Author: Matty Rowland

Travel Editor 2016/17

When people book their holidays, they tend to look at chain hotels such as the Premier Inn. Whilst they might suit Lenny Henry perfectly after a long day of being Lenny Henry, there are more creative forms of accommodation which could create the perfect setting for any traveller. The treehouse, although traditionally something associated with childhood or Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kid’s Next Door (remember that?), is a form of accommodation which can provide travellers with an alternative experience to travel than a hotel. Treehouse hotels can be found just about anywhere in the world, although the existence of a tree…

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Everyone knows someone who’s been to Amsterdam, if they’ve not been themselves. It’s one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe and has the whole ‘drugs, sex and booze’ reputation down to a tee. Though this might be the perfect combination for some, there’s a whole other side of Amsterdam hidden beneath this stereotype. It was around the time of mid-terms when my friend and I booked our trip. With the pressures of second year swooping in on us, it only took the Black Friday sales and a couple of hours before everything was sorted. After January exams…

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Bangor City 1-0 Cardiff Metropolitan Saturday, 13th May Going into the playoff final, Bangor were considered by many to be the quiet favourites to win the game and join The New Saints, Connahs Quay Nomads and Bala Town in European competition next season. Much of the attention before the match had been given to Cardiff Metropolitan, who could have become the first University team to reach the Europa League. However, with the stage set and in front of the S4C television cameras on a blustery but dry afternoon, it was Bangor’s turn to take the spotlight. Bangor started the stronger…

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With Varsity underway once again, this is it, the article everyone has been anxiously anticipating: A relatively comprehensive travel guide, unrivalled and undoubtedly, universally unbiased in Bangor’s English language student newspaper, written by somebody who has had the misfortune of visiting both, Aberystwyth and Bangor. It couldn’t be fairer. In terms of transport, Bangor is a clear winner. Direct trains to anywhere in the world you could possibly imagine travelling to (as long as your imagination is limited to somewhere in between Holyhead and Birmingham or Holyhead and London). On balance, there are direct trains from Aberystwyth to Birmingham too, but…

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Choosing to study abroad is like standing at the foot of a diving board for the first time. First, there is apprehension, there’s a combination of fear and adrenaline which is followed by an overall uncertainty of what you’re about to do. You have two options, you can dive head first or walk away and regret it tomorrow. As for me, I stumbled clumsily head first and I never looked back. Choosing to study abroad in Canada was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Now, prior to my adventure, I had never even heard of…

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With Valentine’s day upon us, here’s a sickening look at some of the top romantic getaways around the world. In no particular order, let’s begin. PARIS: Paris is a destination synonymous with romance. A city with plenty to do and a public transport system so simple to figure out that any language barrier is knocked down with the ease of a large bulldozer crashing through it. The City of Love offers boundless opportunities for romance with its candlelit wine bars, perfect gardens and wonderful architecture in the form of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and of course, the…

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Announcement made without any discussion with staff or students in the department Senior members of staff at Bangor University have taken the decision to discontinue the single honours undergraduate Archaeology degree from September 2017. The decision was made without consultation of staff working within the school of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, students studying the relevant subjects or stakeholders. Staff and students were informed of the decision via an e-mail from Professor David Shepherd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor stating that the aim was to place the university’s long-term financial position on a firmer and more robust footing. If the decision is to remain in…

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