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Book Review: Zombies From History

I’m not the biggest fan of zombies. While many of my friends love to fantasise about the undead apocalypse, regaling tales of how they would survive, where they would hideout, and which weapons they would use to decapitate the reanimated, I do not enjoy this exercise in imagination. This is because if zombies ever did […]

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Lou Reed RIP

Brian Eno, godfather of ambient music, once observed that although not a lot of people bought The Velvet Underground’s debut album, all those who did went on to form a band. Such is their cultural influence and indeed the influence of Lou Reed who acted as frontman and songwriter. The world of music is therefore […]

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Film Review: Riot From Wrong

Going into the screening of Fully Focused’s Riot From Wrong I knew almost nothing of the London Riots. I come from Philadelphia in the US. I was aware of what happened in August 2011, but had no idea about the “whys” and “hows” of the situation. My naïveté turned to shock when the film began; […]

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Chelsea Football Club Chose Me

You don’t choose your team, your team chooses you. This quote, specifically with regard to supporting a football club, is a sentiment that I had heard before on multiple occasions, yet Google does not attribute it to any one person in particular. I like to think that this is because no one originally said it; […]

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Book Review: Junebug

Cherie Doyen’s first novel Junebug was the most difficult ‘easy-to-read’ book that I have ever digested. It was an easy read thanks to its short chapters, simple language, and constant forward movement. It was difficult because of the subject matter. The story follows June through her adolescence, most of which consisted of sexual and physical […]

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Glory Hunter Football Supporters

Supporting a ‘crap’ football team and living in London isn’t easy. For me, an avid Stoke City fan, it has become harder since we were promoted to the Premiership a few seasons ago – before then no one knew who we were. When everyone was talking about the Manchester United game at the weekend, I’d […]

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Breaking Bad: It’s Over

Breaking Bad ended its historic television run recently. It is a show that I will deeply miss, but as the marketing campaign for this past season told us, “All bad things must come to an end.” This statement is not simply wordplay in order to incorporate the title of the show into an idiom; by […]

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Film Review: Pastiche

For those of you who haven’t watched Pastiche yet, consider yourselves lucky. Not for the reasons that you would think. I’ve had the pleasure of having to watch this film more than a couple of times while writing this article, but I quickly realised nothing compares to the first watch of Pastiche. Reading the synopsis […]

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Films

Sexual health vox pop

A short vox pop video and improvised spoken word poem

A short vox pop video on the complex nature of domestic...