Lucy Hall explains the impact the late Nelson Mandela had on her life
Many of us look back on the great struggles of history with a clarity of vision that we might not have had at the time. We are adamant that, were we to have been there, we would have done what we believe now to be so obviously the right thing. But, as we reflect on the death of Nelson Mandela, we delude ourselves with these thoughts.
My grandparents were part of the anti-apartheid movement, the struggle against racial segregation …
Here is why the true Freshers Week isn’t quite what you would expect
NANCY MARTIN AND MICHAEL GOLDIN uncover three people you might not have heard about in last month’s black history talks
Mary Prince (1788-1833)
Mary Prince was born into a world where slavery was rife and underpinned the global economy. The prevailing view in England was “out of sight, out of mind”. As long as slavery occurred out in the colonies and not in England itself, few had qualms about the practice.
Indeed, a convenient myth had taken root in England that slaves were largely healthy and happy on their Caribbean plantations, leading better …
KAMILIA KHAIRUL ANUAR explores the gulf between British and Malaysian attitudes towards sex
Content warning: this article contains references to rape which some might find upsetting
You won’t find any strip clubs, gay bars, transvestites or couples kissing on the streets of Malaysia. Well, you might, but they would all have two things in common, they would be rare and they would be illegal.
The list of illegal activities extends into the home to include homosexuality and acts of anal and oral sex. Although for most of the time those who commit such …
MIRREN GIDDA speaks to NIGEL FARAGE, MEP and leader of Ukip about leaving the EU, immigration hysteria, Ukip’s tax plans and why he fears same-sex marriage
I’d met Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party, a few times before our interview, in some fairly surprising places. The first was when he came to the boys’ school adjacent to mine in 2010 to give a talk. Although present, I had to be reminded of this event, Farage then was still a way off from
being seen as a serious political contender.
Our paths crossed …
SOPHIA WYNTER examines the role of the female contraceptive pill in promoting sexual inequality, and questions the absence of a male equivalent
Michael Chessum writes on the importance of viewing student activism through its historical context
Catherine D’Souza explores the evolution of UCL’s student media outlets since 1947
Tali Warburg recounts her experience of a visit to the Bloomsbury Clinic for an HIV test
Nick Reed investigates the decline of the London pub