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Gnocchi are little potato dumplings, whose name supposedly derives from the Italian word ‘nocchio’, meaning a knot in wood. Nocchio is also credited by some for being behind the character Pinocchio, but given his propensity to lie, such trivia should be taken with a pinch of salt. Gnocchi was first introduced to Europe by the Romans and has since been adapted by various cultures, including Italy, Poland and Croatia. The Roman gnocchi was actually drastically different to the ubiquitous, manufactured dumpling found today; they favoured semolina based dough mixed with eggs, unlike the modern day potato recipe. Gnocchi is available…

The weeks leading up to work deadlines and exams are always particularly stressful. Stress might seem part and parcel of student life, but if you don’t find ways to deal with it then stress can cause a whole host of other problems such as weight loss, skin problems, and lack of sleep. We asked Bangor University student, Jenny Krase, how she combats stress… We all know it’s tough enough writing up your dissertation- the sun is (intermittently) shining, and end-of-break parties beckon. And we all take “breaks”, clicking over to Facebook or other social sites for a few minutes respite.…

Come dine with me…April 24th,  2012! Submit your recipe before the 19th April for your chance to compete in the culinary challenge. That’s not all. There’s also the opportunity to come and judge the food. Bookings cost £12.50 per person and can be made at reservations@bangor.ac.uk or on 01248388686.

During the festive period a lot of love has been shared, gifts exchanged and cheesy cracker jokes fake-laughed at, so you need a break from all this show of emotion, no chance. The most romantic day of the year is upon us. I can hear many singletons vomming with the mere mention of V-day, but shut your hate for all things heart-shaped outside as I wont be blabbing on about love all the way through. Because it doesn’t deserve a whole page, as sometimes love sucks! So snap off those icicles from your chin and cozy up in your humble…

Grunge Flannel shirts, ripped up jeans and a generally dishevelled, “couldn’t care less” kind of look characterised the 90s grunge trend, which started with the Seattle music scene, with bands like Nirvana and Peal Jam, before moving into the mainstream, as fashion trends are wont to do. For women, long skirts worn with heavy workboots or Chuck Taylors, band t-shirts, long, centre-parted hair and the ubiquitous flannel shirt tied around the waist were de rigueur. The Spice Girls The Spice Girls were single-handedly responsible for the popularity of huge, clumpy platform shoes and platform sneakers during the 90s. These were…

Our second fave Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has unveiled just the thing for any young wannabes – a range of Union flag outfits. The singer – whose appearance in a red, white and blue mini-dress at the Brit Awards in 1997 became an enduring image of Cool Britannia – has created the gear for her latest Next collection. The 39-year-old showed off dresses, bikinis and tops emblazoned with the flag image. The chart star, who scored a string of hits as Ginger Spice with the feisty girl group, donned a sequined dress herself as she launched the designs. But her…

For some, Vivienne Westwood conjures-up a festival of checks, structured detailing and a mane of red locks. For others, it’s her success in bondage designs and punk aesthetic. Over the years these fashion milestones have seen the Derbyshire-born designer rise through the ranks to become one of the world’s most influential designers, a trustee of Liberty and a prolific figure in climate change. Over the next 10 years, ‘Let it Rock’ was reinvented a number of times before settling as ‘Worlds End’, the name it uses today. During the 1990s, Westwood’s designs evolved, moving from the punk and rebellion aesthetic…

Victoria Beckham sure is making the indie fashion magazine cover rounds lately. Just a week after her March Numéro Tokyo cover was revealed, here she is wearing her own line on the cover of iD‘s “Whatever The Weather Issue.” And she looks ah-mazing. In addition to looking hotter than anyone who recently gave birth should, she talks to the glossy about her clothing lines and the dress silhouette she says stemmed from her own insecurities with her body. The fact that Victoria Beckham has ever had an insecurities about her body is mind-boggling, but also makes her seem more of…

Calling this a restaurant review feels a bit disingenuous because I’m not really sure what Teras is, exactly. On the one hand, the food is essentially restaurant fare but equally, there’s enough scope for it to get away with being a lounge (an extensive list of flavoured waters, coffees and teas are available to be drank on ridiculously comfortable looking chairs) and it’s also a café serving toasties and baguettes. Usually when restaurants/cafés don’t appear to have a definite idea of what they are, exactly, it leads to confusion (think of a really busy pub of people drinking watching football…

August 1999. You’d always know a bank holiday weekend getaway had begun, when the first few raindrops had started streaking across the car windscreen. Twenty minutes later, and we’d grind to a halt behind an eight mile tailback of cars, caravans, and trailers on the M6. My brother would barely be visible on the seat to my left, buried beneath an avalanche of camping equipment we couldn’t fit in the boot. It was obvious he was still alive though – we’d hear him screaming ‘Dad I need a wee!’ every five minutes. My Mum meanwhile would be staring out of…

I premise this by saying that whilst of course I had an opinion on the situation before I travelled there, the main opinion I had was that I didn’t know enough about the situation for my opinion to be worth squat. After a week there, that hasn’t really changed, but it has certainly refined my thoughts. But still, I am just an outsider, and certainly no expert. Anyway, the week was never supposed to be a trip in ‘solidarity’ with anyone or a fact finding mission – it was a holiday with my friend. So we start at the airport…Why…

This issue of Seren has made it to Lille, North France. Patrick, yep my dad, took Seren with him on a pre Christmas market shopping trip, and loved it there. He was able to practice his French, very rusty I’m sure, but still at least he was giving it go. Lille can be reached by travelling on the Eurostar, from £65 return a cheap way of travelling. But make sure to book in advance as it can get pricey. You can also drive or fly, however these can become very long and pricey journeys. When you are in Lille, if…

Thinking of a budget summer holiday with your mates? Is sun, relaxation high on everyone’s wish list? Yes you could do the predictable thing and go to Malia, Kos, Zante, Ibiza but why not try Tenerife? Booking a holiday on a student budget can be fairly stressful…thankfully nowadays we have plenty of options when it comes to cheap budget holidays, even to places abroad! I love a holiday where I can enjoy the sun, sea and sand whilst also having a bit of an adventure – I found Tenerife the perfect place to do that and the great thing is…

This new category is only for use by intersex people (people who are not biologically entirely male or female). However Transgendered passport-holders, who have changed gender but not had surgery, will have to choose either male or female, but the third gender ‘X’. Previously, travellers were not able to change sex on their passport unless they had had surgery. This is still the case in many countries, although any nation under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s authority is eligible to introduce category ‘X’. In Britain, people do not have to have had an operation to change their passport details, as…

I wanted to do something that lived in my memory for many years to come and I wanted to experience something different and new. I wanted a fresh challenge. There were several ideas going around in my mind but one thing was certain in my mind: I wanted to go travelling. I’ve always wanted to go to South America and go to Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile but then  I realised that it would be much easier if I went to Australia first and then travelled elsewhere afterwards. I came up with a route of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji,…

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