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Review: Thunder Road @ Exeter Phoenix

Two Friends. Voluntary First Aid service. A desire to be of use which has come about from a dissatisfaction with the real world. Stand-up comedy, narrative storytelling, influence from both real life and a road trip tragic comedy. This show has all of these elements, often joining together ideas which would initially seem difficult to connect. It is a testament to the skills and experience of its creative team. Continue reading Review: Thunder Road @ Exeter Phoenix

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Singles’ Round-Up

‘Family and Loyalty’ by Gang Starr (feat. J. Cole)

In their first project in sixteen years, classic rap duo Gang Starr (featuring J. Cole) harken back to the golden age of hip-hop with a single reminiscent of their seminal album, Moment of Truth. DJ Premier constructs a jazzy, boom-bap beat around an unreleased verse from Guru, who tragically passed away in 2010. The beat perfectly suits Guru’s flow, with the gentle pianos underscoring his smooth voice. The lyrics are unsubtle, with ideas of the longevity of friendship and classic rap at the forefront, which is juxtaposed with comparisons to the modern genre that is moving away from conscious rap. Cole’s feature serves to hand over the baton to the next generation of conscious rap, and whilst his flow sounds clumsy at times, his message is no less important and relevant. This is a well-constructed single that reinforces the value of old school rap to the rest of the genre. Continue reading Singles’ Round-Up

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Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

Something many students do not know is that in the week before Freshers’ every year, the University welcomes a crowd of musically gifted students onto campus for a week of music making. Freshers and returners alike get to take part in a range of workshops, from African drumming to jazz improvisation, not forgetting the annual pilgrimage to Unit 1 dressed in our ‘garish garms’. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

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Review: Downton Abbey

Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many television shows that unite three generations within my family; our separate interests couldn’t be further apart from each other. Yet, the golden exception to this rule, Downton Abbey was watched and adored each week by my grandmother (who loved the history), my mother (who loved the costumes) and myself (who still is utterly in love with Tom Branson)! Naturally, we were all thrilled to discover that our favourite drama had made it to the silver screen and I went to watch it with my grandma on its opening night. Continue reading Review: Downton Abbey

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: A UK Arrival

After ten long-awaited years, the ever-famous RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally arrived to grace televisions across the British Isles with its first ever UK season. Having premiered on 3 October, the show’s UK adaptation came highly anticipated and much talked about by fans; with huge speculation on who the upcoming queens would be, what new challenges might be thrown at them, as well as who would be invited as guest judges. Continue reading RuPaul’s Drag Race: A UK Arrival

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Social Media and the Dieting Industry

After publicly criticising the Kardashians and Cardi B for their marketing of dieting and detox industry products, Jameela Jamil describes Instagram’s newest policy as a “huge step” in the fight against this content. Part of her “i Weigh” movement expresses her views against content promoting weight loss products and unhealthy lifestyles, solidifying her approval of the new policy that takes a further step towards creating a safer and healthier social media environment. However, how much can the new policy help facilitate this, and is there more that should be done? Continue reading Social Media and the Dieting Industry

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Frost on Film: Joker

DC have had a tough time of late. While their studio rivals Marvel have continued to break box office records with the Avengers’ franchise, DC have struggled to put together an equally brilliant superhero team-up film. For every success the DC studio has had (Wonder Woman), there is a stink bomb (Justice League) lurking around the corner. This is largely why director Todd Phillips went to the executives of DC with a new idea – release smaller budget character pieces with less of a reliance upon CGI. Continue reading Frost on Film: Joker