Alongside my freelance work, I am currently working as a journalist for Digital Ship, the commercial maritime world's authority on satellite communications, software, navigation technology and computer-based training.

Are We Too Obsessed With Celebrity Relationships?

Fascination with celebrities is hardly a new concept. From what they’re wearing, to who they’ve been spotted with, modern pop culture wouldn’t be complete without a glaring spotlight being shone onto the personal lives of our favourite stars. But are we too obsessed with celebrities, and more specifically, their relationships? When does an innocent interest in who’s dating who cross the line? Misogyny Towards Stars and Their Partners A classic example of the obsession with the personal lives o

Why you shouldn’t leave Cambodia out of your Asian backpacking adventure

When planning a backpacking trip across Asia, most budget travellers tend to go for the more popular, Instagram-friendly destinations, such as Thailand, Vietnam, and, increasingly, Indonesia (and more specifically, Bali). Cambodia, despite being situated between Thailand and Vietnam, is often skipped. The country has a troubled past, but this doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. Here are some of the top places to visit t

Backpacking Australia – A guide to the must-see destinations!

The past few years have been a tricky time for aspiring travellers, with COVID restrictions wreaking havoc on travel plans for everyone. Luckily, the world is opening up, and Australia, one of the most popular destinations for young backpackers, has re-opened its doors. It’s no surprise that the country is a hit with tourists with the vast landscape and varied terrain offering a range of activities to suit everyone’s interests. Here are some of the top locations to check out when visiting Aust

Are all TikTok child star accounts inherently exploitative?

TikTok has undoubtedly become one of the largest social media sensations on the planet, with the platform giving anyone the ability to launch a career. Due to the viral nature of the video-sharing app, it’s no surprise that everyone is creating content aiming to find fame. Family content dominates much of Tiktok, especially when it involves young children. Creators such as Maia Knight and Jacquelyn & Wren have gained a large following due to their popular posts featuring their daughters. Maia,

REVIEW: 'Corner Of My Eye' by The Lemon Twigs

American rock band The Lemon Twigs have released their highly anticipated single ‘Corner Of My Eye’, after a 2-year break – and it doesn’t disappoint. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario formed the group in their home of Long Island, New York in 2014. The siblings, both multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and songwriters, share roles within the band. Both of their voices effortlessly weave together to create gorgeous, subtle harmonies. The D’Addario brothers are no strangers to performing and

Narrow Head - 'Gearhead' —

Alt-grunge heavyweights Narrow Head embrace solitude on their tumultuous new release, Gearhead. The U.S. rock quintet, formed in Texas by vocalist Jacob Duarte in 2013, have been going from strength to strength since the release of their debut album Satisfaction. Their upcoming project, Moments of Clarity (available February 10th) via Church Road Records, promises the listener a melancholy soundscape of emotion that builds on their previous work and takes their usual themes to a deeper, more pe

REVIEW: 5SOS5 by 5SOS

Australian pop-rock band 5SOS is back, with their highly anticipated fifth studio album, 5SOS5. The group, comprised of Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, and Michael Clifford, formed in 2011 in Sydney, New South Wales, has become one of the most successful musical acts in Australia’s history. Since 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer have sold more than 10 million albums, over 2 million concert tickets worldwide, and have total song streams that surpass 7 billion. Their latest release, the first

Bhutan's Boarders Are Open: What Does This Mean For Travellers?

Bhutan has recently announced that they are back open, allowing travellers into the landlocked Himalayan kingdom from the 23rd of September. The country, situated in south-central Asia, had closed their borders during the COVID lockdowns over 2 years ago, but their re-opening doesn’t mean you can just fly in and head off on your journey. Indeed, Bhutan has a unique approach to tourism. Bhutan is also unique in that it is one of the only carbon-negative countries in the world, highlighting the

Indigo Sparke - 'Hysteria'

Indigo Sparke embraces the intricacies of intimacy on the gorgeously lovesick anthem, ‘Hysteria’. Australian singer-songwriter Indigo Sparke, who relocated to New York in the spring of 2021, has gone from strength to strength since the release of her critically acclaimed subdued debut, Echo. The artist, who has collaborated with Aaron Dessner on her latest record (coming October 7th) explores her unapologetic emotions on a deeper level than seen before. Dessner, who has previously worked with

REVIEW: 'SUCKERPUNCH' by Maggie Lindemann

Texas-born singer-songwriter, Maggie Lindemann, has recently released her highly anticipated debut album SUCKERPUNCH, with the record exploring themes such as toxicity, teen angst, and substance abuse. The 24-year-old musician first gained a following by posting videos of herself singing to the now defunct social media platform Keek, and was discovered after her current manager, Gerald Tennison, came across a video she had posted to Instagram. Despite releasing a number of singles previously, S

Album Review: Two Door Cinema Club - 'Keep On Smiling' —

Two Door Cinema Club have crafted a beautifully rich kaleidoscope of indie pop perfection with their latest release, Keep On Smiling. With powerful beats, playful hooks and scintillating melodies, the trio’s fifth studio album manages to maintain the band’s signature sound, whilst still providing us with something fresh. The group, who hail from Bangor, shot to fame with their debut album Tourist History, with tracks such as Undercover Martyn becoming instant indie classics. With their fifth re

Introducing: Isabel Pless

With a soundscape reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers and lyricism that brings to mind early Taylor Swift tunes, TikTok sensation Isabel Pless is already proving herself to be one to watch. The Vermont native shot to stardom by posting clips of her original music online and has amassed a fiercely loyal fanbase thanks to her relatable yet raw lyricism. Combining whimsical guitar melodies with velvety vocals, the 21-year-old college student perfectly captures being on the cusp of adulthood in tracks su

Album Review: emails i can't send

Former Disney star Sabrina Carpenter dropped her highly-anticipated fifth studio album, emails i can’t send, earlier this month – and it’s arguably her best (and most personal) work yet. Carpenter began her career as a child star, with her breakthrough role on Girl Meets World catapulting her into the limelight. The pop princess is no stranger to fame, with her personal life been placed under a microscope over the past year. The album reflects on how this has impacted her and offers valuable in

Sri Lanka's Economic Crisis Explained - Beep

This week, you will likely have seen the videos circulating on social media of protestors in Sri Lanka breaking into former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s home, eating his food and using his gym. But how did it get this far? What has been happening in Sri Lanka? Let’s break down the events that led up to the protests, and to Rajapaksa’s eventual resignation on the 14th of July, 2022. How did it start? To properly understand the crisis in Sri Lanka, it’s crucial to understand the context of

Album Review: Harry's House - What do we make of the new album

Harry Styles is back and better than ever with his third solo studio album, Harry’s House. The album, named after Japanese pop icon Haruomi Hosono’s 1973 album Hosono House, oozes charisma and offers us some of the former One Direction star’s greatest work yet. The album manages to feel both generic and unique, impersonal yet private, but it works – in fact, the album is a celebration of congenial contradiction. The opening track, Music For a Sushi Restaurant, is a sensational start to the albu

Are young women ignoring their poor gut health symptoms?

Our gut health is important, so why do so many of us neglect it? I know I definitely do. Even though I’ve placed so much emphasis on improving my mental and physical health, I just assumed that my constant bloating was normal, as many of my friends also experience the same thing. Regular stints of constipation and stomach issues have seemingly become commonplace among younger people. When I asked my Instagram followers whether they actively thought about their gut health, 75% said that they didn

The impact of UK sanctions on Russian media – a justified response, or a step too far?

The current conflict in Ukraine has brought with it a variety of international issues, including economic problems, humanitarian crises, and an increase in global tension. The UK, along with several other superpowers, including the USA and members of the EU, have imposed severe sanctions on Russia – the most prominent of which include financial sanctions, with major Russian banks being excluded from the UK financial system and having their assets frozen. However, the measures taken against the

Top Five Mitski Songs - Beep

With the release of her latest album Laurel Hell, Mitski has solidified herself as one of the best singer-songwriters of the past decade. From her gorgeously grating 2012 debut Lush, to her critically acclaimed latest work, including the smash hit Puberty 2 and personal favourite Be The Cowboy, the Japanese-American star has paved the way for alternative indie musicians. Her visceral lyrical style and experimental instrumentals intertwine beautifully to create pure magic. Here are some of her h

Mitski returns with new album Laurel Hell - Review - Beep

Mitski is finally back, releasing her sixth studio album Laurel Hell on 4 February. After four years away from the spotlight, her latest release embraces uncertainty and explores typical themes heard in Mitski’s previous work, such as unrequited love and emotional turmoil, but with a greater sense of urgency. The album opens strongly, with the glorious, brooding track Valentine, Texas. The determined, driven instrumental, sprinkled with synth beats, transports the listener back to the ’80s – s
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