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Review: Spotlights:Expressing Yourself

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding, vibrant, and spectacular; ‘Expressing Yourself’ is not a show to be missed! 

Following their third consecutive sell-out summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Exeter University’s musical theatre show choir, Spotlights, is back with their exceptional show ‘Expressing Yourself’. This talented group of musical theatre lovers took to the stage to perform a brand-new set list, with high-energy choreography seamlessly blended with rich harmonies. With musical hits ranging all ages and genres, from Broadway classics, such as Wicked, to new fan favourites Hamilton and Kinky Boots, and even including Disney tunes from Tangled. Whether you are a theatre fanatic or just partial to occasionally belting in the shower, there is certainly a number to suit every audience member’s tastes. This joyous show is a true celebration of inclusivity, diversity, and being the version of yourself that you want to be. The production was received with consistent cheers and applause – it truly is not one to be missed!   Continue reading Review: Spotlights:Expressing Yourself

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Preview: Ocean Wisdom @ The Lemon Grove

London-born rapper Ocean Wisdom, named the “future of UK Hip-Hop” by Complex Magazine, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since he dropped his debut track ‘Walkin’’ in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has released three sensational albums, collaborating with Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Dizzee Rascal. Continue reading Preview: Ocean Wisdom @ The Lemon Grove

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Endometriosis: One in Ten

Endometriosis is a chronic pain condition that affects one in ten women in the UK. Whilst it has a severe impact on the health of millions, few know about its symptoms or impacts. The NHS website gives a description of the condition, “tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries” which causes pain and issues with fertility. It also states the causes of the condition are largely unexplained, and there is no known cure. Endometriosis UK states it affects 1.5 million women in the UK or 176 million women worldwide, the same number diagnosed with diabetes. One of the most startling statistics they give is the fact that it takes on average “7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.” Continue reading Endometriosis: One in Ten

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Pop Culture Fix: Podcast Recommendations

Off Menu is definitely my favourite podcast. Sounds strange to make comedy out of food but every episode is hilarious. James and Ed invite guests to their magical restaurant where they can order their dream meal, but if you’re not that passionate about cooking then don’t be put off! Food content acts more as a conversation prompt and the chat always ends up somewhere rogue. Ed and James are amazing hosts and I could happily listen to just those two, but they have had some amazing guests, Nish Kumar being my favourite. 
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Riptide Launch

The chic thrum of music melted into the night air as I arrived outside The Custom House next to the dark and shining quay for the Riptide launch party. I slipped through the peeling blue doors and up the staircase, to find myself in a throng of writers and people working for the journal. There was a congenial atmosphere as people milled about with glasses of wine, mingling against the constant murmur of voices sounding next to the loud, yet relaxing tunes which came from the musicians in the room before me. Continue reading Riptide Launch

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The Bar Review: The Bowling Green

From the outside, The Bowling Green looks a little run down; as you walk up Blackboy road it can feel a little like the road to nowhere, with town behind you. Yet, as you step inside, any doubts should be overridden by the warm, hospitable atmosphere. This is one of the only pubs I know where you can sip your pint as you sit ensconced in a sofa, warmed by a fire (and as the other pub I can think of is about double the price, I know which one I would choose). In essence, it acts like a true public house should, as a place to relax, enjoy and socialise. Continue reading The Bar Review: The Bowling Green

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Singles’ Round-Up

Kanye’s latest album, Jesus is King, has interesting ideas about how to blend hip-hop and gospel but is let down by inconsistent execution and poor lyricism, and is a disappointing return after two years of leaks and teasings. A track that is emblematic of this is ‘Water’, where Kanye raps on themes regarding rebirth and the healing power of faith, and its ability to purify. These are especially relevant given Kanye’s attempt to rebrand and move away from topics like sex and drugs. The production is simple but effective and provides a smooth, solid base for Ant Clemons’ excellent feature. Clemons sings well and is the highlight of the song, but he is let down by lazy lyricism from Kanye. Rather than speaking on his evolution as an artist, he decides to repeat variations of Jesus save us, which marks a concerning decline for the once revolutionary, boundary-pushing artist. Continue reading Singles’ Round-Up