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Posts published by “Jake Gill”

Roots of the Catalan Crisis

‘Som una nació. Nosaltres decidim.’ (We are a nation. We decide.) Catalonia is a region in limbo. Since the semi-autonomous province in north-west Spain held an illegitimate independence referendum in 2017, the population of 7.5 million has been in the dark, wondering what the Spanish government will decide for their…

Masculinity in the Trenches

“You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you’ll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.”  – Siegfried Sassoon, ‘Suicide in the Trenches’.     At the outbreak of the First World War, the epitome of military manhood dictated that a spirit of strength and sacrifice was…

Edison’s Light Bulb

The invention of the light bulb was a process that took the scientific community the best part of the 19th century to complete and perfect. It was on 27 January 1880 that Thomas Edison, a relative newcomer to the field of research, was able to patent his light bulb design…