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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Film Review: 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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Film Review: 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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Film Review: 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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Song Review: Lost Kid

25th April 2017

The Apache Relay album American Nomad plays host to the fantastically catchy single ‘Lost Kid’ in which feelings of (yes, you guessed it) being lost and then being found are shared. Alternative music always sparks a notion of pretentiousness within me, but ‘Lost Kid’ has redeemed the genre for me. The strum of the guitar […]

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Star Wars Book to Set Up Battlefront 2

18th April 2017

At the Star Wars Celebration last week, it was revealed that a new book, called Inferno Squad, will reveal and set up the characters and plot for Battlefront II. The book itself will take place after Rogue One, after the Rebels successfully humiliated the Empire by stealing the Death Star plans. The publisher’s description read: […]

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Emma Watson’s Belle is Rightly the Next Generation’s Idol

18th April 2017

Yes, I know, I’m late to the party. However, I have arrived and I have a point to make. Emma Watson’s role as Belle in the spring blockbuster Beauty and the Beast is completely deserving of its place as the next generation’s idol. Watson, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the face of feminist charity HeForShe, […]

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Review: Apple Music

18th April 2017

If you’re considering Apple Music versus Spotify, or just generally wondering what the craic is with Apple, this is the right article for you. I recently succumbed to temptation after the three-month Apple Music trial and purchased the single person £9.99 per month plan. In that, I get as much music as I want, when […]

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Game Review: PUBG (Early Access)

16th April 2017

They really need a different title for that, one that doesn’t take millennia to type out. So, after celebrating its 1 million milestone, it seemed only fit I dive in and see what the fuss is about. What I discovered was… oddly addictive. For those of you who don’t know, PUBG is a battle-royale game. […]

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Restaurant Review: Oink

11th April 2017

Yeah, it’s a weird name, just bear with us. Recently, I took a trip to Edinburgh to celebrate a year’s worth of time spent with my partner. And obviously, wherever you go, you use that as an excuse to pig the heck out and eat a quarter kilogram of pork everyday. (HA. Pig pun.) It’s […]

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Is Diversity Killing Comic Sales?

11th April 2017

Marvel’s vice president of sales has comment on the declining sales of comic books, blaming the studio’s efforts at diversifying their character roster. In recent years Marvel has expanded its wealth of diverse characters. They made Iceman gay, Thor is now a woman, and they made the new Spider-Man mixed race. But maybe that’s the […]

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Review: Harry Styles’ debut solo single

7th April 2017

Fans around the world this morning tuned into the many (many) radio stations playing former One Direction star Harry Styles’ debut solo single. It’s been two years since the boys announced they were taking a break from their hectic tour schedule to relax and focus on other projects. It doesn’t seem like Harry has taken time to […]

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Game Review: Nier: Automata

5th April 2017

It’s not often I come across a game I can’t define. A game that really shakes up my Jimmies, and completely subverts my idea of what to expect in a story or characters. So here we go; a look at the weird and wonderful, brutal and binary world that is Nier: Automata. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD […]

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Review: BBC In Our Time Podcasts

5th April 2017

Anyone with an interest in the world and its unusual functions as well as current affairs and how they came to be will find something they love in BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time podcasts. Melvyn Bragg (who may actually have the best job in the world) hosts the programmes where experts (usually academics from some of […]

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Netflix Review: 13 Reasons Why

3rd April 2017

After a long wait and huge hype, Netflix finally released its original series 13 Reasons Why on the 31st of March. Based on the book by Jay Asher, the story follows Clay Jensen, an awkward yet forward student at your average American high school in the aftermath of his friend Hannah Baker’s suicide. The whole […]

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Netflix Review: Riverdale

27th March 2017

If you’re looking for an addictive new show to watch, look no further than Netflix original Riverdale, starring Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse. Riverdale is a mystery crime drama set in a small town which is full of dark secrets and scandals that all seem to revolve round the notorious and crazy Blossom […]

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Review: Red Nose Day Actually

25th March 2017

It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. Since it’s release in 2003, we’ve been pining to know how our favourites got on. The worst gift-wrapper ever? The Portuguese wife-to-be? The Prime Minister? Of course, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Love Actually‘s epilogue was aired live on BBC One last night as a […]

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ME: Andromeda Receives Mixed Reviews

20th March 2017

After a week of early access for premium players, and some weird animations, we finally have the verdict from sites like IGN, Gamespot, and PC Gamer. However, reactions have been incredibly mixed. Some reviewers have marked it quite high, but the average score seems to be around 7/10 (or 70%). The game suffered from what […]

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Just Not Sorry App: a Very Bad (and Sexist) Idea

18th March 2017

You may remember in January 2016 when Chrome announced a smart new feature that would save women from demeaning themselves in their e-mails. You may remember hearing about how the new extension would highlight certain words in red and provide the option to change to a more suitable alternative. You may remember how the new […]

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‘The Virgin Suicides’ Book Review

14th March 2017

Five sisters raised by middle class, religious parents in the American suburbs kill themselves. This is the stark, bare bones of what Jeffrey Eugenides presents you with on the first page of The Virgin Suicides. The rest of the book, in a heady stupor of hindsight and painful memory, serves to garnish the fact, to […]

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Movie Review: Logan

13th March 2017

Hugh Jackman returns one last time as Wolverine, in probably his best performance ever as an older, grittier Logan. *SPOILERS AHEAD* Set a decade in the future, the outlook is bleak for mutants. All but a few have been wiped out, and no new mutants have been born since the turn of the century. Logan, […]

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Game Review: Titanfall 2

13th March 2017

Think Black Ops 2 with giant, pilotable robots. Oh Titanfall, EA’s problematic title. You poor sweet thing. You deserved more. You deserved a fully-fledged release, away from the likes of Call of Duty: Infinite Sameware, and Reskinfield 1. You deserved far better, from us as players, and from EA as a publisher. Having learned from […]

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Spotify Premium: Worth the Money?

12th March 2017

Long gone are the days of downloading music onto your iPod or Walkman. Music apps like Apple Music and Spotify are growing more and more popular each day, mainly because most devices are no longer compatible with anything else except them. Everyone seems to have the free version of Spotify but not everybody has the […]

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Book Review: The Suffragettes

11th March 2017

Any woman who wants to educate herself on the suffragette movement should read this book. Any woman who wants to pay some sort of homage to those who fought for her vote in this country should read this book. Any person – irrespective of gender – who wants to learn about a part of British […]

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Mini-Review: Latest Inside No.9

10th March 2017

The nature of Inside No.9 and its standalone episodes I feel give me the right to give them each their own little mini-review or reflection on the latest snippet of black comedy action. These little bursts of action-filled plotline and the effort taken to squish a lot of action into a short space of time […]

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Game Review: Battlefield 1

9th March 2017

Think BF4 but with more sniper spam and infuriating map modes. So, EA had a 50% off sale this weekend, and there were a selection of shooters and Sims expansions going for cheap. My attention turned to a bundle deal, with Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 for the price of just one game. Let’s start positive. It […]

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7th March 2017

“Libraries symbolise a commitment to learning, community and equality that can no longer be taken for granted.” That is a quote from comedian and actor David Mitchell, which I recently came across while reading an article he wrote for The Guardian on the new London Garden Bridge. It got me thinking about how much time […]

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The Best Crime Shows on Netflix

6th March 2017

Crime documentaries, dramas and thrillers are my favourite things to watch on Netflix and there is no shortage of shows of this genre. Here are my top picks of the shows that I would 10/10 recommend to anyone who is even slightly interested in criminals and law. Making a Murderer This documentary shows us all […]

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‘The Lost Daughter’ Book Review

5th March 2017

The Lost Daughter is a novel by Italian author Elena Ferrante (Days of Abandonment, My Brilliant Friend) and tells the story of a woman who sets about on a holiday to re-discover herself after her daughters have flown the nest. Ferrante writes the female inner monologue like no one else, and it is what she’s […]

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‘Inside No.9′ Is Back

5th March 2017

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, two of four of The League of Gentlemen, have returned for a third season of black comedy Inside No.9. The series takes inspiration from series like Tales of The Unexpected, and each stand-alone episode takes place in a single setting and has some macabre subtext. To paraphrase a description from […]

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‘Cathedral’ Book Review

5th March 2017

Raymond Carver is an American short story writer whose style I admire endlessly. Carver once said: “It’s possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things — a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring — […]

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Book Review: The Enneagram

2nd March 2017

For anyone with a slight interest in personality and/or psychology, you may have heard of the enneagram. If not, there is no required prior knowledge as Simon Parke’s The Enneagram: A Private Session with the World’s Greatest Psychologist will explain it all to you. Basically, the enneagram is a 1500-year-old symbol developed by Sufi and […]

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5 Board Games You Need to Play

1st March 2017

If you’re a massive nerd, that is. The last few years have been full of cool and interesting board games. From strategy to straight up luck, here are our top picks for board games! Axis and Allies – Think Risk but better. There are a few different versions of this strategy world conquest game. From […]

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‘Taboo’ TV Review

28th February 2017

The much-anticipated season finale of the Tom Hardy series did not disappoint. The different aspects of the story finally came together; loose ends were tied, characters’ true purpose came to light and the questions we have been asking since episode one were finally answered. Since it’s been such an intensely dark series, with very little obvious […]

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Film Review

25th February 2017

The Lego Batman Movie does exactly what it says on the tin. It follows DC character Batman as he fights crime Gotham City. As an animation, it’s an amazing spectacle; in a similar fashion to the first film, you are constantly bombarded with action. In the words of my 4-year-old brother, “it was awesome”. Probably the […]

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Shop Review: Barter Books

25th February 2017

Barter Books in Alnwick became an international book shop sensation when it discovered the infamous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ propaganda poster from WWII. It is one of the largest second-hand book shops in Britain, home to 350,000 books and located in a derelict railway station. The interior of the shop is beautiful – a […]

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Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

22nd February 2017

With Bridget Jones’s Baby having just been released onto DVD, you may be wondering whether it’s worth spending your well-earned pennies on. Well, we’re here to figure that out for you. A spin-off from the original, Bridget Jones’s Diary, this may at first seem like old news. However, don’t dismiss it just yet. Now in […]

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Why new film Split does nothing for mental health

17th February 2017

As someone who sees the struggle for mental health awareness and funding parity in their everyday life, I knew that I had to see the new film Split. Split is based on a man named Kevin with dissociative identity disorder – something many know as multiple personality disorder. Kevin, played by James McAvoy, has 23 different identities, some […]

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Review: Weight Watchers Food

15th February 2017

Trying to lose weight can be really difficult, and can often mean that you’re forcing yourself to eat food that you don’t particularly enjoy. So, how would you feel if I told you that you could continue to eat some of your favourite food, and still lose weight? Well, thanks to Weight Watchers food, you may be […]

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February Favourites

15th February 2017

During the most romantic month of the year, you probably want to feel and look your best. So, it’s important to try out new products, and find the best ones for you. This month, there have been a lot of exciting beauty releases for Valentine’s Day, meaning that we have a lot of favourites! Pixi & […]

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TV Review: BBC’s The Moorside

13th February 2017

Before episode two of BBC’s The Moorside airs, we thought we’d share our thoughts on the first episode. The controversial three-part drama starring Sheridan Smith as ‘Julie’ narrates the story of the woman who led the search for missing child Shannon Matthews. At the beginning of the episode, the BBC make it explicitly clear that […]

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Game Review: Watch Dogs 2

9th February 2017

I’m about to eat some more words, aren’t I? Cast your mind back to September, and more importantly, this trailer. Everyone thought this would be a massive cringe-fest. We saw a group of young adults preparing to rebel against a corrupt system, bringing it down through being cool and a few keyboard taps. A story […]

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Game Review: Resident Evil 7

7th February 2017

Welcome to the reboot, son. After a weekend of fighting off monsters, bugs and weird, growth-like bosses, we finally have our review! If you still haven’t played it, and don’t want spoilers, look away now! So after nearly five years, Capcom have rebooted their most-known series, Resident Evil, with gripping horror and atmosphere. The other […]

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