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Porn: Should We ‘Fight The New Drug’?

‘Fight the New Drug’ is an organisation that exists to raise awareness of the harmful effects of porn, supported by science, facts and personal accounts. The website contains short videos explaining how porn affects the brain, relationships and society, as well as promoting t-shirts that read ‘porn kills love’ and articles titled ‘10 reasons why you should (not) be cool with your partner watching porn’. Although members of the group say that they do not seek to ban pornography but rather ‘influence young people to make an informed decision’, the message of the site is clear – porn must be avoided at all costs. But the internet is not going away and neither is the availability of porn. So, is ‘fighting’ this ‘new drug’ really the answer? Continue reading Porn: Should We ‘Fight The New Drug’?

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So Scandi: ‘The Architecture of Happiness’ – A celebration of Danish Architecture

If you have every visited or seen pictures of Copenhagen, your first thought if someone said “Danish architecture” would probably be of the quaint saffron, moss and rust coloured harbour buildings of Nyhavn. But this would not be the whole story. Over the past decades the Danish capital has transformed itself from a serene fisherman’s town into a dynamic, modern city. A transformation that is reflected … Continue reading So Scandi: ‘The Architecture of Happiness’ – A celebration of Danish Architecture

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Review: Exeter’s Comptoir Libanais

Fozz: I can’t believe we got invited back to Comptoir Libanais. I really enjoyed the food the last time we went but omg that review we did – I got so many comments about how cringey it was!

Katrina: I would say that we’ll try to make this review less cringey but, to be honest, I really don’t think we can make any promises on that. It was great to be invited back to Comptoir though, and given how much I enjoyed it last time, I definitely had high expectations for this meal. What were you expecting? Continue reading Review: Exeter’s Comptoir Libanais

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The Relevance of Religious Art Today

“Why should the devil have all the best tunes?” asked Methodist preacher George Whitefield in 1774. But did the devil ever? And does he still? As conservative and dated as ‘religious art’ might seem in the West (where religious practices have been somewhat marred by schisms, crusades, inquisitions, Nietzsche, existentialism, and that ever-pesky science), I think the paganity to which Whitefield referred has less of a cloven-hoofed power-stance over the arts than the reality of the situation might suggest. Not only were many of the modern antecedents and influences of contemporary Western artists religious, but a great number of today’s practitioners remain resolutely Christian in their outlook.

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Review: Maverick Sabre @ Exeter Phoenix

Maverick Sabre played to a nearly sold out crowd at the Exeter Phoenix on Friday night and delighted his large, passionate fan-base with a mix of brand new spring releases and older hits.

OLIVIA, a London-based, up-and-coming, indie singer-songwriter, played a half-hour set to open the evening. Her pop-come-R&B sound and youthful, honest lyrics garnered the full attention and engagement of the growing audience throughout her set. Her recent single ‘Reason to Stay’ can be found on Spotify and has enjoyed significant success in the independent music scene. But it sounds even better live, its lighthearted lyrics and playful rhythms creating an intimate, relaxed atmosphere and winning over Exeter’s crowd, just as it has won the singer an online following. Continue reading Review: Maverick Sabre @ Exeter Phoenix

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Review: BSO’s Echoes of Home

Exeter University’s campus was buzzing with life on Thursday evening, as fans of classical music descended on the Great Hall for another night of entertainment provided by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. For the final instalment of their 2018/19 concert season, an iconic programme of music by Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius was on the cards and the BSO did not disappoint, performing with unwavering precision and charisma. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Echoes of Home

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Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Exeter Cavern

Benjamin Francis Leftwich, acoustic folk singer songwriter, performed at Exeter Cavern last Saturday, an artist who conjures a distinct sound in others’ heads: fingerpicked guitar, hushed-almost-wispy vocals, and melancholy lyrics. Despite the wispiness of his vocals, they were enough to consume the underground of Exeter Cavern; enough so for Leftwich to even step away from the microphone at times. Continue reading Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Exeter Cavern

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So Scandi: CPH:DOX

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival: an imperative for Copenhagen’s curious souls.

With its thumping heart situated in ‘Kunsthal Charlottenborg’ – one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art – CPH:DOX is a dream come true for the documentary-lovers, aesthetes, and cinephiles of the Danish capital. Continue reading So Scandi: CPH:DOX

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Off-Campus Study Spaces

Exam season is looming over us already, and with deadlines creeping closer it means that the library is always jam–packed with stressed students trying to cram their minds with vital information. Unless you manage to get to the library at the break of dawn it is nearly impossible to get a seat. However, it is not just the library; pretty much every square inch of campus is full of students, leaving people at a loss to find revision space. For some, it is easier to revise outside of the home environment as there are fewer distractions. Therefore, I have comprised a list of the best off – campus study spaces Exeter has to offer. Continue reading Off-Campus Study Spaces

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Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to Exeter’s Great Hall on Thursday evening for the final instalment of their 18/19 concert season. This time performing ‘Echoes of Home’, the works of Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius will be brought to life by this world-class orchestra, under the direction of guest-conductor Jamie Phillips. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home

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Pillow Talk: Discussing Sex Dreams

I’m fully aware how weird my sex dreams are. I know how they make me sound – like I’m into some really freaky stuff and that I will inevitably end up in a sex dungeon as part of a cult. I’d like to defend myself though – dreams in general are weird, even the clichés of teeth falling out and turning up to school naked are strange. But they all have deeper, subconscious meanings. They reveal anxieties and insecurities, when you can no longer repress your feelings and your head is free to run wild. Which is why, although I commend my REM state on its incredibly imaginative representations, it’s best to remember that sex dreams are just metaphors for what’s really going on. Here’s some of my more intriguing sex dreams with an attempt to provide an interpretation that reveals truths surrounding my sexuality and relationships. Anyway, let me get on with it and tell you about when an alien made me cum multiple times. Continue reading Pillow Talk: Discussing Sex Dreams

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A Confession: Sex and Catholic Guilt

When I lost my virginity, I felt guilty. My first time was with my boyfriend and I’d thought about it for a while beforehand, so I felt ready. But when it actually happened, it felt wrong. I remember afterwards, we were naked and watched Clueless with a tub of ice-cream. Lying there, I felt empty. I don’t know what I’d been expecting. Some surge of feelings, some change in myself? I guess I’d at least expected to feel something, but instead I felt hollow and wrong. The worst thing was that I knew that these feelings were not my fault. Continue reading A Confession: Sex and Catholic Guilt

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Tips on Saving for Summer

Managing finances is never easy, and it’s especially hard on a student budget, but as long as you’re careful and savvy, you can make sure you stay on track financially. This advice will hopefully mean you’re able to cut down on your spending, and increase your saving, so you can put some money towards whatever you’re saving for, be it a new car, a holiday, a new laptop… Continue reading Tips on Saving for Summer

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Review: Captain Marvel

Marvel’s latest offering more than fulfils its tagline. Captain Marvel soared above doubt, boycotts, and smear campaigns to a staggering $455 million worldwide box-office taking on opening weekend. And it’s easy to see why – it’s MARVELlous.

The film is essentially Captain Marvel’s origin story, which has led to criticism about the plot being ‘predictable’ at times. People forget that the heroes we love had their own ‘basic’ origin films. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) burst into the universe in a way that stands up to her peers, and shows she has the ability to drive this legacy beyond Endgame. Continue reading Review: Captain Marvel

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Review: Us

After the success of Get Out, a smart satirical thriller, writer-director Jordan Peele has created a horrific fable that popularises our fear of the other. A reinterpretation of the Jekyll and Hyde motif, Us satirises the dark side of human nature. The title evokes the abbreviation for United States thus echoing the multitude of double meanings present throughout the film. This is a mirror-image, home-invasion horror film aiming to demonstrate that our biggest enemy is ourselves. Continue reading Review: Us

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Review: Turn of the Screw @ Exeter Northcott

Turn of the Screw is a play adapted from the 1898 Victorian novel by Henry James, aiming high in its ambition to deliver a thrilling Woman in Black-style experience, but ultimately falling short of its popular stage cousin.

Indeed, the Woman in Black film and play are derived from the character that also features in Turn of the Screw. Having seen Woman in Black a couple of years ago, I had high hopes that this stage adaptation would provide a similarly memorable experience. While the two plays have their similarities, there is a certain tameness in Turn of the Screw, meaning that the play may succeed more for first time viewers of this genre. Continue reading Review: Turn of the Screw @ Exeter Northcott

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Frost on Film: Capernaum

At the Oscars this year the Best Foreign Film category was stacked with many outstanding masterworks, from Roma to Cold War. Yet it could be argued that Capernaum is the best of them all as it is unquestionably one of the best films released in the last year. It paraded around the film festival circuit and won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival which is an impressive achievement. Continue reading Frost on Film: Capernaum

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Are Floral Suits Really a “Destruction” of Toxic Masculinity?

This tweet of 4 male actors on the red carpet celebrated their ‘feminine’ clothing as a ‘protest against toxic masculinity.’ But to what extent is this the case? Are they just glamorising conventionally attractive white men doing the bare minimum? Amy Milner shares her opinion.  Men’s fashion, of course, is a pretty hot topic right now. Globalisation and the internet have given rise to experimentation … Continue reading Are Floral Suits Really a “Destruction” of Toxic Masculinity?

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The English Pear: Homemade Fish Finger Buns

“I can’t bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour–or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing.” – George Eliot, Middlemarch The humble fish finger sandwich is a much-loved part of English culture. This recipe tells you how to make your own fish fingers and tartar sauce, and when put together with some watercress in a brioche bun and … Continue reading The English Pear: Homemade Fish Finger Buns

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Spring Day Trips in and around Exeter

Whether you believe it or not, spring really is just around the corner which means longer days, nicer weather and bundles more energy. Already making plans post-deadlines? Well, look no further, here are some recommendations of things you could be doing out and around Exeter when that springtime feeling hits!

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Review: EUTCo’s Port

EUTCo’s production of Port was a fantastic choice by the director, Niamh Smith, to show on the stage of Exeter’s MakeTank. Simon Stephen’s play is a compelling combination of English comedy and reality drama, as it captures the soul of his hometown, Stockport. As I’m originally from there myself, I found this complex love letter to the town particularly touching. This tale is an absorbing … Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s Port

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The Accessibility of Veganism

In 2016, the vegan society estimated that there were over 540,000 vegans in Britain and going vegan was one of the biggest food trends in 2018. Having tried (and failed) at being a vegan myself, I understand the desire to reduce your impact on the planet and make a contribution to improving the treatment of factory farmed animals in this country. However, there are questions around its accessibility. Often dubbed as a food trend popularised by bloggers and influencers and associated with a moralistic middle class who can afford alternative milks and meat substitutes, it is important to ask how accessible veganism is and whether the movement alienates certain people. Continue reading The Accessibility of Veganism

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In My Good Books: ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover

Whilst Educated depicts the protagonist’s liberation through education, fittingly this novel leaves the reader educated themselves. Based on a true story, Educated follows the story of Tara Westover who was born into a strict and alienating Mormon family. Set in rural Idaho, as a child Tara has no concept of the oddity of her brutal family life as she must navigate her abusive older brother and the stringent gender roles. Educated tells the tale of extreme devoutness, familial guilt and eventually self-liberation. This page-turner fundamentally preaches the necessity of independent thought and, most importantly, education. Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover

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Review: ArtSoc Exhibition Night

The spring exhibition for Exeter Art Society was held in the main ballroom of Reed Hall and the atmosphere of the night was permeated by music from the Exeter University Jazz Band. This ambitious showcase of art, music, and dance proved to be an incredibly enjoyable evening, and one that highlighted the amazing artistic talent of many students at Exeter. There was a wide selection … Continue reading Review: ArtSoc Exhibition Night

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Review: Spotlights: A Night at the Musicals

Lively, thrilling, and spectacular, Exeter University’s musical theatre show choir ‘Spotlights’ successfully revived everyone’s love of musicals in their performance of ‘A Night at the Musicals’ last night. Following on from their sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, this high energy show is back with a new choir and a new set list. This group of talented performers really did make the room … Continue reading Review: Spotlights: A Night at the Musicals

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Review: Happy Death Day 2U

 The cold, undeniable success of Happy Death Day in 2017 almost guaranteed that it would get a sequel in the coming years. It’s easy to swallow, empowering and managed to convert a $5 million budget into at least a $125 million profit. Quite a feat. Yet claiming that “it can only go up from here” is never a safe bet when it comes to franchises. Continue reading Review: Happy Death Day 2U

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Top Spring Reads

It’s no surprise that when the sun comes out Netflix loses its appeal (or maybe throughout winter you’ve already browsed and binged all it has to offer), and everyone rushes outside to soak up some irresistible sunshine – more often than not with a book in hand. As a reader, nothing beats the sense of being totally immersed within the pages of a novel, so why not foster that feeling by reading something suited to the season? The blissful time is not too far away when compulsory course reading lists will be a long-forgotten memory and any book opened will be one of complete choice. In the meantime, get your spring-reading bucket list in order; here are some suggestions that offer particularly compelling reads at this time of year. Continue reading Top Spring Reads

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Preview: Spring Art Exhibition 13th March

The end of year Spring Art Exhibition, hosted by the University of Exeter Art Society, takes place this Wednesday and is set to be an exciting evening that will showcase a curated variety of the incredible work that ArtSoc members have created. Ranging from abstract paintings, analytic pencil drawings to complex collages, you will be guided through the beautiful Reed Hall by four themes: Art for a Cause, the Natural World, Light and Dark and the Open Theme. Continue reading Preview: Spring Art Exhibition 13th March

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Malia Obama: Yes She Can

On a recent trip to Miami, former first daughter Malia Obama came under media scrutiny for turning into a “party girl”. This encouraged Trump supporters to show similar outrage, claiming that Malia is irresponsible. Fundamentally, Malia Obama is facing criticism because she is a 20 year old female, not quite of the legal drinking age of 21. The fact that she turns 21 on 4th … Continue reading Malia Obama: Yes She Can

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Review: Rita, Sue & Bob Too @ Exeter Northcott

Rita, Sue & Bob Too, playing at the Northcott theatre, tells the story of Rita (Alyce Liburd) and Sue (Gemma Dobson), two 15-year-old girls living in Bradford in 80’s Britain, who are sexually pursued by an older, married man that they babysit for. The show examines gender relations that seem prevalent in our current #MeToo climate where powerful men take advantage of young women. While the play managed to portray two lovable protagonists, the vital conversations around sexual abuse fell silent. Continue reading Review: Rita, Sue & Bob Too @ Exeter Northcott

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Marching Towards the ‘Change’ for Climate Change

On Friday 15th February, young people embarked on climate change strikes across all different regions of the UK. The march attracted thousands of school pupils across the country, throughout 60 towns and cities including London, Cardiff, Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester and Belfast. The movement was first instigated by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who decided to skip school on Fridays last year to protest outside the … Continue reading Marching Towards the ‘Change’ for Climate Change

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Preview: Dolly Alderton @ Exeter Northcott

Hold the phone. The award winning journalist, Sunday Times Style Columnist, co-host of The High Low and all round mega-babe Dolly Alderton is hitting our very own Northcott this March. After a hugely successful run of live dates throughout 2018, the Exeter Alumni returns to her alma mater to celebrate the paperback publication of her bestselling debut Everything I Know About Love. The paperback, which includes a new chapter Everything I Know At Thirty, discusses the surprising realisations and reflections that come with hitting such a milestone. Promising to be an evening full of love and laughter, it’s an event you certainly do not want to miss. Continue reading Preview: Dolly Alderton @ Exeter Northcott

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Overlooked at the Oscars

At the 91st Academy Awards, high budgeted films like A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Black Panther took home the majority of the Oscars. Thankfully, Alfonso Cuaron was recognised for his masterpiece Roma, taking home the award for best director, best foreign language, and best cinematography. Spike Lee also received his well overdue Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Blackkklansman. The last time Spike Lee was nominated, the … Continue reading Overlooked at the Oscars

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In My Good Books: ‘Conversations With Friends’ by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s first novel Conversations with Friends encapsulates the depths, challenges and complications of friendship in the 21st century. Following the story of Frances and Bobbi, two students in Ireland, Conversations with Friends is a gripping tale of love, lust and heartbreak as each character navigates the complexities of relationships. Rooney portrays a toxic, yet somehow unbreakable, friendship and hence explores the concepts of passivity … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Conversations With Friends’ by Sally Rooney

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The English Pear: Savoury Galettes

This Pancake Day we have decided to stray from the norm and leave the maple syrup to one side (at least until after the savoury pancake round). The French galette, made with buckwheat flour, is one of our favourites and reminds us of holidays in France. We’ve got two fillings for you: one classic with ham and cheese, and the other Spanakopita-inspired with spinach and … Continue reading The English Pear: Savoury Galettes

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The Oscars’ Highlights

The best and worst night in film finally arrived, with the annual Academy Awards held on the 24th of February. At its best, the Oscars are ultimately a night to celebrate the best in film, so let’s start positive. In Oscar’s history only three black women have won an award for anything other than acting, and two of them were this year, with Black Panther winning Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. In another win for black talent, Spike Lee finally got a non-honorary Oscar, and Samuel L Jackson’s reaction to announcing his name was ecstatic. Seeing the legendary director jump on the actor in celebration was a high point of the night. The academy were very strict with cutting people off after 90 seconds, but when Spike Lee tells you ‘Do not turn that motherfucking clock on’, you listen. Continue reading The Oscars’ Highlights

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Review: Theatre with Teeth’s Jawbreaker Variety Night

Theatre with Teeth took over the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 21st February for a night that promised music, comedy, spoken word and theatre – a showcase of Exeter’s talent. Auditions happened weeks ago and the successful performers represented the best that Exeter could offer. The evening did not disappoint in all that it promised. Priced at an ambitious but justified £10 per ticket, the evening was jam-packed with touching, funny, punchy and eclectic performances in all spheres of the arts. The evening was split between the auditorium, for performances with larger numbers, more sound technology and anticipating larger audiences, and the workshop, a small, brick-walled room with the feel of an underground Soho jazz bar. However, the audience numbers were equal, with people moving around the venue and piling up at the door of the workshop to get a glimpse.
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Cheap Places to Escape To

Now we are nearing the end of February, those lighter evenings and bright days of Spring and Summer are tantalizingly close, yet somehow still seem just out of reach. Without the Christmas festivities or the challenges of New Year’s Resolutions as a distraction, February can end up feeling rather uninspiring, wintery and seemingly endless. But booking your next run-away trip can provide the perfect pick-me-up. … Continue reading Cheap Places to Escape To

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Review: Opera Society’s The Marriage of Figaro

 The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and translated by Edward J. Dent is the first production by the Exeter Opera Society, bringing a multi-layered tale of love, jealousy and confusion to 1920s England, performed in St David’s Church. In just a month and a half, and with the majority of performers never having seen, let alone taken part in an opera, the society successfully brought a unique cultural event to students and families alike. Continue reading Review: Opera Society’s The Marriage of Figaro

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Review: Vice

In 2018’s Vice, director Adam McKay explores the political climate of right-winged America from the 70’s to the mid 2000’s, as well as providing an overview of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s career. I do admit that my knowledge of American politics and history is extremely limited, however, I would argue that this fact simply emphasises McKay’s missed opportunity. The movie fails to give the … Continue reading Review: Vice

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The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways

Sweet Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways: Homemade baked beans and Tuna Avocado Salad   “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow” – A. A. Milne We think it’s fair to say that the jacket potato has become something of a student staple, and rightly so. With this recipe we’ve reworked this go-to in … Continue reading The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways