Second opinions

Sun, sea and sanitiser: Are holidays worth the hassle?

In the pre-pandemic days, planning a vacation was half of the fun. Before the trip had begun, the process of researching hotels...

Standup to coronavirus: Can the live comedy industry laugh this one off?

Stand up is a fundamentally symbiotic artform that lives and dies not just under the spotlight, but in the space between stage...

Should the US ban TikTok?

In the latest development of the deteriorating Sino-American relationship, President Donald Trump has vowed to ban the hugely popular, Chinese-owned video-sharing app...

Time to die? How a popularity poll proves that 007 is ready for retirement

Perhaps I’m reading too much into a trivial online poll, but to me, the news that Sean Connery has been voted the...

The transformative power of art must not be underestimated

With public statues being brought under the lens, the necessity of galleries for experiencing art called into question and the (long-overdue) consideration...

Eat out to help out are the words I always wanted to hear, so why do they make me so sad?

Being instructed that we must “eat out to help out” is like a nationwide assignment to enjoy your favourite food. Though the...

Lockdown has paved the way for intimate and inclusive filmmaking

There’s something about watching David Tennant put himself in the naughty corner on a video call to appease a disgruntled Michael Sheen...

To be or not to be: The fate of live performance is in our hands

Over the past few months of lockdown, performers have tried every possible means of staying remotely on our radar. Offering everything from...

What the Hamilton backlash tells us about pop culture, partisanship and antiracism

Is Hamilton cancelled? In the six days since Disney+ released the filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biographical musical, news outlets have been...

Does “cancel culture” hinder our freedom of speech?

Over 150 authors, academics and public figures have signed an open letter warning of the threat that online ostracism poses towards free...