Review: Checking Out

Image description: Paper shopping bags against mint background with the title ‘Checking out’ above. Checking Out produced by Orange Script Production and written by William Heath is styled as a ‘comedy-drama which follows the beginnings of the unlikely relationship between larger-than-life, mid-forties shop assistant Julie and recently-widowed octogenarian Elsie’. It is, however something much more […]

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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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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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An ode to Fever

Image description: black silhouettes in front of a purple lit club room The pulsating music sweeps in and crashes like a sonic wave breaking on the beach of Oxford night life. The multicoloured lights shimmer and swirl, fading from greens and blues to red and pink hues. In a disjointing contrast the disco floor throbs […]

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An Ode to Cowley Tesco

Image description: supermarket shelves with groceries. There were three stages of my reaction to the news that the Cowley Road Tesco would be closing until the autumn: denial, panic, and somewhat successful attempts to adjust. First came the denial. One quiet morning a newsletter came through my letterbox announcing the closure of said Tesco for […]

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A Bucket List for now

Image description: Hand writing a list in a notebook The etymological emergence of the term “bucket list” has a surprisingly short and uneventful history, peeking in a failed blockbuster and ending in an unintended yet enduring idiomatic legacy. Released in the notorious year of 2007, Rob Reiner and Justin Zacham’s The Bucket List follows the […]

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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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Lighthouse

 Image Description: A lighthouse visible in the evening light    The light near my tiny bedroom is always on. Darkness surrounds me, except for the presence of that light. Accompanying me to sleep every night. That is my lighthouse here in Oxford.   I feel as if I am no longer lonely. A subtle desire […]

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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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