Opinion

 Sarah Bailey

10 Reasons You Really Should Go To The Theatre

10 Reasons You Really Should Go To The Theatre

1. You can casually drop it in into conversations Just think how much of a cultured, well-rounded individual you will appear if you can casually say, “Oh yes, when I was at the theatre last week…” You might impress your boss at least, or your mum. 2. Things go wrong and you can (shouldn’t) laugh […]

 Northern Lights

86th Academy Awards – Northern Lights' Predictions

86th Academy Awards – Northern Lights' Predictions

With the 86th Academy Awards drawing ever closer, and our live-blog extravaganza lies just over the horizon, it’s time for the Northern Lights team to make their predictions. Let’s be clear, this isn’t who we want to win, or who we think should win (those are very different things, which would almost certainly spark small-scale […]

 Angus Saul

Based On A True Story: Hollywood's Obsession With Real Events

Based On A True Story: Hollywood's Obsession With Real Events

Firstly, it’s important to note that “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events” are not protected terms. Filmmakers can slap those words over the opening credits like lost dog posters on lampposts. Doesn’t have to be true. American Hustle, for example. One or two of the events in the film happened – […]

 Sarah Bailey

An A-Z Guide To Why The North East Is Brilliant – Part III

An A-Z Guide To Why The North East Is Brilliant – Part III

Finally, that article you've all been eagerly waiting for - the alphabetical finale of all that is great about the wonderful entity that is the North East. There is no need to be on the edge of your seats any longer, for here we have S to Z. (And, yes, I've been creative with the rubbish letters.)

Scientific Innovation You may not realise it, but this region has been home to many a scientific innovator. Joseph Swan gave us the lightbulb, George and Robert Stephenson were the kings of the Victorian railway revolution, Lord Armstrong pioneered hydraulics. But even now, the Centre for Life in the heart of our very own Newcastle, […]

 Northern Lights

The Oscars – Northern Lights Top Picks

The Oscars – Northern Lights Top Picks

By Sam Griffiths and Angus Saul Best Picture Obvious inclusions are Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, and chances are one of those three will win the Oscar. Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street are outside shouts for the award as well. There are however, some surprise entries and some […]

 Sarah Bailey

An A-Z Guide To Why The North East Is Brilliant – Part II

An A-Z Guide To Why The North East Is Brilliant – Part II

It’s arrived – the long-awaited second instalment of my alphabetical guide to the lovely, lovely North East. (This may indeed be only long-awaited by us…)

The North East has a lot to be proud of; from iconic architecture, to local quirks and hidden gems. Newcastle particularly, is one of those unusual places that manages to invoke a big-city, cosmopolitan feel, and simultaneously the fondness that people have for the small-town they grew up in. Consequently, here is the first in […]

 Sarah Bailey

An A-Z Guide To Why The North East Is Brilliant – Part I

An A-Z Guide To Why The North East Is Brilliant – Part I

The North East has a lot to be proud of; from iconic architecture, to local quirks and hidden gems. Newcastle particularly, is one of those unusual places that manages to invoke a big-city, cosmopolitan feel, and simultaneously the fondness that people have for the small-town they grew up in. Consequently, here is the first in […]

 Sam Griffiths

2013 – The Year Robin Thicke Made Me A Feminist

2013 – The Year Robin Thicke Made Me A Feminist

Sam Griffiths looks back at this years most controversial moment in music, and the impact it's had on the gender debate in the media

Whether Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video is a joke, a true representation of a night out for him, or as Tricia Romano put it, “kind of rapey”, it worked. The biggest selling single of the year, and a Youtube viewership of over 293 million is generally classed as a success. Yet, as a society, should […]

 Sarah Bailey

10 Reasons Why Panto Needs To Go Away Forever

10 Reasons Why Panto Needs To Go Away Forever

Sarah Bailey takes a long hard look at the world of dames and custard pies

“Oh no it isn’t” that time of year again, is it? There are two types of people in the world; those who see the approach of Christmas glee as a time to trek to a theatre to be subjected to an hour or two of raucous, distasteful, glittery pantomime; and those who don’t. The innuendo-filled, […]

 Sarah Bailey

“He’s Not The Messiah”, But Monty Python Is Having A Second Coming

“He’s Not The Messiah”, But Monty Python Is Having A Second Coming

The Monty Python boys have announced a comeback, but is that necessarily a good thing?

Unlike their iconic Norwegian Blue, the Pythons are not dead. Despite a combined age of 357, the five surviving members of Monty Python announced a somewhat unexpected, Spanish-Inquisition-like, resurrection show set to take place in July 2014. (To clarify, it is only the unexpected nature of the show that shall be like the Spanish Inquisition […]