Some Awesome Distractions… I mean Films

Only two weeks back and we can already feel the pressure of exams looming. With teachers reminding us at every turn and the homework piling up, sometimes you need a little something to take your mind off it. Here are five upcoming films guaranteed to take you to another world…

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YouTube: The Democratisation of Celebrity

Before 2005 the celebrity was an allusive beast with the formula behind their success irretrievable for the average mortal. Unbeknownst to us, however, YouTube’s launch in the early two-thousands was going to change this. Ella Bending explores whether it needed to be changed at all.

The roaring twenties was a time of excess, of consumerism, and of a blossoming Hollywood. For the first time people were being remembered, not as the anonymous faces of the silver screen, but as their own brand. From these cataclysmic events the modern celebrity, with preened and glossy feathers, emerged; initially from that same distant screen, but not too much later from the familiar faces of our own personal devices. Simultaneously my formative teenage years were just beginning and my concept of what it meant to be a celebrity was evolving from being synonymous with years of gruelling, poorly paid jobs before ‘the big break’, to being as simple as turning on a webcam. This feeling was reciprocated by the rest of my generation too as the advantages of watching a ‘real’ person on YouTube created a disconnection from all that traditional media had to offer as well as injecting some of that all important teenage rebellion. As the years have continued speeding forward and my generation have been replaced with another, however, all that we were escaping from in the traditional media appears to have encroached upon the prelapsarian YouTube of my memories. Where there was once a webcam balanced on a pile of books, there is now a Canon camera and HD lighting; in the space which sat the unpopular spotty teenager there sits the cool kid, a tanned stereotype from every American movie; where there was once freedom of speech, there is now sponsorships and advertising deals.

The Multi-Millionaires of Tomorrow

Photo by Jade Chance

Photo by Jade Chance

I met up with Tom Garrett who, when eighteen, won the award for Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Southhampton International Film Festival; Matt England who began an online video production business at the age of seventeen; and with Jade Chance, an aspiring photographer with an extensive professional portfolio and a large online following, and discussed where their entrepreneurial drive came from, how they achieved what they have, and what their goals are for the future. Here’s what they said.  Continue reading

Why ‘Vegan’ is Not a Dirty Word

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on Veganism. Whether this is procrastination from my looming examination dates or not (it totally is) I really feel as if I have entered some kind of renaissance period in my life in finally realising that, oh sh**, animals are exploited so that people can make money. Continue reading


“Welcome to our lives! We are the SACCONEJOLYs Irish vloggers living in London, we upload videos of our life together everyday!”

Meet Anna Saccone and Jonathan Joly, a married couple (Saccone-Joly) with two beautiful children – Emilia and Eduardo. Oh and their 6 Maltese dogs, Albi, Sina, Theo, Bianca, Nivea, Nuvola.

They are an irish family who vlog pretty much everything about their lives, including the birth of their puppies and their children. Jonathan was born in Dublin, Ireland and Anna was born in Baltimore, United States. They married each other in 2011 and have since become a youtube phenomenon duo.

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Why Zayn’s ‘PILLOWTALK’ is possibly the worst thing I have ever heard

Foolishly, I was willing to give the newly solo artist ‘Zayn’ (née Zayn Malik of preteen heart throbs One Direction) a chance. I had assumed that as he stated himself his own disdain of the ‘pop’ genre and his desperation to escape the ironclad fists of Simon Cowell, he was going to create something new, something different, something meaningful. My ideas were only amplified by the amateurish ‘Microsoft Paint’-esque style of his EP cover, suggesting perhaps that, in a fit of antiestablishment fury, Malik had fired his production team and done the ‘design work’ by hand. Continue reading

Should I Just Watch The Highly Acclaimed West End Production? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

Which is more satisfying, to have the culturally stimulating experience of sitting in the architecturally and historically embellished Gielgud Theatre? Or to pick up a book and have the intellectually invigorating experience of being invited into a mind very different to one’s own?  Of course, these are not the only contributors to making a decision as the price of a book tends to be around £7.99 and West End ticket prices tend to be, well, not that.



If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the book or watch the play, the story encapsulates the inner struggles of Christopher, a boy of fifteen with Asperger’s Syndrome, as he comes to terms with the murder of his neighbour’s dog and decides to go against everything his body tells him to in order to become a ‘Detective’ and discover who killed Wellington. Despite the simplicity of the book’s basic plot, the complexity through which Mark Haddon describes the mind of a child with Asperger’s makes it undeniable that any theatrical interpretation deserves recognition, with this being no exception. Continue reading

I have now been here for an indeterminate number of weeks and these are some views that I may or may not hold.

First of all, I bet you’re all dying to know whether you got the puzzle right, dear readers. Well, the answer was “change at Battersby for Hartlepool, and then you have to walk.”

To anybody who guessed “Thirty trombones, two tambourines and a flute”, you probably failed to take account of the Winter 2015 timetable change. Good try, though.

Now then, to business. The more astute amongst you may well have noticed the recent trend of buses being more and more late with every passing week. This is not, as the less astute amongst you may believe, an optical illusion, but a real, measurable phenomenon.

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