There’s a small army of British students working and studying abroad in France. They’re fairly easy to spot – often found looking quizzically at coffee shop menus where you can only get a shot of caffeine, or pay an extra 3€ merely for the addition of frothy milk. Or, they’ll ask if there is any … Continue reading The French Year Abroad: What do Brits miss when they move to France?
You may try and claim it as your bit of quintessential British comfort but you’ll have to prise it out of our cold, dead hands first Continue reading Why The Great British Bake Off is an absolute socialist paradise
Originally posted on The Indiependent Having aired for a whopping 24 seasons since 2003 with no sign of stopping, the America’s Next Top Model franchise is a force to be reckoned with, being shown in 170 countries worldwide. It taught us how to smize, tooch, spot dreckitude, and supply us for life with Miss J … Continue reading 8 Times ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Aired Worrying American Attitudes
A recent visit to Oslo led me to the Ibsen museum, home of and homage to the great playwright who helped pioneer realist theatre in the late 19th-century with works such as Hedda Gabler, Peer Gynt and, most famously, A Doll’s House. How, you say, is he relevant to The Beatles – who utilised a … Continue reading And That Is Why I’m Leaving You: How Henrik Ibsen influenced The Beatles
Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Aimed at young children and taking place in a magical universe where children fought evil sorcerers, ate jumping chocolate frogs and tackled three-headed dogs, the book reflected happy escapism with no real hidden message in its 223 pages. But over the years these millennial … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical
La Haine is unlikely to be known for its soundtrack. It embodies more the violence and anger felt between the police and suburban youth of Paris, with no cinematic additions of a swooping orchestral accompaniment to compromise the integrity of the realism depicted. Despite this, music is not utterly absent. Though entering only sporadically, when … Continue reading Sussing out the soundtrack: Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’
Margaret Atwood has consistently refused to call her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale a science fiction novel, insisting instead that it is speculative. “Science fiction has monsters and spaceships” she said, in an interview. “Speculative fiction could really happen.” Famously, she argued that the material she drew on for her dystopian nightmare were things that were … Continue reading TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale – a dystopian nightmare brought to reality