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…

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,…

2018: A Year of Art

From St Ives to Liverpool, covering everything from Bellini to Basquiat, we’ve got plenty of top art exhibitions across the country to look forward to in 2018. So get your culture fix with this varied selection of red-hot shows over the coming year! Basquiat: Boom for Real Barbican Art Gallery, Until 28 January Finishing soon…

An Exeter Christmas in Pictures

The Christmas season has arrived! So whether you are spending it camped out in the library, with housemates and friends, or at home, wherever in the world that may be, here are is a beautiful slideshow of photographs of Christmas in our special city, by Erin Coyle, for you to enjoy.

Books You Should Be Putting On Your Christmas List

‘Read widely and with discrimination, bad writing is contagious’ – P. D. James   Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro In my opinion Ishiguro’s best novel. The Nobel Prize winner’s darkly twisted tale of a strange boarding school in 90’s England is a powerful and deeply evocative story that makes it, though I deplore the…

Review: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

There can be few experiences quite so exquisite as being in the front row while a world-class orchestra blasts Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’. From the moment the hellish conflict of wind and brass gave way to the menacing, soft stirring of the violins, a smile was painted on my face that refused to shift…

The Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially if you have had a chance to stop by the Exeter Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green this month. if you do decide to drop by, come with an appetite because there’s a variety of food, sweets and more to indulge in. When you first enter…

Review: Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island @ Cavern

Think of Bon Iver, Kanye, Frank Ocean and 70s disco, all different genres, but imagine them in one song. In this budding age of music, it is hard to find anything original and unique. However, I discovered a new mix of authenticity when I went to see Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island in Cavern. This…

Preview: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

Featuring arguably the three greatest Russian composers in history, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have set themselves the ambitious task of bringing the music of all three together in one concert, tonight. These are a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s fifth symphony. This…