Archive for October, 2010

Going underground

Going underground

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Say the words ‘Frank Kitts Underground Market’ to the typical uncultured, lazy student (so, most of us), and the reply you generally get is “Huh? Is that like a veggie market?” But for the fair few brave enough to get out of bed on a Saturday morning, the Underground Market is a well-kept secret and [...]

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We’re pleased to bring you horoscopes by Uther Dean

We’re pleased to bring you horoscopes by Uther Dean

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Predictions for next year. Organised by the First Letter of your First name. A You will not wear hats at all next year. You will develop an allergy to covering your scalp. This will play havoc with your ongoing conversion to Sikhism. B You need to start a vegetable garden next year. The apocalypse is [...]

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Une Soirée Française

Une Soirée Française

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English and French are two different languages. That’s an obvious point. But the ‘French night’ combined these in such a way that both English- and French-speaking audience members generally got the gist of what was going on. It was engaging and enjoyable evening compiled of singing, dancing and acting. Big ups to the MC character [...]

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The politics of pink

The politics of pink

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As per most internet memes, this one was first brought to my attention on Facebook. By a number of my friends tinting their profile pics, I was reminded of that upcoming liberal-guilt assuager—Breast Cancer Awareness month. This irked me some, and not just because of the horrendous shade of pink. My friends were subscribing to [...]

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Christmas mincemeat

Christmas mincemeat

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I know it’s way too soon to be thinking about Christmas (I don’t care if some shops have started stocking Santas, it’s too early I tell you!), but seeing as Salient doesn’t have a Christmas special, I figured now was as good a time as ever to share my recipe for Christmas mincemeat (the fruity [...]

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Equus

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Presented in their now-default style of stripped-back realism, a wide empty performance space fringed by chairs on which the performers sit when they’re not performing, Long Cloud Youth Theatre’s production of Peter Shaffer’s seminal work of implied horse shagging Equus is a success, but on rather interesting terms. As always, the performances, especially those of [...]

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Bowowow Yippie Yo, Yippie Yay

Bowowow Yippie Yo, Yippie Yay

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In Japan, a country with a land size comparable to that of New Zealand and a population some forty times greater, space is certainly at a premium. Land values are incredibly high and property owners have to work to wring the most value they can out of impossibly small plots. The Tokyo-based architecture practice Atelier [...]

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They’re just the facts of life biarch

They’re just the facts of life biarch

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I have deliberately left the most important message for last this year. Everybody that loves you, loves you boots and all. Why do your friends occasionally give you disdainful looks? And why do you get the feeling that the people you work with loathe seeing you? Chances are, you’re being a dick. Try this: For [...]

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The Seagull

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The Seagull is Chekhov’s masterpiece and very much a defining text in all of theatre. I have seen at least three professional productions before this one by Long Cloud and none of them hold a candle to this brilliant production. While some of the performances may be on the shaky side of okay, the sheer [...]

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“That’s Enough, Chris Nolan” The Best Films of 2010

“That’s Enough, Chris Nolan” The Best Films of 2010

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There’s still two and a half months to go in 2010, but one thing’s clear—this year has produced a bumper crop for film fans. The Hollywood studio system has pumped out some of the most interesting and astounding cinema it has in years with the likes of Inception, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim vs the [...]

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