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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