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Tired of reality shows giving their home towns a bad name, a group of Welsh locals have started a campaign to show what Wales is really all about, while showcasing their local heroes and bringing the community together.  All there seems to be on television these days is one reality show after another; if it isn’t The Only Way is Essex, it’s Made in Chelsea or Geordie Shore. But MTV’s latest outing, The Valleys set in Wales, has proven to be the last straw. A few of the locals have decided enough is enough, and have struck back at the…

The next few weeks will see the run up to the most highly anticipated final episode of a TV show for nearly a decade, as the culmination of Breaking Bad approaches. The final weeks of our time with Walter White are upon us, and his descent from mild mannered chemistry teacher to the drug baron mass-murderer will have people across the world glued to their TV’s. Though it never successfully made it onto any of the British channels, it is available in the UK through Netflix only 24 hours after being aired in the US. If you have never watched…

The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and Lovefilm have had an unforeseen change in how television works. Aside from simply providing people with a large range of films and TV-shows to watch on-demand, the companies are now producing TV shows of their own. Netflix have had three such shows launch in the last year: the reboot of one of the best comedies America has produced, Arrested Development; the US adaption of the British political drama House of Cards and most recently, the prison drama/comedy Orange is the New Black. Arrested Development, whilst returning to somewhat mixed reviews,…

I was slightly worried about how I would feel about this film, the first one was such a big success and it pushed boundaries with violence and shocked us with Hit Girl’s language. In this one Chloe Grace Moretz is a little older so we are more accepting of the language and it seems that the violence of the first one wasn’t enough for the second one so they had to take it up a notch which might be too much for some people. Kick-Ass 2 sees Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) taking his crime fighting to the next level and joins…

Monsters University sees the first Disney Pixar prequel, we take a peek at Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) in their freshman days at Monsters University and the mayhem that is unleashed as they try to become scarers and get in with the right fraternities. The usually best friends were not always that close and this is the story of them forming that friendship as well as setting up the events for Monsters Inc. This is the perfect summer film for kids and big kids like me, who are experiencing university for themselves. Sequels and prequels are never expected…

Paul Feig’s latest blockbuster, The Heat, sees him reunited with Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy as they look to take the buddy-cop genre by storm. Sandra Bullock stars in her first role since her Oscar win as an uptight FBI agent who doesn’t play well with others who has to team up with McCarthy’s no nonsense Boston street cop to take on a mysterious drug lord. It is a genre that seemed to dominate the eighties and nineties and to be honest I thought we’d seen the last of it. It is refreshing but also cliched to see two females in…

This summer has seen the launch of several new Android and Google products, some exciting, others more mundane. The most newsworthy and covered is the launch earlier in the year of Google Glasses – Android powered specs that link to your phone and is currently out in the world being tested and played with by developers who are working out what exactly the potential of this device could be. Google have a lot of form in this area – a blue skies project that they release to the wider public to develop. This means that much of their products are…

Lately I’ve found myself listening to the radio on the drive to work, perhaps because my CDs have started to skip. For some stupid reason I automatically find myself tuning into Radio One despite the fact that I hate the majority of the music on it and the competitions in between the songs make Radio Four sound appealing. One night however, after working until 2am, I was driving home from work to the sound of an unfamiliar Radio One DJ. From what I can remember it was a show featuring the kind of bands that all the cool DJs knew…

After finally accepting his demi-God status and saving the world from near destruction at the hands of a fellow demi-God, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is living the life at Camp Half Blood. That is, until his confidence takes a beating and a giant bronze bull breaks through the camp’s protective barrier, hurling Percy and his friends onto a journey to find the Golden Fleece. Set after the events of the 2010 movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters follows the story of Rick Riordan’s book of the same name from his New York Times bestselling…

Getting there: Edinburgh Direct train lines from Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and London King’s X. All train lines will call at both Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverly stations. Edinburgh Waverly is the further of the two by a matter of minutes. It is far more central and will exits onto the main area of Princes Street. The physiognomy of the Scottish capital is not only very beautiful but also highly atmospheric; the décor of the main street, Prince’s Street, is extremely ornate and baroque. The town clock, the gilded tops of buildings and statues would fit in perfectly in Vienna or…

Wystan Hugh Auden was a northern English poet born in 1907.Though he was born English he later became an American citizen. Amusingly, this is the direct mirror image of a contemporary, ‘British’ poet also known by his first two initials: T.S. Eliot was conversely born American and later gained British citizenship. Auden led something of a nomadic existence. Born in York (pictured), he spent a childhood in Birmingham between terms of boarding education in Surrey.  He spent his adulthood in America and died on mainland Europe, in Vienna. As a poet and thinker, he wrote of and was plagued by…

Teesside novelist Pat Barker (a female ‘Pat’) is perhaps best known for her Regeneration Trilogy, which is set in the First World War and follows the lives of men deeply affected by shellshock. For a reader who follows Barker, her first novel, Union Street, can be regarded as an overture to this author’s strong ability to write in a mesmerisingly addictive style to achieve graphic and horrific accounts of real events. Union Street is, like Regeneration, firmly rooted in historical events. The novel set in the North East (and in an unspecified town, possibly in Durham or York) at the…

NB: Article penned in September 2012. Does anyone remember the Brit Awards ceremony in circa 2003, when Coldplay performed? No? Well then I will remind you, at the risk of showing my age. Amid the inevitable arpeggio Coldplay introduction that becomes the infectious riff/predictable loop (delete as appropriate), the broadcaster’s cameras focussed on Chris Martin’s spidery hand. On it was written the statement ‘MAKE TRADE FAIR’. This was a reflection on the Fair Trade movement that began in the last decade and has since come –largely- to fruition. Calendars (not those calendars), recipe books, new food ingredient legislation and of…

Please note the time of going to press: February 2012. The Brontës- a sisterhood of gothic writers.   The daughters of a solemn Irish reverend, the three sisters grew up at the family home based in Haworth, Yorkshire, although the extended family remained on the Emerald Isle. The Brontës wrote in a time before women could vote and many worked as scullery maids who would be fortunate to earn £6 a year. The educated trio of sisters attended a school for the children of less wealthy clergy members and their love and ability for writing began as a childhood game.…

In light of BEDS’ (Bangor English Drama Society) recent-and fantastic- production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Rosie MacLeod takes a look at the historical context of the play’s writing. Raphael Holinshed produced a factual work known as ‘Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland’, which served as a valuable and fruitful point of reference for William Shakespeare; he used it as a source of inspiration and historical accuracy for many of his plays. These ‘Chronicles’ reveal that the killing of King Duncan, the central plotline in Macbeth, is based on fact. WHEN SHALL WE THREE MEET AGAIN? IN 1603, UNDER A COMMON REIN.…

When Korean giants Samsung showcased their impressive new displays earlier this year, it was an exciting sign of things to come. Paired with the launch of flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4, it’s clear that Samsung is “avalanching” the tech market whilst competitor Apple is simply dropping “snowflakes”, according to Dan Farber of CNET. The latest addition to that avalanche of products is Samsung’s Ativ Q, a Windows-Android hybrid tablet. Comparable to Sony’s Vaio Duo 11, an 11.6”, 1920 x 1080 resolution tablet, the Samsung’s new release also uses Windows 8’s touchscreen functionality for optimal use both as a tablet and laptop.…

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