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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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Interview with Felicity Ward

Since entering the world of comedy in 2008, to being nominated for the Best Show award with Edinburgh Comedy, Felicity Ward has gone from strength to strength. RAZZ had a chat with her about all things comedy and how her career has progressed. What can we expect from your Bust a Nut tour? It’s just an hour of straight up club material. Basically, what happens … Continue reading Interview with Felicity Ward

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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

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The Dude Abides: The Rerelease of “The Big Lebowski”

Initially, The Big Lebowski wasn’t a smash hit. Rather, it was a film many viewed as wacky and too bizarre for its own good. In 1998 (the year of its release) audiences were flocking to see big screen blockbusters like Armageddon and Saving Private Ryan, not a film about a lackadaisical man who gets embroiled in a twisting tale of lies and deception. Continue reading The Dude Abides: The Rerelease of “The Big Lebowski”

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Trending on Twitter: The Influencer

Gone are the days of throwing on devil horns or a splash of fake blood for Halloween. Costumes are now more about pop culture references and Insta-worthy get ups, and with their newly announced Halloween attire, Urban Outfitters may just have tapped into one of the hottest social media trends of them all: The Influencer. For $59 their costume includes leggings, a crop top, trainers, sunglasses and a blonde wig, providing you with a Kim Kardashian-esque look, ideal for social media fame. Continue reading Trending on Twitter: The Influencer

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Is Bake Off Still a “National Treasure”?

“I left Bake Off when Mary did.” This was my flatmate Immie’s resolute answer to my asking if she fancied catching up on this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off. She is certainly not the only Bake Off lover to be still mourning the absence of the delightful Mary Berry. Nevertheless, having overcome my own reservations about the changes the show’s move to Channel 4 would entail, I was delighted to discover a Bake Off with its wholesome charm essentially intact. Continue reading Is Bake Off Still a “National Treasure”?

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Interview with Andy Hamilton

I first saw the name “Andy Hamilton” on the credits of one of my favourite TV shows, Outnumbered. Since then, I discovered that he was the man my parents laughed along with while watching Have I Got News For You, the voice frequently heard on radio shows like The News Quiz, and the writer behind iconic TV like Drop the Dead Donkey and Power Monkeys. And that’s just to name a few; his endless radio and TV credits are certainly impressive. At the start of October, Andy Hamilton embarks on his latest project, An Evening with Andy Hamilton, a touring show that is essentially a Q&A session between Hamilton and his audience. I was lucky enough to interview Hamilton on his newest show. Continue reading Interview with Andy Hamilton

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In My Good Books: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans, published in 2012, is a timeless tragic romance. This novel combines quaint domestic harmony with crime and grief as Stedman tells the story of a husband and wife’s search for happiness. It narrates the tale of a mother’s desperation for a child of her own and the frangible line between right and wrong. Admittedly, I was not captivated by the slow … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman

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Strictly Students, Princesshay 2018

Strictly Students, Princesshay, 2 October 2018 For one night only on Tuesday 2nd October, Princesshay opens its doors exclusively to students for an evening of live music, giveaways, beauty and up to 25% off the best brands. Between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, Princesshay will be in party mode with DJ sets and live music from local favourites such as Adam Moran, Leigh Coleman and Richard James … Continue reading Strictly Students, Princesshay 2018

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Postcards from Abroad: Skopelos

This summer, I spent a week in Skopelos in Greece, known as the film location of Mamma Mia!. I went with my parents, which naturally meant taking advantage of not having to pay for anything. I’d soon convinced them to book an all-day Mamma Mia! island tour. Whilst my mum was excited by this prospect, it took the promise of a massive ice cream to convince my dad. The second we boarded the tour bus, which was packed with an assortment of enthusiastic and slightly sweaty tourists, I felt the first inkling of regret. It was 8:30am and ‘Dancing Queen’ was already blaring out of the speakers. I didn’t know it yet, but today would test my love of ABBA and Mamma Mia! to the limits. Continue reading Postcards from Abroad: Skopelos

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Preview: Nick Mulvey @ Exeter Phoenix

Nick Mulvey’s tingling strings rise from the Phoenix once again…

 On Saturday 29th September 2018, Nick Mulvey returns to the Exeter Phoenix as part of his Autumn 2018 solo acoustic marathon. Having just arrived back from his momentous American tour, Mulvey is finally returning to little old Exeter to flaunt his melodic magic in front of his beloved UK fans. Continue reading Preview: Nick Mulvey @ Exeter Phoenix

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What I wish I’d Known as a Fresher

Uni can often be overhyped. From a young age, we put university on a pedestal and see it as an escape into independence and the beginning of adulthood. For those of us who have strict parents, it’s the beginning of a life without curfews and unfair punishments. For those of us whose school life could have been better, it’s a chance to reinvent yourself and be whoever you want to be. It’s different from the movies and from what we imagine it to be, but it’s definitely worth the excitement: just read these tips before you start and you’ll be good to go. Continue reading What I wish I’d Known as a Fresher

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Fringe Fever

There is something undeniably exciting about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year was my sixth time going but it was just as fun as the first. For the first time, I plunged into the darker worlds of cabaret and burlesque, of late night comedy and drinking shows. One day, I was strapped into an ‘aeroplane cabin’ in a shipping container (Flight), on another I watched as a gigantic Frankenstein statue was suspended over my head (A Rocky Horror Picture Show at Frankenstein’s Inn) and as a man created the illusion of a moving motorbike with two glow sticks (Police Cops in Space).  I saw a street performer balance a spinning basketball on his nose as he played a guitar, and attended a show where the theatre was turned into a nightclub and the audience danced on stage with the performers (Even Hotter). In total, I managed to pack twenty-eight shows into eight days. Despite seeing so many, there were definitely a few which stood out from the rest. Continue reading Fringe Fever

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Win £50 To Spend at Strictly Students, Princesshay!

To celebrate Princesshay’s Strictly Student event we are offering one lucky person the chance to a win £50 Princesshay gift card to spend at the exclusive Strictly Student shopping event on Tuesday 2nd October!

For one night only on Tuesday 2nd October, Princesshay opens its doors exclusively to students for an evening of live music, giveaways, beauty and up to 25% off the best brands. Continue reading Win £50 To Spend at Strictly Students, Princesshay!

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Postcards From Abroad: California

This summer, I travelled to Mountain View in California. I was there on an internship, which limited just how much exploring I could do, but I managed to see a fair few sights in the weeks that I was there! As expected, the weather was scorching the whole time and without the air-con that was installed in nearly every building, I’m sure that I would have actually melted. Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: California

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New Summer Music

Summer is the perfect time for new music but you might be struggling to find a new playlist for that barbecue you’re hosting or seeking a perfect road trip album for your drive to the beach. RAZZ has got you covered with the best of this summer’s new releases, with albums from old favourites and new breakthrough artists, there’s plenty of amazing music to get your teeth into this summer. Continue reading New Summer Music

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Postcards From Abroad: Edinburgh

As we were deciding on a summer holiday, Edinburgh initially felt like an odd choice when my boyfriend and I booked our tickets. However, both of us burn within ten minutes of being in direct sunlight, so we decided on the northern city for a long weekend away. In hindsight, we probably should have looked at the weather forecast as we ended up being there … Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: Edinburgh

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Postcards From Abroad: St Petersburg

When I told people I was going to St Petersburg, in Russia the general response seemed to be “Is it safe?” (Generally the follow-up was whether I was going for the World Cup, which, considering I didn’t realise the World Cup was even happening this year, made me laugh). I’ve been staying in St Petersburg for a month now as a solo traveller, interning at … Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: St Petersburg

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Reflecting on the University Experience

Waiting at the side of the stage in the Great Hall to walk up to accept my Bachelor of Arts degree, most of my mental power was focused on not tripping and face planting in front of the dean. Standing in front of one of my lecturers, Pascale Aebischer, as she read out my name however, a wave of emotions hit me and I walked across the stage smiling and close to tears, suddenly overcome with an enormous sense of pride in my achievement. Though over in seconds, this moment was without a doubt one of the best of my 22-year existence. Observing the other students as they walked up, it was easy to tell that everyone was experiencing their own unique blend of nerves, pride, even exhilaration. Some appeared strangely calm and laid back, perhaps finding the whole ceremony to be quite a surreal, out of body experience. In truth I found that to be the case for most of grad week. Continue reading Reflecting on the University Experience

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Holiday from Hell! – A Short Story

Last summer, four of my best friends and I went to the seaside town of Paignton for our summer holiday, hoping it would be the perfect way to recover from the stress of our recent A Levels. Organising it all months in advance meant we had nothing to think about; we were renting a beautiful self-catered apartment within walking distance of the beach, and the … Continue reading Holiday from Hell! – A Short Story

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On Valuing Friendships as Much as Romantic Relationships

University provides the optimal conditions for intimate friendships. When you’re sharing an ant-infested student house – living, eating, sleeping and breathing within a hair’s breadth of one another – emotional closeness is an organic by-product of physical closeness. It’s easy, largely sub-conscious, and almost default. Without making any real effort to find out, you become tacitly aware of the most intricate minutiae of your friends’ everyday thoughts and habits. By week two you can recount with pinpoint accuracy Sally’s rationale for not endorsing the crushed avocado fad, know how much milk everyone takes in their tea to the nearest millilitre, and recognise with absolute certainty who has just walked past your room by nothing but the pace of their footsteps. It is an intimacy that otherwise takes years to achieve formed in a finger snap, and it is magic. Continue reading On Valuing Friendships as Much as Romantic Relationships

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Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

While ordering the cinema snacks, I noticed a group of mothers and daughters enter the screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again that I was about to see. It made me chuckle, thinking about the power of the first Mamma Mia! that led to Wine Moms™ taking over the box office in 2008. The group rushed past, itching with apprehension over how the film could follow a now modern classic. Along with the other women in the cinema, I hoped that we wouldn’t be disappointed. Continue reading Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Perfect Playlist: Chilling on the Beach

Stuck on what to listen to for those long days in the sun? Here are 21 chilled tunes that you’ll be playing on repeat! Loving Is Easy (ft Benny Sings) – Rex Orange County: If you haven’t heard of Rex Orange County by now, what have you been doing? The Surrey-born 20 year old was scouted by Tyler, The Creator last year, and has been … Continue reading Perfect Playlist: Chilling on the Beach

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Netflix’s Best Binges for Summer

If you, like me, are sick of the heatwave and have resorted to sitting inside trying to stay cool, then never fear! Razz has rounded up six of Netflix’s most bingeable shows for you to watch until the weather calms down and we can all safely wear jeans again.  The Good Place Simply put, The Good Place is one of best original shows that Netflix … Continue reading Netflix’s Best Binges for Summer

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Postcards From Abroad: Singapore

It’s hard to describe Singapore. This is partly because it was nothing like I imagined, and partly because I feel like you need to go there to understand. I’m not one to be impressed by man-made attractions and skylines made up of skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, but there was something about Singapore that made my jaw drop. This city-state was spotless, sophisticated and dynamic. Sparkling sky-high buildings with gardens bursting from the upper floors, enormous shopping malls that felt like cities in themselves, Chinese and Indian neighbourhoods that seemed to transport you to a different country; this is Singapore. The mix of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese residents also adds a whole new depth to the city. Although it is an expensive place to visit, I was surprised at how easy it was to stick to my budget. Travelling solo as a woman can be scary, but at no point during my visit did I feel unsafe or vulnerable. I would recommend Singapore to all!

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It’s Debatable: The Ethics of Love Island

Love Island is dominating television and social media this summer. The concept behind it is simple: place a group of good looking 20-somethings in a villa, where they have to couple up or dump each other depending on who they fancy, with the winning couple awarded £50,000. In this environment, drama and controversy are unavoidable. How can I not become heavily invested in the nation’s favourites, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, or seethe at ‘Muggy’ Megan Barton’s every action? Despite being an avid fan, I can’t help but question what the programme is actually portraying. Are programmes like Love Island healthy in their representation of love and relationships? Continue reading It’s Debatable: The Ethics of Love Island

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Review: Ocean’s 8

When I found out that a whole host of talented women were coming together for the Ocean’s 8 cast, I was thrilled. Then I was overcome with dread. A female spin-off is always under the microscope, meaning that they must work twice as hard to gain half the recognition. The film was worth the watch, but that microscopic lens was a gaze that, at times, sadly overpowered the film.

Obviously, Ocean’s 8 had to pay respects to its predecessors. The film handled this well with a sprinkling of cameos and allusions to Debbie Ocean’s (Sandra Bullock) late brother Danny. The film’s awareness of its surrounding franchise also proved to be its downfall though. The previous Ocean’s films had charm due to their own style of dry humour that was uttered by heartthrobs like George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The first quarter of Ocean’s 8, however, tried to replicate this but fell flat. I didn’t get why at first – Sandra Bullock is usually hilarious? She can do wry and cheeky, never failing on comic delivery. I then realised that the problem was that it sounded like she was saying someone else’s punchlines. At the beginning, her lines seemed to be the verbatim of Danny Ocean’s, leading to a struggle to appreciate what Debbie Ocean had to bring to the table. This is one of the reasons why I always get the fear when an all-women spinoff is announced. Continue reading Review: Ocean’s 8

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Postcards from Abroad: Norway

I started this summer by flying with my friend Jacob to his home country for two eagerly anticipated weeks of perfecting my Norwegian, soaking up the cultural and instagramable sights, and enjoying more fish dishes than my pescatarian self could wish for. After stumbling across the hugely popular web series Skam a few years ago, I fell head first in love with the country and spent more than an acceptable amount of time researching my “future home” (job success dependant because, wow, is Norway expensive).

Norway, however, was everything and nothing like I expected it to be. No matter how much Jacob reassured me before departure that ‘Norway does have summers too!’, I wasn’t prepared for the 30 degree heat the country was enduring from a rare but persistent heatwave. Nor was I to perfect any of the basic Norwegian I already knew. You were much more likely to see me tight lipped and silent, refusing my receipt with a shake of the head because apparently even the way I said ‘nei’ was amusing to my friend, tour guide, and native speaker. Nonetheless, prepared to return all but bankrupt and thoroughly exercised (because it turns out everything in Norway is a hill), we were off. Continue reading Postcards from Abroad: Norway

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In My Good Books: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris

 “You will honour them by staying alive, surviving this place and telling the world what happened here.”

Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, follows the harrowing memories of an Auschwitz prisoner. It captures the true experience of Lale as he battles for survival and yet finds love in the midst of chaos. Each reader becomes truly invested in the day to day battles of Lale and Gita, as love and friendship prove as essential to survival as physical needs. Heather Morris recounts the intricate relationships and business affairs of Lale Sokolov as he bargains, begs and befriends his way to survival. Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris

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A Love Letter to Love Island

I told myself I wouldn’t be drawn in by the hype of Love Island again. After an embarrassing four-week binge last summer, instigated by the Mike-Jess ‘did they, didn’t they’ saga, I said goodbye to July with a whole new vocabulary, new-found knowledge of the Blazin’ Squad and six pounds heavier as a result of the snacks consumed whilst binging the show. Yet, as the 2nd June 2018 rolled around, my housemates and I sat, buffet in tow, impatiently anticipating the return of the fourth series. Two weeks in, I’m rooting for Dani, astounded by Adam and secretly hoping Eyal will be whisked off by the producers and dropped in the sea. I know deep down, I’m absolutely screwed. Continue reading A Love Letter to Love Island

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Review: Faslane by Jenna Watt

My parents grew up in the cold war era, where the shadow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hung closer and the threat of further use of nuclear weapons felt tangible. While the use of nuclear weapons is still a potential reality, heightened by the attitudes of certain leaders like Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, there is less of an everyday consciousness of it, less fear of … Continue reading Review: Faslane by Jenna Watt

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First Year: The Highs and The Lows

The thing about university is that no matter how much you convince yourself that you are prepared to start this whole new life in a new place, meeting new people and doing new things, you’re never really fully prepared (or at least I wasn’t anyway).

I made countless to-do lists, read an abundance of blog posts and watched too many YouTube videos on people’s experiences of moving to university and their first year in general. What I should have realised from that, is that everyone’s experience is different.
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Razz’s Favourite Films: Atonement

Just over ten years after Atonement was released, it remains a triumph of film-making and storytelling. It’s an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s heart-wrenching 2001 novel, and his sensual writing is expertly translated onto screen by director Joe Wright. Set across three different periods of time, it begins in the 1930s. We follow Briony Tallis, a precocious 13-year-old who aspires to be a writer. That summer, she witnesses something that she doesn’t understand between her sister Cecilia and Robbie, the family’s gardener. The false accusation that she makes has consequences for all three of their lives and as the title suggests, Briony spends the rest of her life consumed with guilt and trying to make up for it. Continue reading Razz’s Favourite Films: Atonement

The First Female Doctor

In July 2017, the nation received a shock when the actor portraying the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor was revealed to be Jodie Whittaker – previously known for her role in Broadchurch. It had become beyond an expectation, at this point, that the Doctor was and always would be portrayed by and perceived as a male. As such, it came as quite the surprise to … Continue reading The First Female Doctor