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The Lie Tree – Book Review

★★★★★ The Lie Tree is set in the age of discovery of the world of sciences and evolution – the early 19th century. Frances Hardinge portrays a world of mystery and lies through the eyes of Faith Sunderly, a teenage daughter to the enigmatic Reverend Erasmus. In a period of male superiority women are thought of being stupid in the …

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Black History Month In Sport

February 2016 is Black History Month in the USA and Canada, and is a perfect time to have a look back at 5 of the greatest African-American sportsmen in history. Sit back and enjoy… The first man I will look at is Michael Jordan, who made the NBA famous the world over for its fast action and supremely skilled players. …

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Star Wars Battlefront Review

   Star Wars Battlefront Review ★★ As a fan of the original Battlefront games on the Playstation 2 I was extremely excited for the release of this game, the idea of playing on all the familiar planets from the beloved Star Wars franchise was something to look forward to after years of repetitive shooters such as Call of Duty. The …

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Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

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Spectre Review

Spectre Review ★★★ Leaving the cinema I could not help but feel disappointed at the latest release in the fluctuating quality of James Bond films since Daniel Craig’s debut. Director Sam Mendes, who also directed the critically acclaimed Skyfall in 2012 has attempted to repeat what many considered the pinnacle of the series. However this attempt has relied upon a …

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Macbeth Review

Macbeth Review ★★★★★ Practical newcomer director Justin Kurzel has managed to astound critics and casual viewers alike with his rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic. Do not be fooled this film still uses the old English dialect but is orchestrated in such a way that allows the audience to insinuate it’s true meaning. As the film poetically displays a tyrannical ruler …

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The Iliad – The Story of Stories

History is an eternal story. It has existed throughout all of humanity. In a way, it is part of our very nature to tell the story of our ancestors. One of the earliest known scripture is the story of a great war to prove that the ancestors of one of history’s greatest empires (Macedonia) were the greatest group of people …

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The Martian – Review

The Martian Review ★★★★★ After reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian” only a few weeks prior to the film’s release I was excited for Ridley Scott’s (Blade Runner and Alien) adaptation of an original idea that I hoped to revitalise Hollywood’s recent attempts at remaking old movie franchises. I was not disappointed as I left the cinema feeling satisfied with a …

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Expanding your Musical Palette

A students time typically revising (or actively trying to avoid it) with a multitude of streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music available to them, means that there has been no better time to broaden your harmonious horizons. Here are some songs that’ll help you concentrate and some that’ll help you unwind: Songs to Study To: These will help you relax from …

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Five Films You Really Ought to See

While Hollywood blockbusters catch the attention of audiences nowadays, there are still those rare glimpses into the media abyss that shine bright. Here are five films which may have sneaked under the radar…. Children of Men (2006)- While few have seen Alfonso Cuaróns cinematographic masterpiece, this films offers tension that many modern horrors films lack and while this does not offer any …