COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS: WEEK 5

Even the weather hasn’t managed to avoid the Fifth Week Blues, and I’m afraid the third instalment of Trinity’s Committee Recommends is not particularly cheery either as we look at the state of the British Media and both past and present injustices.

Our ‘Recommends’ series is a round-up of news articles, long reads and internet miscellany to keep you informed and entertained.

© TIM GRAHAM / GETTY IMAGES in Town and Country Magazine

© TIM GRAHAM / GETTY IMAGES in Town and Country Magazine

Even the weather hasn’t managed to avoid the Fifth Week Blues, and I’m afraid the third instalment of Trinity’s Committee Recommends is not particularly cheery either. The state of the British media is examined in a few of these pieces within the context of the BBC’s Princess Diana interview and the sugar-coated obituaries to Fleet Street’s John Kay. We also look at the injustices faced by black children growing up in the 70s and current residents of the Gaza Strip. It is not all doom and gloom, however, as some precarious positives coming out of the pandemic are highlighted…

LONG READS

The black children wrongly sent to ‘special’ schools in the 1970s

This BBC piece details the background to the stories that are heard in the new documentary Subnormal: A British Scandal. This issue was also brought to light in the episode Education of Steve McQueen’s mini-series Small Axe.

Princess Diana and the BBC Panorama interview that changed everything: Why was it so controversial?

Lord Dyson’s report “found that the BBC covered up ‘deceitful behaviour’ by [Martin] Bashir to obtain it”. This article examines why the interview was so controversial.

IN THE NEWS

Lovely eulogies to Fleet Street’s John Kay, but they overlook one important fact

The death of the journalist John Kay led to an outpouring of glowing obituaries from The Sun, where Kay worked, amongst other jobs. His successful career is highlighted, but the fact that he killed his wife before he achieved most of these successes was pushed to the side. Our President, Joe, labels this “An important example of tabloid hypocrisy as on the same pages they eviscerate Martin Bashir”.

Charter review is ‘significant moment’ for BBC, says Priti Patel

This quick read from the Guardian looks at the Home Secretary’s recent comments on the BBC and the future of this corporation.

The Future of Remote Work is the Opposite of Lonely

This is a really insightful article on what remote working could look like in the future and why it doesn’t have to be considered an isolating experience.

In vaccinated Britain, the government mustn’t repeat the mistakes of September

Here Tortoise details the decision the PM needs to make between economic and human health. Lottie, our Pres-Elect, describes it as a good “reality check”.

A BIT OF LISTENING

The Lazarus Heist

This podcast starts with the Sony hack in 2014 but goes beyond this in tracing the causes. Lizzie, our Sponsorship Lead, says that “It’s an interesting investigative podcast released weekly that in some way a is a relief from daily, overwhelmingly negative news podcasts (not that it’s particularly optimistic!)”.

THE WATCH LIST

The Ringmaster

This documentary, directed by Molly Dworsky and Dave Newberg, begins with the humble premise of filmmaker Zachary Capp looking to make a film about Larry Lang, the best onion ring maker in the world. It soon transforms into Zachary’s exploration of addiction through the perusal of the perfect film ending. Agata, our Head of Events brands it as a “Unique premise and a brilliant watch“.

Gaza Strip resident: Sounds of war replaced birdsong

This short video provides us with a first-hand perspective of the atrocities taking place in Palestine. To understand the recent events further, this BBC article from Newsnight may be helpful.

FEAST YOUR EYES

“London Is Starting To Bristle With Life”: Misan Harriman Captures A Post-Lockdown Capital For Vogue

Misan Harriman may be recognised for his Vogue cover shoot with Marcus Rashford and Adwoa Aboah last year or the portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they announced that they were expecting a second child. These new photographs offer precarious glimpses of London out of lockdown.