EJ Plays: Blues Run the Game

You may be aware it’s January again: congratulations on making it back and welcome to the year 2018. There are so many reasons why people don’t like January: it’s dark, it’s cold, and after the excessive festivities of December, January seems rather dull. These complaints and various others are symptomatic of the dreaded “January blues”,…

Review: A Clockwork Orange

Set in a dystopian England of gang violence, authoritarian rule and Russian-influenced slang, A Clockwork Orange follows the story of teenage delinquent Alex, who asserts himself the only way he knows how – by being nastier than everyone in the world around him. The play follows his demise: from life as an erratically aggressive gang…

2018: A Year of Music

2018 has barely begun and it’s already looking like a bumper year for music, boasting an impressive range of new albums from musical veterans and breakthrough artists alike. Here are just a few of the exciting releases coming our way in the new year. Vance Joy Nation of Two Release date February (exact date tbc)  It’s…

2018: A Year of TV

Rife with tyrannical leaders building walls, the constant drivel of Brexit polluting our newsfeeds, and the colossal embarrassment of the Oscars mix up that had our toes curling from behind our screens, 2017 has been a tumultuous year to say the least. Potentially more distressing than all of this, 2017 left the state of television…

48 Hours in Porto

Mentioning to the average Brit that you spent a semester living abroad in Portugal usually triggers questions relating to the Algarve and its reputation for beaches, booze and bronzed skin. However, in recent years the rest of the country has gained popularity thanks to the renaissance undergone by its capital, Lisbon. With more and more…

EJ Plays: You Don’t Own Me

If you’ve grown sick with disappointment, disillusionment, and anger created by the deluge of unacceptable behaviour from the political and (pseudo-)talented elite, then I might have just the remedy for you… Although intended to be used for short-term relief, full playlist intake is recommended at height of: Indignation, Inertia, Inferiority, General bewilderment, All of the…

2018: A Year of Film

There is no denying that 2017 was an absolute CORKER for film. We were treated to the musical spectacles of La La Land and Baby Driver, the emotive love stories of Call Me by Your Name and The Big Sick, the cinematic achievements of Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 and most excitingly the continuation of…

Looking Ahead to 2018

In preparing for January exams, and slogging through the seemingly unending list of reading for next term, the end of the year has come surprisingly quickly. It seems as though the more years go by, the quicker the end of the next one comes about, and this year is no exception. I find it difficult…

New Year’s Resolutions: From Clichés to Costa

“…Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson It’s all well and good saying that you’re going to go to the gym three times a week starting January or that you’re going to avoid taking trips to Costa between lectures but, as most students…

Your New Year’s Eve Guide

How to have a great end to a terrible year This year has been tough, to say the least. Our politics is in disarray, overlord Trump seems one petulant strop away from destroying us all, and we have seen the loss of thousands of innocent lives in national and international tragedies. But don’t let this…

A Christmas Tale: Reads to get you through the festive season

A short list of festive reads, most of which are candy for the brain, but after all, it’s Christmas! Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson I read Let It Snow last year during the Christmas holiday, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I had read John Green’s other,…