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Review: House of The Dragon

House of the Dragon, the latest adaptation from fantasy writer George R.R Martin, has hit our screens. Following the footsteps of the giant that was Game of Thrones, I think everyone felt trepidation when it came to this show. Particularly in an era of television where spinoffs have become so popular and commonplace, they are […]

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Culture Literature

The most influential horror writer you’ve never heard of: Introducing H.P. Lovecraft

CW: racism, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H.P. Lovecraft In March 1937, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was nearing the end of his days. Solitary and impoverished, he subsisted on expired tins of food, having […]

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The Witcher

When it comes to adapting a piece of literature to the screen, perhaps the greatest difficulty is keeping faithful to the original source material whilst ensuring that the end result still stands on its own. Many works have went through the process with varying results, whereas Netflix’s new series, The Witcher, succeeds very well in […]

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Lifestyle

Defining the Decade

Unsurprisingly when you google ‘biggest events of the decade’ you will be plagued with frankly terrifying articles about nuclear tensions, missing planes, political anarchy and heart-breaking stories about world poverty, inequality and environmental disaster. Such crises have been understandably at the forefront of our memories of the decade, but it’s also important for us to […]

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TV

Emmy Awards 2019

Depending on your where your cultural passions lie, the annual Primetime Emmys can either be the pinnacle of your awards season or fly directly over your head. The awards ceremony, which honours the best of US prime-time television, is the slightly less glamorous cousin of the always massive Grammy and Academy Awards, which both exude […]

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Druids, Tolkien and Glastonbury: the legacy of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones wrapped up its seventh season last August, leaving millions of fans with dropped jaws and the devastating realisation that they would have to wait until 2019 to find out if Tormund survived the destruction of the Wall. With its record-breaking 38 Emmy wins, ratings of 94 per cent and 9.5/10 on Rotten […]

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Lessons from history? Predicting Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin has admitted to drawing from British history while writing the book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This inspiration is evident when examining the plot and characters of Game of Thrones. Large portions of the history of Westeros have been inspired by real British historical events. The war between the Lannisters […]