The Silence Game


There’s a game I remember, that takes a lot of your time and patience. Regardless of that, it can still be very entertaining if played with the right person.

The rules are simple: two people must face each other and stay silent, no matter what distractions they might find along the way. Players can poke, make weird faces or jump and move around, but never, ever brake the silence. Whoever speaks first, loses. Could the same thing be said in real life?

It’s not as easy as you may think to be silent. Even more so, when you’re surrounded by people constantly talking about their problems, complaining about everything and ignoring the most important things in their lives. Silence is a challenge. After all, isn’t it human nature to desire communication and closeness?

The weird thing is, nobody can quite explain why silence is never the same for two people. For some, silence is about meditating, slowing down their fast-track lives with demanding jobs, while others find loneliness, heartache and much more complex, indescribable feelings. But the way I see it, silence is about detachment and observing people around you. Continue reading “The Silence Game”

We need to fight for women’s rights, but the battle for black and gay rights is far from over

As Patricia Arquette took to the stage at the Oscars on Sunday night, where she received an Oscar for her performance in Boyhood, she delivered a powerful battle-cry for gender equality: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

On the surface it was a moving cry and one that needed to be said. It is absurd that in 2015, almost a century since women were granted the right to vote, that there is such a pay gap between genders. Last year a government report showed women in the UK were on average paid 19.7% less than men. In the United States this figure could be as high as 22.5%. Gender inequality, especially regarding pay, is a pressing issue and Patricia Arquette was right to use her speech as an opportunity to call for wage equality.

That’s why it was such a shame that she ruined it in a follow-up speech backstage, when she said: “It’s time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we’ve fought for, to fight for us now.” While she was quite right to suggest that men get behind the wage inequality cause, to suggest that gay people and black people should now fight for women now, as though their respective fights for equal rights had been fought and won, was wrong.

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The Brits: Madonna falls off the stage and Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood among award winners

Madonna embarrassingly fell from the stage during while performing her new single ‘Living For Love’. The singer fell backwards off the stage after she tried to remove the floor-length cape she was wearing. Ed Sawyer reports.

Ed Sheeran picked up British Album of the Year and Best British Male Solo Artist, while Royal Blood won Best British Group.

Sam Smith collected British Breakthrough Act and the BRIT’s Global Success Award.

The evening included live music from Kanye West, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Royal Blood, George Ezra and Take That. The majority of Kanye West’s performance was censored by ITV due to bad language.

Pharrell Williams was named International Male Solo Artist and Foo Fighters walked away with Best International Group.

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Legend and Common’s Oscar speech strikes a civil rights chord


Last night’s Oscars saw musicians John Legend and Common win the award for Best Original Song after they composed and performed on the soundtrack for Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma,’ which documented the struggles of the civil rights movement. Lewis Shaw writes.

But whilst the song is a powerful one, it was their acceptance speech that rattled cages around the world.

I learnt a lot from their acceptance (their real names are John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn?!) but the main brunt can be summarised in a quote from Mr. Legend’s half:

“We wrote this song for a film based on events that happened 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. […] We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real: we live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than under slavery in 1850.”

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Local bands smash free music night at The Alex

The Alexandra kicked off the first of its free music nights with performances from Sunday Club and Brother Goose on Friday. Ed Sawyer reports. Sunday Club treated a packed audience to a melodic set before the Southampton-based, Brother Goose played their way through an eclectic mix of acoustic and indie rock songs. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Calum Lintott said: “With all the venues that have … Continue reading Local bands smash free music night at The Alex

England can learn from Ireland’s fielding

Ireland chased their way to a four-wicket victory over West Indies in Durban, with 25 balls to spare. Ed Sawyer reports.

Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) put on 154 for the 5th(check) wicket, leaving Windies to post 304-7.

Paul Sterling (92) and Ed Joyce (84) shared a hundred partnership for Ireland before O’Brien’s 79 pushed the Irish over the line in the 46th over.

England must now aim to mirror Ireland’s effort and discipline in the field.

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Australia and India victorious over rivals

Australia and India secured opening round wins against their biggest cricket rivals at the world cup. Luke Hodgetts reports.

Australia, hosting a world cup for the first time since 1992, saw off England by a large 111 run margin, and India furthered showed their dominance in the one day arena by beating Pakistan by 87 runs.

England played poorly, with both bat and ball. If you are going to win matches, you cannot drop crucial players like Finch and Maxwell.

Something that frustrates me as an England fan is the worrying lack of Yorkers that are bowled in the death overs by the steamers. A well placed Yorker is one of the best delivery to bowl at batsman to restrict scoring and apply that pressure that so often returns wickets.

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