Leave Serena Alone

In the most iconic mistake of recent years, Serena Williams has announced her first pregnancy, and marked the start of what should be a joyful time in her life. However, like with pretty much everything else she does, there’s been a backlash. Whether it’s Romanian coach Ilie Nastase’s blatant racism – he asked what colour Williams’ child would be as her boyfriend is white – or think pieces questioning her will to return after giving birth, there’s always something to criticise her for.

Continue reading

Album Review: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack Up’

qmunistars- 3

The latest outing from American indie folk band Fleet Foxes is a refreshing, enveloping album that knows exactly what it wants to be and doesn’t disappoint. Crack-Up, the third studio release from the band, comes after several years of hiatus following the release of their previous album in 2011 and feels an invigorated return to form.

Continue reading

Football – A Force for Good?

Football supporters have a bit of a bad rap, and often for good reason. But, for a lot of people, football has done a world of good by offering them a support system, a sense of belonging and a community. The beautiful game has done a huge amount of good, from forming tight knit communities, to alleviating dire poverty, to giving enormous joy to kids who see themselves in their heroes. Since these stories of hope and love are so rarely reported on, I wrote this ode to what happens when football is used for more.

Continue reading

Cock-A-Doodle-Don’t

An assistant professor of design in America has come up with a radical idea to improve chickens’ lives in battery cages – give them virtual reality headsets. Austin Stewart has created a game called “Second Livestock”, where chickens can roam a virtual field and supposedly enjoy all the perks of free range living while still in cages. The technology has not been implemented, and would need extensive ethics approval, but Stewart believes it could open up a conversation on animal husbandry.

Continue reading

Human Trafficking in Glasgow

A BBC documentary has uncovered the hidden and lucrative world of human trafficking in Glasgow. Humans For Sale investigated the gangs which sell women and girls from Eastern European countries to men in Glasgow for sham marriages. The men are mostly from Asia, and marry the women in order to be allowed to apply for residency through their EU citizen spouses.

Continue reading