheen’s infamous rant about being ‘bi-winning, not bi-polar’, unaware that bipolar disorder can raise the chances of suicide among men from 0.3 percent to 8 percent. It is estimated that one in four people will suffer from some kind of mental illness during their lifetime, and yet sufferers are not treated with sympathy, but as a source of cheap entertainment.