Why we should all be WWOOFing

  The over-commercialisation of volunteer tourism is hugely disillusioning. While some people volunteer abroad to ease their conscience, or because they consider it some sort of rite of passage, there remain many who genuinely seek mutual reciprocity in travel; a desire to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of a different culture and lifestyle, in return […]

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Decoding dystopia

[Warning: this article contains spoilers]   The hype for Divergent, well … it was somewhat less than that for The Hunger Games – just saying.  Perhaps it was too premature, in the wake of its predecessor’s shadow? So let us delve deeper into this dystopian abyss… Somehow there’s always a next hit for teen romcom […]

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The Voice: Series 3

  Series 3 of the BBC talent show The Voice concluded last weekend, with teenager Jermain Jackman taking the recording contract to kickstart his singing dream. After the disappointing post-victory careers of the two previous winners, Leanne Mitchell and Andrea Begley, hopefully he will meet with more success. After all, the audience vote decides the […]

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