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Moving Stories of Anglesey and Gwynedd is a student-led project intended to inspire curiosity about different languages and cultures, and to encourage people to get involved in learning languages. CALL FOR YOUR STORIES, ANECDOTES AND THOUGHTS Topics can range from anything related to language and culture – what being bilingual or multilingual means to you, how this affects your identity, how languages influence the way we see the world, and how this perspective might change when you learn another language. How do the languages you know differ from each other? How are cultures reflected in languages? Or, do you have…

The Bangor University Archives and Special Collections are tightly tied with local heritage and cultural history, especially in terms of the many great landed estates of North Wales. This includes taking care of sizeable estate records. Indeed, the University is home to a staggering amount of collections from Welsh estates like Baron Hill, Mostyn, Penrhos, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. Most recently, the department has received a new collection from the Plas Newydd in Anglesey. The estate, dating as far back as 1470, has stood in the bank of the Menai Strait near the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and housed historical…

With the success of last month’s Seren’s Singles blind date, I decided to reach out on all social media platforms and ask the students of Bangor to get involved! The response I had was fantastic. I was definitely not expecting the number of people to contact me that did. So, thank you to those of you who did get in touch whether it was via Facebook or email. I am making it my mission to have you play your part in the next issue’s blind date, so watch this space! Moving onto this month’s blind date, I introduce to you…

We all hear about Varsity and the AU going to cross-university competitions and such all year long, but what about societies? Last week, Bangor English Dramatics Society (BEDS), together with Keele University’s Drama Society, organized a full day event in John Phillips Hall, hosting workshops and an evening showcase. “The Keele-Bangor collaboration was the first of its kind, and we were unsure what would happen,” said Briony Collins, BEDS’s Writer’s Group Coordinator. “We were met with nothing but confident and generous people who led us through some fantastic workshops and an exciting showcase.” The workshops were run by different people…

Following on from Seren’s sexual harassment survey released earlier this year, we thought we’d take another opportunity to raise awareness of an important issue that affects students, Domestic Abuse.  Women’s Aid, the national charity supporting women and children affected by Domestic Abuse  defines it as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour which often includes sexual violence. Domestic Abuse is mostly perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner and in the vast majority of cases it’s experienced by women but anyone of any age, race or gender can be affected. Domestic abuse can be present in all types of…

The Bangor University Archives and Special Collections are tightly tied with local heritage and cultural history, especially in terms of the many great landed estates of North Wales. This includes taking care of sizeable estate records. Indeed, the University is home to a staggering amount of collections from Welsh estates like Baron Hill, Mostyn, Penrhos, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. Most recently, the department has received a new collection from the Plas Newydd in Anglesey. The estate, dating as far back as 1470, has stood in the bank of the Menai Strait near the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and housed historical…

While this may seem like a terrible sponsorship deal, I can advise you this is only an article written by a slightly hungover, but satiated girl. But if Wetherspoons are reading this, Seren always loves a good sponsorship. After Friday 1st March, the infamous Seren Super 80’s Party, I woke up from death by alcohol and was revived from the latest addition to the breakfast menu at a student’s most trusted establishment in Bangor. The Black Bull Inn down on Bangor’s High Street is now home to my heart and soul in the form of the American Breakfast for £4.99.…

There are seven different routes that you can take up Snowdon: Llanberis, Miner’s, Pyg, Watkin, Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon Ranger and (only for the experienced mountain walker!) Crib Goch. As we live in Bangor, the easiest one to access would be the Llanberis path – you can take the 85 bus outside Ffridd (or from the bus station) and it’ll take you directly into Llanberis – past Pete’s Eats (a favourite haunt of walkers and climbers) and right opposite the train station that can take you up to the summit if you don’t fancy the walk! The bus ride takes about…

The cult brand, The Ordinary, has taken the beauty world by storm. Owned by the cosmetic skincare company: Deciem, The Ordinary’s products are described as “Clinical formulations with integrity” by the company itself. The brand is completely vegan and 100% cruelty free and has branched from skincare to makeup recently. I have chosen my four favourite products from the brand. The Ordinary Coverage Foundation SPF 15 30ml – £5.90 This lightweight, full coverage foundation is available in 21 shades. The intricacy of the shading system that The Ordinary have decided to use enables customers to find their perfect shade. The…

Hannah Grimston is the president of the Film Society and a member of the English Dramatics Society.  She is a 3rd year Creative Studies student in the School of Music and Media, and wants to be a playwright in the future. Why did you choose to be a member of the English Dramatics Society? I was introduced to the society in the 2nd semester of my first year through Byron Dean. I later went on to work on his play for the Conwy One-Act Festival. I made a lots of friends in the society, it was very welcoming and very…

Originally a 1954 BBC Radio play, Dylan Thomas’ distinctively Welsh, working-class ‘Play for Voices’ stands out in the canon of modernist literature for its seductive combination of poetry and playscript. Set inside the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of the fictional Llareggub, exploring their dreams, fears and loves, the text itself is taught on a second year English Literature module here at Bangor. It is a somewhat left-field choice for the English Drama Society’s mid-year production; the slot that always draws the Soc’s largest audience, and has previously been occupied by more conventional theatre fare – a spooky, intense…

New to the Deliveroo scene, Tap and Spile offers an array of pub classic dishes mixed with some exotic flavours. While satisfying your hunger you can also get your night started with a bottle of wine coming along with that order! Their main dishes ranging from £9.50 – £12 these dishes provide a homely feel for your hungry stomach. Located on Garth Road, opposite the pier, you can have some quality views with some quality food. Open to Deliveroo for orders between 5.30pm to 9pm.

We’re always told that we have so much on our doorstep here at Bangor, but sometimes it all seems so far away! So I’ve taken some time to research the different bus routes to get you out and about when you’ve got some free time. There is so much you can do – you just need to know how to get there! To visit the town with the longest name (you know the one I’m on about), you can take the ‘4’ buses from Bangor. When you’re there you can visit the train station, get a picture with the super-long…

With the ceaseless month of January finally coming to an end, we open our arms (and our hearts) to the shorter month of February. It is the month we celebrate the day you either love or loathe – Valentine’s Day! This year, I decided to embrace my single status, look to the silver linings (discounted chocolate and a full bottle of vino to myself) and help others with their pursuit of love instead. With the help of a friend (shout out to Dylan), I decided to arrange a blind date between two students from Bangor University. The only details I…

Upper Bangor’s very own My Way Café opens its doors to the students of Bangor! Opposite the Belle Vue and a five minute walk from Main Arts, you can overlook passers-by, escape the degree disaster and relax yourself here. My Way has a selection of papers, activites, colouring in books (for adults!) and an interactive environment for customers. Providing a variety of food on their menus you can enrich in its wholesome goodness. My Way caters for all, with their full English adaptable to cater to vegetarians and vegans, with all of the dishes served come under a tenner! The…

With Rostra’s second show of the semester, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, ticked on the to-watch list, one must wonder how to prepare to review such pleasant and surprising performances. Shifting from cocktail bar comedy to high society humour, Rostra greets audiences with a well-chosen cast, a well-staged play, simple and clean directing, and a lot of energy. There is much to be observed: Oscar’ Wilde’s unique style of comedy and use of language is delivered smartly. The lighting and decor are kept simple and to the point and the acting is vibrant and natural. Although 500…

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