Opinion

 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 […]

 Sarah Bailey

Au Revoir, Poirot

Au Revoir, Poirot

Au revoir, mon cher ami. Waving a final adieu to dear old Hercule was always going to signal a bitter ending. The pedantic yet brilliant, moustachioed sleuth shuffled his way onto our screens for the final time this week, but the ending provided more trauma than his fans (who hadn’t read up on it) could […]

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