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UNDEB Bangor hosted their second ever cultural fair at Bangor University on the 18th October. The event was organised by the student’s union and the Vice President of Societies and Volunteering, Muhammad Firdaus. The event raises money for Bangor University’s societies and clubs as well as donations to the university’s RAG charities. The evening consisted of different creative performances from several societies, including martial arts demonstrations and medieval re-enactment. A total of 23 societies attended, compared to 16 from the previous year. Muhammad Firdaus said ‘We are a university in the middle of North Wales. When you walk on the…

Sparkly, energetic theatre virtuoso Ruth Madoc talks with Seren about Calendar Girls the Musical in Llandudno, life of acting and her visions of the industry Let’s get started. Calendar Girls has enjoyed touring already in Leeds and Canterbury, and now at Newcastle. Tell me, what has it been like to perform in and around Yorkshire, where the story is famously set? It’s very interesting. We started off in Leeds which of course went absolutely swimmingly. But we thought, how will it go down in Canterbury in the south? Well, of course it was amazing, because it is a universal story.…

Fresher’s Week is one of the most important events that commence your experiences at University. In a way, it represents the first impression you take away from University and usually this involves meeting new people, attending new events and involving yourself in new activities. My fresher’s week started off pretty stressful to be honest! I had just moved from Dubai and being an International Student came with a lot of doubts. I was constantly worried about whether I would fit in and be liked by my flatmates and if I would find any activities or societies that suited my interests.…

Pontio Arts And Innovations Centre For all your entertainment needs. Be it cinema, theatre, circus, comedy, dance, or just a good old coffee and cake, Pontio is your go-to arts and culture establishment in Bangor. Also full of art installations and work spaces for students, there’s always surprises to find. Check out “Y Caban” landmark on Pontio Hill for extra points. Location: Big, modern white building on Deiniol Road. Storiel Art Gallery Previously Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Storiel hosts a variety of art galleries, museum exhibitions and community exhibition spaces to bring the historical and contemporary…

Railcard I did remember to use this the first time, but I thought I’d mention it for the sake of it. I purchased a railcard and it’s honestly such a good deal! I hadn’t thought that I would even use it, but I made the money back within the first two trips. I bought a 1 year one, and had discount on it thanks to my NUS card (another staple I’d recommend!) and instead of paying around £40 per ticket I’ve been paying £20-25!  Food Normally I’m pretty good with planning snacks and meals, but I hadn’t planned my food…

Thrift On The Streets Pop-Up Vintage Stalls/Kilo Sales There are many pop-up vintage stalls that travel around Universities all over the UK, selling anything from cowboy boots to vintage levis. Kilo sales are also great value for money as you pay per KG of clothes,1KG tends to be priced around £15. So keep your eyes peeled for posters and facebook events to bag yourself the WAVIEST of garms. Charity Shops Bangor may not be blessed with the broadest selection of high fashion clothes shops, however it does have an extensive range of charity shops: Red Cross, Cancer Research,…

Your midnight hunger buster solved by a personal sized pepperoni? But maybe your eyes were bigger than your belly and now you’ve woken up spooning the box the next morning. If your pizza has been sitting out for more than two hours, it is not safe to eat. No seriously! Don’t you do it! But unfortunately, yes, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture, all perishable foods, including pizza, are not safe to eat after sitting at room temperature overnight. Honestly, I’m wiping away the tears from my eyes as I type this. This rule holds true whether your…

Here’s some top tips to continue the party but avoid the hangover, CRAZY.  Make sure it’s clear – So if you’re going to have alcohol, it’s best to make sure it’s clear. A few examples include: Vodka, Gin, Sake. Yes as much as I hate to say it drinking spirits will give you the best chance of a minimal hangover, vodka especially. A study by the British Medical Association found it to be the best of an obviously bad bunch, because it contains few congeners. Congeners are impurities in alcohol that come about as a result of fermentation and…

Kung Pow holding a bigger punch than you expected? About a million people every year in the UK get food poisoning – half from their own cooking (with summer barbecues and Christmas leftovers being the biggest culprits). Around 100 people each year (mainly the very young and the very old) get it so badly they die from it. Food poisoning – your first thoughts being bacteria contaminating your food. However, this is not the biggest perpetrator, in fact it’s called Campylobacter. According to the FSA (Food standards agency), Campylobacter is present in more than 65% of chickens on sale in…

Top Takeaway of the Month Chippy & Spice Cuisine This Top Takeaway deal of the month: Set Meal for One on the Indian Menu, housed at 108 High Street, Bangor. 3.5 rating on Trip Advisor, lands 44% of reviews as excellent. Welcome to the wonderful world of Chippy and Spice. The Set Meal is inclusive of: Poppadom and Chutney Onion Bhaji Pilau Rice Naan Bread Choice of one main meal All for a total of £9.95, their cuisine consists of Indian, Pizza, Kebabs, Burgers, English Dishes, and even their very own section of Garlic Bread. With a free Margarita or…

Try this wild new substitute for refined sugar! So for all you sugar lovers out there, you don’t have to give up your diet to have dessert. All of these are easy to use and are probably in more things you already eat than you realize. Plus, if you use natural sweeteners, you don’t feel as guilty after eating an entire loaf of banana bread in one sitting, which is a reason in and of itself to give these alternative sweeteners a try. Honey is one of the most popular natural sweeteners, but many people don’t know that choosing raw…

Deliveroo now does unlimited deliveries for £7.99 a month – yes! Man vs Food just got real with this Deliveroo plus. The new service, was trialled in six cities earlier this year, allowed half of its customers to save nearly £25 over a two months, while some saved up to £75 a month. In order to truly benefit from this exquisite offer you would need to be ordering takeaway at least once a week. Perfect for students right?! That’s because you would need to use Deliveroo four times per month to spend £10 in delivery costs over the period -…

Half eaten packets of croissants are going on ebay for €250 on ebay… no I’m serious. Thanks to the shortage of butter in France this week, with French newspapers warning of the worst shortage since the Second World War, the crisis has turned political as the government seeks to reassure consumers. The result is that pastry-makers and bakers cannot obtain enough wholesale butter to maintain normal production levels. Some French supermarkets – including in historic butter-producing areas like Brittany or Normandy – have had to put apologetic notes on empty butter fridges. Honestly, I’m not sure how we will all…

Microbeads have come to light in the past couple years as a potential hazard to the environment. Whilst we all enjoy an exfoliator; the environment is sadly paying a higher price for our beauty needs. These tiny balls of plastic are increasingly filling our oceans and are risking the lives of the creatures that live there. As beauty and environment conscious individuals moving towards banning microbeads will ensure the safety of the ocean and its critters as well as a move towards educating ourselves on what trends we should be ditching for the sake of society. But how these…

By Faith Elsegood Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is a term which encompasses that quality of cosy happiness and contentment you can’t quite put a name to. Its’ main characteristics are all things warm, cosy, and charming. In recent years, it has become a fashionable new lifestyle favoured by bloggers and instagrammers alike – a few of whom I’ve left links to below. Hygge is borrowed entirely from Danish culture, from a simpler way of life, a love of the great outdoors, as well as a love for the hearth and home. And I’m sure that there’s nothing more appealing in the…

By Millie Hicklin November is CRPS/RSD (chronic regional pain syndrome/ reflex sympathetic dystrophy) awareness month, please wear orange in support, my name is Millie Hicklin and I study ocean science and this condition affects my family, this is for my mum who has CRPS. Imagine being in constant pain every day of your life, having a hot poker jabbed on your skin while another is like jamming your hand in a bucket of ice and leaving it there. Wanting to do things with your friends and family but your body won’t physically allow it, and smiling through the pain as…

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