Suffragette movie poster featureing Meryl Streep Cary Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter

Film Review: Suffragette

16th October 2017

5/5 I could absolutely kick myself for not watching Suffragette sooner. Released in 2015, it has taken me a long while to get round to watching it – mainly due to not being in the “right” mood to watch it. Turns out I’d been putting it off for no reason. You don’t have to be in a […]

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Film Review: All the Way

12th October 2017

5/5 It is rare that a recent film documenting monumental events in history is as good as HBO’s All the Way. While we had Selma and 12 Years a Slave, some of Hollywood’s historical outputs are a total flop. 2016’s Jackie documenting the life of Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of JFK was dull and plain and made me wonder […]

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Anne Frank Diary Illustrated

12th October 2017

One of the most read books in the world has been made into a comic-book format, visualising what the young girl must have gone through all those years ago. The diary, which Anne Frank nicknamed Kitty, has been given a splash of colour by the creators of Oscar-nominated animation Waltz with Bashir, with an animated […]

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Battlefront 2 (2017) Beta Thoughts

11th October 2017

It’s a sordid love affair Battlefront and I have. While the first game (2015) left a bitter taste in my mouth, this next one could be something worth looking at. A number of changes and tweaking are to be commended, so let’s jump in, shall we? We’ll start with the most important aspect, gameplay. While […]

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Call of Duty WW2 Impressions

8th October 2017

Oh, where to start? I have to be honest, I wasn’t confident going into this. Call of Duty WW2 looked like it could change the meta of how the games were played. How they were received, putting a focus on infantry battle, grouping together to form one tight unit and try to take the win. […]

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The Best Banned Books

4th October 2017

You know, the thought of books being banned due to their content, for the creative vision of an author to be banned in certain countries, must be a hard pill to swallow. If you’re in school you may have seen displays showing the books that certain people may not want you reading. But these aren’t […]

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

4th October 2017

4.5/5 When we saw the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle and saw that Colin Firth (Harry) was in it, we were all a bit confused. How can a man who got shot straight in the face be alive? So my expectations for the new film were low – it was going to be another franchise that […]

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Best 00’s Films

28th September 2017

Best 00’s Films Films, films, films. Love them or hate them, you sure can’t escape them. People have been making films for a long time, with the first known film being dated back to as early as 1999 when The Matrix was released. Since then, several so-called ‘films’ have been made, here I list a […]

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TV Review: The Child in Time

26th September 2017

2/5 Last night the BBC aired one of its most pretentious and disappointing shows ever. No, Strictly was broadcast on Saturday. Let’s not beat around the bush: The Child in Time attracted lots of viewers because of Benedict Cumberbatch. The last time he was on the Beeb it was for Sherlock (who he could’ve done within the painstaking 90-minute ‘drama’ […]

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Houses of Parliament Tour Review

24th September 2017

The Houses of Parliament is quite an intimidating building to look at as it dominates the banks of the River Thames. And then you go inside. That’s when it is really intimidating. Parliament isn’t intimidating in a bad way. It’s more of an overwhelming type of place – still not in a bad way. It’s […]

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Virgin Trains East Coast Review

22nd September 2017

5/5 Trains get a lot of flack these days, particularly those belonging to southern companies (ahem, Southern Rail) for being late, dirty and cramped. It seems, though, that Virgin Trains East Coast is an exception to the rule. Travelling at 5:30 am on a Monday morning from Newcastle to King’s Cross, you’d think the train […]

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Hillary Clinton Memoirs Become Best Seller

21st September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, detailing the events that led to her loss in the 2016 presidential election, has sold 300,000 copies according to the publisher Simon & Schuster. The sales included 167,000 hardback copies as well as e and audio books. This makes for the biggest opening week of a non-fiction hardcover in five years. […]

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Book Review: The Karamazov Brothers

14th September 2017

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s final novel is something to behold. Bizarrely readable – considering not only the time it was written but also the sheer length – it paints a vivid picture of the eponymous brother’s lives’. The story is bounding and broad, expanding to encompass most of the town in which the story takes place. The […]

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Great North Runners starting the 13.1 mile half marathon over the Tyne Bridge crossing as Red Arrows take flight.

Great North Runner

8th September 2017

It’s almost time for our region to host yet another significant global event, not long after we hosted the Sunderland International Airshow. In case you didn’t already know The Great North Run (GNR) is this weekend. For someone who’s had it on their bucket list for as long as they can remember, I’m definitely feeling the […]

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Game Review: Dishonored 2

3rd September 2017

After gritting my teeth through some performance issues, I finally go to the end of Arkane Studio’s brilliantly crafted Dishonored 2. A sequel to one of 2011’s most enjoyable titles, it recaptures the essence of what made the first one so damn enjoyable, whilst sprinkling in some new and interesting mechanics and story arcs. The […]

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Netflix’s Death Note: Movie Review

1st September 2017

I mean, it tried? That’s what counts right? Death Note holds a special place in many a person’s hearts. It was a staple anime for any newcomer to the scene. It portrayed a regular person, turned dictator almost, through one simple power. Being able to make anyone you know die, by just writing their name […]

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The Best Social Media Site

1st September 2017

There are so many different social media sites out there it can be hard to know which one to upload to first. And for some people, it is hard to know which one is the most important for maintaining their online persona. However, if we talk about the ‘best’ social media site, everyone seems to […]

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Terry Pratchett’s Unpublished Works Destroyed

31st August 2017

Don’t worry, it’s literally what he wanted. Terry Pratchett died in early 2015, taking with him a mind that conjured and moulded some of the greatest fiction ever created. From his early works like The Colour of Magic to his final book The Shepard’s Crown. While the full extent of the Discworld series will never […]

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Review: Platform 9 and 3/4, King’s X

30th August 2017

In case you’re wondering, there is a ‘real’ Platform 9 and 3/4 in King’s Cross, London, and this headline is not trying to mess with your mind. Since JK Rowling took the world by storm with her Harry Potter series, the image of wizards running at a wall between platforms nine and ten at King’s Cross in […]

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Leeds Festival Kasabian perform

Reading and Leeds Highlights

30th August 2017

Whether you attended Reading or Leeds festival not, it’s likely you’ve heard something or another about the weekend’s events. It could be Eminem’s performance at Reading, where he started an encore of “F**k Trump” with the aid of the entire audience, who had no reservations joining in. As someone sporting a Saturday only band for […]

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Netflix: Worth it?

30th August 2017

3/5 With Netflix being the tenth-largest internet company by revenue, it seems as though everyone has a subscription. But plenty don’t and, as someone who didn’t until the free month-trial, I wanted to know if it was worth the hype. Netflix offers three different subscription plans that allow you to watch programmes on one screen […]

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The Stand Comedy Club Newcastle

28th August 2017

If you’re a young person living in or around Newcastle, you’ve probably done the whole pre-drinks> clubs> kebab> home> hangover thing hundreds of times. So why not try a different type of night out- something a little more cultured and memorable than throwing up on the dance floor in Sinners. The Stand Comedy Club in […]

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Dog and Scone? More Like Hog and Scone

20th August 2017

When asked what the best things in life are, most reasonable people would probably rank dogs and coffee in at least their top 30 which is probably why a number of entrepreneurs around the world have decided to combine the two and create dog cafes. So Dog and Scone in Newcastle City Centre decided to […]

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Netflix’s Atypical: Were Critics Correct?

15th August 2017

On Friday the 11th, Netflix released its newest original series Atypical, a comedy drama that follows an 18-year-old autistic boy as he tries to enter the dating world. Before the show even came out, Atypical was causing a real stir with some people concerned that it would mock autistic people or give the wrong impression […]

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Film Review: American Beauty

11th August 2017

4/5 ‘American Beauty’ was released in 1999 and has since acquired virtually classic status by modern standards. A philosophical approach to cinema is refreshing nowadays and under Sam Mendes’ directing, there is no film I’ve seen lately that is as unique in perspective as this one. The film is primarily about a 42-year-old married man […]

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Theatre Review: The Mentor

10th August 2017

F Murray Abraham, despite a long and enduring career in film which has yielded him an Oscar, an Emmy nomination, and world wide acclaim, has spent a great deal of his time in the theatre. He’s performed in Macbeth, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice. He now turns his hand to The Mentor, a […]

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House of Cards Review

1st August 2017

5/5 Netflix’s original series have been taking the world by storm over the past few years from Orange is the New Black to, most recently, 13 Reasons Why. House of Cards is one of those original series – and one that goes far beyond the excellence of the others. Political dramas usually have a one-series run with three hour-long episodes. […]

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Dunkirk: The Meaning of Home

28th July 2017

5/5 The release of this year’s most significant summer blockbuster has provoked much conversation online and stormed the box office too. Dunkirk has been praised by critics near and far for being cinematic genius – and rightly so. It is. But it’s more than just that – it’s not a story, it’s a truth. It’s a truth […]

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TV Show Review: Summer Heights High

23rd July 2017

Despite it first being aired in 2008, Summer Heights High is making a bit of a comeback thanks to popular internet memes which feature some of the three main characters, all played and written by Australian comedian Chris Lilley. TV shows with the I’m-a-terrible-person-for-laughing-at-this type of humour are few and far between and for me, […]

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Album Review – Features in Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life

23rd July 2017

I have never been a fan of Lana Del Rey, mostly because I’ve never taken the time to listen to her, but thanks to MTV’s constant promo of her track ‘Lust for Life’ which featured The Weeknd, I’ve been waiting impatiently for her album so that I could hear more. The song ‘Lust for Life’ […]

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Akbars? More Like Cackbars

21st July 2017

2/5  Just picture it: I was celebrating my 17th birthday a week after its occurrence because my best friend, who was supposed to be sleeping over, got ill and couldn’t come. I was obviously disappointed, but I knew I’d be going out for a meal with my parents instead. I chose Akbars, an Indian restaurant […]

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What I Learnt in an MP’s Office for a Week

21st July 2017

It was work experience time at my Sixth Form this week and, like most other students, I headed off on Monday morning with a lot of apprehension and worry about how the week ahead would go. Turns out, there was no need for it. My work experience placement was in my local MP Liz Twist’s […]

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How to Read (Or Avoid Reading) A Boring Book

20th July 2017

Whether you’re writing an academic essay, doing research for an article or just trying to better your understanding of a subject, you will at some point in your life have to read a ‘boring book’. If your subject area is science, politics, or just anything that is detailed and complicated, it is near impossible to […]

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Dunkirk Is Apparently Very Good

18th July 2017

Christopher Nolan’s newest movie Dunkirk has drawn quite a bit of critical attention, for all the right reasons, with reviews praising it for its historical accuracy and incredible cinematography. Nolan is best known for his stellar work on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and his meh work on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. The […]

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Game Review: Sniper Elite 4

18th July 2017

*GORE WARNING* You know what’s awesome? Games that take place in an authentic WW2 setting and being able to explore these levels with a degree of stealth and precision. Or, alternatively, try to be sneaky then get spotted and end up panicking your way through the level. Worked for me. You assume the role of […]

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Traveller looks over the city of Split below

Spend your Summer Wisely

17th July 2017

There’s no denying it, a week in the sun with your closest mates is a tempting prospect, but are you doing those months of toiling hard for a minimal payout justice? Retrospect is a wonderful thing, but the following are 3 reasons why I urge you to reconsider your first “away-from-the-parents” holiday destination: You’ll see […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Jane Eyre’

10th July 2017

The Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre has seen many film adaptations since its initial publishing in 1847. Perhaps best known is the 2006 BBC adaptation, which won three Emmys and was highly praised for how true it stayed to the original novel. The National Theatre production of the much-loved classic achieved a similar accomplishment, managing […]

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Review: Metrocentre Yo Sushi

10th July 2017

4/5 While on your travels in the Metrocentre, Gateshead, you will have seen Yo Sushi and will have undoubtedly wondered if it’s worth it and if you should try it. After all, sushi is a funny food and not something us Geordies are particularly acquainted with. The first thing to say about Yo Sushi is […]

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UCAS Fairs: Are they Worth it?

1st July 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year for those of us applying to university for 2018 entry. The UCAS fairs are here and as I attended my first one just the other day and had no idea what to expect (I was just told to order a ticket and get the bus there basically), I hope […]

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Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

14th June 2017

3.5/5 Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is often described as a modern classic and, by many trusted sources of mine, described as a great novel. Naturally, hearing that this book was amazing made me excited to read it, but in the first 200 pages or so, I just didn’t get it. Things were fairly boring after […]

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Corbyn Draws Thousands to Gateshead Rally

6th June 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday drew a crowd of around 4,000 supporters to a rally in Gateshead. Noticeably, many young people attended the rally at the Sage and it became a popular topic. Most speakers addressed the topic of young people and politics the event, including Mr Corbyn himself. Former MP for Blaydon Dave Anderson spoke particularly […]

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One Love Manchester: A Perfectly Poignant Tribute

5th June 2017

We all knew that last night would be a tough one. Equally, we all knew that last night would be the act of defiance in the face of ugly terrorism that we are capable of pulling off. After the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert two weeks ago, the nation has been grieving […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

25th May 2017

With the new ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ film coming out later this year and the trailer’s release just a couple of weeks ago, we thought we’d take you back to the first instalment in the epic spy-action film. Colin Firth (Harry Hart) and Taron Egerton (Eggsy) unite as an unlikely duo in the film that […]

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Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

24th May 2017

Ham-fisted and awfully written, this video-game adaption leaves much to be desired. We follow the story of Callum Lynch, a man sentenced to die, only to be brought back into the world of the living by Abstergo, the front for the Templars. Ancient enemies, the Templars and Assassins have fought for centuries over something called […]

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Review: Pizza Express Metrocentre

15th May 2017

Pizza Express has been bringing the delight of authentic Italian cuisine to the UK since 1965. Founder Peter Boizot was unhappy with the pizza in London compared to Italy, shipped over a proper oven and opened the first Pizza Express restaurant on Wardour Street. But you don’t have to travel to London for a proper […]

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The Division’s End Game is Pretty Good

11th May 2017

There. I said it. Fight me. So after spending more than enough time on PUBG, I fancied something a bit spongier. Something I can dip in and out of here and there. Something with a military style, and endless hours of stuff to grind out. So obviously, we’re left with The Division. In my review, […]

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The Great Gatsby

9th May 2017

Let’s be honest, Leo is one of the main reasons anyone watches this film. And because it’s on the A Level English Literature specification. Eccentric director Baz Luhrmann took on the mammoth challenge of directing The Great Gatsby – and did a fantastic job of it. He makes every party scene ethereal with champagne popping in […]

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Bar Review: The Alchemist Newcastle

8th May 2017

The Alchemist has been around in the UK’s biggest cities for ages but it has only recently came to Newcastle City Centre. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, The Alchemist is a bar and restaurant that specialises in drink mixology. Its theme is well in line with its name – gothic, with […]

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The Girl on the Train

3rd May 2017

It was with a great reluctance that I watched The Girl on the Train due to the fact that one of the key parts of the blockbuster is not true to the novel by Paula Hawkins. The Girl on the Train novel is set in London where everyone has a British accent and it makes everything feel […]

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Product Review: Flashsticks

2nd May 2017

There has never been a better time to pick up a new language than now. There are endless apps, websites and other media resources that can aid your language learning. However, it’s important sometimes to go back to basics and use some old school methods. That’s where Flashsticks come in. Flashsticks are basically just fancy […]

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