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Carl Smith Valdez Author

‘Home Alone’: how can loneliness among the elderly be artistic?

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Grainger Market is home to hundreds of shops and local traders. The indoor market offers something for everyone from butchers, bakeries, vintage boutiques, florists and much more....

Brooker’s haunting dystopia returns: Black Mirror series five

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Black Mirror’s new series encapsulates our contemporary interaction with technology – its enhanced promises and impending perils. The fifth anthology series compromises of...

Review: Larkin Poe – Riverside, Apr 6

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"Larkin Poe brought their country rock music from the depths of Georgia to Newcastle on 6th April with a blast." - Carl Smith Valdez shares his thoughts on the show....

International film: Caregiver (2008)

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Carl Smith Valdez reviews Caregiver for this weeks international film....

Should students try to give booze the boot?

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Last September 2018, the National Union of Students has conducted a survey completed by 2,215 students in higher education on students’ relationship to alcohol. It was found...

Advertisements: an agent for social change?

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Last January 2019, the shaving company Gillette released an advertising campaign promoting positive masculinity. The advertisement called “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be”...

Events in March around the world

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The cold breezy days are finally coming to an end. Far and wide, everywhere in the United Kingdom starts to burst with yellow daffodils. The days begin to get warmer and longer....

Documentary Corner: The Act of Killing

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For this weeks documentary corner Carl Smith Valdez reviews The Act of Killing...

No deal means no Erasmus says Universities UK

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A recent report by the Universities UK reveals that under a no deal Brexit, approximately 17,000 UK students would miss the chance to partake in the Erasmus study aboard scheme...

#ThisIsNotConsent campaign catches media attention

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The Newcastle University student society, It Happens Here launched the knickers bunting campaign last January 2019. The appeal aims to raise awareness of sexual assault and...