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We Are The Champions

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5 stars ‘There is no tradition more powerful than cheese’, begins the narrator, as he introduces us to the ‘ancient ceremony’ that is cheese-racing. Cut to men colliding and tumbling down a steep, muddy slope, chasing madly after a rolling cheese. A woman tells a crowd behind a fence that […]

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Another Round

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5 stars Another Round is a Danish award-winning film released in 2020 about drinking, middle age, and confronting your flaws. Four teachers, disenchanted with their professional and personal lives, embark on an experiment to test the theory that humans are born with a blood alcohol content that is 0.05% too […]

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Film

Reinventing A Christmas Carol

Most of us were probably introduced to Dickens’ famous tale by watching The Muppets Christmas Carol, unless you managed to avoid it as a last-day-of-the-term Christmas film. And it’s really quite good. A Christmas Carol is a story about good people, grumpy people, magical weirdness, and optimism: things very safe in the felted hands of […]

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‘See you, space cowboy…’

-is what appears when credits roll at the end of a Cowboy Bebop episode. In a line, it encapsulates the essence of the Space Western. With a wink, a wave, and a shrug. The Space Western is a genre that comprises essentially just two shows: Firefly and Cowboy Bebop. They aired within four years of […]

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Culture Literature

Diary of a Literature Student: Chaucer

I recently came across a short poem in which Chaucer wishes upon his scribe a scaly scalp if he continues to write up his work incorrectly. ‘So ofte adaye I mot thy werk renewe,/It to correcte and eke to rubbe and scrape,/And al is thorugh thy negligence and rape.’ he writes in ‘Chaucers Wordes Unto […]

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Culture Literature

Literature Lockdown Challenge: “It Must Be Nearly Finished!” Are We Living In A Beckett Play?

“Yesterday! What does that mean? Yesterday!”–”That means that bloody awful day, long ago, before this bloody awful day.” Endgame is a play about passing time. Unlike its prequel, Waiting For Godot, there is no person or event to wait for, except it all ending at some point. The characters talk at length about their death, […]