Category: Arts & Culture

BOOK REVIEW: Outskirts by John Grindrod

Outskirts is probably the most touching book about urban planning you’ll ever read. Ostensibly it’s a history of that misunderstood, yet controversial feature of the British landscape, the green belt. Taking the reader through the history of this sometimes loved but mainly hated feature of our landscape, it explains the somewhat confused heritage of that

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FILM ARTICLE: The Punisher and the desensitised society we live in

“Frank Castle has spent years exacting vengeance for the deaths of his family by punishing criminals everywhere. His skull insignia inspires fear throughout the underworld. But Punisher’s appeal rests on more than his ability to do what the rest of Marvel’s heroes won’t. He’s a tragic figure – even a profoundly selfish one in some

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FILM ARTICLE: Stranger Things 2 and The Franchise Pit of Despair!

FADE IN: INT. CABIN – NIGHT A ramshackle lodge. We pan across the cluttered floor – empty containers of Eggo’s lay strewn amongst crude drawings of dark monsters. We slow down as we slide up to a bed. A WOMAN lies sleeping, her closed  eyelids fluttering in deep REM sleep. The cabin door opens violently.

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FILM ARTICLE: Hollywood & Sexual Assault

On October 30th, Kevin Spacey came out as gay, choosing, as he put it, ‘to live as a gay man’. He also, in the very same statement, halfheartedly acknowledged the allegations of sexual assault, specifically those from Anthony Rapp, who claimed Spacey had made sexual advances on him in 1986, when he was a minor.

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FICTION: Son of Royal by Danisa Bell

He began carrying bundles of items from the house out to a large shed in the far corner of the field. He carried out several blankets and a water basin, along with a Bible and two lanterns and an armful of washcloths and towels. Smaller items he carried in a sturdy department store bag and

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London Film Festival Highlights

This year marks the 61st London Film Festival, one of the highlights of the UK film calendar. Packed with premieres, remastered screenings and talks, it’s the first opportunity for many people in England to catch some of the most highly acclaimed films from festival season. Last year saw the premieres of films such as American

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CULTURE: The Symposia by Jesse Winter

A great love from my university years was a wooden bookshelf I attended to with scholarly devotion. The shelves were stocked with the best works of philosophy, including an impressive collection of Plato’s complete dialogues. But as the college years slipped into the past, the bookshelf ceased acting as a portal into the minds of

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BOOK REVIEW: Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

‘Who Let the Gods Out’ is Maz Evans debut in Children’s fiction and was published by Chicken House in February 2017. There is a sequel to this called ‘Simply The Quest’ coming out later this year and rumblings of a third and fourth book in the series coming in 2018 – but more about that

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POP UP SCREENS: Competition!

Pop Up Screens To Launch Their Exciting Summer Season Across London from 21st July!   Now that the weather is looking brighter, Pop Up Screens is bringing a whole host of outdoor screenings to London, taking place from 21st July! London – Prepare yourself for a Summer of cinematic joy as the legendary Pop Up Screens

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ART: Tate Modern – Giacometti

Few artists are identifiable on sight; most are known only by their art, with a few notable exceptions: Picasso for one, with his fierce dark eyes, is an artist one could name if presented with his picture at a pub quiz; and otherwise the only other likely answer you would get right would be Andy

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