It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back and all of a sudden it feels like there are only 3 hours of daylight to every 21 hours of darkness. The festivals that normally get us through this time of year, Halloween, Christmas, even New Year’s, are not going to look the same with the restrictions of the pandemic, and so we need to get a bit creative thinking about how we can celebrate and pass the winter, while still staying safe. The panic which ensued after it was suggested that students might not be allowed home at Christmas shows how much we all rely on the familiarity and tradition of these rituals in times of instability. Admittedly, Halloween does not have the same significance, it is not associated with being with family, and after childhood for many becomes a depressing celebration of binge drinking and sheep-mentality driven costumes. For me, I am more than willing to sit this Halloween out, in any case there is truly nothing scarier than the thought of going out and being breathed on by some drunk ‘Joker’ or ‘Spice Girl.’
If you are like me but still want to mark this festival and get into the seasonal spirit, why not watch one of Isabella Brier’s picks for spooky TV shows instead!
Durham University has been in the press a lot recently, more often than not in a negative light, and so this week Livia Dove-Woods comments on their attempts at outreach and increased social inclusion.
Grace Sowrey also analyses the plight of the north in her article, taking a look at the government’s attitude and Andy Burnham’s leadership.
Alternatively, branch out and appreciate something different with Konstantina Votsika’s feature on artist Donald Judd.
Last but not least, Sophie Goschen discussion of a much-needed new approach to dating in the era of Covid-19.
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