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The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times

When Rey met Luke. Disney Rebecca Harrison, University of Glasgow Warning: Spoiler alert The Star Wars universe is no stranger to political allegories. Many viewers have pointed out the parallels […]

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An ox, an ass … a dragon? Sorry, there were no animals in the Bible’s nativity scene

Animals are commonly found in creche sets, but surprisingly not in the Bible. Marco Verch, CC BY-SA M J C Warren, University of Sheffield From nativity plays to crèche sets […]

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All I want for Christmas is You: Mariah Carey number one for UK’s favourite festive song

shutterstock. Craig Anderson, University of Glasgow For me, one of the best bits about the Christmas season is hearing a favourite Christmas songs on the radio or while out shopping. […]

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Murder on the Orient Express: why go to see remake when we know how it ends?

21st Century Fox Andrew Dix, Loughborough University For the distinguished crime novelist PD James, Agatha Christie’s distinctive contribution to the genre lies not in thematic complexity nor stylistic prowess, but […]

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Big Ben to chime for Remembrance

As part of the nation’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations, Big Ben will chime at 11 o’clock on Sunday 12 November, live on BBC One. The Remembrance Sunday chimes are a key […]

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What Martin Luther’s Reformation tells us about history and memory

Ferdinand Willem Pauwels/Wikimedia Commons Peter Marshall, University of Warwick The story we tell of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago is a window on how the past […]

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The impossible ideals of the British middle class: why Doctor Foster is gripping the nation

BBC, Author provided Helena Bassil-Mozorow, Glasgow Caledonian University It is fairly rare when a TV drama concerning entirely domestic issues such as marital cheating and lying to your spouse looks […]

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David Bowie, a latter-day Romantic, was a modern-day Lord Byron

Jean-Luc via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Emily Bernhard Jackson, University of Exeter Before he died in January 2016, David Bowie was universally regarded as one of the seminal rock stars […]

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Stan Laurel was no Charlie Chaplin – he was far funnier

Laurel and Hardy. Publicity photo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy from the 1930s David James, Manchester Metropolitan University Chaplin wasn’t the funniest. I wasn’t the funniest. Stan Laurel was […]

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How Elvis permanently changed American pop culture

David Anderson, Swansea University It’s been 40 years since Elvis Presley last swivelled his hips, before his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 42. To date, Elvis’s singles […]

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