Culture & Wellbeing

 Holly Allton

Book Review: Naturally Tan by Tan France

Book Review: Naturally Tan by Tan France

I first discovered Tan France when watching Next in Fashion on Netflix earlier this year. I decided to go and binge-watch Queer Eye after that, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought it was only right that my next step was to read Tan’s memoir ‘Naturally Tan’ which was published in 2019. Firstly, learning of […]

 Tabitha Peverley

20 Years of Sunday for Sammy

20 Years of Sunday for Sammy

It’s that time again. Every two years the great and the good of North East talent gather to put on a show, all in aid of raising money for the Sammy Johnson Fund. The money raised will be used to give grants to the next generation of Geordie talent in the memory of North East […]

 Northern Lights

Opinion: Is the lack of female Brit nominees a concern?

Opinion:  Is the lack of female Brit nominees a concern?

By Sophie Spain The 2020 Brit Awards have caused some controversy due to the lack of female nominees in the mixed gender categories. Across the four major categories (best group, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist), only three female artists were nominated: Miley Cyrus, Normani and Mabel. This has […]

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WHATS ON: The National Glass Centre

WHATS ON: The National Glass Centre

We spoke to Laura Reed, the Marketing and Communications coordinator at The National Glass Centre. The Glass Centre are currently running events every day during the February half term and there will be more programmes and events for both adults and children held throughout the year during half term holidays. Each of the workshops are […]

 Alice Wilson

Analysis: Gendered Instruments

Analysis: Gendered Instruments

Well it wasn’t quite John Lewis. But when I saw the new Argos Christmas TV ad, I did see something I wasn’t expecting… Concerned looking father poring over an Argos catalogue? Check. Usual high energy consumerist drivel from a high street retailer? Check. So far so capitalist. But what was that? Or rather, who is […]

 Sorina Mihaila

Romania isn’t on TripAdvisor’s top winter recommendations…but it should be!

Romania isn’t on TripAdvisor’s top winter recommendations…but it should be!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And you’re probably dreaming of the perfect holiday with your loved ones. Experiencing a snowy Christmas in a cozy chalet, skiing and exploring a Christmas market may be pretty expensive, especially if you choose a country such as Switzerland or Italy. However, you can have a magical […]

 Charlotte Lightfoot

‘Fee Fi Fo Fun’ Panto Review: Jack and the Beanstalk

‘Fee Fi Fo Fun’ Panto Review: Jack and the Beanstalk

Halloween is long gone, but Christmas is upon us, which means the festivities can finally begin and we can enjoy the run up to the best time of the year (ignore the scrooges amongst us!). And with Christmas comes panto season! Blue Genie Entertainment is back in the Playhouse, Whitley Bay for their eleventh pantomime […]

 Sorina Mihaila

Halloween customs: Everything you need to know!

Halloween customs: Everything you need to know!

As a student studying abroad in the UK, Halloween is a completely foreign holiday for someone like me who comes from a different cultural environment where October 31st is just another day in the calendar. I heard about Halloween for the first time when my English teacher back home suggested we decorate our classrooms for […]

 Richard Bellis

A personal challenge to watch Friends before graduation

A personal challenge to watch Friends before graduation

In 21 years of my life, I had never watched an episode of Friends, I had heard about it, knew the theme and understood that it was supposed to be this massive part of 90s and early 00s American culture. So when I told people at uni that I had never seen an episode they […]

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Why fans are so disappointed with Game of Thrones

Why fans are so disappointed with Game of Thrones

By Shay O’Leary SPOILER WARNING Unfortunately, the last two seasons have been a little underwhelming and this is mainly due to bad writing from D and D (David Beniof and DB Weiss), flooding them with inconsistency.  Fans are so upset that a petition has been made to remake the final season, which currently has almost […]

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