Album Review: folklore

26th July 2020

9/10 It’s a Sunday morning when I connect to my speaker to begin the journey of folklore, Taylor Swift’s lockdown brain-child. Also known as: her latest album. Bon Iver has contributed to this one – and you can tell. Mainly because every single song doesn’t begin with a capital letter. The album cover is black […]

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Gig Review: Sam Fender

10th December 2019

North Shields and north east sweetheart Sam Fender took Newcastle’s O2 Academy by storm for two nights last weekend – and what an impression he made. The north already adores Fender, who grew up on a North Shields council estate with his mam, but this weekend only increased that admiration for the up-and-coming star. He […]

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Review: Flat White, Durham

28th November 2019

3.5/5 As I’ve said many times before in my restaurant reviews, the small city of Durham provides a hub of places to eat for foodies and those who just want a belly full. Flat White is one of the most popular brunch restaurants in Durham for both types of people – so popular, in fact, […]

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Review: Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle

27th November 2019

4/5 If you’re on the hunt for the most-grammable food you can find, The Great British Cupcakery should be at the very top of your list. With the most dreamy aesthetic in the shop itself, and the most gorgeous-looking cupcakes and shakes you’ve ever seen, it is unbeatable. I have had my fair share of […]

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Review: Slug and Lettuce, Durham

26th November 2019

4/5 Although Durham is home to many independent restaurants, cafes and bars, sometimes it’s nice to step inside of a big chain like Slug and Lettuce. Slug and Lettuce is one of the brand new restaurants in the historical city of Durham, situated next to the Champagne Bar and the Gala Theatre. From the moment […]

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Must Watch: This Country

22nd November 2019

I’ve always watched the British version of The Office and have absolutely loved it. Stephen Merchant was able to bring a completely different medium of comedy to our screens and it’s never really been matched. However, the new BBC mockumentary sitcom This Country came highly recommended to me by my mother and Rotten Tomatoes, and […]

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Restaurant Review: Cosy Club, Durham

20th October 2019

4.5/5 In one of my many reviews of Durham’s bars and restaurants, I’m heading to the newly opened Cosy Club, situated above the bank of the River Wear, opposite Durham Cathedral. Cosy Club is not the cheapest place in Durham for food – that’s agiven. This is definitely because of its more sophisticated and classier […]

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Film Review: Joker

18th October 2019

No, you aren’t going to get shot going to watch this film. Joker is directed by the guy who made The Hangover trilogy and uses that basis to claim comedy is dead. We know Todd. We saw them too. It stars Joaquin Phoenix (a name I will spell once and only once) as Arthur Fleck. […]

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TV Review: Netflix’s Unbelievable

9th October 2019

Netflix has outdone themselves recently with their latest series Unbelievable. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, the eight-episode series follows the story of a manhunt for a serial rapist across the Western United States. The series explores the ordeal of the first victim, 18-year-old Marie, who reports […]

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Bar Review: Revolution Durham

4th October 2019

4/5 The leafy and historical city of Durham sits tucked away on the banks of the River Wear. Along the Wear you’ll find cafes and bars – Revolution being one of them, and one of the most popular. Though Revolution is part of a wider chain of cocktail bars and restaurants, it doesn’t feel that […]

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TV Review: The Thick of It, BBC

2nd October 2019

5/5 Not since David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s Peep Show have I laughed so much watching a TV series as I did watching The Thick of It. This BBC comedy is set in Whitehall and follows the bumbling workings of a fictional government department – scandals and all. The Thick of It is absolutely hilarious. […]

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Review: Revolucion de Cuba, Newcastle

30th September 2019

4/5 Newcastle is, of course, world-famous for its nightlife. Bars and clubs are a hit with pretty much everyone who ever visits our city, but it’s always nice to know what locals make of the watering holes around the Toon. Revolucion de Cuba, located just off Grey Street in the Cloth Market, is one of […]

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The Beano Comic: Still Good Today?

28th September 2019

Do you enjoy being entertained? Do you like funny jokes? Do you like learning top secret pranks? Well if you do, then The Beano comic is for you. In my opinion, The Beano is Britain’s best comic and is home to comic legends the Bash Street Kids. They have super skills…and maximum chaos! Bu please, […]

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Show Review: Six, London

26th September 2019

Do you love girl bands, history and tonnes of laughter? If so, you’re in the right place. Six takes the form of a pop concert, where six wives form a competition. The criteria for the competition is who had the worst experience with their husband, Henry the Eighth. The wives take turns singing a song […]

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Live Music Review: Channy Thompson

25th September 2019

Channy Thompson is an amazing singer who recently performed at Newcastle University to a whole mix of ages. It was an awesome night and I sang and danced throughout the whole evening. I would recommend her to all ages above ten as she sings very family-friendly and upbeat songs, like What About Us? by P!nk, […]

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TV Review: Mothers on the Edge, Louis Theroux

22nd September 2019

5/5 Louis Theroux is renowned for his documentaries all around the world. His non-invasive, accepting and calm style of presenting is perfect for getting the truth of a situation or matter, and Mothers on the Edge is no different. Having previously covered issues like gambling, porn, sex trafficking, drug addiction and much more, Theroux this […]

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Book Review: Secret Service, Tom Bradby

19th September 2019

5/5 Heavyweight ITV journalist Tom Bradby is best known for presenting the news each night at 10pm on our TV screens. But, for those who care to follow him on Twitter, you will know he also has another talent up his sleeve: writing. His latest novel Secret Service proves very well that he is exceptionally […]

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TV Review: Our Planet, BBC

19th September 2019

Our Planet is a TV series originally broadcast by the BBC, but now streaming on Netflix. Narrated by the amazing David Attenborough and filmed across the world, Our Planet is all about animals, their habitats and how they survive in difficult circumstances. This is a popular series that has inspired people to be more aware […]

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Review: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal

18th September 2019

Adventuring to Universal Studios? Looking for a luxurious yet exciting hotel? Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is only a short walk to the world-famous Orlando theme parks and the bustle of the city walk entertainment. And it has all the benefits of a five-star resort. The hotel masquerades as Portofino’s iconic pastel-coloured houses set in a […]

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Film Review: IT Chapter 2 (feat. James L)

16th September 2019

Well, that’ll teach me to get my hopes up. IT: Chapter 2 is the sequel to the 2017 horror about a child-eating clown. A film that is excellent when it’s being a charming kid-drama and annoying when it’s being a dull jump-scare fest. All in all, it was good enough to get me to read […]

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Tin Can Cook: A New Way To Cook on a Budget

8th September 2019

Jack Monroe is almost a scientist in the way she experiments with food. She takes the experimenting to a whole new level in her latest cookbook Tin Can Cook. The canned food-based recipe book is food blogger and anti-poverty activist Jack Monroe’s fourth cookbook. For anybody who hasn’t done much cooking, the wording of the […]

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Film Review: Brooklyn

8th September 2019

5/5 It’s the age-old dream of many: move to New York and start a life there. It’s a magical, monumental fairytale. A childhood dream of millions. But those brave enough to pack up their bags and head across the Atlantic to the City of Dreams know full well how difficult it really is. And so […]

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Doctor Who: still the best?

3rd September 2019

Once upon a time, Harry Potter was all I wanted to watch. Then, by chance, I saw one episode of Doctor Who. As soon as the next series started, I was downstairs and watching it – glued to the TV. Doctor Who is a BBC sci-fi drama which has been running for over 50 years […]

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Book Review: You Got This

1st September 2019

5/5 You Got This by Bryony Gordon is all about being yourself and being true to yourself. The book, published in May this year, openly talks about and explores topics such as self-respect, body image, mental health and more. Each chapter of You Got This has a different theme, but all of them have one […]

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Review: Marron Theatre Arts

31st August 2019

Have you ever thought about dancing or theatre as a hobby? I have been dancing at Marron Theatre Arts for eight years and I love it. With the training here, you get the skills you need to become a great dancer if you’re willing to put the work in. You also learn skills even if […]

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Film Review: Pet Sematary

30th August 2019

4.5/5 Pet Sematary is a horror blockbuster released earlier this year, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Its horrifying storyline managed to capture audiences around the globe, even if King was hesitant to publish the novel originally, considering it too distressing. Dr Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke) discovers a mysterious […]

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Book Review: The Woman in the Window

29th August 2019

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn is a thriller book that consistently shocks you throughout. Finn creates an agoraphobic character named Anna Fox, who will not go outdoors due to past trauma. In the novel, we discover Anna’s background and what has caused her to have such a terrible fear of the […]

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Product Review: Apple Watch

28th August 2019

At the time of writing this review, Apple has released four generations of their game-changing product: the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is a smart-watch available in two sizes (40mm and 44mm) which acts like a regular watch, though with way more useful features. The question, however, is this: is the Apple Watch the future […]

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Review: Hostelworld

26th August 2019

4/5 When it comes to organising a trip abroad with a group of friends, things can become quite stressful. However, Hostelworld makes things a whole lot easier for going abroad with friends, or even by yourself. With cheap hostels all over the world, there are plenty of options and great prices. Hostelworld works by simply […]

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Film Review: Braveheart

25th August 2019

9/10 Braveheart – the patriotic story of the heroic and consumer of the English, William Wallace. This film follows the medieval story of a child who lost his family to war before developing and maturing into the saviour of Scotland. When the love of his life is gruesomely slaughtered, Wallace leads a rebellion against Edward […]

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Restaurant Review: The Bake, Newcastle

24th August 2019

Have you heard about The Bake? Probably not as it has been marked as a hidden gem in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Bake is a Lebanese restaurant and is definitely within the top ten places to eat in the whole of the north east. The Bake opened in 2011, and serves traditional cuisine in the […]

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Review: Mile Castle Wetherspoon Newcastle

23rd August 2019

4/5 Everyone loves a good Spoons, right? But with so many of them kicking around – all going by different names – sometimes you don’t know which one is best to go to. In central Newcastle alone, there so many different Wetherspoons all dotted around in different locations. If you add the one in the […]

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Product Review: Fitbit Charge 3

23rd August 2019

Priced at £149.95, the Fitbit Charge 3 is one of the most expensive fitness trackers of the modern age. But with its top-of-the-range heart rate tracker and impressively sleek and modern design, is it worth the premium price tag? On the one hand, the display is a dully, grey monotone colour with limited ability when […]

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Book Review: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero

21st August 2019

4.5/5 Published in 2010, Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero is a great young adult book. Best for those over the age of 13, it is part of a pentalogy of fantasy novels written by Riordan. At the beginning of The Lost Hero, Jason doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school […]

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Book Review: Can You See Me?

19th August 2019

Can You See Me? is a book written by author duo Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott. In the book, we learn about the life of Tally, an eleven-year-old girl with autism. When we first meet Tally, it’s the last day of the summer holidays, and the next day, Tally is going off to secondary school […]

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Film Review: I, Tonya

18th August 2019

I have never been sporty, but discovering ice skater Tonya Harding had me head over skates. Discovering Tonya Harding was a motivational, song-inspiring and empowering experience. It’s thrilling to watch her on ice, making history with her skating by becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel in a compeition. Before watching I, […]

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Review: No One Is Too Small, Greta Thunberg

17th August 2019

4/5 As the UK experiences a sweltering heatwave which has seen the hottest day on record ever, it’s no wonder climate change is on the agenda. We all know it’s happening – why else would parts of the UK be as hot as Dubai in July? Climate change activist Greta Thunberg hits the nail on […]

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Bar Review: Jalou, Newcastle upon Tyne

15th August 2019

3.7/5 Newcastle is famous for its exuberant nightlife and the best places to drink in the country. And it’s no wonder – there are a whole host of great places to have a tipple in NCL. Jalou, a bar just down from Newcastle Central Station and right next door to the Royal Station Hotel, is […]

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Film Review: Grown Ups

12th August 2019

Grown Ups is explosively funny, unforgettable and comedy gold. Fans of Adam Sandler films believe that this is one of his best films ever, even though there is some crude humou in there. Grown Ups doesn’t disappoint and it gives us a strong, memorable message: that family is the most important thing. Co-writer Sandler, who […]

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Product Review: Blue Light Glasses

11th August 2019

When you think of blue light glasses, you think of the huge, chunky, yellow-lens glasses which look like they’re straight out of a scientist’s cupboard! Well, you aren’t wrong in thinking that to a certain extent. Just like most technologies, everything has improved drastically since their first creation. It is the same for blue light […]

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Book Review: Say Her Name

10th August 2019

Juno Dawson’s Say Her Name, published in 2014, offers a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat classic horror book experience. This book is an intriguing page-turner for young teenagers and one that must be read by all. Mary Worthington, a student at Piper Hall, is at the centre of Say Her Name. Mary Worthington is the real name of […]

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Song Review: Small Talk, Katy Perry

9th August 2019

Pop superstar Katy Perry has dropped her latest single Small Talk today – and people are loving it. The song follows the release of smash-hit Never Really Over, which was loved by critics all over the world. And by me too. Never Really Over signalled the Teenage Dream Katy Perry coming back. And, to some […]

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Review: Alton Towers Theme Park

9th August 2019

After many visits to Alton Towers, I can safely say that I have a fairly good concept of the UK’s number one theme park. Alton Towers is centred around a centuries-old castle which belonged to the old Duke of Alton, who had a supernatural encounter with a witch. The story goes that the witch cursed […]

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9th August 2019

3.5/5 When it comes to organising a holiday, or a lengthy stay away, you need reliability and transparency when booking your accommodation. It’s not always the case that you get this when booking online, though with the website, you can be guaranteed both of these… most of the time. I was planning a month-long […]

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Are AirPods Really Worth It?

8th August 2019

You might be thinking: how are a pair of headphones worth £159? Well, trust me, I thought the same. However, I soon realised these headphones – Apple‘s AirPods – are magical. First of all, the box AirPods come in is compact and can fit anywhere, whether it’s in your bag, or even your pocket. Secondly, […]

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TV Review: Black Mirror, S2:E1

7th August 2019

Netflix and Channel 4 series, the award-winning Black Mirror, opens its second series looking at an aspect of life that is so frightening, yet inevitable: death. Be Right Back, which is episode one of the new series, tells the story of Martha and Ash, a couple who move into a new cottage. The next day, […]

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Film Review: The Devil Wears Prada

28th July 2019

4/5 Classic 2000s films are hard to beat, though the first time I watched The Devil Wears Prada, it didn’t strike me as such. I turned it off halfway through. However, upon giving it another go, I can confirm that this 2006 star-studded Hollywood dramatisation of the book by the same name, is a classic […]

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Film Review: The Lion King

26th July 2019

I mean, couldn’t they have just let Beyoncé and Childish Gambino make a cover album and avoided all this? Hello. I’m back. I have descended from my mountain cave at the whisper on the winds of a new Disney ‘live-action’ remake to get annoyed at. This time, it’s not even live-action at all. The Lion […]

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TV Review: Glee

16th July 2019

5/5 As co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan say in the very first episode of Glee, the literal definition of the word is: “open delight or pleasure”. Glee – the show and the word itself – is all about sheer happiness and joy. To be gleeful is to watch Glee – that is […]

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Review: Women’s Football World Cup 2019

13th July 2019

It’s no lie that there is a large lack of excitement when it comes to women’s football, especially when compared to the football fever that struck the nation during the men’s World Cup in 2018. It’s hard to forget the ecstatic feeling of watching England’s finest do their best with a number of chants echoing […]

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