The Clumsy Guide to…Having Standards, by Josie Coutinho

A ‘standard’ is the minimum level of quality or excellence that is expected from something; it is the minimum level that must be attained before something is acceptable to you. Having ‘standards’ for almost everything is normal practice for almost everybody, myself included. A standard ensures that you are not getting less than you deserve. …

The Grey – Reviewed by Ian Roberts

Here's a quick review of the latest Liam Neeson film, The Grey, via the medium of cricketing metaphor. It was a rather chilly and breezy day as The Grey came out to bat, looking to chase down a rather modest total of 300 which seemed all the more reachable after a couple of classy establishing …

For those sat in the dark, a Secret Cinema review by Ian Roberts

Secret Cinema, a screening of The Third Man somewhere in London Curse our luck and damn our naivety, in Vienna for less than an hour and already in the hands of the Russians. Our guide told us we’d be entering the International Zone via the British gate but before we knew it we were being …

Something Old: “The Time Machine Did It” by John Swartzwelder – a book review by Luke Irwin

If you’re anything like me then ‘John Swartzwelder’ is a name that’s been flashing by your eyes on an almost daily basis for as long as you can remember without ever really noticing. It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I spotted the regularity of its appearances, and within a matter of …

Top 10 Winchy Revision techniques! – Francesca Vitale

Ok, so you have your exam dates, you have all the information you need to pass…now how do you remember it all for the big day?? Firstly, make sure you actually DO have all the relevant info you need, and not just what you THINK you need. Find out if you are allowed to take …

Remembering the third date by Casey Bourne

Last night, I visited the same pub where we first exchanged germs. On our third date (not that we were dating; not that I was counting) we shared the same drink. I thought that it was better than kissing because it was still intimate between me and you, and yet no one would know by …