“I finally made it to the top”, and don’t we know it: Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, December 2nd 2015

☆☆☆☆☆ Now I was never going to give Madonna anything less than a 5-star review. Even if she hadn’t turned up. But last night she proved that she was not only 5-stars, but the greatest living performer on earth. The over two-hour long extravaganza was a spectacle of such magnitude, evoking every possible emotion, that […]

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Carols from Queen’s

Despite a personal bias against Christmas music, I must accept that for those looking for a definitive collection of the festive repertoire, this is perfect. The 22 piece recording is, by the choir’s own admission, an exploration through the varied  Christmas canon, touching on classic congregational carols to anthems. Queen’s performance is flawless and sensitive, […]

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Review: ONLIFE

Imagine Black Mirror as written by Samuel Beckett. Dark, clever and deeply emotional, ONLIFE tells the story of one man struggling to deal with modern technology. But while it displays a lot more tech savviness and emotional depth than the average screed about those damn kids and their smartphones, ONLIFE is unfortunately marred by some […]

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Review: The Changeling

The Changeling is a gruesome Jacobean tragedy oozing blood, lust and sin. It stars Beatrice Joanna, who longs to marry dashing nobleman, Alsemero, despite being already engaged to Piraqcuo. Desperate to marry the man of her choice, Beatrice decides to enlist Desflores (her father’s manservant, who is disturbingly obsessed with her) to murder Piraqcuo. But […]

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Profile: Alan Rusbridger

Luke Mintz speaks with former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger about British journalism, government surveillance, and university no-platforming   Traipsing upstairs to Alan Rusbridger’s Oxford study, I struggled to throw off the feeling of meeting a terrifying giant. Appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian in 1995, Rusbridger has lived at the centre of British media for as long […]

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Review: Lashing Through the Snow

I never thought of gargoyles as particularly musical creatures. Fortunately, Oxford University’s own acappella group is out to disprove prejudice against mythical creatures with their most recent showing at The Mad Hatter pub, Lashing Through The Snow. A lively assembly of Christmas carols and acappella standards, ‘Lashing’ made for an extremely pleasant evening. While the […]

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