Our Favourite Christmas Songs

Love it or hate it, from the second the last firework pops on 5th November, Christmas music is inescapable. It’s on the radio, it’s on your television, it’s in every single bustling high street shop. But Christmas music doesn’t have to mean the same 10 songs you hear year after year on the same naff…

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…

Our Top 5 Christmas Films

No need to look any further for the definitive list of top 5 Christmas films – you’ve found it. 5. Love Actually (2003) 2h 15m. Dir. Richard Curtis. Love Actually represents Christmas guilty pleasure at its best. Best watched while loading up on mince pies, mulled wine, and avoiding eye contact with elderly relatives during…

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.

Review: A Christmas Prince

Whoever runs the Netflix twitter account has probably made it onto their bosses naughty list this year after causing a stir with the tweet “To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: who hurt you?”. This prompted a backlash of hurt viewers, who were concerned about their…

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I consider myself a Star Wars fan. I first watched A New Hope when I was five years old, and I’ve enjoyed the franchise ever since. So I went to see the midnight premier of The Last Jedi with high expectations, having enjoyed all the other films. While there were some fantastic scenes and characters…

Review: A Christmas Carol

I think the term ‘like stepping back in time’ is overused, especially when describing anything vaguely not from the modern world. However, for A Christmas Carol, read by Pip Utton as Charles Dickens, it seems wholly appropriate. It is a play not set in our time, nor specifically the Victorian era. Rather, it seems to…

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…

Review: Sunked

As my friends and I took our seats, cocktails in hand, to watch Chris White’s Sunked at the Bike Shed Theatre on Saturday 18th November, we weren’t sure what to expect. From my previous meeting with Chris, we knew it would be a combination of spoken word and comedy, and would centre around the theme…