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Unnamed Erasmus Student Dismissed From Halls for “Serious Misconduct” • Student labelled “an immediate risk to the Health and Safety of other residents” and accussed of using “ abusive language”. • Heythrop Students’ Union recently attacked the use of the word ‘misconduct’ in Alban Halls EGM - calling it ‘ethereal’. • The Lion interviews the student in question, who claimed the process was like an ‘interrogation’, and of ‘treating young people like institutionilised criminals’. Faye West Managing Editor On the 5th December a meeting was held between the Campus Services manager Judith Crimmins and an unnamed Erasmus student, in lieu of which the student was informed that they no longer had a room in the Alban Hall on the basis of “serious misconduct” and the “an immediate risk to the health and safety of other students”. The Lion investigated the situation, and in-

terviewed the student involved. The unnamed Erasmus student began by admitting that themselves and their overnight guests had lit cigarettes in the secondary stairwell in the Alban Halls. The student was then contacted by the Campus Services for a meeting in which the student was shown video footage of themselves and their guests clearly with lit cigarettes, a meeting which the student described to The Lion as an “Interrogation”. In this meeting, the student was informed

that he must pay a fine of one hundred pounds, to which the student stated that one hundred pounds is “A lot of money” and asked, “What are the regulations?”. The student themselves knew of a recent case of another student caught smoking in the Alban Halls, yet that student being only fined fifty pounds, to which he commented, “I’m not going to pay another fifty pounds”. The student was then referred to the Licence Agreement which each student who takes residence in the

Alban Hall has signed. In the weeks prior to this, the student admitted to The Lion that they had had a verbal altercation with the security at the front desk, due to a friend arriving suddenly in London requiring a place to stay and stopped from staying in the Alban Halls with the student due to the three day booking policy introduced last year. The unnamed Erasmus student claimed that they have since apologised to the security personnel.

Subsequently, the unnamed Erasmus student was called for a second meeting with the Campus Services. The student told The Lion they had asked to see the incriminating footage once more and was refused to do so. The student described how they were once more informed that they were to pay one hundred pounds as per outlined in the Licence Agreement. At which point, the student admits to making the statement... Continued on page 3: Continued from front page:

BBC’s ‘Any Questions?’ Comes to Heythrop Daniel Tripp Editor-in-Chief The famous Radio Four political panel show, ‘Any Questions?’ took place at Heythrop College on Friday 12th January, marking the first recording of the show at Heythrop, and the first show of the

new year. The show was chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, and on the panel was Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent; Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice; Chris Grayling, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; and Patrick O’Flynn, Daily Express journalist and the new Director of Communications

for the United Kingdom Independence Party. The show mentioned Heythrop’s rich history, dating back four hundred years, and made mention of its movement from Belgium, to France, before finally settling in England. Some topical questions were brought up, including, ‘Should we trust the police?’, ‘Should migrants be denied

benefits for a set amount of time?’ and ‘Should the police use water cannons?’ The final question was whether the candidates ‘Did God’ to which the answer was a resounding yes from the majority, with Mr. O’Flynn skating around the subject. Richard Dimbledy summed up the event with his final comment: “I was about to say, ‘we end this pro-

gramme with philosophy and theology – the purpose of Heythrop – but instead we end with philosophy, theology – plus politics.” The evening was notable for being extremely two-sided, with both sides of the political spectrum clearly in full attendence, and very vocal. A repeat of the show can be found on the BBC iplayer.


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An Interview with Susuana Antubam: University of London Union Womens’ Officer Nazia Begum sits down with one of ULU’s most successful union officers, to get an understanding what it means to be Womens’ Officer on London’s largest union Never has feminism been so rife on student campuses. The Guardian recently declared that the nation is currently undergoing a fourth wave of feminism. Not that the women’s movement ever really went away, but it has most certainly come back with a vengeance in 2013. Social media has played a large role in grass-roots activism where movements such as the ‘everyday sexism project’, ‘no more page 3’, more women representation on bank notes, students banning the misogynistic song ‘Blurred Lines’ being played on campus, have been campaigned both heavily and successfully, to name a few. I caught up with our very own university of London union’s woman’s officer, Susuana Antubam, to talk about what she’s been up to recently in her role: It’s been an interesting year for women’s movement in university campuses across the UK. Why do think feminism is gaining such momentum? I think that the development of media and technology is enabling feminism to spread to people who wouldn’t have looked into it before. This has also enabled more people to see different perspectives of it. Also I think the fact that we’re seeing more and more famous people announcing that they are feminists in the media is having a great impact. The term ‘intersectionality’ has become quite frequent in recent feminist discourse. What does it actually mean? Intersectionality is a term which was developed within the black feminist movement in the seventies; it refers to the study how of how different oppressions intersect. It’s really valuable to the movement now, especially when learning how different groups have been marginalised in the past and about how we can be more inclusive throughout the feminist campaigning and analysis that we do. Before becoming ULU’s Woman’s Officer, what sort of things were you involved in in relation to student activism? Last year started off pretty awe-

some: I was president of Royal Holloway Feminism society. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London, I won the NUS Women’s Campaign Inspirational Woman of year award, picked up the Campaign of the Year Award for the Royal Holloway Feminism Society and was elected to the NUS Women’s Campaign Committee. This all happened in first week of March; I hadn’t even turned 21 yet. Then, on International Women’s Day, I won my election to become ULU Women’s Officer. What does a woman’s officer do? Why do you think this role is so important? Describe a typical day for you. As Women’s Officer I never have a typical day, my work can range from giving staff safer spaces training, dealing with student maternity discrimination case work, to doing workshops and events for feminist and women’s groups. My job description says something along the lines of ‘facilitating and supporting’ all the liberation work that ULU does. What sort of events have you held already this year, are you planning any more? We’ve had the autumn liberation conference, a few women’s forums, two liberation art exhibitions, London student women reclaim the night panel event and march as well as a riot girl night and liberation poetry evening. We’ve also held quite a few workshops on sexual health and consent. I’ve conducted the first ever Londonwide ‘Hollaback!’ Intersectional research and report on sexual harassment on and near University of London campuses; launched the ‘Hollaback!’ ULU Campaign; organised the first London Women’s Officer Training Day; organised the StudentFems Freshers Fayre; helped create new student women’s forums across London; helped plan the Student Abortion Rights Conference... the feminism never stops! What has the reaction been like? Have you come across any stumbling blocks?

Stumbling blocks normally seem to be men who don’t think my role should exist. But that doesn’t affect me. The biggest stumbling block would probably be the University of London taking way our block grant meaning that it can be quite hard to find funds to do projects. Do you have any particular aims in mind you would have liked to have achieved as a woman’s officer by the end of the academic year? My main aim is to get more women’s groups on campuses, feminist societies are great, but their needs to be more women’s organising spaces, facilitated by women’s officers with intersectional politics. Another aim is to get campuses to review their reporting systems for sexual harassment and get campaigning around consent! What are your future plans? Word on the grape vine is you are planning to run for the National union Women’s Officer role… I am running for NUS National Women’s Officer! I’ve had a great year and many women (including the current NUS Women’s Officer) think that my campaigning skills could benefit women students across the UK. If I become the next NUS Women’s Officer, I hope to facilitate a campaign which uses intersectionality as a tool and not just a buzz word, provide resources for a national student women activist network and campaign for better representation and support for students with dependents and women in academia. I want to campaign against attacks to the NHS and on the reproductive rights of home and international students; against attacks on higher and further education and against sexual harassment on our campuses. I hope my work leading up to the next Women’s Conference in March will help me prove to you, if I haven’t already, that I CAN DO THIS! Keep up with Susana’s work for ULU through her blog which she updates regularly: http://susuanaulu.blogspot.co.uk/


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NEWS New Dismissal from Campus Services Publicity Halls Precedes Inform Officer EGM where ‘MisAlban Halls Intends to break conduct’ Clause is Students: the curse of the Officer, Critcised by HSU “The Cleaners Are Publicity (much akin to that of ‘Defence Not Here to Clean Against the Dark Arts’) Up After You”

“If the Campus Services keep treating young people like institutionalised criminals in a boarding school, I could[nt’] give a f*** about the Licence Agreement”. At which point, the student informed The Lion, the Campus Services Manager became distressed and called security, at which point the student left the meeting. The unnamed Erasmus student received a letter the following day that informed them that they no longer had a room in the Alban Halls nor henceforth are allowed to be in the accommodation building, on the grounds of “serious misconduct” “abusive language” and being an “immediate risk to the health of other students”. The regulations as set in the licence agreement are as such- “You must not smoke anywhere inside the Alban Hall of Residence, including your bedroom.” and “You must behave in a responsible and proper manner at all times with consideration for all other students, staff, local residents and members of the public generally. Behaving in an aggressive, violent, abusive, insulting or threatening manner towards anyone in the Hall is not acceptable and is a disciplinary offence, which may led to expulsion.” As to penalties imposed in violation of the regulations, it states “Financial penalty” yet no specifics as to what action merits what fine. Misconduct is defined as the following “Misconduct is improper interference in its broadest sense with the proper functioning or work of the

College, or activity which damages the College.” The unfortunate repercussion of this is, as the unnamed student is attending Heythrop as a part of the Erasmus program, Heythrop faces an unsatisfactory mark in the recommendation to other Erasmus students. The student told The Lion that they will be reporting a high mark in the academia but will have to not recommend to other Erasmus students not to stay take accommodation in the Alban Halls. This event at the end of the Michalmas comes before the recent Emergency General Meeting held on 14th of January where a motion was passed to redefine the term “misconduct” as it was deemed an unnecessarily nebulous term which has the potential to be levied at students without satisfactory terms.

Cleaners work extra hours to clean kitchen and living areas - with the costs passed on to students A letter from Campus Services has informed students kitchens and social areas are being left in ‘unacceptable’ conditions. Due to this, students were duly informed that ‘the cleaners are not here to clean up after you. We had to get clean-

ers to work extra hours to clean the kitchen/living areas and any charges will be passed on.’ It remains to see whether any charges will actually be levied to students, and on what basis.

Campus Services made the following statement to the Lion: “All students who reside in the hall of residence sign a Licence Agreement which sets out the terms and conditions of their occupancy. The College has a duty to ensure that residents comply with these terms and conditions for the safety and security of all residents. Residents who breach the terms and conditions are subject to the disciplinary procedures set out in the Licence Agreement. We are unable to comment on individual instances as we have a duty of confidentiality in respect of personal information.”

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The HSU Executive has a new Publicity Officer. Catriona Westwood was elected to the role after a byelection following Henry Crofts’ resignation from the role. The previous publicity officer, Charlie Yarwood, left her position after a vote of no confidence against her. Commenting on her election, Catriona said that she was excited about the role and had many plans for it, and that she intended to break the curse of the Publicity Officer role, by fulfilling her full term.

Cave Troubles (Of the NonPlatonic Variety)

The nature of the Cave is somewhat fluctuant at the moment. Last term the Cave was used for storage after previous storage areas were absorbed into the expanding male toilets, but was recently cleared and redecorated by the Film Society. However, the items that were removed from the room have, at the time of writing, been placed back inside it, making it unusable. The room, located next to the Lion Office, contains a TV and sofas, and was last year used by numerous societies and students for a variety of activities, ranging from watching movies to sleeping. The students of Heythrop College now wait with bated breath for the resolution of this unfolding story.

Bar To Open Sometimes The HSU bar will be open every Thursday for the month of January. The College has also applied to the council for a premises licence to replace temporary licences that it currently functions on. The irregular opening hours of the bar last term frustrated many students and the hope is that with announced and regular days that the bar will be open it will see greater use and success.


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The heythrop lion Over-Night Guest Reform. Passed. Clarity on fines for alban halls residents. Passed. Canteen Money To carry over for a week. Passed. Post Service Organisation Improvement. Passed. Regular Halls Meetings. Passed. Ras to be stationed on all floors - not just one. Passed. All Motions Passed.

Alban Halls EGM On the 14th of January the HSU held an Emergency General Meeting concerning Alban Halls. President Kennedy, who chaired the meeting, cited the reason for having the emergency meeting was the number of complaints received from individuals living in Alban Halls, and the HSU hoped that this meeting would give the HSU a mandate to act upon them. All motions raised at the EGM were about issues that effected Alban Halls residents, and all passed unanimously, giving the HSU the mandate it was looking for. The HSU has also taken steps to set up an Alban Halls Residents Group, through which it can receive feedback directly from residents concerning halls and work alongside on future issues around halls that arise. A number of residents volunteered for the group and votes of confidence on them were all passed by the student body.

Over-Night Guest Policy Reform The HSU resolved to campaign for an alternative overnight guest policy to replace the current system after a motion concerning the policy, proposed by Vice President English, passed unanimously. The current system, based upon one used at Imperial College, requires giving three days’ notice to Campus Services if one wishes to have an overnight guest and was brought in following a recommendation from the Metropolitan Police. The HSU stated that it believes that this system patronises the residents of Alban Halls and restricts them socially, personally and developmentally; and that a more flexible system could still

deliver the same security. A model that English cited as a potential replacement was the system used by the UNITE student accommodation service, which involves guests scanning a piece of photo ID, such as a passport or driving license, upon entering the building, thus providing a list of all guests on site. The HSU, following an amendment to the motion, also resolved to campaign to remove the two nights a week limit on guests; and to launch a welfare campaign concerning the dangers of allowing people into one’s residence if the change in guest policy went through.

Fine Confusion The HSU, alongside the new Residency Group, is to launch an investigation into the fines and charges levied by Campus Services against students living in Alban Halls. The passed motion stated that the HSU believes that currently Campus Services are charging inconsistent fines with no reference to clear and available guidelines, and that this unfair to students. The HSU and Residency Group will also review ‘misconduct’ as a chargeable offence, Mr. English stating that it was an ‘ethereal’ term with no clear definition, thus making what a resident might be charged for under the label misconduct unclear.

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n EGM BREAKDOWN Canteen Post Card Wipes Service Alban Hall’s residence might see a change in how their money regarding catering is made available to them, as the HSU has resolved to investigate the legal aspects of the canteen allowance being put on the cards daily and wiped at the end of the day, a system that the HSU believes to be exploitative of residence and unfair; with the option of the money being accessible on a weekly basis discussed at the EGM. That change, already promised by the college for next year, may be brought forward if the HSU’s investigation yields favourable results. After an amendment the HSU also resolved to campaign for a refund system for unspent money to be put in place. The HSU also left the possibility of a boycott of the canteen on the cards, as it resolved that it did not view a boycott as an inappropriate form of protest.

A motion proposed and passed at the EGM held that post for residences isn’t updated regularly and that the post boxes were filling up with uncollected post from ex-residents. The motion resolved to have a set time for post to be put out daily, and after an amendment, for the post of ex-residents to be kept separate and made available for collection by ex-residents.

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In future years the HSU will be holding two Halls General Meetings a year, as a motion highlighting that over ten percent of Heythrop students live in halls and that they need through and regular representation, as opposed to relying on EGMs, passed. Candidates also put forward their names to sit on an Alban Halls Committee, which was part of Dermot Kennedy’s campaign promise when he ran for President. The committee hopes to have a member from each floor of halls sitting on it.

The Residential Assistants system for next year may change substantially as the HSU has resolved to review their role, campaign for the RAs to live on their assigned floor, have a hand in their selection and to work jointly with the RAs and Campus Services for welfare provision throughout this year and future years. The beliefs and holdings behind the motion, proposed by Welfare Officer MacIntyre, justified the resolutions by drawing attention to the importance of the RA positions, but pointing out that currently the RAs have little support in their role aside from their employer, whom they may be unwilling to speak to for fear of their job and home, and that the pastoral role of the RAs is being negatively affected by their separation from their floor.

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Over-Night Guest Reform. Passed. Clarity on fines for alban halls residents. Passed. Canteen Money To carry over for a week. Passed. Post Service Organisation Improvement. Passed. Regular Halls Meetings. Passed. Ras to be stationed on all floors - not just one. Passed. All Motions Passed.


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Myanmar: An Experience of Extremes Richard Roewer Third Year Undergraduate This place makes your senses tingle, when smells from the street keep you alert, when the beggars keep your heart soft, the smiles of strangers make you feel you belong, when the play of children reminds you of innocence, when the spice of food keeps your taste buds buzzing, when the sounds of chanting and bells remind your spirit that not all is modern, fast, efficient and moving for money – that life itself is a mystery and journey one needs to embrace each day. The place that can do this trick is Myanmar (former Burma), the south-east Asian country between Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh. My introduction is kitsch but there is but some truth in this kitsch. Myanmar is special because it is an experience of extremes. An experience of extreme friendliness and poverty, an experience of people desiring change while protecting their traditions, an experience of a place that tries to find a way to open up to the world after it was forced to be secluded for so long. The place makes your senses tingle not because you choose to ignore its problems but precisely because you will be aware of the hardships given that you are interested and engaging hence making your beautiful experiences even more outstanding. Since the military junta was dissolved in 2011 following a general election in 2010 the country is changing rapidly. But do not be fooled the military still holds immense power and the way some problems are dealt with or not dealt with at all is far from being democratic. While the vast number of political prisoners has been released and famous opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi´s house arrest was lifted the government still refrains from accepting the Rohingya Muslims in Arakine State (West Myanmar) as one of the countries ethnic minorities, making them stateless people without a passport or legal protection. Over 100.000 Rohingyas are forced to live in camps for internally displaced people with-

out enough food and water and without the permission to leave. Reading reports on Myanmar´s internal politics as well as looking at any local newspaper it becomes clear that the more than 135 distinct ethnic groups inhibiting the country are viewed as a problem by the authorities rather than the main factor constituting the beautiful diversity of the country. Myanmar does not have a federal state system and even the biggest ethnic groups beside the Bamar, Shan and Karen, are prohibited from teaching their own culture and language at school. Under the surface the oppression reaches even further and the various ethnic groups face “Burmanisation” a process that is all to evident to the Myanmar´s citizens but that stays hidden from the visiting eye. In

order to centralize the country culturally in order to excess more control the totalitarian regime not only harassed ethnic groups other than the biggest one, the Bamar, it also came up with a set of unwritten rules that would further diminish the different cultures. The problem is that the current government seems to do almost nothing to change these policies. During my first months in Myanmar I taught a class of students belonging to the second biggest ethnic group, the Shan. The students in this class were some of the most open and friendly people I have ever met. After I got to know them better we started sharing stories from our past, from our homes. I told them about Germany, the UK, and Europe in general and they told me about their villages in the rural

north-eastern part of the country. It was all just a happy sharing of memories and I was about to move on when one my students raised his hand and said “there is more, not all is nice”. I encouraged him to speak while the whole room turned silent. From this moment on the students told me about their experiences with “Burmanisation” telling me that friends and relatives had been murdered or raped by soldiers without them ever being prosecuted. It is not legal but it is tolerated as long as nobody knows. This is an extreme example but “Burmanisation” can be more gentle and yet keep its brutality: when a Bamar soldier marries a woman from another ethnic group he will be promoted since his woman and children will take over the culture of his ethnic group.

In writing the above I only mentioned a fraction of the problems, difficulties, and challenges the country faces and yet there are so many fantastic things about this place, all the things that made me write my kitsch introduction. Myanmar is a good travel destination if you come as a tourist: people are friendly, historic and religious sites like Bagan or the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon are incredible and the food is a lot better than its reputation. But Myanmar is an even better destination if you want to engage in a giving and taking of experiences, diving deeper into the culture and making friends in a different country. So should you be interested and wish to explore your possibilities to work as a teacher or volunteer please feel free to con-

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Rumours of Peace Josh White Alumnus Few satirists could have conceived of such a scene. It was too perfect in its surreal edge. With Ariel Sharon lying entombed, Tony Blair took his position at the nearby podium and gave one of his usual performances. Sporting a yarmulke, most unnaturally, Tony oozed counterfeit solemnity “The same iron determination he took to the field of war he took to the chamber of diplomacy. Bold. Unorthodox. Unyielding.” I wander what kind of ‘iron determination’ it takes to slaughter 69 unarmed and defenceless villagers of Qibya. Sharon later claimed that his men had no idea there were still people living in the homes that they were bombarding with gunfire and grenades. It was this sort of conduct that led David Ben-Gurion to dub the young man “a pathological liar”. No doubt the twenty to fifty unarmed and defenceless refugees killed at al-Bureig were witnesses to similar displays of iron. Both took place in 1953 at the hands of Unit 101 led by the departed commander on ‘reprisal’ attacks. We’re talking retaliation for the deaths of two or three people probably. Today the Israeli military still lacks a sense of proportionality, let alone any comprehension of the immorality of revenge. It was just the beginning for young Arik. He would soon be storming across the Sinai alongside Anglo-French forces determined to snatch back the Suez Canal.

the General had graduated by then to terrorizing the inhabitants of Gaza and north-eastern Sinai isn’t so heroic. It went as far as expelling 10,000 farmers, bulldozing their homes, and destroying their farmland to make way for settlement. This is how Sharon earned the title of Bulldozer. Around this time the Bulldozer had become enamoured with an array of right-wing forces taking shape into what would become the Likud Party. Ever mercurial, Sharon jumped at the chance to advise a Labour Zionist government before attempting to stand as the Likud candidate for 1977 only to find he wasn’t the favourite. He had been refused any support by mainstream parties, so he founded a small party to win himself a seat, and managed to barter his way into Begin’s Likud government. Sharon was the Minister of Agriculture for 4 years before being promoted to

Minister of Defence. That was his proper place after all. Notably, as right-wing as Menachem Begin was he did believe in the rule of law to some extent and torture almost stopped for 4 years. The hiatus came to a close when the Bulldozer became Defence Minister. The new Defence Minister had his priorities in order. Time interviewed Sharon and he showed no time for throat-clearing and spoke bluntly “I believe that the starting point for a solution is to establish a Palestinian state in that part of Palestine that was separated from what was to become Israel in 1922 and which is now Jordan.” He had known from early on that the Palestinians had to be restricted to cantons in order for settlements to be expanded further and further. The end was an Israel with its territory stretching from the Mediterranean to the Jordan. But he knew he could not do this alone.

When it came to regional power Lebanon became the battleground for Israel and Syria and the various forces aligned to either side and those caught in between. The General took the side of the Maronite Christian militias and especially the Phalange Party founded by Pierre Gemayel out of admiration for Hitler. The aim of a client state in Lebanon was what spurred Sharon to action. Then came the massacre at Sabra and Shatila. It just so happened that the camp of Palestinian refugees was under Sharon’s watchful gaze when the Phalange came to flush out the “terrorists”. The Israeli troops stood by and watched for nearly 3 days as the rampage snuffed the life out of 1,700 human beings. Bold. Unorthodox. Unyielding. This is a rather light overview of the atrocities Sharon committed. Why then would he be heralded as a ‘peacemaker’ exactly? Anyone

Wherever the man went there seemed to be Arabs falling to the ground dead. At the battle of Mitla 260 Egyptians were left dead. The battle became a subject of controversy (a euphemism in common usage) as some claimed Sharon deliberately engaged in unauthorised aggression. General Sharon would later return to the Sinai with Israel’s most powerful forces in 1967 at the battle of Abu-Ageila. Then in the Yom Kippur War, Sharon disobeyed the orders of his superiors and instead set out to engage the Egyptian army across the Suez Canal. In doing so the General initiated a turning point in the war and was set in time as a hero of military might from then on. The fact that

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COMMENT with this record would expect to never hold such a prominent position ever again. He lost his job after much protest, but he bided his time. After the failures of the Labour governments of the 1990s and amidst the Second Intifada the old man took advantage of the rightward lurch overtaking the country. He pledged no negotiations with the Palestinians until the Intifada ended. The so-called “peace plan” that Sharon proposed, and partially initiated, amounted to relinquishing 42% of the West Bank and establishing a ‘security barrier’ (longer than the Berlin Wall) to annex around 50% of the occupied territories. To this end Sharon reinvented himself as a man of peace and transferred around 9,000 Gaza settlers to the Negev and the West Bank. It’s clear what the real prize was in his mind.


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Any Questions?: Political Leaning in the BBC Ben Mercer

Comment Editor Paranoia and hyperbole are base characteristics of vacuous and childish political discourse, and they feature prominently in arguments over media bias. We have, I’m sure, all heard it said: The media leans this way or that; and it’s worth noting that this slant is always in the wrong direction, from the perspective of the accuser. It is very difficult to lend an objective definition to something so reliant on the subjective, except to say that it may be defined only in relation to its subjectivity. So; Media Bias: an individual’s/ group’s belief that a media outlet/the media in general is biased against their point of view. I might be accused of displaying bias of my own in declaring that we hear the phrase ‘the liberal media’ more often than we hear its opposite, and that this might say something about the truth of the matter (that the Right is more paranoid, regarding its representation, than the Left, and yet is capable of creating a great deal more noise about it). But I am not a major news corporation, and I am not a public

service broadcaster, and I am not an employee of either. I also trust that my ability to find and cite evidence and sources is at least as good as that of Michael Gove, who has blamed the Left for making a bloody and pointless war seem more bloody and pointless than it actually was, or Boris Johnson (supported by the Daily Mail), who believed that the series finale of Sherlock constituted yet more evidence of bias in the BBC, because the villain was a capitalist and a media mogul. The distinction can barely be counted as subtle or nuanced, but it is worth repeating: There is a vast difference between bias in an individual, or an individual media outlet (the proud bias of Fleet Street papers is what makes the trade in this country superior to its consensus-seeking counterpart in the United States), and the vague concept of ‘The Media’. Equally, there is a distinction to be made between news programmes, political panel shows, and opinion pieces. The BBC caused a stir by handing over control of an edition of The Today Programme to an avowedly left-wing guest editor, and opened

itself to the accusation (as though an opening were needed) of media bias. But The Today Programme frequently invites contribution guest editors, and a break from consensus is to be encouraged. A politically neutral broadcaster is not a politically centrist broadcaster, and the only way to ensure that the former does not lapse into latter is to ensure every side is given an opportunity to have its say. By all means follow up that particular edition of The Today Programme with another, guest edited by by David Starkey, or Piers Morgan, or someone of similar political stripes. Don’t attempt to address the concerns of one paranoid faction of the electorate by involving other programmes in the balancing act. So, to Any Questions: Perhaps it was a misguided desire to correct this perceived shift away from political catharsis that led the BBC to replace the supposedly left-wing (if the Stalinist huckster truly merits the association) George Galloway with the latest addition to Nigel Farage’s clown cabal: Patrick O’Flynn.   He has been labelled, by his old friend Peter Oborne,

currently of the Telegraph, as the “most serious” UKIP catch, as well as “one of those rare people you’d be happy to go tiger shooting with.” As if that perfectly stupid idiom could be taken, by any decent individual, as a compliment. Of course, the reason for the switch could be more innocent. Mr Galloway has a very busy schedule, hosting shows on Russia Today, a fortnightly program on alMayadeen (for which its sponsors, rumoured to have links to disreputable regimes, pay him handsomely), and a weekly broadcast on Iran’s state-owned Press TV. Whatever the explanation, the result was disheartening. It had the effect of shifting and restricting the political focus to, at best, the centre-right (which should be seen for what it is: far more right than centre). Not a desirable position for a panel show that claims, or aims to be, representative. That the diminutive Sarah Teather - sacked from her position as Children’s Minister by the Liberal Democrats before retiring from politics to raise a family in the ‘best traditions’ of the Catho-

lic faith - represented the most left-wing opinion on the panel is a fact that will surely fail to resonate amongst those who believe that the national broadcaster is controlled by maniacal lefties. (As opposition for its own sake is not an intrinsically ideological position, we can discount much of Sadiq Khan’s contribution to the issue of balance. This is a fairly accurate summation of the problem of Labour). It also served to create a sense of disappointment from the off. Say what you want about George Galloway (I have, and will continue to do so within the confines of this country’s libel laws); the man is an enigmatic personality and a superb, if serpentine, orator. O’Flynn, by unfortunate comparison, added little substance and no gusto. In fact, his views did not stray far from those of the Conservative Justice Minister Chris Grayling. Were UKIP to be classified as a deranged and reactionary faction of the Conservative party (which it is), there would be no need to have its spokesperson take up a place on the panel, and the show might more accurately represent the views of the entire electorate.


culture section ,

Television: Doctor Who Jordan Mant

Second Year Undergraduate

that the anniversary episode

semble a cabinet at them?!’ The

was charismatic and also often

Timelord’s may see the Doctor’s

would be ‘absolutely fantastic’.

episode also featured old en-

energetic, however there was a

decisions come under scrutiny.

emies, a marriage between the

It has certainly been a roller- Thankfully Moffat failed to Flickr.com/mattjerome_88 coaster year for fans of one of disappoint with the special Britain’s longest running TV and Whovians quickly turned

much more serious and often

He will no longer be able to do

Doctor and Queen Elizabeth I, a

darker tone to the earlier Doc-

what he likes, but instead will

guest cameo from everyone’s fa-

tor’s. 55 year-old Peter Capaldi

have his own people to answer

shows. Doctor Who. Series 7:

to praise his incredible writ-

vourite jelly baby-loving fourth

is the same age that William

to.

Part 2 was met with a hostile

ing ability once more. The an-

incarnation and, of course a

Hartnell, the first actor to play

The new series has only just be-

reception when it arrived on

niversary episode featured a

casual solution to the entire

the Timelord, was when he be-

gun filming and this means that

our screens in spring 2013. It

star-studded cast, which saw

time war in a single 75 minute

gan on the show. This may lead

it will not arrive on our screen’s

was third time lucky for Clara

David Tennant, John Hurt, Bil-

episode.

to the Doctor having a very dif-

until the autumn. However,

Oswald as we met yet another

lie Piper and Tom Baker, all

On Christmas Day, Matt Smith

ferent dynamic with Clara and

with Capaldi now flying the

incarnation of the Doctor’s ‘im-

joining regular cast members

bowed out from the show and

the audience alike when the

Tardis, Clara’s role now making

possible girl’, and this time she

to celebrate the event. The epi-

Peter Capaldi was handed the

show returns. An older actor

sense and Moffat no longer hav-

secured herself a full time po-

sode had a perfect balance of a

Tardis key. His arrival, I believe,

may return the Doctor to being

ing to worry about writing an

sition in the Tardis. The issue

nostalgic look to the past and an

is going to regenerate the show

viewed primarily more as a fig-

anniversary special, series eight

with the series, however, was

exciting glimpse of the future.

into a different program than

ure of wisdom, akin to a teacher,

promises to be one of the show’s

that Steven Moffat’s writing

Fans were treated to Timelord

current viewers are used to.

rather than a friend; this should

best. However, if the audience

was below standards in certain

banter which involved screw-

Since the show was revamped

be intriguing to watch. Moreo-

decide that all this change is

episodes because he was too

driver

‘Timey

in 2005, the Doctor has typi-

ver, this Doctor has the frozen

simply too much, Capaldi can

concerned with setting up the

Wimey’ jokes and John Hurt’s

cally been portrayed as a rather

planet of Gallifrey to find so

always

storylines for the 50th anniver-

Doctor getting frustrated at

young and energetic character

that should keep him occupied

Christmas. Perhaps Moffat may

sary special. Moffat’s writing

Tennant and Smith for incor-

despite being over 900 years

for a while as well! This should

even be forced to regenerate

appeared to ask viewers to for-

rectly using their screwdrivers;

old. The Doctor that many of

add a new dimension to the

back into former show runner

give his poor effort in the hope

‘What are you going to do, as-

our parents grew up watching

show because the return of the

Russell T Davies too!

but there are always uncertain-

starts to unfold, one husband is

we all know. We were introduced

comparisons,

regenerate

again

at

Theatre: Carnage Faye West

DanielDa

ski, and starred Jodie Foster,

Managing Editor

Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz

ties, like it wouldn’t be funny at

apologetic to the other on how

to a writer who is an insuffer-

The “Am” of “The AmDrams” is

and John C. Reilly. The play is

the funny bits or the prospect

irritating his wife is, the wives

able right-fighter, an obnoxious

ambiguous. Amateur means a

entirely one scene of dialogue

of dealing with an awkward si-

start to unite over the com-

and disinterested lawyer, a neu-

lack of proffenciny, an amateur

whereby the characters start

lence as the production halted

plaints they have with their hus-

rotic and crumbling business

of anything implies a group of

with a civil conversation on

at the disappearance of a line

band’s attitudes. During this,

woman and a suppressed bad-

people in a damp village hall. To

how best to deal with the disci-

from someone’s brain. There

the physical acts of the cast were

tempered man, whose state-

say that Carnage was the pro-

plining of their sons. If you’ve

were no such events. It was

very well done, moving smooth-

ment expressing his facade,

duction Amateur production is

ever seen the move The Break-

smooth, clever and very funny.

ly to sit next to one another, as

“She dressed me up as a liberal”

therefore entirely unfounded.

fast Club, that has a similar

As the play went on, the interac-

to the various alliances were

was undoubtedly my favourite

If anyone isn’t familiar with the

style of continuous dialogue.

tions of the four characters got

forged and destroyed by the

line. Each was very well rep-

play Carnage, it centers around

To be honest, I had my reserva-

more and more dire, the point

dialogue. I enjoyed how the play

resented by the cast members,

two couples, all parents, whose

tions. The dialogue presented

behind the play being that there

took place on a three dimen-

the costumes and the manner-

relative children were in a

HeADS with a challenge. If a

are no true good intentions and

sional stage, not only did the

isms all accurately displayed.

physical altercation where one

cast member forgot just one

everything inevitably collapses

characters move left to right but

Inevitably, all collapses into

hit the other’s teeth out. Writ-

line, the whole thing could

into Carnage. This was conveyed

also forward into the audience.

Carnage as the characters ad-

ten as a play in 2011 by French

have fallen apart as there are

very well, by the writing and the

The cast really impressed me

mit that none of them care.

writer and actress Yasmina

no breaks in the scenes. I was

acting. As the disagreements

with their acting; it was almost

As they each say that this day

Reza, it was then made into a

very aware that Heythrop is

escalate between the two cou-

unpleasantly accurate with its

was the worst day of their

film directed by Roman Polan-

not starved of acting talent,

ples, a series of “side-switching”

depictions of the type of people

lives, the play ends as the god of Carnage devours them all.

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Described by Topshop as ‘effortless cool’, and followed by the likes of Kate Moss and Cara Delavigne, this grunge/skater style is all the rage for the transition between winter and spring. A simple leather jacket needs only a checkered shirt, casual jeans and some military boots to complete this edgy look. We suggest that plain, natural make up accompanied with hair resembling messy beach waves lets the outfit stand out.

90’s Plaid

Grunge

By Tiffany-Jayne Bates & Megan Rimmer

90’s plaid is all about the minimalistic look. Piecing together a loose checked shirt, and a leather skirt, contrasts the two items. We went for a rich, forest green leather, to incorporate colour and to steer clear from the outfit looking too monochrome. To complete the look, smouldering smokey eyes will emphasise the 90’s retro vibe. Alternatively, eyes can be kept simple, and opting for a bold, plum lipstick equally enhances the original plaid look.


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This classic, glamorous 40’s outfit incorporates the best of the era with a modern twist. The peplum dress accentuates natural curves, and transforms any body shape into a feminine, hour glass silhouette. Pairing gold jewellery, vibrant red shoes and cardigan, the timeless Marilyn Monroe style is completed. Slightly flicked liquid eyeliner applied only on the top lid, combined with a luscious, royal red lipstick and a flawless complexion oozes sensuality.

Pastels

1940’s Glamour

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From high street stores, such as River Island, to luxurious high end designers, like Miu-Miu, pastels take centre stage on the catwalks for spring 2014. From duck-egg blue to dusky pink, pastels provide a gentle, elegant feel, channelling your inner girliness. The collar and cuffs smarten up this playful look whilst the quirky, oversized, pink bag emphasises the power of pastel. Website ‘missguided.com’ have created the perfect collection that is both on trend and reasonably priced, ideal for the student on a budget. Any make up will match this style, specifically wide, doe eyes creating the doll-like look, with some pretty pale lipstick.


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Culture Gaming: Papers Please and Democracy Three Robert Leftwich Culture Editor

content. It is essentially a pa-

much, or take the wrong bribe

perwork simulator, you are the border control agent for psue-

DanielDaR

But for all its faults, I enjoyed

trying to create your ideal state.

to feed your family, or let some-

it, and would recommend giv-

The few problems I have with it

one in who turns out to be a

ing it a look. The second game

are that the number of policies

I picked up a couple of games

do-Soviet Union and you have

terrorist. It’s gripping stuff and

I picked up was Democracy 3,

you can enact are a little bit lim-

in the Steam sales over the holi-

to process people’s entry docu-

is so cheap, interesting and

which is a government running

ited and it doesn’t have much

day that I want to talk about.

ments, either granting them

original that it’s worth at least

simulator. You run the party in

replay value to me. But for less

Both of them cost me less than

access, turning them away, or

a look. The game does have its

power and your goal is to keep

than £5 it was both entertaining

£5 and I got far more enjoy-

sending them to be “detained”

faults of course, graphically it’s

it in power by keeping your

and educational, and personal-

ment out of them than I could

by the border guards based on

awful which can make it hard to

party in line, choosing policies,

ly, I can’t think of a much fairer

have got if I’d spent the money

how correct their papers are.

match passport photos and the

reacting to crises and trying to

game experience for the price

on a McDonalds which is kind

The way this is made interest-

game-play can be pretty obtuse

please as much of the electorate

with the possible exception of

of the minimum bar for Steam

ing is the addition of bribery,

and unforgiving at times. De-

as possible. It was a really inter-

FTL: Faster than Light (which

games really. The first of these

corruption, financial worries

spite the tongue baths given to

esting and educational game as

you should check out if you

is Papers Please by Lucas Pope,

and being paid per processed

it by the hipster crowd, it is by

well as a fun one, it tangentially

haven’t all ready). In sum, it’s a

which is a ridiculously boring

person that make the game in-

no means perfect and I wouldn’t

teaches players about econom-

fun game and if you have a par-

sounding game that masters the

teresting. You can be fired and

blame people who thought it

ics and political affiliations as

ticular interest in politics gener-

art of drawing you into the ex-

imprisoned if you mess up too

was a massive waste of time.

well as letting you mess around

ally, or as a possible career, you

perience despite its game-play

should definitely check it out.

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The Creative Commons A Creatively Compiled Collection I like my women like I like my coffee; so fucking bitter you’re left with a bad taste in your mouth long after they’re gone stare into the void and it becomes slightly easier to think of all of the problems that are too vague to confront caffeine addiction can be added to the list at this point all of your relationships leave you feeling dissatisfied substance abuse is comparable to anything else in life, i feel emotionlessly pepetuated in search of [something(?)] we are nothing more than scrapbooks of les petite morts

the beans take root in the creases of your brain sprout into ideas over many yearsmonthsweeksdayshoursminutesseconds an infinite amount of time? the concept makes me want to throw up the concept of anything lasting more than an instant makes me want to tear off my face in protest of this bleak-ass sense that eventually we’ll be able to trade all this raw experience trade it into HMV and buy the new Kanye album

it seems intentional somehow that coffee cups make the best ashtrays the convenience of combining the vices that are killing you until you take a sip from the wrong cup and become grounded for a moment as you spit saturated butts onto the laptop screen in front of you

Conor Rogers First Year Undergraduate

Our senses have dulled from over sensation Never satisfied, but ready to pose We are the kings of morning coffee Forever searching for a stronger dose Shallow are the waters we silently stand in Narrow are our views We have turned into latent puppets Loosing all what there is to lose

Kirill Burenkov First Year Undergraduate

From Heythrop College

im on first-name terms with the void now you can buy it for 74p a cup from the canteen your own little black hole in a little red cup dragging you back down into it nothing can escape

Our sleep is reality and reality is sleep A constant déjà vu We’re actors of the highest class Monsieur, how do you do?

Poetry and creativity

drain another cup lest your heart stop beating constant stimulation is required now its too weak to keep itself in motion anymore clockwork heart that needs frequent winding throughout the day

Shallow are the waters in which we swim Narrow are the paths Inside our little box of dreams We are the kings of bubble baths

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Societies.

Edited by Nazia Begum

societies@theheythroplion.co.uk

Donkey Club: Pub Reviews Graham Abbott President of the Donkey Club The Builder’s Arms vs. The Elephant and Castle. Easily the two best pubs within a short walk from the college, showing up the generic, tourist-filled Taylor-Walker pubs (The Greyhound, The Goat and The Prince of Wales) as the retrograde, corporate establishments they are. Now The Builder’s tends to hold much popularity among the Heythrop contingent, particularly considering that social interaction on an impromptu, post-lecture basis can frequently be like herding cats and thus the simplicity of beeping out of the back gate and being at the pub wins the argument for most. On the contrary if you can be bothered to make the relative trek across the High Street then nestled behind St Mary Abbots church is the wonderful Elephant and Castle. It is run by the Nichol-

son’s pub chain hence it usually has the better selection of ales of the two pubs in question, you’re way more likely to find something you’ve never tried before there (on the other hand, the award-winning Moles’ Molecatcher that has been in the Builders recently has been a fresh and interesting change to their usual line-up). Although the tone in The Elephant and Castle is lowered somewhat by the Deal or No Deal fruit machine, it’s still preferable to the trendy gastropub ambience of The Builder’s if the traditional pub feel is more to your taste. Another criticism you might make of the Builder’s is their overt welcoming of people to bring their dogs into the pub itself which I don’t welcome, for the sake of the patrons and the dogs themselves it’s not a wise idea, especially when the place is busy. As well, both pubs have tables outside for those amongst you who smoke or simply want to bask in the wonderful British weather, and both serve food to a reasonable standard although the Builder’s has the edge on that

Heythrop Pride: Events and Elections Heather Doon President of Heythrop Pride The past term has been a very exciting one for Heythrop Pride society. With the motion to elect the first ever LGBT officer passing at the OGM we’ve been busy writing role descriptions and planning the next couple years’ worth of activism and how best we can represent the LGBT community at Heythrop. We also sent a small delegation to NUS liberation training, where participants learnt about all four liberation campaigns (women’s, black students, LGBT, disabled

students) and how to facilitate better resources on campus. Heythrop Pride’s weekly LGBTea meeting is every Wednesday at 2pm in the rec room. Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is welcome to pop along for some tea and a large variety of biscuits. We would love to see lots of new faces this term and share some of the excellent upcoming campaigns we have planned for this year! We will be holding elections for next years officers at the end of February as well as delegate elections for NUS LGBT Conference in May.

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front. Verdict: The Elephant and Castle is certainly worth visiting if you’ve not been, for what it’s worth though unless you’re going to the tube station or you’re milling around on the High Street; the Builders wins for its convenience (and the rare chance of seeing David Beckham). If you’re looking for something a little better to break the mundaneness of drinking very locally and are up for stretching your legs then there are two pubs that are indubitably worth checking out: The Churchill Arms and The Windsor Castle Both are roughly a ten minute walk from the College and are held in very high regard by Schola Cantorum members and Donkey Club presidents alike. The effervescent flowers that dominate the front of The Churchill never fail to catch the eye on a stroll up Church Street and they correctly suggest how much care is taken to make the pub a welcoming place to have a pint; its landlord Gerry really does imbue a warm and genuine

feeling to his establishment. Moreover their Thai food is excellent and is allegedly the pub in London that started the trend of serving such cuisine. There’s a pleasant décor with apposite Churchill memorabilia in honour of their namesake; in fact his grandparents were regulars there many moons ago. Their famous Churchill night celebration on the 30th November has become a fixture in the Donkey Club calendar; the bar staff dress in period costume and the pub is decorated with Union Jacks aplenty, wartime trinkets and posters. On a more personal note however the great disdain I hold for Fuller’s brewery with which The Churchill is affiliated regrettably holds me back from whole-heartedly embracing it, concordantly I feel the selection of beers available somewhat perfunctory given Fuller’s displeasing products. Then again, maybe I’m being slightly cantankerous given how well the place is esteemed. As for The Windsor Castle, it’s a truly splendid pub found on

Campden Hill Road characterized by partitioned areas, wood panelling, open fire and a scenic, spacious beer garden. You’ll certainly enjoy the terrific seriatim of ales and world beers on offer, making it an optimal place for sampling something new. The abundant selection of drinks, doesn’t end with their beer repertoire either; cider drinkers and gin aficionados are particularly catered for excellently. I’m not sure there’s many places, inside or outside for that matter that are more pleasant to sit down, relax and enjoy a tasty British pint. Of the two, the pub I’d unsurprisingly opt for on most occasions would have to be the Windsor Castle, not just for its idiosyncratic interior, or indeed exterior, but their array of different drinks offer something for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, the Churchill is a superb place to go for a drink but its relatively sparse alternatives mean for me it’s a less sustainable place to go and enjoy an evening.

Heythrop Law Society Joins Ranks of HSU Societies Alex Ewing President of the Heythrop Law Society decided to create Heythrop Law Society after going to a careers speech by the College’s careers service. There was only a handful of us there, who quickly went pale when it became obvious that if we were looking to do the GDL (the graduate law conversion course) we shouldn’t have spent so much time musing in the gardens but rather plugging away at internships. The university couldn’t offer me much more help on that front, and when I studied the services that were offered in other institutions in the UoL it became apparent that their firm-sponsored, self-funding law societies were not only fantastic social hubs, but a recruitment gateway for those looking to get into training programs. Philosophy and Theology are very broad degrees that are studied at this college by a great many perceptive and intelligent minds who choose to do so simply for their love of the subject. Our college is a tremendous resource of able stu-

dents with complementary skills for the law profession who may not realise how desirable their degrees are in the eyes of contemporary law firms (Allen & Overy, residing in the top five law global firms, recruits just under 50% of its trainees from GDL courses), and I wanted this society to make the lofty goal of becoming a City barrister or solicitor realizable. So the first aim was forming a committee, seven dedicated members who would strive to create Heythrop’s most effective careers service. Sarah Hunt, David Roberts, Roger Taylor, Stefan Drot-Troha, Felix Antony-Brown and Megan Rimmer took up the torch, and have been the most enjoyable and productive team I have had the pleasure of working with. In only a few months we have gone from introductions to negotiations for our first sponsorship deal with ‘Bivonas’, an international law firm, and the enthusiasm for our project has only been strengthened by each success. In order to have our society in a position for such an opportunity we have met regularly to produce a website, formed a strong social me-

dia presence, membership cards (with a flagship discount at Archangel: stop by and pick one up!) and a skeleton form for our sponsorship applications that will be key to creating a relationship between our members and City firms. Our work in this time has culminated in our first social on January the 24th, a fiery no-holds-barred debate with a following bar social, attended by the committees from other UoL law societies, a range of our own terrific Heythrop Socs and a guest speaker from our sponsor. Following the aforementioned date we will be having regular members meetings, organising speakers and workshops that will help those interested in law clarify the multitude of roles available to those wishing to participate, whilst providing a mutually beneficial forum to aid each other’s progress towards the goals we will establish in this career path. We implore you to join our Facebook, Twitter or sign up to our mailing list and come be a part of a very pragmatic and enthusiastic group and help each-other learn and gain relevant experience and opportunities.


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Fun and Games

Letters to the Editors

Dear Mr The Lion, I am highly perturbed by the developing story around the nature of cleaners. I myself consider myself a cleaner and am left wandering in a great void now that it has been announced that my role is not to clean. I am shaken to my very (clean) existential core, and it is all I can do to console myself to drink excessive amounts of espressos and write bad poetry while pondering my purpose in life. EASY

I am a cleaner, I clean therefore I am. And if I do not clean, I am not? Woe is me as a miasma of uncertainty descends upon my (very hygienic) existence! From Hell’s dark heart this absurdity stabs at me myself! What am I to do? I am reaching out to you, oh wise and ancient The Lion, for advice in these troubling (and potentially dirty) times. Perhaps some sort of Agony Aunt section? A part of the paper where the isolated and angst ridden souls of Heythrop might pour out their miseries to a faceless and slightly Oedipal figure in exchange for suspect and unqualified advice. Yours sincerely, Ferg‌ A.C. Leaner

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