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The Hate U Give: Disrupting The Single Story of Black Stereotypes

‘THUG LIFE’: Rapper and Activist Tupac Shakur said the acronym stands for The Hate You Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone. “That’s the hate they are giving us… a system designed against us. That’s thug life” – Angie Thomas Angie Thomas’ Young Adult bestseller, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, has been adapted into an equally hard-hitting film. Through the complex characters, the film fully … Continue reading The Hate U Give: Disrupting The Single Story of Black Stereotypes

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Review: Henry V at Exeter Northcott

The production of Shakespeare’s Henry V recently performed at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory was given shining 4-star reviews from The Guardian, The Times, What’s on Stage and many others, and it’s really not hard to see why. Lily Arnold, Matthew Graham, and Jane Curnow’s collaboration on set, lighting, and costumes brought the stage to life, with it’s minimalistic scenery of … Continue reading Review: Henry V at Exeter Northcott

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Autumn TV Pick: Shalom, Friday Night Dinner!

To many of you, I’m sure Friday Night Dinner is already a beloved modern classic. It was to my friends’ upmost surprise when I recently announced that I had never watched the programme before. Previously, when I had heard other people discussing it, I had ignorantly dismissed it as being just another Come Dine With Me style cooking show. When I finally got round to giving it a watch, I was undoubtedly stunned to find it was quite the opposite of the tame cooking show I had been imagining. Within a few minutes, I found myself close to tears as a result of laughing so much. Instantly, I felt accustomed to the characters and to the setting. Continue reading Autumn TV Pick: Shalom, Friday Night Dinner!

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Review: First Man

It is surprising that almost 50 years on from the infamous 1969 moon landing, few have tried to display the iconic events in a feature film. Damien Chazelle has changed that with his third directorial outing, First Man, a biopic which traces the experiences of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. For Chazelle, First Man represents a considerable shift from his previous body of work which focused more upon musicianship. However, like Whiplash and La La Land, Chazelle’s new film is fundamentally about an individual’s desire to achieve something truly great.
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Review: ‘Tehran Taboo’

Having lived in a Muslim country all my life, the contrast between the oppressive Islamic society and the individual lives depicted in Tehran Taboo is all too familiar. The movie follows the lives of three characters: Pari, a woman with a six-year-old son forced into prostitution due to the lack of financial support from her imprisoned, drug addicted husband; Babak, a musician who has sex … Continue reading Review: ‘Tehran Taboo’

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Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

I entered the M&D room with little idea of what to expect, however, EUTCO’s The Shape of Things took me by surprise. For most of its two-hour duration, the play is an intense and voyeuristic examination of two couples, along with the diverse and ever-changing relationships between the four individuals. However, the final scene unravels much of what the audience has come to believe to be the truth about the characters. Facades crumble, lies emerge, and the audience is left questioning the truth of their own life, just as much as the truth of the play. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

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8 Skin Care Products to Get You Winter Ready

#hellowinter #pumpkinspicelatteseason

 ‘Tis the season to look after those pores and to ensure you look glowy and prepped for those sweaty nights out in TP. I’ve chosen 8 products to make you look like the next Kim Kardashian of Exeter, on a student budget of course! One thing that is essential, is to remember to stay hydrated and I’m not talking vodka and cokes, but the good old H2O. Drinking water will keep your skin plump and rid it of any toxins that cause spots, as well as replenishing the skin tissues. Try carrying around a water bottle every day, adding fruits to it can make it a lot easier to drink and is a way to benefit from vitamins! Let’s talk about the elephant in the room…remembering to take your makeup off after a night out at Exeter’s finest selection of clubs. I know it’s annoying and when you’re pissed it’s the last thing you want to do. But do it. It only takes a minute or two. Don’t let your skin suffer from being clogged up with makeup, dirt, pollution and pieces of curly fry grease! You’ll thank me later. Continue reading 8 Skin Care Products to Get You Winter Ready

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In My Good Books: ‘From The Heart’ by Susan Hill

From the Heart follows protagonist, Olive, as she navigates the complex social world of the 1950s. From the author of The Woman in Black, Hill presents a novel that is less haunting, but equally as powerful. From the Heart was published in 2017, making the exploration of coming of age, motherhood and sexuality as pertinent for the reader of 2018, despite the 1950s setting. Quaint friendship … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘From The Heart’ by Susan Hill

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Review: Women of the World Festival, Exeter

The ‘Women of the World Festival’ (WOW) was founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly, and this year marked the 2nd annual WOW Exeter event, which welcomed female artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more to discuss and celebrate their achievements. The varied activities on offer over the weekend sought to inspire future generations while also discuss the issues limiting women’s full potential. Continue reading Review: Women of the World Festival, Exeter

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Sancho’s Secret Student Sale

Walking up to it, the warm glow of Sancho’s shop draws you in, lightbulbs hanging gracefully from the ceiling. The place is crowded with students, their chatter filling the air. The temptation of the 20% off sale and free candles with each purchase has tempted quite a few, even on this chilled October afternoon. The shop is just the right size for one to feel cosy and have a pleasant experience. Exploring around the comfy winter clothes it is easy to feel at ease surrounded by the greenery of plants inhabiting the corners of the shop, hinting at the eco sustainable nature of the venue. Accompanying your journey through the fully recycled coats and hand-crafted jewellery is the lingering flowery aroma of scented candles and spiced cinnamon. Continue reading Sancho’s Secret Student Sale

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Trending on Twitter: Disney Princesses

Last week, Keira Knightley revealed that her three-year-old daughter is not allowed to watch Cinderella or The Little Mermaid, because Cinderella “waits around for a rich guy to rescue her” and Ariel gives up her voice for a man. This sparked a debate in the media about the portrayal of women in these films, and whether we should be banning them. Continue reading Trending on Twitter: Disney Princesses

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Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

“You’re a legend, Freddy.” “We are all legends”.

To this day, Queen remains one of the most iconic rock groups of all times. With songs like ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’, it’s easy to get nostalgic about their era and feel compelled to sing along. So, if you are looking for an afternoon filled with drama, excitement and longing for the good old days, this new film, celebrating the lives of Queen, is out now! Bohemian Rhapsody takes us back in time to experience the epic band’s rise to fame starring Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon and of course Rami Malek as the acclaimed Freddie Mercury. Continue reading Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween

With the temperature taking a dive and the leaves continuing to drop off the trees, this week is the perfect time to curl up inside with a good book and lose yourself in a story. For Halloween season, I’ve put together a list of the best Gothic literature to get your fangs into and keep you on the edge of your seat! Continue reading Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween

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Review: BSO’s ‘Songs From The Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s evening of late-German Romanticism on Thursday was the logical continuation of their 2018/19 season, following the Beethoven of two weeks ago. From the sublimity of the 19th century, the audience was this week given an insight into the ever-so delicate aestheticism of sentimentality. Whilst each piece was highly personal to their respective composers, they also illustrated the last throes of an artistic movement largely out-manoeuvred by modernism, and the capability for emotional connection, regardless of social and cultural situation. The BSO’s performance was, once again, gladly received, and applauded with deserved enthusiasm throughout. Continue reading Review: BSO’s ‘Songs From The Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

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5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes

Let me make one thing clear: living on the ground floor on Halloween is one of the worst decisions a wimp like me could make. Clowns (this is in both a literal and figurative sense) have great fun poking their heads around the side of my windows and I have great fun closing them all. Before I do that though, I like to have a look at the amazing variety of costumes people have put together. Hand-sewn outfits and face paint that looks like it took hours – they look absolutely amazing. However, for all of those people who are in it for the sesh and nothing but the sesh, it can be a little hard to dress up when you know that it’s going to peel off like a soggy sponge when the night’s over. Here are five low-effort costume ideas that might come in handy. Continue reading 5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes

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Review: ‘Slip of a Fish’

Amy Arnold is a former Exeter student who graduated in 1986. Slip of a Fish is her debut novel and has been awarded the Northern Book Prize for 2018. RAZZ was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a sneak peak, prior to its publication on 1st November.

 Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold is a novel that confronts the mother-daughter relationship in a unique style, that makes it as much about the way that it is written as the story itself. Through Arnold’s narrative style, readers view a common type of relationship in an uncommon way, fully immersing ourselves in the mind of the protagonist, Ash. Continue reading Review: ‘Slip of a Fish’

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Trending on Twitter: Instagram Museums

A new form of art museum is popping up in major cities all over America. Dubbed the Instagram Museums, these spaces display immersive art displays in themed rooms, designed to produce the perfect Instagram selfie or boomerang. Hearing this, the obnoxious humanities student in me wants to rant about how the idea of tailoring art to Instagram cheapens it to a merely aesthetic object, devoid of meaning or history, and how the popularity of these new museums threatens more traditional art museums. But I’ll try to resist that for the moment. Continue reading Trending on Twitter: Instagram Museums

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In My Good Books: ‘Netherland’ by Joseph O’Neill

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill is a fragmented narrative that depicts love, politics and nostalgia, as seen through the eyes of Hans van den Broek. Hans is a middle-aged realist who is battling the chaos of New York-living during a confused stage in his life. The narrative of Netherland is propelled by the friendships of Hans as he navigates his present urban existence, yet Hans constantly finds himself seeking his childhood memories and passions. The title, Netherland, is almost certainly inspired by Hans’ Dutch origin, however on first reflection I was struck with a sense of the Disney portrayal of ‘Neverland’. ‘Neverland’ is the fictional island on which one can never age, and thus lives in an eternal childhood. To an extent, Hans similarly resists the reality of his ageing as he yearns for his simpler childhood and remains intent on continuing his childhood passion of cricket. So fundamentally, Netherland portrays the struggle of a man in a dangerous and fragile adult world. Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Netherland’ by Joseph O’Neill

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It’s Debatable: Uni Drinking Culture

Buckle up. I hope you’re ready for one of the most brutally honest articles I’ve written. I thought it would be difficult advocating drinking culture at university, because it can so easily become a habit that is hard to break, one of those crutches that we rely on for self-confidence, something we might start to crave because, ultimately, the world feels like a better place a few glasses down and our struggles seem to disappear, like the contents of the glass in front of us. Continue reading It’s Debatable: Uni Drinking Culture

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Preview: BSO’s ‘Songs from the Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns on Thursday evening to Exeter Great Hall, bringing ‘Songs from the Heart’ to the stage. The works of three Romantic German composers, selected for their deeply moving personal sentiment, will be performed by the world-class orchestra, which produces the finest classical music in the South West. Karl-Heinz Steffens will act as guest conductor for this next instalment in the BSO season Continue reading Preview: BSO’s ‘Songs from the Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

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Diversity in Exeter: The Asian Community

To be completely honest, moving to a totally different country to study as an international student, is terrifying. However, while the thought of being on your own in a new environment, away from your parents, from your comfort zone, is scary, it is also exciting. I actually felt more eager to be in university, meeting new people and experiencing new opportunities, than scared. But, after hearing about the incident involving BLS (Bracton Law Society) last year, I was really taken aback and wondered if I had made the right choice by putting Exeter as my firm choice of university. However, thinking on a different perspective, I realised that this incident might have helped to uncover racism and raise awareness of diversity in the University. Continue reading Diversity in Exeter: The Asian Community

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Autumn Playlist

With the hours of daylight decreasing and with the bitter cold of winter just around the corner, autumn is often given the reputation of being the dreariest of months. My English Lit teacher at college summarised November as being a “truly hopeless month with not one good thing about it”. Yet being born in autumn, I’ve always looked forward to when the leaves begin to turn orange and walking down cobbled paths filled with crispy leaves and conkers. There’s Halloween, bonfire nights and fireworks. The beginning of the season of hot chocolates and cosy nights by the fire. In an attempt to try to bring out the autumnal spirit, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my current favourite songs to listen to on those late October walks. Continue reading Autumn Playlist

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Review: ‘An Evening with Andy Hamilton’

When I’d interviewed Andy Hamilton prior to this show, he’d told me that while he doesn’t tailor his work for a particular audience, he seems to attract a Radio 4-type crowd. Looking around at the audience, this stereotype certainly rang true, with an age gap of at least 15 years between me and the next youngest person. But, all the under-40s who haven’t yet discovered Andy Hamilton are definitely missing out; I laughed the whole way through the evening. Continue reading Review: ‘An Evening with Andy Hamilton’

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Review: Felicity Ward @ Exeter Phoenix

The Women of the World (WOW) Festival graced the stages and galleries of the Exeter Phoenix last weekend to celebrate female artists, in the year that marks the centenary of female suffrage. It was a weekend of workshops, DJs, performances and plays, showcasing a wide range of female talent. And yet the audience of comedian Felicity Ward’s stand-up gig was far from female-only. Marketed as a festival “for women and for anyone who knows a woman”, people of all age ranges and genders were present at the gig, and the audible laughter that circulated throughout her performance indicated the wide-reaching scope of Ward’s humour. Felicity Ward is an Australian comedian, who stumbled into stand-up while pursuing a career in acting and has featured on Live at the Apollo and been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show in 2018. Ward is currently touring the UK with her newest material, with her Exeter performance coming a couple of weeks into the tour. Continue reading Review: Felicity Ward @ Exeter Phoenix

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The Rise of Female Dystopias

Over the past few decades, the literary world has seen a surge in the production of dystopian fiction, so much so that is has become iconic in 21st century popular culture. Though the origins of the dystopian novel can date back to the 19th century, with many considering E.M. Foster as its pioneer, dystopian fiction is a genre that has continued to evolve. In the noughties, for instance, the literary category was dominated by the emergence of a number of young adult dystopian series such as Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, James Dashner’s The  Maze Runner and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. However, in more recent years, dystopian fiction seems to have embarked upon a new, predominantly female trajectory. Continue reading The Rise of Female Dystopias

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Homelessness in Exeter

Homelessness. It’s all over the country and it’s right under your nose when you’re walking down Exeter High Street. Devon Live commented on how “The number of rough sleepers in Devon has rocketed in the last seven years…and Exeter almost doubling”. When you’re walking down to get your weekly shop from Tesco’s, or maybe you’re going to grab a bite to eat in Princesshay, you’re bound to come across several homeless people asking for money or just wrapped up in their dishevelled sleeping bags. As a Londoner, I have seen my fair share of homeless people, but I was shocked when I first arrived at Exeter as I had never seen so many within a one-mile radius. It distresses me that the council and the government are not working hard enough to tackle this problem. Continue reading Homelessness in Exeter

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Opinion: Political Spouses

Political spouses are experiencing an increased media scrutiny like never before. Although they are not essential to a winning candidate, history has shown that they can be more than helpful in an election. From clashes of characters such as John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, to the tamer relationships of politicians, the Presidents and Prime Ministers dates are always a source of fascination. A spouse … Continue reading Opinion: Political Spouses

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Prodoms and Condoms

Sex is and can be a great experience. In fact, in 2012 the Global Sex Survey found that 83% of the public believe sex is a vital part of our health and well-being. However, to obtain this, there are certain factors that need to be accounted for, including: consent, the risk of pregnancy, STI’s, and mutual pleasure. One large and regularly used component in tackling … Continue reading Prodoms and Condoms

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Review: King of Thieves

During the 2015 Easter weekend, 73 safe deposits worth £14 million were raided and stolen from the Hatton Garden vault. Surprise spread across the nation when it emerged that the thieves were all in their late 60s or 70s, with Brian Reader, the leader of the gang, being the ripe old age of 79. The events instantly became imbedded in cultural history and once the dust settled, one thing was always clear, a movie detailing the extraordinary events was inevitable. Continue reading Review: King of Thieves

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Review: BSO’s ‘Divine Sublime’ @ Exeter Great Hall

Mozart’s Serenade in B flat major, dubbed Gran Partita, and brought resolutely to Exeter Great Hall by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, is far flung from its antecedents, and indeed the majority of the composer’s work in the form. As a musical form, and as can be etymologically inferred from its counterpart the divertimento, the serenade tends to suggest a certain accessibility – it was designed to be a typically incidental piece for 18th century social functions after all. A small cohort of the BSO began the evening with their rendition of this piece, consistently exemplifying its beauty, with Kirill Karabits’ conduction carefully staggering the moments of emphasis within the piece. Continue reading Review: BSO’s ‘Divine Sublime’ @ Exeter Great Hall

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In My Good Books: ‘Other People’s Houses’ by Lore Segal

Other People’s Houses recounts the foster care of Lore Segal as she flees Nazi persecution. Having read Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I was compelled to further explore the vast memoirs from survivors of Nazi oppression. However, while Morris’ account of Lale Sokolov depicts harrowing torture and murder, Lore Segal rather presents an innocent child’s standpoint for whom the terror of war means the … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Other People’s Houses’ by Lore Segal

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Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Having grown up mixed race, British and Taiwanese, I had largely experienced my national identities in two very separate spheres. However, within the last few years there has been a gradual spread of East Asian influence in Western media. From the age of 15, I began to overhear boys in my class discuss Naruto and Dragon Ball Z; last year I began to see American … Continue reading Review: Crazy Rich Asians

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Alexander Calder Exhibition at the ‘Hauser & Wirth’ Gallery, Somerset

London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong…Somerset? When Swiss contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth were deciding on the location of their next outpost, nobody would have guessed that the small, quaint town of Bruton was in the running. Nestled in the beautiful Somerset countryside, what was once an abandoned farm and outbuilding has been transformed into a modern space that hosts exhibitions from world-renowned … Continue reading Alexander Calder Exhibition at the ‘Hauser & Wirth’ Gallery, Somerset

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Review: Johnny English Strikes Again

Johnny English, much like Mr Bean, is a character only Rowan Atkinson could play. No other actor can inhibit a character so foolishly unaware of his own stupidity and with such comical precision and brilliance. As the winter awards season slowly comes upon us, Johnny English Strikes Again is a welcome change as, amidst the foray of serious movies coming out at the moment, sometimes you just want to laugh. Continue reading Review: Johnny English Strikes Again

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Review: Nick Mulvey @ Exeter Phoenix

 While waiting outside the Exeter Phoenix, before the show began, I looked around at the large crowds hustling and shuffling around the entrance, unfolding their Nick Mulvey tickets from their persons. Some unravelled them from tight skinny jeans, others carefully revealed them from their aged leather handbags, and a few even whipped out their phones. But what this simple action exposed to me, was the diverse audience that Nick Mulvey’s music appeals to. Continue reading Review: Nick Mulvey @ Exeter Phoenix

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Preview: BSO’s”Divine Sublime” @ Exeter Great Hall

On Thursday 11th October the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra shall return to grace Exeter Great Hall with the continuation of its latest season, which began at Poole Lighthouse on the 4th. There, according to The Times, Kirill Karabits conducted Mahler’s Resurrection symphony with an intense profundity that is sure to lay the groundwork for the year to come. This is Karabits’ tenth year as Chief Conductor, and it will be him that conducts works by Mozart and Beethoven on Thursday, to great anticipation. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s”Divine Sublime” @ Exeter Great Hall