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Truth and Lies: Getting Degree Results

Throughout my undergraduate years I was always worrying about my overall mark – it hung over every little piece of work like a weird abstract idol – however I never considered the reality of receiving confirmation of this omnipotent mark. I guess I expected it to be like receiving any other assessment feedback, hidden in …

The Perfect Father’s Day

Geographical differences dictate that I am not with my father on this rather grey 2014 Father’s Day. However, with the power imagination and the descriptive word I shall attempt to illustrate the perfect Father’s Day for my father to enjoy in abstraction. 9AM: A special cooked breakfast made by me. Mix and match from the …

A Play About Krapp: After

And so – approximately five days and ten bananas later – Krapp finishes its run in the Nottingham New Theatre and I hang up my Stage Manager head-com. The play got a very complimentary review in Impact – yet, as suspected, the audiences opinions were rather divided – some people were utterly bemused by the whole thing, coming …

A Play About Krapp: Before

Now that assessments are over my time has been taken up with helping with an upcoming New Theatre play: Krapp’s Last Tape. I have exchanged academia for art and pens for props. I’m there, officially, as the stage manager but I’ve been doing various odd jobs, like helping make the set – mostly painting boxes …

Freedom Thy Name is Cake

Tea and cake are two of the most wonderful creations in British history. They are, in a way, icons of Britishness – but why? Other countries make beautiful cake – and tea isn’t even grown in Britain! I guess that’s what this country is all about, taking wonderful inventions from other places and mixing them …

Give Me a Mood and I’ll Give You a Movie

People say that their music choice depends on their mood. So true. You wouldn’t pump up the Beach Boys if you’d just been dumped or if you were feeling excessively hostile towards all things sunny. For me, though, I think that my movie choices are just as dependent upon my mood. And so I thought …

Student Life video: hear your bloggers speak…

You’ve read their inner thoughts on this very Student Life blog, now it’s time to hear your student bloggers talk and laugh and move. Has Ben ever been recognised from the blog? What’s Sarah’s favourite fruit? Is that really Ollie’s “surprised face”? Meet your student life bloggers…

Dreaming Up Lists Again

Life after deadlines shimmers in the distance. My relationship with that final deadline and the freedom beyond is a conflicted one; on the one hand I can’t wait to stop working but, then again, I’m wishing time would slow down so I have more time to deal with all my work! But the post-deadline world …

Write Two Poems

Today I thought it might be nice to share my attempts at poetry for my third year module Creative Writing in a Contemporary Context. The module was offered to English undergraduates, giving us a chance to try a new medium in our final year, and was divided into poetry and proses. In our first seminar …

Posh Food

I am not especially greedy but I do harbour a secret love for cooking programmes. I love the tension of will-they-get-it-out-on-time, the cliff-hanger editing, the dramatic music which makes watching someone scramble eggs makes the experience akin to the final chase sequence in ‘Agro’! The cookery show is slowly becoming the new crime thriller. I’m …