Tau Nell

Student

United Kingdom

BSc Psychology graduate and MSc Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice student at UCL

Portfolio

Arts and Culture

London Stranger
01/31/2020
Tim Walker's 'Wonderful Things' at the V&A: a Review

Flicking through the polished pages of Vogue, one always feels like an outsider desperately looking in. The models, posing in unearthly dreamscapes, are too flawless to be of our world, let alone of our species. They romp in impossible gowns and toss their elaborate locks, rarely deigning to meet our inferior eyes.

London Stranger
03/12/2020
‘Meet Vincent Van Gogh’ at the South Bank: a Review

'Van Goe', 'Van Goff', 'Van Gock '; just like his name, the Dutch artist, who said he'd prefer to be known simply as 'Vincent', is the subject of constant debate and scrutiny. Sometimes a frustrated genius, sometimes a deeply ill man, sometimes a lost soul, 'Meet Vincent Van Gogh' shows us that he was all of these and more.

London Stranger
02/18/2020
'British Baroque: Power and Illusion' at the Tate Britain: a Review

The word 'Baroque' stems from the Portuguese 'Barroco', meaning a misshapen pearl, a fitting name for this movement to say the least. While art of the Renaissance is serene and noble, conforming to extensive rules to achieve visual perfection, a flawless pearl, Baroque art is not so.

The Upcoming
08/31/2020
Movie Review: Undergods

There is something inherently unnerving about finding a stranger on your doorstep. It's the idea of something totally unfamiliar appearing in a space you know so well, destabilising the perception of your own authority. The thought that your safety depends on something utterly unknown and unpredictable behaving predictably.

The Upcoming
09/21/2020
Documentary Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Organising a voyage through history is not easy, especially if you intend to keep all of your passengers on board throughout the ride. It is even more challenging when many of the journey's vistas are unsightly, its course is bumpy, and there are 300 years' worth of stops to make.

Medium
03/25/2020
15 Classic Films to Bring Some Culture to Your Quarantine

We are living in strange and utterly unprecedented times. Just weeks ago, the title of this article would have been jarring and hilarious, but now, with the government urging us all to stay home, it seems entirely appropriate.

London Stranger
02/04/2020
20 Offbeat Instagram Photography Spots in London

Text and photographs by Tau Nell Ever since The Garden at 120 opened its doors in early 2019, it has been a huge success with locals, city workers, and tourists alike. Zip to the 15th floor of the Fen Court building to enjoy its peaceful landscaped gardens and jaw-dropping vistas of London.

Album Reviews

The Founder
11/26/2019
Lana Del Rey's 'Norman F*cking Rockwell!': a Review

Student Writer | Tau Nell Lana Del Rey is best known for the starry-eyed scenes she paints using her sultry contralto voice of an America that was, and one that could have been. Her misadventures have led her to sing of Bel Air lovers, of speeding along the California coast, and of being the enchanting...

The Founder
02/24/2020
Poppy's 'I Disagree': a Review

Tau Nell | Student Writer Anyone partial to YouTube binges will have come across her. The arrow-straight platinum hair, the naïve doe eyes, the disarming baby voice. I refer, of course, to Poppy, whose eccentric videos have been sparking frenzied discussion since her 2015 debut: a ten-minute clip in which she repeats 'I'm Poppy' from...

The Founder
04/10/2021
Review: Lana Del Rey's 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club'

Tau Nell | Content Writer Since announcing Chemtrails, her seventh studio album, Lana Del Rey has undergone numerous public metamorphoses. She was America's sweetheart, riding on the success of 2019's Norman F*cking Rockwell; a controversial commentator, following her bold but untimely tirade against double standards in the music industry; and a sensitive poet, telling all...

The Founder
01/29/2020
Album of the Year: Billie Eilish's 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?'

Tau Nell | Student Writer Not everyone was familiar with Billie Eilish when her no-nonsense track 'Bad Guy' marched to the top of the charts early last year, but she is no overnight sensation. The silver-tongued songstress released her EP 'Don't Smile at Me' in 2017, and has been on an ever-rising rollercoaster of stardom...

Medium
11/17/2020
The Sound of Lockdown: Dua Lipa's 'Future Nostalgia'

Dua Lipa didn't expect to release Future Nostalgia the way she did; the journey was far bumpier than anticipated. First there were the leaks. One day after Lipa announced the album's drop date, hackers snatched three unreleased songs from her grasp.

The Founder
03/22/2020
Album Review: Kesha's ‘High Road’

Tau Nell | Student Writer Kesha's philosophy is pretty simple these days: 'I'm going to be as happy as possible because I could get hit by a bus in ten minutes'. Here's a quick run-down as to why she might feel this way. In 2014, Kesha publicly accused her producer, Dr. Luke, of chronic physical...

Music News

Mxdwn UK
08/25/2020
Mika to Stream Online Benefit Concert to Raise Money for Beirut

The artist announced via Instagram that he will be hosting a 'very intimate' live streamed show on September 19, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross and Save the Children UK. The show, called I Love Beirut, will be streamed on YouTube in four different time zones, with tickets now on sale for each.

Mxdwn UK
09/11/2020
Boris Johnson's 'Freedom Pass' Could Allow Live Events to Return without Social Distancing

The Prime Minister has said that people with negative coronavirus tests results could be issued provisional passes which would allow them to attend events without having to be socially distanced. This would permit venues such as cinemas, concert halls, theatres, and stadiums to run at full capacity, thus boosting their financial recovery and giving audience members a more 'normal' experience.

Mxdwn UK
09/04/2020
Reading and Leeds Festivals Criticised for Lack of Female Headliners

Reading and Leeds festival organisers have received massive online backlash after revealing their 2021 line up, the headliners of which are all male. Fans have expressed particularly deep disappointment as this is not the first time the dual-running festivals have failed to book top female artists.

Mxdwn UK
08/17/2020
Little Mix Star Leigh-Anne Pinnock Opens Up about Struggle with Racism

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, a member of girl group Little Mix, is speaking out against the racism she has experienced in the music industry and throughout her life. Pinnock, 28, who is of Barbadian and Jamaican descent, revealed in the recent Channel 4 documentary The Talk that she has experienced racism since she was in primary school, aged just nine when...

Mxdwn UK
09/08/2020
Mick Jagger Discusses Possibility of New Rolling Stones Music

The iconic band's frontman has addressed whether the group will be able to record new music amid current coronavirus concerns. The singer-songwriter spent most of the year in quarantine, but has suggested that new music could be on the way if the band are able to get together under 'safe circumstances'.

Mxdwn UK
09/02/2020
George Ezra Reveals he Suffers from OCD

Ezra, 27, opened up on the BBC's How Do You Cope? podcast about the difficulties he faces living with an uncommon form of OCD called 'Pure O'. He told listeners that he has had the condition all his life but did not identify it until recently.

Mxdwn UK
09/09/2020
Steps Announce New Album and 2021 Tour

The five-piece band have revealed via their social media handles that a new album will be released on November 27, and that a month-long UK tour will take place next year. The album, called What The Future Holds, will be their sixth in total, and their second since returning from their 2013-17 hiatus.

Mxdwn UK
09/10/2020
The Cure's Robert Smith says Two New Albums are On the Way

The legendary rock group's frontman told NME that he has been spending the majority of 2020 finishing work on an upcoming record from the band as well as finalising his debut solo project. This will be The Cure's first new output in over a decade.

Mxdwn UK
08/20/2020
NME Launches New Branch in Asia

The British music brand NME has launched in Asia, basing its third overseas branch in Singapore. The new team of journalists, a network spanning South East Asia, will at first focus on artists and events in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, but plan to expand their coverage over time.

Mxdwn UK
09/07/2020
Beabadoobee Announces 2021 Tour

Indie rock sensation Beabadoobee has announced a UK and Ireland tour, which is set to take place next autumn. The tour, revealed by the British singer-songwriter this morning via social media, is in support of her debut studio album Fake It Flowers.

Mxdwn UK
08/21/2020
Artists Can Now Perform on Stage without Extra Social Distancing

Following the results of a new study, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, has announced that performers no longer need to practice extra social distancing when on stage. He confirmed that ' The performing arts guidance has now changed and is effective immediately', describing this as an ' important step in getting performances back on '.

Mxdwn UK
09/03/2020
The Jazz Cafe Announces September Reopening

The iconic London venue has shared the news of its socially-distanced reopening across its social media handles. From September 18, The Jazz Cafe will be hosting a 'jam-packed' season of live music, with a limited number of two, three, four, and six-seater tables available per night.

Medium
08/06/2020
Lewis Capaldi: Life in Lockdown, Return to the Studio, and 30 New Songs

Just over a year after the release of his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has announced that work on his second record is well underway. The artist recently gave a series of US radio interviews, telling Y100 Miami that the coronavirus lockdown, which he spent with his family in...

Mxdwn UK
08/26/2020
Iron Maiden to Reissue their Debut Album to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary

The iconic heavy metal band has announced that it will be releasing limited edition vinyl copies of the self-titled album to mark 40 years since its release. Although the record's 40th birthday was actually on April 14, the new copies will be made available on October 9 to coincide with National Album Day.

Mxdwn UK
08/18/2020
Adele Credits her Inner Transformation to 'Profound' Glennon Doyle Book

Adele, 32, has been making headlines since the beginning of the year due to her significant weight loss; the singer is estimated to have dropped seven stone (44.5 kg) since starting her fitness journey some time around 2018. But beyond her outer appearance and physical wellbeing, Adele has reported a massive improvement in her mental health in recent months.

University Work

University Essay
11/11/2019
Are There Sex Differences in Intelligence?

An essay critically discussing the claim that sex differences exist in intelligence, and examining the implications of such a claim. (original essay submitted in November 2019, this version uploaded in April 2020)