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Roast, Toast, and Soapbox

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Roast Shortbread There are a lot of biscuits out there: some chocolatey, some plain, some nutty. Some of them are even nice, but not shortbread. Similar to a brick in both shape...

Do live-action film adaptations ever work?

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Sophie Hicks and Carl Smith Valdez argue for and against the creation of live-action films...

Spooky Singles

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Our writers give you some spooky song picks for this Halloween...

Disability and Neurodiversity Society initially stalled by the stairs on Freshers’ Fair

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Carl Smith Valdez reports on the issues surrounding this year's Freshers' Fair....

Rudimental: freshers’ week 2019 review

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Carl Smith Valdez reviews Rudimental's performance during this year's Freshers' Week. ...

‘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...