2016

In Cinemas: Arrival

Harry Crawford | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

It reminds us that unity and communication is more relevant than ever. A simple, beautiful message. This is a film anyone and everyone should watch; even if you don't fully grasp everything at the time, there will still be an impact that will last for years to come. Unforgettable.

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Harry Crawford | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

David Yates / Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller / Fantasy / 2016 / 12A / 133mins Having been one of countless millions rai...

Why The Charity Sector Needs To Innovate - And Fast

Ollie Boesen | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

You'd have to have been hiding in a fairly deep hole to have missed everything that's gone on this year. 2016 has seen significant tension surface in a number of western countries, and the political drama that has unfolded has been of the sort usually reserved for history books and Hollywood.

The Men Are Revolting

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anthony Lorenzo

bmm banner.jpg All Trump had to do to win was to expound a version of brash masculinity that people have been crying out for ever since it suddenly wasn't okay to keep slaves, or rape your wife, or sack someone for being black, or force a trans woman to use a male bathroom.

The Ingredients of a Great Sequel

Jonny Persey | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jonny Persey

2016 is proving to be the year of the sequel - from Bourne, Star Trek and Finding Dory to Ice Age and Independence Day - which has got me to wondering exactly what the ingredients of a great sequel are....

Meeting the Shadow Head-on: Stories to Live By

Roberta Verdant | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Roberta Verdant

My grandmother tells this story from the years before the Nazi invasion of Hungary. It takes place in the small Hungarian town in which she and her fa...

Is Hillary Clinton Honest?

Sam Harrison | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

Is Hillary Clinton honest? It is the question that has haunted the Democratic contest, a spectre never quite out of sight in the debates and on the ca...

Build A Ladder To The Stars...

Caragh Little | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

The school where I work is saying goodbye, this week, to another sixth form year group, as the class of 2016 head off into study leave, exam season an...

Youth Culture's Heroes are Dying: So What Happens to Our Everlasting Youth Now?

Lucy Unwin | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Lucy Unwin

How many times have I seen "Stop it, 2016!" in the past few weeks? Graphs showing the upsurge in celebrity death, memes about George R. R. Martin writing the year, demands to put all sorts of international treasures in cotton wool. But shouldn't we be ready for this?

Six Steps to Harness Spring and Make 2016 Count

Jayne Morris | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Spring is a time of recreation and awakening. As Mother Nature stirs from her winter slumber, new life surrounds us and offers an invitation to attune with the energy of the earth and reactivate the parts of ourselves that have been in hibernation.

#OscarsSoWhite and So Are The BRITs

Ben Johns | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.

'The Hateful Eight' and 'Spotlight' - Reviewed

Harry Crawford | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Normally I stay for the quotes, the pop culture, the film techniques and references. Now I want to rewatch it for the character and plot development; even if it amounts to nothing more than a Western tinged big screen adaptation of Cluedo. But will fans of Tarantino applaud it? I doubt it...

Surf, Sweat and Sea - 2016's Top Solo Spa Trends

Cathy Winston | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

Even the words 'spa retreat' sound tempting. And if you're travelling solo, some pampering as you explore the world is a pretty good combination.

Which Devices Debuted at CES Will Make It in 2016?

Jason Mander | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Tech
Jason Mander

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws to a close for another year, we've seen a wide range of new gadgets and tech capabilities that could transform our daily lives in the near or not-so-near future. From drones, AI robots and virtual reality to a whole clutch of "smart" devices, we're now left to debate which of the items debuted at CES will enter the mainstream.

2015: A Year in Review

Gerry Flynn | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics
Gerry Flynn

Well, that's it. That's all folks, 2015 trundled to an abysmal end - you can all take off your 3-D glasses now and dispose of them along with any hope...

The Vitamins You Need for a Successful 2016 (It's Not in the Form of Supplements)

Sofie Sandell | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sofie Sandell

I have a lot of experience under my belt when it comes to exploring the mind and body. I've done numerous interesting detoxes where I excluded all kinds of unhealthy food and drinks from my diet and added disgusting green powders and seaweed drops that were supposed to be good for you.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Angeli Bhandal | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Angeli Bhandal

Where do I go next? What does the future have in store for me? What career will I have for the rest of my life? These are just an array of questions I ask myself from time to time, and now with the second year of my degree in full swing, alarm bells have started ringing as these questions need to be answered.

America Needs to Start Talking About Mental Health

Danny Bowman | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

This US election it is time for mental health and mental health care in America to come out of the darkness, with approximately 42.5million or 18.1% of American adults suffering from mental illness. There are many issues that are linked to mental health in America, from gun crime to healthcare from the prison system to the police force in the United States.

What We Already Know About 2016

Marleen Stikker | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Tech
Marleen Stikker

In the past months Waag Society, a pioneer in the field of digital media, worked at themes, projects and programmes that will keep us busy in 2016. The following overview, without being exhaustive, gives an impression of what we already know about the forthcoming year.

Seven Steps to Making New Year's Resolutions That Will Come True

Emma Fulu | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Fulu

It was my birthday last Thursday. Having a birthday on New Year's Eve has its pros and cons. There is always a party on, but rarely is anyone available for a birthday celebration, and all the restaurants are inevitably booked out.

Why We Shouldn't Bother Making Resolutions

Emma Jacobs | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Jacobs

This year student Amy Goodman aims to "be vegetarian, go to the gym more and find Prince Charming on Tinder". Her goals may resonate with many millenn...

Fifteen Things I Learnt in 2015

Anais Mutumba | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anais Mutumba

2015 was probably one of the worst years of my life. I know, a bit of a depressing start to this blog plost. The thing about 2015 is despite the many valleys and storms, there was just something so beautiful and amazing about it.

New Year's Revolution: You Don't Need Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Susannah Saunders | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susannah Saunders

It's that time of year again when life goals are set and resolutions are made. Do you want to lose weight and get fit (don't we all)? Perhaps you're about to embark on Dry January or quit smoking. Is your goal to improve your relationships or get out of debt? Whatever your good intentions are, research suggests that only 8% of us actually achieve our resolutions.

"New Year, New You!" (And Other Clichés)

Ashley James | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley James

Well let me tell you now that 2015 wasn't kinder to me. I'd even go as far as saying that it was one of the most testing years of my life for one reason or another. And judging by my social media feeds between Christmas and New Year, I'm not the only one who felt like this.

They Say We Want A Resolution?

Andrew Telling | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Telling

New Year is a perfect time for a bit of reflection; after all, it's a time when we quite naturally reset out psychological clocks. But it's certainly not a time to be man-handled in to making big and bold decisions about how we should look or the way we should feel.