REVIEW: Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s “1999”.

Better late than never…. here’s a review of Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s collaboration single: 1999. 

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan unite in their new electropop single and music video “1999”, reminiscing about the end of an iconic era for pop culture.

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OPINION: Living my future child-free not childless.

Only a few decades ago, heck, maybe even now, having children is just seen as the natural change of events in a person’s life. Our parent’s generation was brought up with the intention that they would marry and then have children all before hitting thirty. So, when someone like myself is serious about staying child-free for the whole duration of my life, its to no one’s surprise that a majority deem this a decision they cannot grasp.

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Sorry hyper-masc gays, not all of us want to present as internally homophobic.

During my own childhood, my slim and feminine appearance often left me subject to ridicule from my straight and masculine peers. My only friends were girls and, admittedly, I was a very flamboyant child which only added to the unpleasant words that I was subject to in my all-boy P.E classes. I would have liked to have blamed this on childish ignorance, but this type of behaviour has carried over into my adult life. Like many other effeminate gay men, our dating lives consist of being shunned by hyper-masculine men, except for when we’re their ‘sexual fetish’.

This is femmephobia, a prejudice against feminine queer people (commonly known as femmes) which is usually held, but not exclusive to, those who present as masculine in appearance.  To people outside the LGBTQ+ community, they may think that this is just an us versus them issue, but internalised homophobia is frightfully alive and well.

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Controversial rally will ‘help put us on the map’

Councillors have accelerated support for Tendring car rally despite backlash from nearby residents.  

Essex County Council and Tendring Council both support the go-ahead of next month’s event and claim it will draw more people to the area.  

Tendring Council leader Neil Stock, has acknowledged the concerns of some residents but insists “this event will really put Tendring on the map and help to raise our profile nationally and even internationally.”  

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Students are outraged by Essex’s nightmare bus service


The First Essex bus service is the leading transport company for Essex students, yet there have been many complaints that it makes a proportion of students late for classes.

The criticisms arouse amongst the University’s Student Union through student feedback and complaints on the student Facebook page.

Louisa, a Politics and Sociology student at the university says she has always had issues with the service.

Throughout Colchester, she found that buses were continuously delayed or didn’t turn up at all, including days where she ‘waited more than 45 minutes for a bus to come with no explanation’.

Louisa and many other students found that the service was not value for money as the annual bus pass is £162.

Other students found that the customer service they receive is a large part of the problem with First Essex’s bus services.

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Students May Miss Out on Study Abroad Programme Due to Brexit Changes

It is thought that the UK’s decision to leave the EU may have an impact on the study abroad programme at the University of Essex.

The Brexit changes will most likely influence the number of students who decide to take this programme, whether that be Essex students or those coming from abroad.

This is due to the complexity of sorting out their own funding and applying for a VISA before travelling and studying in another country.

One member of the Study Abroad team described the affects of Brexit as a ‘big black hole’.

Though the team has a rough idea of how the triggering of Article 50 will impact the popular programme, they still remain unclear on what the actual ramifications will be.

The Study Abroad programme allows Essex students to exchange with international students to study at universities abroad.

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