Second opinions

Lockdown Valentine’s Day could be the most romantic edition yet

There are many valid ways to respond to the inevitable approach of Valentine's Day: scepticism, despair, resignation, excitement, terror. But whether you see the...

The magic of mushrooms could save our planet

There's a reason why toadstools have featured in fairytales for centuries: mushrooms really are magical organisms. Admittedly, they probably won't do much for your...

Brexit diet: What could be coming to your menu

Concerns over Brexit’s daily implications have risen recently as it finally rolled in with the new year. Among the hot-button topics being discussed at...

How the UK’s digital divide is causing connectivity issues

Since the start of social distancing in the UK early last year, most previously in-person activities have been carried out – to some capacity...

No pain, no gain: Are new year’s resolutions a masochistic exercise?

If we gained anything positive from the instability of 2020, it was surely the excuse to set the bar a bit lower – or...

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 and plotting...

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 and stalls,...

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 TikTok, over...

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 best Bond...

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 of underrepresentation...