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[ Posted on 2 Nov 2010 | Comments Off ]

As students we generally want to save up the cash rather than splurging on expensive food all the time. In the supermarket, I guess most of us think more about having to rush to the next lecture rather than launching into complex ponderings about the ethical implications of our food selection. In the same way we can flick over from harrowing images on the news at ten and be laughing about Monica’s cornrows on ‘Friends’ in a matter of seconds, we can munch on the delights of a Yorkie bar without considering how it is made or who has been exploited in making it…

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[ Posted on 27 Oct 2010 | One Comment ]
It’s All Geek To Me

Ben Whittle examines what it means to be a Science Enthusiast (or ‘Geek’).

Standing proudly in attractive South Kensington, between the Natural History Museum and Imperial College, is the Science Museum, a building which has long been one of my favourite places to visit in London, ever since I was a child, and it was where I spent several happy hours last Monday. I realise that statement will raise some amused eyebrows and places me in a select group which some people would call ‘science-enthusiasts’, but which most others would more bluntly call ‘geeks’. This latter group is actually wrong as the term ‘geek’ is primarily defined as a person obsessed with computing (which I am not, despite using dictionary.com to find that definition) but I understand the point they’re trying to make: liking science is un-cool and going to a museum dedicated to it, when you are not forced to, is not going to win you any friends.

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[ Posted on 18 Jul 2010 | Comments Off ]
More than a walking shadow?

Donnchadh O’Conaill examines CTC’s Macbeth under the microscope, Fellow’s Garden, 19/06/2010
Theatrically, in terms of its look and momentum, it was often striking
 Here’s an oddity. CTC’s Macbeth, which will fly Durham’s banner across England and the more civilised parts of America this summer, has a clear, well-integrated vision, a strong aesthetic, moments of brilliant direction, and is well cast in the crucial roles; and yet I found it curiously underwhelming. The simplest way I can put this is that the production was lopsided.
 Theatrically, in terms of its look and momentum, it …

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[ Posted on 23 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments ]
Palace of the End

Daniel Turner reviews Palace of the End

The incredible atmosphere the audience were greeted with upon entry into the Assembly Rooms this week drastically confronted one’s connection with ‘the norm.’ As someone who strives to watch most of the productions at the theatre, this week the impulse proved profitable. Judith Thompson’s

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[ Posted on 16 Jun 2010 | Comments Off ]
The Durham Revue Allstars

Dominic Wakeford reviews the Revue…

There aren’t many audiences, in Durham or elsewhere, who would sit for nearly four hours in the theatre without becoming, at the very least, a little fidgety. At the Assembly Rooms on Saturday though…

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[ Posted on 12 May 2010 | 2 Comments ]

Don’t worry. D21 has it covered.

No, having a warm bath and eating porridge isn’t going to help if you’re screwed. Neither is breathing in deeply. Or dabbling in tai chi (it’s essentially just moving your hands around… how is that going to achieve anything except lubrication of the wrist joints?)

However, there are some…

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[ Posted on 5 May 2010 | 19 Comments ]
Blinded by the lights

Oedipus Rex, DotDotDot Productions, 4th – 6th March 2010
Billed as it was as “bold, dark and terrifying”, I attended Flo Vincent and Amy Higgins’ new adaptation of this Grecian tragedy with great anticipation. Oedipus Rex is a classical story of horrifying proportions: a headstrong young king sets out to solve a murder and in so doing identifies himself as the murderer, the murdered man as his own father and his new wife as his biological mother. Originally written by Sophocles as a warning against mortals trying to alter fate, the plot …

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[ Posted on 21 Apr 2010 | Comments Off ]
Sigh No More

Ian Church is impressed by Mumford and their assortment of Son’s…

With their infectious ukulele and acoustic guitar driven songs it is no surprise Mumford and Sons have become successful not just in the UK, but across the world. It is for this reason I was drawn towards the Newcastle Students Union to see what all the fuss was about…

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[ Posted on 21 Apr 2010 | Comments Off ]
Fighting Talk

Laura Bulbeck isn’t impressed by the constant political bickering …

As May 6 looms closer, propaganda, speeches and of course great, vaguely retro-looking TV debates are everywhere. Party leaders have hopped on their tour buses, like rock stars, to travel the country. Yet the main thing I seem to have…

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[ Posted on 6 Apr 2010 | One Comment ]
Halo 3: ODST

Resident techno-geek Guy Corbett gets knocked unconscious and awakes six hours earlier, infinitely impressed by Halo 3…

The original Halo trilogy is brilliant. It penetrated so deeply into the gaming zeitgeist that it’s sort of taken for granted. Though the gameplay and story of the original might have been puerile ( both could be summarized with the phrase “Shoot the Aliens”) it was…

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[ Posted on 31 Mar 2010 | 13 Comments ]
English Literature Is Not A Real Subject

Stevie Martin on the pros and cons of the ‘joke’ degree.

You can be the sort of person who walks into a glass door and spills Cheerios over someone’s lactose-intolerant terrier, causing it to maul the newborn baby lying in an adjacent room whilst still being able to receive a respectable degree in English Literature. The view of those who study the creative arts as vacant and lazy…

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[ Posted on 31 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments ]
F1 Mario-Kart

Alex Dibble on the all new Formula 1 Season…

With a new Formula 1 season beginning on the 14th March in Bahrain, I have been mulling over the latest set of rule changes, and how they will affect the racing. The major difference in 2010 of course will be the refuelling ban – pit stops will only be for tyres. However, my mind was cast back to…

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[ Posted on 22 Mar 2010 | 8 Comments ]
Send in the applause

Donnchadh O’Conaill is charmed by A Little Night Music, DULOG, Assembly Rooms, 10th - 13th March 2010
Thank goodness for this. Six reviews into the year, I can finally write one dispensing with a lengthy introduction about the failings of the play under consideration. A Little Night Music, my favourite Sondheim, is a Rolls-Royce of a script and a score; urbane, elegant, the chassis of a decent plot and strong characters finished with superb lines and sumptuous musical touches. Crucially, these elements are blended together to form a coherent piece of musical …

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[ Posted on 18 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments ]
Disappointed by the first days of spring

Spring Awakening, Bailey Theatre Company, Leech Hall, 04/03/2010       
the play’s classical shape and sense of grandeur should give tragic resonance to its modern concerns
 I can understand why Ben Salter and Hannah Shand chose to stage Frank Wedekind’s late nineteenth-century drama. Its themes (sexuality, the repression of the young, the dangers of knowing too little or too much) are undeniably urgent; its sensibility (brash, occasionally vulgar) is undoubtedly contemporary. I can understand their choice, but I cannot applaud it. In my opinion, the Bailey Theatre Company’s latest production laboured under a significant, …

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[ Posted on 15 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments ]
How did the Hild Bede Freshers’ play measure up?

Measure for Measure, Caedmon Hall, 10th – 13th February 2010
Hild Bede Theatre’s challenging vision of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure was always going to be an ambitious endeavour. With the director’s note stating that “Shakespeare can be tedious”, resulting in “a series of blasphemous cuts and changes”, it was unlikely to be the pedant’s dream performance. However, at times, it proved to be a refreshing and, often, vibrant interpretation of the bard’s great morality play.
From the very beginning, the audience was invited to gaze upon a seedy and depraved world; drinks …