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Review: BSO’s Russian Winter

For one evening (and one evening only) those present at Exeter Great Hall were transported to cold, 19th century St Petersburg and Moscow; an invited state of Tsardom overseen by the remarkable talents of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. With works by three of the biggest names of Russian Romantic music, the Orchestra gave a resounding, and even at times rousing, conclusion to the first instalment of performances at the Great Hall as part of their 2018-19 season. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Russian Winter

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The English Pear: Christmas Lebkuchen

‘’I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!” -Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lebkuchen are one of our favourite Christmas treats, but … Continue reading The English Pear: Christmas Lebkuchen

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A  Hyggelig Christmas: Celebrate the festive season the Danish way!

3 ways to hygge up your Christmas and celebrate the festive season the Danish way! As I cycle through the Copenhagen on my route home from classes I start to realise that Denmark is the place to be at Christmas. On my rides to and from University in the city, I have keenly observed the steady construction of markets and the putting-up of the Christmas … Continue reading A  Hyggelig Christmas: Celebrate the festive season the Danish way!

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Best Books to Give this Christmas

Everyone knows a book lover, and while at first you might think “That’s ideal: I can just get them a book for Christmas!” you quickly realise that there’s far, far too much choice for what to buy. With new releases advertised left right and centre, and festive favourites rolled out and put back on display, it can get a bit overwhelming. That said, here’s a … Continue reading Best Books to Give this Christmas

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Frost on Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

A not so Fantastic opening weekend

Today, not having seen a Harry Potter film is a marker of peculiarity. The Potter universe stands as one of the largest and most successful series to make it to the big screen and seems to be becoming more popular every year. But the new Fantastic Beasts series, set as a precursor to the eponymous events at Hogwarts, has failed to achieve equal praise. Continue reading Frost on Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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The English Pear: Cider, Sausage, and Chicken Casserole

“He Looked and smelt like Autumn’s very brother, his face being sunburnt to wheat-colour, his eyes blue as corn-flowers, his sleeves and leggings dyed with fruit-stains, his hands clammy with the sweet juice of apples, his hat sprinkled with pips, and everywhere about him the sweet atmosphere of cider which at its first return each season has such an indescribable fascination for those who have … Continue reading The English Pear: Cider, Sausage, and Chicken Casserole

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Review: Jack and the Beanstalk @ Exeter Northcott

Sitting in the middle of the Northcott theatre last Wednesday evening, the Christmas atmosphere consumed me. Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade was blaring out and an elderly group of women came back from the theatre’s bar with mulled wine. There truly is nothing quite like going to see a pantomime at Christmas. On paper, the premise of a pantomime doesn’t appeal to everybody. Bad jokes and amateur acting often seem like more of a chore than entertainment. In honesty, throughout the rest of the year, I would not feel inclined to watch a pantomime. However, in the festive season, there’s something about the cheesy performances that makes the jolly attitude come out in businessmen and children alike. Continue reading Review: Jack and the Beanstalk @ Exeter Northcott