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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…

For many budding artists and photographers, displaying work publicly is a hard and daunting task. But the last week of November’s gallery night in Pontio, hosted by the Art and Photographic societies, had many students display their work to the public for the first time. The space was filled with various artwork, done in pen, pencil, paint and charcoal. Portraits of animals, portraits of people, self-portraits, caricatures, sketches and many more were lined up against walls, with some artists being credited for multiple artworks found in contrast by comparison, proof of diversity. Same could be said for the photographs; from…

I caught up with Instagram sensation, fashion blogger and masters student Becky Lou Button over hot chocolate & Sauvignon Blanc (It’s one of those Mondays). With an impressive 30K followers, Becky not only posts cute outfit ideas on her social media but she also uses her degree to educate and share the world of consumer psychology on her blog beckyloubutton.co.uk. She also has a Youtube channel that include clothing hauls, makeup tutorials and features her gorgeous puppy, Winter! Get to know Becky with this vogue-inspired 73 questions interview…       How old are you? 21       What is your degree? Masters in…

On the run-up to Christmas, there’s few things as iconic as the family trip to the panto. Audiences from all around the United Kingdom travelled to Llandudno to enjoy the glistening production of Cinderella on its opening night. The evening is set with anticipation and buzz. Cinderella, the new pantomime in Llandudno has established itself in adverts on buses all around North Wales, as well as signs around the seaside town. Walking in to the auditorium the dressed-up panto curtain, projections and silvery snowflake decorations have an instant effect: cue wide smiles on people’s faces, cue the first toddlers fussing about,…

By Paige Brook The arrival of Domu Kafe has been largely anticipated – located 206 High Street, Bangor, this renovation connects Bangor’s past and future together. The newest edition to Bangor’s ever-growing Vegetarian and Vegan scene is finally here in the form of Domu Kafe. The name of the restaurant itself is translated from Czech means ‘home’. Run by husband and wife: Dale and Svet, this family run coffee house prides itself on its originality and highly refined recipes, not to mention the delicious food! Specialising in their coffees, their coffee menu features an extensive list of the exotic and…

Patricks Bar, a family owned bar, located in upper Bangor is home to the infamous Street Box. Well known for their  £2.50 Lunch Wrap Specials, we at Seren had the privilege of a taster session, in which Chef Luke cooked us up his top 6 favourite dishes! To start was the Vegan Ramen. This was a warming combination of tofu, mushrooms and greens in a delicious broth with udon noodles which fills the heart and soul. Sweet Potato and Chickpea Falafel with Sweet Chilli sauce followed which is also suitable for Vegans. These small parcels accompanied by the sweetest chilli…

Aber Falls is a waterfall located in the village of Abergwyngregyn and also in the Snowdonia National Park. Aber Falls was the first place I visited outside of Bangor when I arrived. The majestic view of the waterfall makes the walk worth it. If you don’t fancy hiking up Snowdon, Aber Falls is a good alternative. The distance of the walk to Aber Falls is 4km (8km for an all-round trip) so it works out as a 40 minute walk to the fall, and 40 minutes back. Time passes you by in the beautiful, green Welsh valley’s – I promise,…

October 22nd saw the celebration of Oktoberfest hosted by the Bangor University German Society and Bangor Langsoc. People donned their Lederhosen and Dirndl, got their Bratwurst, drank their beer and headed over to The Belle Vue Pub to celebrate the night. With the grill cooking the Bratwurst and traditional German music playing over the speakers, the atmosphere screamed Bavaria. We had many people show up including German natives, German speakers and people who just like German culture making it a great place to celebrate in style. Our food and cakes were free to eat, with a donation bucket on the…

The students and staff of Bangor’s BSc Product Design course have been working with the contemporary art gallery MOSTYN, located in Llandudno, to create a range of jewellery items suitable for the gallery’s shop. The high-quality jewellery is currently on sale at the shop. The students took inspiration for the location and countryside as their inspiration for the jewellery pieces. Katie Roberts, a Product Design Lecturer at Bangor University, said that “Experience is vital in any field, and opportunities to work with companies and organisations who are passionate about developing the next generation of designers and creative thinkers are priceless,…

Named after the son of the owner, Georgio’s Pizzeria and Bar is Bangor’s best kept secret hidden away at 12-14 Holyhead Road; behind The Vintage Shop and Kai’s Barbershop. Georgio’s is the newest restaurant on the block, upper Bangor’s own mini Portmeirion is back! Opening hours are typically from 9am – 11pm, yet this may be due to change so remember to keep your eyes peeled. For now it’s time to escape, sit back and relax in this glorious setting. Owners Richard and Sarah have transformed this space into a glorious Italian restaurant which they hope to expand into a…

As the curtain rises, a feeling of joy and curiosity sweeps over the audience. They have gone to see a show by the Welsh National Opera, and tonight for many, like myself, this may be their first time seeing a live opera. Not knowing what to expect, other than highly technical singing in Italian, I am surprised that my inner child is resurfaced in such a context. La Cenerentola, one of WNO’s three shows at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, brings a sense of fun and relaxed exposition onstage along with skillful vocal craft, in Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s version of Cinderella.…

On Monday 12th November, comic-book writer and pop cultural icon Stan Lee sadly passed away at the age of 95. Adeptly known as ‘Stan The Man’, his most notable accolade is the creation of Marvel Comics, as well as many loved characters alongside Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko, including Spider-Man, X-Men, The Hulk, Fantastic 4, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Daredevil, alongside contributing to Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Ant-Man. What Lee seemed to do with all his publishing works, is provide a real sense of community and togetherness within his readers, who could relate to seemingly flawed and…

Bangor’s first ever food festival, which took place on Sunday 30th September, shed light onto the culinary artists close to home. With over 15 different food stands, a cocktail garden, and live performances on stage, we were quite frankly blown away. This excellent bonanza was put together and raised all the spirits of the otherwise boring, hungover Sundays. Open to all members of the community, it welcomed students and locals to come together and socialise in a means that isn’t a noise complaint. As soon as we approached Bangor High Street, our nostrils were overwhelmed with the amount of flavours…

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse and Celia Marsh are the first two named victims from Pret a Manger. Both these women suffered fatal allergic reactions due to the severe lack of labelling of their food products. These losses have caused uproar with many of the public coming forward with their own stories where they have suffered as well.  Natasha Ednan-Laperouse age 15 died due to inadequate allergy warnings of sesame seeds in the baguettes at Pret a Manger. She collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice on 17 July 2016 after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette. Under EU…

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