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Does the Friends reunion mark the rise of ‘uncancelled’ culture?

Rating – ⭐ Who needs enemies when you have Friends like these? The Aniston and Schwimmer ‘real life’ love story mirroring the fictional storyline appeared a decoy for dealing with any real issues, proving unaccountability as the true hallmark of the 90s show. Goodbye, old Friends – It’s been great avenging the past and demanding accountability. A former […]

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Sashay away, UK. Lawrence, you stay.

“If you can’t love yourself, then how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” The empowering message of self-love announced by Ru Paul, fittingly, at the end of each show. Like the hem of one of Ellie Diamond’s hand-stitched dolly skirts, the second season of the fabulous Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK has come to an […]

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Are we watching Schitt$ for the sake of it?

Completing Netflix might not appear the impossibility it once was due to the impact lockdown has had on the creative industry. But should viewers be alarmed that what is now deemed good watching as the bar has been lowered considerably? Few of the latest releases and mediocre programmes are gaining viral status. A sign of […]

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Podcast

In Writing: Podcast Review

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ How should you edit? How do you come by an agent? How do you deal with bruising feedback? All of these questions and more are answered in this popular podcast Coming across Hattie Crisell’s podcast is one of the greatest things to happen to me during lockdown. I want to share In Writing because […]

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Film

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the role of the audience

Content Warning: Domestic abuse, sexual assault Should viewing begin and end with the events that unfold on screen, or should the public audience take a moral stance on the actions of the actors that portray a story?  The recent libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and The Sun has brought this difficult question into the spotlight. […]

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A grandmaster’s chequered life: The Queens Gambit

What dimension involving a board allows a woman to be unquestionably all-powerful despite being saturated by men? For the moment, the chess board. Netflix’s The Queens Gambit is a retelling of a book of the same name by Walter Trevis. Playing the almost unbeatable ‘queen’ of chess, the ruthless and graceful Beth Harmon, is the […]