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Pins add flair to any boring outfit. Here’s how you can make your own cute pins to spice up your wardrobe! Materials For this DIY you will need: – air-drying modelling clay (easily found at The Works) – acrylic paint and brushes – small scissors or a precision knife – cardboard (optional) – pin backings (easily found on Amazon or just hit me up and I’ll give you some) – glue Sketch the shape of your desired pins on a piece of cardboard and cut them out. I went with a cat head, a ghost and a pumpkin shape.…

Halloween is getting closer by the minute and not everyone is into planning elaborate, time and money consuming costumes. Fret not, friends! Simply try one of these low-effort Halloween costumes! Greaser If you have a leather jacket, jeans, some hair gel/pomade and a comb, you’re all set to be a T-Bird and turn Halloween into a real Summer Night (bonus points if you can actually sing). On a similar note, if you switch the leather jacket for a red bomber and adopt a face of perpetual aloofness, you could make a pretty good James Dean. Queen of Hearts Fans of…

While temperatures are dropping and we begin to get cozy in sweaters and coats, it’s easy to lose a little flair and for our outfits to get simpler (shout out to those of you who are still rocking mini dresses while clubbing; I do not understand you but I love you). There is an easy way to combat this and to spice up your winter wardrobe: accessorize with pins! Whether it be cool vintage finds or one of the many cleverly designed pins on Etsy or other online stores, pins and buttons are sure to bring some life to your…

I still remember the very first time I saw the cover picture of Lizzo’s 2019 album “‘Cuz I Love You”. It shows the lady in question sitting – nude – in front of a dark background, with her shiny black hair hugging her figure. From the photography itself (sultry warm lighting, making her skin glow) to the pose and her hard-to-read, may I say mysterious, expression: this picture is very sexy. But that is, of course, not the reason anyone would think twice about it; many album covers are quite racy. No, it is sexy in a way that is…

Saving money at university is a vital part of student life. From food and clothes to social outings and supplies for university, student life can be very expensive. Therefore, it is worth learning a few tips to save money and get the most for every penny you spend. The obvious place to start is with food: Fruit and vegetables are a necessary part of our diet. However, they can be expensive items on your shopping list. Morrisons have helped students to combat this with their ‘Wonky’ range, in which fruits and vegetables that aren’t the perfect shape are sold for…

At university, whether you’re living in halls or private accommodation, your room can feel temporary and impersonal. Below are some useful tips to help you feel more at home and organised. Classic Fairy Lights: An obvious choice, some might say, but fairy lights are an inexpensive way of changing the lighting in your room, and sometimes they can even make your space a bit magical! They can easily outline a notice board or your photos on a wall. You can find them on the high street in places like Poundland, or check around in some charity shops. Alternatively, you can…

Though there’s a common association of summer holidays with jetting off abroad, there is also great joy in staying put on home turf. If you’re here for a semester, a year, or your entire degree, a country is opening up before you, and now is the time to take a look around (after submitting assignments, of course!). Between sleeping, reading, and spending time with family and friends, I spent my summer covering uncharted territory in Eastern England, concluding with a family mini-break to the North East. Though further afield from Bangor, the North East is an alternative to visiting the bustling cities of Britain, largely untouched…

Bangor graduate, Meina Tang, has been working on launching a social media platform in Bangor for the past year. She is the founder of UniBeat, a free app intended for students to share their activities, skills, experience, and time. I met with Tang over lunch in the Pontio building, to hear about her project. “I don’t like the current social way,” said Tang. “Some people want to help others but they don’t know each other. There is not always a friend to help. It is a friend of a friend of a friend. I want for there to be support,”…

Every spring for three years, the Bangor Musical Theatre Society has arrived in Pontio to bring in their main show of the year. Looking back to Fame (2017) and High School Musical (2018), the previous Pontio shows have paved the way to family-friendly feel-good musicals. The auditorium full, we have grown to expect flashy group songs, sentimental solos, lovably humorous chorus characters and at least two confetti cannons in the finale. However, moving from the American high schools to Ancient Near East is no easy feat. Joseph is the brainchild of Tim Rice’s penmanship and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical mind,…

In recent reports, it has been claimed that two people have been diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV) after receiving the Kardashian tried-and-tested ‘Vampire Facial’. It is known as a Vampire Facial (also known more professionally as PRP- Platelet-rich plasma) which involves re-injecting the patient’s blood from their body to their face. It is designed to ‘aid the reabsorption process’ and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Popularised by Kim Kardashian, who was recorded on the spin-off show of Keeping Up with the Kardashians : Kim and Kourtney Take Miami having the bloody procedure, had Americans lining up to have their…

Benllech is home to the pearl of North Wales: The Beachcomber Bar and Grill. This hidden gem is rated 4 and a half stars on TripAdvisor, and my god it really is worth it! Located on Bangor Road, Tyn-Y-Gongl, LL74 8TF, the Beachcomber combines Spanish style tapas alongside local produce. Its grill section is mouth-watering and the pizza to die for! Portions are fit for a family of four per dish so you won’t be leaving hungry. I opted on the garlic bread and olives for starters and I was not disappointed. A mixture of green and black olives bathed…

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…

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…

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