Some thoughts on mental health in a pandemic

If you lived on Uranus, in theory, you would experience each of the four seasons only once. Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the Sun. The planet’s distance from the Sun means it has the coldest temperatures in the Solar System, so the variety of seasons would be a little different to on Earth, but go with me on this.

Imagine you could take the four seasons to Uranus with you, each of them lasting approximately 21 years, as the planet makes its orbit over the length of a lifetime.

Each season once in a lifetime. …

A Lord Of The Rings parody concerning the fall of a despot

‘Well, Frodo did it’, said Gandalf, gazing across the arid fields of Mordor at the ruins of Sauron Tower.

‘And I suppose,’ said Sam, attempting to overcome the natural lack of self-esteem that his therapist said he really needed to work on, ‘I suppose even I helped a little bit.’

‘Frodo did it,’ repeated the wizard, his casual disdain for Sam’s working-class status unchanged by recent events. ‘The Dark Lord is defeated; his followers scattered. What now will become of this land?’

What indeed? A vicious despot had been expelled, but there was much work to be done.

For starters…

How Jumanji plays against toxic masculinity and wins

In 1969, young Alan Parrish has an argument with his father. He resolves to run away from home, but not before playing a boardgame with his friend Sarah. Unbeknownst to Alan, the game Jumanji releases wild creatures, and other dangers from its jungle world, into the world of the player with each roll of the dice. On Alan’s turn, he’s sucked into the boardgame. He can only be released when another player rolls a five or an eight. Unfortunately, Sarah is alarmed by the sight of her friend being vaporised into a boardgame, not to mention by a swarm of…

Why Bob Dylan’s new album is the perfect soundtrack to 2020

Way out in the wilderness, or at least on Twitter, as the world dreamed fitful dreams with the pandemic-induced knowledge that leaving the house could turn you into a ticking time-bomb, a little after four o’clock in the morning on March 27th 2020, Bob Dylan made an announcement.

I am not too old to love this film. I am not.

Toy Story is brilliant. As opinions go, this one more or less matches ‘Lennon and McCartney wrote some pretty good lyrics’ or ‘Cake tastes nice’ in its originality and insight, but I say again, the first Toy Story film is brilliant. I was six years old when the movie came out in 1995, and it captivated me, along with just about everyone who saw it.

Warning: minor spoilers for the first three Toy Story films.

Twenty-five years and three sequels later, love of the film has only grown with time. Toy Story is now a universally regarded movie, and a…

Joe Lawrence

Passionate doer of things. Staring down the world with an English degree strapped around my waist.

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