Super Mario… Injection of Life, or King of Melodrama? By Stefano Lenza

The boy is like a bee in an ice cream parlour; for all your efforts you just cannot keep him out of the news, as he whizzes from one colourful story to the next. And after the FA swatted Mr Balotelli with a four-match ban for his supposed head stamp on Tottenham’s Scott Parker, I …

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Personification Syndrome – By Simon Birkmyre

The fantastic beast stood majestically on the edge of the cliff, as if preparing to launch its magnificent body in to the moonlit sky. The pale light of the incandescent moon highlighted each silver wisp in the mane of the animal. Nathaniel approached tentatively, not wanting to startle the beast in to any sudden movements. …

You Know You’re a Student When…by Becky Bye

(Special thanks goes to Donna Atkin, my former housemate, who suggested the title and is also largely included in the shenanigans that are included in the following article. Also special thanks go to Katie Russell, Emma Johnson, Sophie Gordine and Alison Meachin, for allowing me to publish details of our house exploits from our three years together. …

THREE-AND-OUT Any Given Sunday: Analysing the merits of the playoff system in sport – by Luke Irwin and Billy Turner

LI: The scourge of the erratic, the destroyer of the deserving and the saviour of the hot-streakers. With the NFL play-offs already well underway it got me thinking about how fair the playoff system really is in sport. It’s a conversation that’s usually brought up every playoff season, usually by the fans of teams that …

The Nutcracker, Chichester Festival Theatre – Reviewed by Charlotte Constable

MOSCOW CITY BALLET – THE NUTCRACKER January 6th 2012 Chichester Festival Theatre Despite The Nutcracker being a total dance classic, I had never actually seen it until last week. In fact, I had never seen any traditional ‘ballet’ live; unless Matthew Bourne’s contemporary version of Swan Lake can be counted. I think it is safe …