Discovering New Books in 2021

2021 was a difficult year for everyone, as it carried the weight of lockdown. I was extremely lucky to be able to spend the time at home with my family, a great opportunity considering that we haven’t all lived in the same house for years. Since I didn’t have to physically go to class, I had more time for myself and started getting back into … Continue reading Discovering New Books in 2021

Review: High Fidelity: New Rob, Same Feel?

“Rob, I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films – these things matter…”  (High Fidelity 2000, 2020) High Fidelity (2000) has been revamped for a new audience twenty years on. Before watching the TV series, I decided to watch the original film (*gasp* I know, I don’t know how I haven’t watched High Fidelity already!). The film gave me … Continue reading Review: High Fidelity: New Rob, Same Feel?

How to Overcome the January Blues

The festive season has come to an end, money is tight, and the workload is piling up: dreaded January has made its return. Typically, this month is one we seek to merely ‘get through’ as opposed to enjoy. We often forget to look after ourselves, staying up late to then getting up early, hoping that morning coffee will keep our eyes open.  Although we cannot … Continue reading How to Overcome the January Blues

Review: Don’t Look Up (2021)

As soon as I saw the star spangled movie poster of Don’t Look Up, I knew it was going to be a good one. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch Meryl Streep as president? Even so, I was apprehensive to watch it. The sensation that we could be obliterated at any moment is a fear I’m sure we’ve all catastrophized about (right?!). The end … Continue reading Review: Don’t Look Up (2021)

Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

he Chapter House at Exeter Cathedral was lit by candles on Monday’s chilly winter evening, ready to host the cast and crew of Exeter University Shakespeare Company — who have been rehearsing since late September — as they prepared to take Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi onto the stage. The Chapter House provided both an intimate setting for the tragedy — with dialogue often occuring in the aisle, fully immersing the audience into the plot — and yet also presented the audience with the grandeur and awe that naturally comes with the divine space, the balance of the two perfect for such a production. The rows of chairs were adorned with fake ivy which, coupled with the grand nature of such a space, transported the near-full audience into a realm of Jacobean atmosphere. Continue reading Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

Instagram Campaigns: Do They Actually Work?

Post a picture of your pet and we’ll plant a tree! We are a nation of self-confessed dog lovers; is this a save the planet match made in heaven? To the dismay of millions of users, the post that recently circulated on Instagram turned out not to be fraudulent, but the creation of a group far too small to fulfil the promise of a tree … Continue reading Instagram Campaigns: Do They Actually Work?

A Love Letter to Gogglebox

It’s 8:58pm on Friday night once again and with popcorn and blankets at the ready, I set up All4 to watch the newest episode of Gogglebox. This time I’m not in my lounge in my hometown but in my new university accommodation, and watching on my computer screen, still trying to make it feel like it’s mine. But as the minutes turn into the end … Continue reading A Love Letter to Gogglebox

Embracing the Remake: Neo-Gossip Girl and Other Shows Reborn

So now you’re telling me that using re-runs of Absolutely Fabulous as my coping mechanism for three years is no longer allowed? I think not! Being the queen of ‘finding one television show or film I like and watching it every week for 6 months’ means that shackling reboots to an unhealthy obsession with the past is going to be a hard angle for me … Continue reading Embracing the Remake: Neo-Gossip Girl and Other Shows Reborn

Culture Comforts: The Process (Podcast Noor)

“And, how is your heart today?,” Noor Tagouri asks her guests at the end of a podcast episode.  Although I’ve dipped in and out of this podcast, The Process (Podcast Noor), frequently over the past six months, the question still helps me to pause and take a moment in my day to check in with myself.  The multiple lockdowns and subsequent social deprivation of the … Continue reading Culture Comforts: The Process (Podcast Noor)