Author: StephenArkley

Why Robin and Steve’s Friendship is so Important | Stranger Things Season 3

Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3 below… I’ve always maintained that good subversion isn’t just random shock value or turning character arcs on their axis for the sake of it (looking at you Game of Thrones Season 8). Good subversion is taking well established tropes of TV and cinema in a direction that isn’t in keeping with the trope but is completely in keeping with the character. This is something I think Stranger Things has always excelled at, in somehow managing to play into the tropes of the 1980’s while also turning them on their head. At the...

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Struggling with Mental Health and Toxicity

I remember once, probably at the height of my slump into depression, that one of my friends who I’d pushed away, like I pushed everyone away back then, told me that I was being selfish. It’s an odd thing to hear when you’re riddled with anxiety and have such low self-esteem that if someone stabbed you you’d probably ask them if they wanted their knife back. It’s also probably not the best of things to tell a mentally ill person. But it was also true. It’s perhaps hard to hear when you’re at such a low point in your...

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5 Reasons Why We Still Need LGBT Pride

Homosexuality is decriminalised, same-sex marriage is legalised, adoption is opened up to queer families and everywhere you look across the Western world there seems to be a progressive tide sweeping away bigotry. In such a world LGBT pride parades seem frivolous, reinforcing a divide between an “us” and “them” that the rest of the world seems intent on leaving behind. If you asked me what I thought of LGBT pride a year or two ago, this would have been my answer: that it’s a bit of a fun, a chance to meet like-minded queer folks, put on some glitter,...

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Game of Thrones: The Long Night | Review

Caution! The night is dark and full of spoilers… Last Sunday, over 17.8 million viewers around the globe sat down to watch the highly anticipated third episode of the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones. After being promised the “long night” for nine years now (or over two decades if you’re a book fan) it’s safe to say that viewer expectations were high but did the episode live up to the hype? What the episode did right: Cinematography: First of all, no matter how much fans may moan about this episode, it is undeniable in my mind that...

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What does this picture mean for the future of science?

On Wednesday 10th April 2019, astronomers from Chile, Shanghai, Japan, Tapei and the United States of America  revealed the first photograph of a black hole. The black hole in question is at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. It measures 40 billion km across- three million times the size of Earth, and 6.5 billion times the mass of our Sun. Not only is the photograph an amazing feat of human ingenuity but it also confirms Einstein’s theory of General Relativity: gravity is the consequence of the warping of space-time. This is not just...

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