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The Dark Side of Atheism


A man walks into the bar, orders a drink, sits down with his mates and grumbles about the weather or politics. They discuss sports, the drop of the Euro exchange rates, or why male dogs piss with their leg up. The daily topics of conversation are pointed outwards – people shy away from openly speaking about their inner world.

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Thoughts on the Moustache


Picture credits: Remco Hodenius

Eddie Bambrough published his ‘thoughts on the beard’ in the last Boomerang edition. Just like Eddie I have also grown some facial hair over the holidays. A goatee beard now ornaments my face. Originally I was just too lazy to shave, but then my twin sister grew to like the new look. She’s an artist so I trust her on these kind of things. Plus I simply cannot refuse her anything ever, period.   Back to the moustache. It has definitely given me a more distinct look. I feel that people remember me more easily and recognize me from far away. Shaving it off at this point would cut my social network in half. On top of that their usual guess of Eastern European birth has changed to Italian. (I am actually plain Dutch) The change also gave rise to clever wordplay. My favourite Dining Hall guy now addresses me with ‘Maestro’ and my friends and family simultaneously invented the nickname ‘Mistache’. And its ‘Descartes’ now for my honours course. In his joyful piece, Eddie also touched upon the topic of ‘having game’. I suppose that a moustache has a polarizing effect there. For some persons it will be a no-go whilst others find it more attractive. So, from my personal experience, those that have a positive attitude will be quicker to step up to you. Improvement!

For the last summer months of my campus life I will keep it up, especially because of the visibility argument I mentioned before. Afterwards there is a good change that my  studies will bring me to Berlin. Whilst attending my twin’s EP release there I noticed few clean-shaven looks, so my goatee beard would blend in very well. Thus, it seems that my Masters application will determine whether or not I will carry on the moustache next year!

For my twin´s EP:

Being White Before Being a Woman. Being Rich Before Being Black and Latino.


It has been an incredible couple of months: Black lives Matter making the headlines, the rise of new aggressive stance of modern day feminism, society shifting towards removing the bigoted ideologies that persist in our society, or at least adopting a consensus that these ideologies are wrong.

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Real Virtuality

A Review of Brussaard’s Blue


Is the reality in which we live in not enough anymore? This is the opening question that the play Blue by Marijn Brussaard raises. I went to see it a couple of weeks ago for a performance studies assignment, knowing that it would be an audiovisual experience. After entering a darkened room, a man came in and started playing music on a console. I don’t know whether it was because I had never seen what was happening on stage in a theatre or because the THC kicked in at that moment, but I was very excited about what I was listening to.

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The way we used to read


The image of a pasty, bespectacled intellectual looms over us when we are deciding what we want to read, like a vengeful God. We feel His hot breath on the back of our necks and we know that He will punish us if ever we read something unworthy. And so we carry around a copy of the Fountainhead/Anna Karenina/anything by Martin Amis like the proverbial cross. We struggle through a few pages, maybe, and then we chastise ourselves for not understanding, for not enjoying such a great work. We end up never reading.

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By Eddie Bambrough

I have recently grown a beard. I say recently, but it wasn’t recent for me. I disappeared for 5 weeks to the rural North of England and then to everyone’s surprise I returned with more hair on my face. This is the result of not shaving for 5 weeks and as much as I would love to say it is a fashion statement, the reason I did not shave for 5 weeks is because I did not go out or meet any new people. By about three and half weeks in, I could not shave as I thought it would probably hurt.

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A Guy Called Gerald’s Geographical Experiment

MUSIC REVIEW by Tabe Bakker

Mp3s and other forms of digital music are not physical products. An mp3 can spread around the world just as quickly as a post on Instagram, whereas a piece of 12” vinyl can only travel as fast as whatever it is traveling in. In the late 80s and early 90s, you could only listen to music on physical carriers or on the radio, there was no Internet, no downloading, no Googling songs to listen to. Consequently, genres developed much more locally than now. Yes, there was the medium of radio to catch up with the newest tunes from other places, but before the internet, different places had distinct sounds. In cool Britannia, Manchester sounded way different than London, and London different from Liverpool. Scenes were much less connected, cities were small islands of different sounds, and the underground flourished. Without internet, development was bound to physical spaces.

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REVIEW by Siam Shah Khan

People unfamiliar with Kenneth Lonergan will have a hard time understanding the emotionally complex film Manchester By The Sea. The film does not have a confusing plot or any complex story structure, it’s a simple story about a tragedy that occurs in the family of the main protagonist Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) but it is the way that Kenneth Lonergan frames the film that allows it to transcend beyond being a mere exercise in misery porn.


Manchester By the Sea is a film about how the daily minutiae of life intervene even in the presence of grief or tragedy. Lee Chandler’s older brother played by Kyle Chandler suffers congestive heart failure and dies one day leaving Lee to take care of his seventeen year old nephew Patrick. Lee himself has suffered some personal tragedy and is a broken person, the fact that he is put in charge of caring for a vulnerable teenager gives this film its narrative hook.

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