Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

With a programme like Sibelius’ Finlandia, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra could do nothing but start their concert season with a triple forte bang. I should begin with a disclaimer that I perhaps don’t write from the usual perspective of a casual BSO concert-goer, having been connected with the orchestra in varying forms as a spectator, concert steward and President of Exeter Uni Symphony Orchestra for many years now. I always find it interesting seeing the different people that rock up to the BSO concerts: the regulars who have been coming religiously since The Great Hall was built (as one man informed me when I offered to help him find his seat), the well-dressed families having a civilised evening out, the young couples on a classy concert date. This Thursday, the crowds were out in full for the BSO’s return to Exeter with this spectacular programme. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

A Guide to Ethical Porn Consumption

Although our society has many faults, we’re undoubtedly becoming more ethically conscious. We’re moving towards sustainable living by boycotting plastic and supporting slow fashion bands. However, our ethical standards don’t hold up when it comes to watching porn.
Porn is everywhere – whether we’re watching it or not. In 2018, Pornhub got 33.5 billion visits. That’s almost 92 million visitors mindlessly wanking to mainstream porn every day. This is probably because most of us shy away from discussing the ins and outs of porn, mainly as there is a vocal contingent that maintains it as the source of society’s problems. Continue reading A Guide to Ethical Porn Consumption

Review: White Roses by Flyte

Flyte have not disappointed with their eagerly awaited new EP, White Roses. The London-based band have been determined to deliver quality in their new music meaning there has been a two-year gap between the debut album, The Loved Ones, and White Roses, with only the single Moon Unit in-between. It has been worth the wait – the result is a record that feels beautifully crafted and just as soul-touching as their previous releases. Continue reading Review: White Roses by Flyte

Review: Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody @ Exeter Phoenix

On the first day of term for University of Exeter students, Laura Elmes Production treated us to a nostalgic return to the beloved world of Harry Potter. We find a teenage Tom Riddle, played with excellent comedic timing and stellar voice by Steve Graney, facing some of the same woes as the Freshers at the University: love, fame, world domination and fascination with snakes. You know, the usual teenage stuff. The year is 1942 and the production starts off by making it painfully obvious that Nazis are in power, but asks us to ignore that and instead focus on teenage Voldemort, his classmates and Hufflepuff girlfriend obsessed with baked goods, called Muffin Rows, played with adorableness and grace by Alice Robinson. Continue reading Review: Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody @ Exeter Phoenix

So Scandi: Six Ways to Enjoy Stockholm

Admired for its candyfloss-pink and clotted-cream coloured palaces and attractive residents, Sweden’s capital is all too easy to fall in love with. Often dubbed Scandinavia’s capital, this island city has plenty to offer for aesthetes, coffee connoisseurs and nature lovers alike. Here are six ways to make the most of this historic yet dynamic city. Söderalm is the Soho of Stockholm and one of the … Continue reading So Scandi: Six Ways to Enjoy Stockholm

Preview: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are back and they’re kicking off their 2019/20 concert season with some absolute classical bangers. Their opening concert ‘Elgar’s Masterpiece’ will be taking place this Thursday 26th September and features some gems you won’t want to miss.

You’ll be jerked to attention by the opening chords of Sibelius’ iconic Finlandia, soon moving from dark and dramatic brass to a ceremonious anthem for Finland, via a lively melody that will lift your spirits to the Great Hall ceiling. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

5 Things Students Can Do To Be Politically Engaged This Year

Politics is scary and you can feel powerless, especially as a student who is often dismissed. But that doesn’t mean we should bury our heads in the sand. We can make small steps to being more politically engaged this academic year and here’s how. Continue reading 5 Things Students Can Do To Be Politically Engaged This Year

The Only Test You Want To Fail: A Guide to STI Appointments

If your sex education was anything like mine at school, you were probably left feeling clueless. My knowledge of STIs was so limited. I basically just thought if I had funny discharge or an itchy vagina, then I needed to panic. The only thing I did learn was that it’s never a solution to ignore the situation entirely. It’s always better to get checked and know what you might be dealing with. Anything is better than trying to self-diagnose on the internet and convincing yourself you’re dying from some obscure fungal infection. Continue reading The Only Test You Want To Fail: A Guide to STI Appointments

Win £50 to spend at Strictly Students, Princesshay!

Mark Tuesday 1st October in your diaries because Strictly Students is back, and we are giving one of you the chance to win a £50 Princesshay gift card to spend on the night!

From 6:30pm to 9:30pm, over 35 stores in Princesshay will be exclusively offering students up to 30% off their products. There will be live music from local musician Adam Moran as well as free glitter face painting, a live DJ, beauty lounge and a photobooth to make it a fun night for everyone. Continue reading Win £50 to spend at Strictly Students, Princesshay!

‘The English Pear’ Pizzas

We’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like pizza – it’s so comforting, versatile and fun to make that we can’t ever imagine getting bored of it. Here we’ve used a BBC Good Food recipe for the pizza base dough (we’re not bread masters, sorry) and then came up with a couple of yummy toppings for you. A pizza and prosecco night would be the perfect … Continue reading ‘The English Pear’ Pizzas