Care homes and hospitals were the eye of the media-storm when the first wave of coronavirus hit the UK, but universities and students have been at the heart of the controversy surrounding this second wave.
This is the story of a symphony which sang of hope and humanity across the decades. Leningrad, Dmitri Shostakovich’s seventh symphony, embodied the spirit of resistance from its very conception, but it is the individuals embroiled in its history who are the true inspiration behind this message.
When did the food we eat become boring, stressful and tiresome?
My earliest memories of eating take place at my grandparents’ house. Grampy’s speciality was eggs, toast cut into strips, served with a side of peas. To my childish delight and confusion, these strips of toast were called 'soldiers'. I remember him sitting next to me, telling me to eat the peas one at a time because they were too hot. To me, his word was gospel and for years I obediently impaled my peas individually - much to my parents’ despair, as they would impatiently wait for me to finish my meals.
I returned to the UK from Austria back in June and was required to wait out a fortnight in isolation. Forced to choose between locking myself in my bedroom or staying in a hostel, I chose to live in a tent instead.
I haven’t heard the sound of silence since I was sixteen. It’s almost difficult to remember how it felt to be enveloped in that stillness now. I, along with approximately 7.1 million other adults in the UK, have tinnitus. It’s that ringing or buzzing noise in your ears after a concert, or late night at the club. Except for roughly 13% of us, it doesn’t vanish after a few hours. It is unrelenting and for many it causes severe discomfort and psychological distress.
The Almkanal winds unobtrusively through Salzburg. Most tourists don’t stumble across it at all, despite the fact it flows straight into the heart of the city. But the locals know that the walk along the canal is one of the most beautiful in town. A stroll along this historic waterway isn’t just a treat for the eyes; there’s a rich history waiting to be discovered here too.