In late March, I was recalled home by my parents, the government, and my university. They told me I had to leave Amsterdam and return to the UK due to the spread of the coronavirus. I felt indignant, Amsterdam is my home. Despite my protest, it eventually became clear that there was no way around … More What Does It Mean to Keep the World at Home?
Climate change is a big deal. I try my best: recycling, avoiding single-use plastic, not eating meat. Such small changes help to clear the conscience but don’t infringe on my day to day life. But, if you asked me to stop flying, to never drive a car, or to consider not having children on the … More If Climate Change Means the End of the World, Why Am I Not Scared?
The 1920s, glamorised and celebrated in books and films, seems like an anomaly in history. With such vivid iconography, it’s a struggle to remember anything about the decade other than flappers, Gatsby, art deco, and jazz. It feels entirely separate from the rest of the early twentieth century and its two world wars. But, saying … More Will History Repeat Itself? Looking Back at the 1920s to Predict What’s in Store in the 2020s
The Conservative Party just won a historic victory in the UK election; they achieved their greatest majority since Margret Thatcher in 1987. Their leader, Boris Johnson, promised voters that the nation will no longer be a member of the European Union by the 31st of January, 2020. As the party now occupies more than 56 … More The Fallacy of National Nostalgia