Ballet is something we associate with pink tutus. It’s Swan Lake and the Nutcracker performed by abused and very underweight women in an ostentatiously decorated theatre. As someone who is scruffy, not at all girly, and very uncoordinated it doesn’t make sense that I’ve decided to take it up as an adult. Yet giving it … Continue reading Adult Ballet- I’ll never be an icon, but maybe it will help?
Welcome to edition #2 of Inverted Magazine, and thank you for reading! I find making the second of anything is often more intimidating than the first. The creator is forced to confront the idea that maybe their initial success, however small, was only a fluke. With two bodies of work to compare, how does the … Continue reading Letter from the editor #2- We need the arts more than ever!
Queen of the gays, princess of pop, Instagram legend, and now… communist icon? In an Instagram post from 23rd March, Britney Spears shared a message to her 23.7 million followers calling for “community collaboration”, asking people to “feed each other, re-distribute wealth, strike”. In the caption for the post, a quote from Mimi Zhu, she … Continue reading Britney would redistribute her wealth – if she had access to it
Before Coronavirus had us all isolated, Madlen Jones got very into wild swimming. Here's her account based on her experience. I’ve often heard friends and fellow swimmers talk about the buzz they get from wild swimming. The icy euphoria that courses through your veins after a swim in the freezing winter sea. After working up … Continue reading Wild swimming: taking on the Basque winter sea
Orthodox mass is full of incense, ornate decorations, and most importantly, icons- a wall of them. The phenomenon is known as iconostasis, literally icons placed in a way that conceals the altar and creates a barrier between the congregation and the priests. Dressed in robes (black or intricately and ornately decorated with gold), the priests … Continue reading Iconostasis: incense and nationalism in London
Art and Foreign Affairs Editor Maggie Nicoll on why Parisian graffiti artist Lady K is her alternative feminist icon. It sounds like a cliché, but Paris really is one of my favourite cities in the world. I love it for all of the clichéd reasons, too: the joy of people-watching from a café terrace, going … Continue reading Graffiti in Paris: pushing boundaries and asserting femininity in a male-dominated subculture
A fresh-faced, optimistic graduate with a summer full of savings in one pocket and a handful of hope in the other, I had moved my life to Spain to start my first ‘real’ job. Having secured myself a job at a language-learning app called Taplingua, I landed in Madrid ready to begin at the start … Continue reading Craplingua: my experience working for a Spanish start-up
3rd March 2020 Dear reader, Firstly, thank you for joining me in this project. We're just beginning so please give us feedback on any articles you read! At the moment we might be distracted by the coronavirus but recently the news has told a truly damning story about modern Britain. Some bits from the past … Continue reading Letter from the editor- Readers, Unite!
“So do you have any interests? Play any sports?” , My response, “Yes actually, I play rugby-” Predictably followed by eyebrows raised in shock, scorn, admiration or disbelief - it varies. Often there is some hilarious comment about women being delicate, or how I must be up against big, masculine girls. Sometimes they ask whether … Continue reading For a woman, playing rugby is feminism on the front line
Over the last few days, demonstrations of historical proportions have been taking place across Algeria, in response to President Bouteflika’s announcement that he wants to continue in his position for a fifth term. The demonstrations are some of the biggest the country has seen in recent years and have been dubbed an ‘Algerian Spring’. “Y’en … Continue reading Have you heard from Algeria? The living dead and the silence of the media in North Africa