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There are times when you have to challenge yourself and change the way you do your craft; either by improvising, starting from scratch, or by collaborating. Fergus Elliot, chair of the Photographic Society, and Anna Monnerau, chair of the Arts Society, are having their societies do a joint event: an event through which fine art and photography transcend and draw from each other. We invitied them for a joint interview here in the Seren Offices in order to learn more. What made you choose your societies? Anna: It’s a chill society. Because of university…

This summer I travelled to Japan’s busy capital, Tokyo, a trip that ranked at the very top of my bucket list. The combination of sushi and shopping made Tokyo my own personal kind of heaven. Like other Westerns I have long been fascinated by Japanese culture, particularly their vibrant and dynamic street style. Famous Japanese styles range from Lolita and Kawaii to Cosplay. But, when I wandered the streets of Shibuya and the fashionable district of Harajuku. I noticed a new, darker style emerging amongst the young people of Japan. ‘Yume Kawaii’ (‘kawaii’ meaning cute) is a popular way to…

The latest addition to the local background giving us the feel of the Caribbean and a floral garland to rock for your 9am: The Cove. The coffee and rum shake gives us the best of both worlds, allowing students to drown their sorrows in alcohol late night, and then give them a kick up the arse coffee the following morning. Their world famous (at least in my world) fish bowls consist of: Vimto, Caribbean, and Blue Lagoon. At £10 a pop, these beauties taste like fruit juice and are easy to get down, then once in Academi you won’t need…

Whilst scrolling through and dodging the fake Cube ticket sellers on the popular Facebook page ‘Overheard at Bangor’, your attention may have been brought to some more happy, wholesome news. Those of you who have lived on College Road in the past will be no stranger to the famous Ginger Tomcat. With more names than Daenery’s Targaryen, this little fella would stroll into the homes of those happy enough to open their door to him, eat whatever food was offered and maybe give a friendly purr as thanks! He’s not been seen for a while and a few worried people…

Every so often, there are some student projects which find their way on the big stage: one of these is Suddenly Last Summer, a Tennesse Williams play directed by Alma Nordstrand and Peter Jones, two members of the Bangor English Dramatics Society (BEDS), in Pontio on the 13th and the 14th of November. What made you become BEDS members? Alma: I was looking for a drama society in particular. I joined after I saw BEDS at Serendipity. I liked the atmosphere, it was a really communal sort of feeling. The first semester, I was really inactive, and then I did…

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…

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