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What the BUCS is going on?

[box]By Govindpal Singh Kooner[/box] On Tuesday 4th December, a BUCS National Advisory Group (NAG) meeting was held, where medical schools and their parent institutions were told that no further options concerning the BUCS merger would be granted. The NAG is comprised of regional chairs, with London Region Student Chair, Kiki, the KCLSU VP for Students Activities and Facilities attending to […]

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London Universities Expand

[box]By Katherine Bettany[/box] Students familiar with the Imperial Campus at Hammersmith Hospital will have noticed fervent construction taking place at nearby White City.  Imperial’s new one billion pound campus Imperial West, is under construction, and will form a ‘research and technology hub’ primarily for postgraduate students. In what seems like a battle of expansions, UCL has also begun its own […]

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Return to Middle Earth – The Hobbit

Return to Middle Earth – The Hobbit

[box] Chetan Khatri takes a trip down memory lane when he reviews Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey[/box] Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle Earth for the first in a new trilogy for Tolkien’s original book, ‘The Hobbit’. Tolkien had originally subtitled his book ‘There and Back Again’, however, Jackson opted for An Unexpected Journey. The movie closely follows […]

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Bad, bad pharma…

Bad, bad pharma…

[box]Dzintars Gotham reviews Ben Goldacre’s latest offering, the grim tale of the modern pharmaceutical industry[/box] Ben Goldacre’s newest book, ‘Bad Pharma’, was published last September disguised as a box of pills, braille included, in light blue and pink. I remembered how entertaining his last book, ‘Bad Science’, was, and I laughed when I first noticed the braille over the title […]

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Come fly with Denzel

Come fly with Denzel

[box]John Park reviews ‘Flight’, which sees Denzel Washington play an alcoholic pilot[/box] We’re often told that it’s a bad idea to drink and drive. Denzel Washington shows us that it’s an even worse idea to drink and fly. He’s drunk, especially after one of his boozy night-outs, and his self-prescribed cure for the morning after is snorting some cocaine (does […]

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Iris: freedom of the mind

[box]By Kiranjeet Gill [/box] ‘There is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind’, Iris Murdoch says in a speech to a room full of academics. It occurs to me how true this is.  Of all the things we have to fear, losing our memories, our minds – those things that makes us, us – have got […]

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Love in a hopeless place – Amour

Love in a hopeless place – Amour

[box]Simon Boyd reviews Michael Haneke’s masterpiece ‘Amour’ [/box] Please allow me to introduce myself. Director Michael Haneke has been nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes six times, he gained his second win this year with his current film – ‘Amour’. Despite all the claims that this film is a masterpiece (it is), I’m not going to label it […]

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I give it a year…

[box]By John Park[/box] Marriage is hard, apparently. We are told the hardest part is especially in the first year, when couples freshly off their merry honeymoon phases are thrown into the real world and are racked with second thoughts and bouts about the life-long contracts they signed. Such is the premise for this excellent little comedy gem from Britain. Josh […]

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Dear Doctor…

[box]Our in-house “doctor” solves all your problems[/box] Dear Doctor, I love being a medical student and all the self-importance that entitles me to. But as much as I have a marvellous time living with my housemates (it’s like ‘Friends’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Skins’ and ‘In the Night Garden’, all mixed together in a lovely bucket of bliss), I really really miss my […]

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Rash Resolutions

[box]Zara Zeb’s monthly column[/box] In 2005 a British psychologist Cliff Arnall came up with a formula that combined several factors, including bills from the Christmas period to be paid, our ability to pay the debt, the weather, and broken resolutions, to calculate the most depressing day of the year. It started off with the 4th Monday of January but was […]

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