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Film

Brooklyn

When Ryan Gosling presented Saoirse Ronan with a Hollywood Film Award for Brooklyn, he pointed out that when he was 13 his performance experience was limited: “I was a back up dancer for my Elvis impersonating uncle”. Ronan, on the other hand, was nominated for an Academy Award. The Oscars rumour mill is abuzz with the inkling that, […]

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A government utterly out of touch with women and their needs

At the end of a long, stressful day, sometimes only self-indulgent pampering can help. A bubble bath, a glass of wine, high quality chocolate, and a tampon, fresh from the packet. What could be more luxurious? If something about that description of indulgence seems a little out of place, that is because it is; no matter […]

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Trolls have become an all too common part of free speech

Of all the social media platforms smartphone owners check at least ten times a day, Twitter is the hardest to pin down. Is it an inane realm of nobodies saying nothing? Is it a tool for barbed political satire, as told through hashtags? (hello #piggate) Can it undermine dominant media narratives and help bring about […]

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Junior doctors deserve much better than Jeremy Hunt’s latest policy disaster

We are used to the idea of doctors as carers, not fighters. Yet on Monday evening, thousands of junior doctors called for a fight, as they marched into Parliament Square. Waving signs and placards, the crowd yelled “when they say privatise, we say organise! When they say cut back, we say fight back!” Was this […]

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Film

Everest

Everyone knows that Everest is dangerous, sometimes even fatally so. Yet, this doesn’t stop adventurers, adrenaline junkies and fantasists from dreaming of reaching the world’s highest summit. Despite knowing the danger – or perhaps more often, because of the sense of danger – the peak of Everest draws desiring mountaineers like moths to a flame. […]

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Culture Theatre

Hedda Gabler

Often held up as the ‘female Hamlet’, Hedda Gabler exists in a tradition that too easily resembles a desert in terms of female leading roles. Thus, the comparison is not thoughtless. In Hedda, not only is the actor offered a central, title-wielding role, but also one riddled with conflicts, pressures and a story-arc to rival […]

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Art Culture

where language ends

Seeing shows at Talbot Rice always feels slightly like opening a door onto Narnia. With one unobtrusive entryway leading onto the stairwell straight from a cobbled street, and the other tucked into a corner of Old College, emerging into the spacious, light-filled first room can leave you blinking at the snow-white glare. Flanked by the […]

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Music

Inspiring performer fuses poetry and rap

Sometimes it can be difficult to reconcile a love of hip-hop with feminist ideals, or a taste for dark, bass-filled rooms and an interest in intricate, classically influenced poetry. Kate Tempest makes both extremely easy. This is probably because Tempest’s life, on the page, seems a mass of what would conventionally be seen as contradictions. […]