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Treat yours-Elf to these Christmas films!

Christmas is the time for family, food, gifts, giving thanks etc., but would it really be Christmas without Christmas films? I for one know that sinking into the sofa, stuffed full of turkey and Christmas pudding, and putting on a Christmas movie, is one of the best feelings. The grandparents tend to doze off halfway through (does anyone else’s Grandma always fart and blame it … Continue reading Treat yours-Elf to these Christmas films!

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Review: EUTCO’s Arsenic & Old Lace

When I first heard about EUTCO’s upcoming play on murder, insanity, dark comedy, and two ‘innocent’ old ladies as the instigators of it all, I knew I had to see it. Despite being swamped in essay deadlines and Christmas stress, I was fortunate enough to watch Arsenic & Old Lace on their final night at the Barnfield theatre. While writing this review makes me feel like an ironic parody of protagonist Mortimer – a theatre critic whose (arguable) gift for words causes him to be the victim of his own play – the cast and crew behind this fantastic production certainly deserve the commendation. Continue reading Review: EUTCO’s Arsenic & Old Lace

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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