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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS A (SORT OF) EULOGY TO 2016 2016 - the year the world went mad. From the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman and Leonard Cohen, to name a few, to Brexit and the rise of ‘the big orange one’, 2016 seems to have been nought more than an unkind practical joke. From the rise of ‘the Post-truth era’ to the warmest year in recorded history, we wouldn’t blame anyone who followed through on their urge to gallop down the street bellowing that the end is nigh. The thing is, too often we see as ourselves as mere observers of the global chaos, mere atoms bobbing around in the big smoke, complaining that the fumes we inhale were excreted from the asses of the elite. This year has seen a sense of global unity, or at the very least Western unity, ripped apart like those smelly old trainers your dog got hold of because you left them lying around. Or perhaps you thought, ‘hey, those trainers have served me well, but I fancy some new ones, some new flashier, cooler ones!’ - so you happily let your dog tear them to shreds, only to realise afterwards that in fact you must now go barefoot to the shops to buy a new pair. What were you thinking? Were you thinking? Probably not. Regret sets in. Your feet get cold. Then you look out the window and realise - hey, you were only following the 2016 trend. It’s not your fault. The whole world is doing it. Why did we invent shoes in the first place? And so, in that frame of mind, you happily leave the house barefooted, skip along to the Nike shop, tread on a rusty nail, get a blood infection, and die a few weeks later, cursing this record-breaking, poll-denying year that made you forget why things like shoes were important in the first place. We are all a little mad - the best of us more than a little. But when humanity as a collective wants to throw reason out the door because the very people we think we are defeating by doing so told us to, the best thing to do is to sit down and have a cup of tea and think things through. Therefore, we decided to dedicate this last edition of Pi, of what will become the infamous year of 2016, to the mind. We hope that in reading its pages you will remember that not everything is terrible. Emotional decisions are only valid within the realm of love, we decree. In fact, love is something we ardently advocate at this dismal time. Love your friends, love your family, and most importantly, love those strangers you cross for the first and last time every day. Forge connections with people and remember that we are all in this together, and not for very long. In fact, we may only be here until next January, when he who must not be named begins his four-year long battle against his urge to press the big red button. So, let us strive for sanity together, let us cherish our minds in unison and remember: everything is down to our individual choices - the past, the present, and crucially, the future. We hope you enjoy the magazine! Beatrix Willimont & Nancy Heath Editors-in-Chief, 2016-17

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Our Second Issue of the 2016/17 academic year is focused on 'The Mind'. We delve into topics such as mental health, neurological disease, an...

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