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Love Island Champions a Sustainable Future

It’s June, which means that most of us have the familiar jingle of the Love Island theme tune playing
on a loop in our heads. Toned bodies, exclamations of ‘got a text!’ and awkward firepit convos
abound! But this year, something is different. Instead of the standard violently neon, probably highly
flammable clothes made in factories where workers make £3.50 per hour, this year’s islanders are
donning second-hand fits thanks to Ebay. Continue reading Love Island Champions a Sustainable Future

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Review: Lovestruck High

If you haven’t seen Lovestruck High yet, you’re in for a treat.

Fifteen UK singles are taken back to high school where they date their classmates and make new friends.

However, they’re not signing up for your usual British comprehensive – this is Lovestruck High, modelled on the American high schools that we’ve seen in teen movies. Continue reading Review: Lovestruck High

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Review: ‘The Last Words’

The Last Words by Theatre With Teeth, Exeter’s own student-led drama company, is a gritty murder mystery with a twist. The story takes place in the midst of a murder investigation, but one in which the victim survived her own murder. Protagonist Rebecca, played by Emily Wallace, wakes up unable to remember anything about her life – or death – apart from the last words spoken to her by the other characters. Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Words’

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Discover Devon: Plymouth

There are only two cities in Devon: Exeter and Plymouth. Plymouth is early accessible and full of history and stories to uncover so, why haven’t you visited yet? Throughout my time at university, I have travelled to Plymouth a handful of times and each time, it hasn’t disappointed. Only an hour from Exeter on the train, you can travel to Plymouth from St David’s station … Continue reading Discover Devon: Plymouth

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Why is Netflix Losing Subscribers?

Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers in the first 2022 quarter as it failed to meet its early prediction of adding 2.5 million subscribers to its customer base. Even worse, more people are forecast to follow them out of the door. The business said a number of factors were behind this, including rising prices, the conflict in Ukraine, and ferocious rivalry with other streaming services – so … Continue reading Why is Netflix Losing Subscribers?

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A Black Annabeth: Why It’s Okay to Be “Inaccurate” in Adaptations

Disney recently began announcing the casting for their upcoming Percy Jackson adaptation, based on the books of the same name by Rick Riordan. However, the casting of Annabeth Chase was met with much controversy why? Because, she is a black actress. Leah Jeffries has been cast as Annabeth Chase, one of the central protagonists from the Percy Jackson series. I read those books when I … Continue reading A Black Annabeth: Why It’s Okay to Be “Inaccurate” in Adaptations

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The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

There is one thing that can certainly determine the start of summer: a beach day. I went to the beach for what felt like the first time in forever this week after finishing my first-year exams, and although ecstatic, I couldn’t help but feel anxious all day long. It got me thinking, to what extent are these anxieties my own insecurities or an internalized response … Continue reading The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

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Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

In February, Adidas launched their campaign promoting 43 different sizes of sports bras. The campaign was centred on breast diversity and included a collage of breasts of all shapes and sizes from women of all races and ages alongside the hashtag #Supportiseverything. From this, one might assume that the ‘one size fits all’ days have finally reached their expiration date and that this is a … Continue reading Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

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Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

Sweeping me in from cobbled streets in an area of Exeter that I’d never set foot before, The Hall was the perfect venue in which to be hurtled along with the tide of political thrill and plotting. Exeter Shakespeare Company’s performance of Julius Caesar hit the mark in making this timeless play relevant and new. Julius Caesar is a Shakespearean classic: conspiracy, drama, and of … Continue reading Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

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Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

** contains mild spoilers for the series ** Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut Conversations with Friends is a book I read a couple of years ago and loved – and when I reread it before watching the recent adaptation, I loved it even more.  The 12-part BBC Three and Hulu series tells the story of university students, best friends and ex-lovers Frances and Bobbi, who become involved with … Continue reading Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)