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Abdelwahab El-Affendi castigates sham (un)belief; Emre Kazim struggles with digital ethics; Esra Mirze Santesso is tired of false feminism; Liam Mayo thinks modernity is as fake as the plastic pollution washing on his beach; Khuda Bushq is bored with Covid-19 entertainment; poems by Mozibur Rahman Ullah; and Samia Rahman faces the music of postnormal times.

According to the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, it has been the custom in the Nubian kingdom of Kush for the high priests of Amun to terminate a king’s reign by sending him a message ‘from Amun himself’, requesting him to commit suicide.

One of the more interesting lessons to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic was the realisation that time was in fact not exactly what we needed.

Waking up on 23 March 2020 to a surreal new reality, it felt like we were in a scene from a film: let’s call it Locked Down in London. Except this was not a disturbing nightmare or one of those apocalyptic TV serials. This was really happening.