Fashion / 26/10/2021 The Changing Nature of Halloween Costumes

The evenings get colder, the leaves turn brown, and the smell of Pumpkin Spiced lattes is in the air – autumn is officially here, meaning Halloween is right around the corner. With pubs and clubs reopening, 2021 offers an exciting opportunity to pick a costume or three to celebrate spooky season. However, with the huge...

Gaming / 26/10/2021 Do we still need to purchase consoles?

Is there any need to continue purchasing consoles? Typically, I play Xbox the old fashioned way, through my console and TV. At first I was skeptical about trying it out using Xbox Cloud Gaming, fearing that it wouldn’t be as enjoyable playing on a small screen. However, shortly after pairing my controller with my iPad...

Music / 26/10/2021 Rolling Stone Magazine, Are These Really the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time?

Ranking music is a bizarre idea. Whilst it makes sense to rank your own favourite songs, to try to be representative of wider society’s views is nigh on impossible.  Rolling Stone Magazine consistently insists on trying though, and its latest effort was published last month when it revealed what it deems as the ‘500 Greatest...

Fashion / 26/10/2021 Highlights from 2021 Paris Fashion Week

This season’s Paris Fashion Week took place from 27th September until 5th October. It was another memorable nine days amidst a pandemic. The event first started in 1973 and typically takes place twice a year in the fashion capital of the world. Paris Fashion Week is one of the biggest and well-known fashion events of...

Gaming / 26/10/2021 Christmas Gift Guide – Gaming Edition

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not really ‘in the know’ about most games. I think the last time I played a computer game was in my childhood Friv days, and I’m pretty limited in terms of console games to Buzz! although I used to love trying my hand at Call of Duty and...

Film / 26/10/2021 Lost Connections : A Collaborative Short Film Featuring the East Anglian Film Archive

“Can we always be connected?” are the opening and anchoring words to Lost Connections, a new archive-based short film set to be screened across cinemas and schools. It is also available and easy to stream on YouTube and the BFI Player online. Led by the Yorkshire Film Archive, Lost Connections brings together various excerpts of...


Gaming, Gaming and Technology, OldVenue

Review: Trials – Evolution

It isn’t just your local council that has imposed drought restrictions this summer. The games industry is set to renew its annual release slump over the coming months, leaving us to either delve into the cupboard of goodies that is XBox Live Arcade/PSN/Steam, go back to last year’s titles that we missed, or revise.

Film, OldVenue

Review: The Hunger Games

First there was Harry Potter. Then came Twilight. Now the latest teen novel to be adapted for the big screen is Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and the great action sequences set it apart from its predecessors, writes Rachel Greene-Taylor.

Film, OldVenue

Review: The Kid with a Bike

Finally the post-Oscar pre-summer slump has ended and here we have a French delight from the Dardenne Brothers that has been scooping up the alternative festival awards from Cannes and the European film awards.

OldVenue, TV

Then and now: The West Wing, today

This year, Barack Obama will be challenged by a Republican hopeful in the presidential elections. The decision over who will be the lucky opponent is being dragged out, state to state, in the Republican nominations, as the candidates perform in a wild media circus, introducing themselves to the world.

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