A homage to cinemas reopening

Image description: Cinema lobby lit up in neon pink lighting  Cinemas have reopened, and according to my completely unbiased and totally comprehensive research, nobody in England is as excited about this as I am. I was never a massive film fan before the pandemic; I’d usually watch a few Oscar nominees and winners annually to […]

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Eurovision: A review

Image description: Eurovision crowds in purple and turquoise lighting turned to a stage with a spotlight Following Saturday’s Grand Final, another Eurovision has come and gone. In what felt like the quickest grand final in recent memory, 26 countries competed for the glass microphone trophy, with Italy pulling up ahead of the jury-favourites Switzerland and […]

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Editors’ picks – music, books, tv shows, movies and podcast recommendations!

Image Description: Two men reading a newspaper. Searching for recommendations of all things culture this week? We’ve got you covered! Music What do you think about the car – Declan McKenna (2017)  Declan McKenna weaves politics and poetry throughout this album while also delivering immaculate indie pop vibes. McKenna’s vocals exude a devastating earnestness over […]

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Bittersweet symphony: ‘Glasthomebury’ and the rise of the virtual festival

Image description: a large crowd and colourful flags in front of Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage The world-renowned Glastonbury Festival attracts 200,000 seasoned festival-goers and newcomers alike to its home in Pilton, Somerset, every year. While well-accustomed to the odd ‘fallow year’ to allow the site’s land to regrow, the festival first opened its gates to […]

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Seaspiracy: fact or just fishy?

Image Description: A dolphin upright underwater, its head pointing towards the surface, just above the seafloor. Netflix’s Seaspiracy has reached millions of viewers worldwide and remains in the Netflix top 10 most-watched even now. The documentary, which reported on the wide-ranging scandals surrounding commercial fishing and the apparently devastating impacts the practice is having on […]

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10 Songs for Nostalgic Ears

Image Description: An array of vintage cassette tapes One of my favorite things about music is that there truly is never a shortage– new music is constantly being created, and in the streaming age we have access to recordings from the early 20th century onwards. Still, somehow I frequently find myself in phases where I […]

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Opera for One: ‘Singing The Stages of Grief’ Review

Image Description: poster used to advertise the production, a tree made out of abstract images of people on a black background Exploring grief through music, Oxford Contemporary Opera Society has commissioned 5 pieces that move through the stages of grief. Throughout the performances, dissonant chords and large ranges in the melody present challenges for the […]

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