UK Review

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

Utterly Bewitching: The Crucible, The Old Vic Review

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Yesterday I headed out to the theatre to see the wonderful Richard Armitage take on the audience at The Old Vic in an atmospheric and ambitious performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' on a balmy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my anniversary.

REVIEW: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

George Washbourn | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

The film succeeds in rendering a personal face to the so often aggrandised problem of immigration, but is undermined by the disjunctive fictional sub-narrative... the film is a real spectacle and a testament to the stark anthropic disassociation and dissemblance that occurs in migratory investigations.

Elvis Costello - Worth the Kew

Nigel Cannings | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Cannings

Blow me away, but there is not band. No Attractions, no Imposters, no touring band. Just Elvis Costello, 6 guitars, and a keyboard.

Wireless 2014 Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Cut to this year's Wireless in Finsbury Park, and it probably ranked lower than both my previous experiences. I went on the Friday and when I say it was bad, I mean emphasis on the B, A and D. Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea headlined (if you can call it that).

Black Sabbath Time: Ozzy in the Park

Will Stubbs | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Stubbs

What do you do with your World Cup buzz when England has been knocked out? You take it to Hyde Park to watch the royal oaks sway and Park Lane's billionaire windows get battered by downtuned guitars and drum fills exploding like a 21-gun salute. It's British Summer Time. Scratch that. It's Sabbath Day.

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One)

Curtis Moldrich | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Tech
Curtis Moldrich

Wolfenstein is a name that conjures up memories for many seasoned gamers. One of the first games to truly nail the FPS genre, Wolfenstein's gave gamers their first taste of a modern shooter. Pacing through corridors with sweaty palms, Wolfenstein evoked feelings that many gamers now take for granted.

Looking Back at Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)

Curtis Moldrich | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Tech
Curtis Moldrich

Driving sims used to be so simple. Games presented you with a unthinkable amount of cars, free to race around as many ribbons of tarmac the compact disc could fit. Some of the best racing games to ever appear on consoles followed this simple rule, from TOCA 2, to Gran Turismo and Formula 97 - still probably the best Formula 1 game ever made.

Review: Parklife Weekender 2014 - Snoop Dogg, Foals, Bastille and More Bring Sunshine to Manchester

Collette Walsh | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Collette Walsh

The Parklife Weekender is now officially a HUGE festival - taking over practically most of Heaton Park (one of the largest municipal parks in Europe) and attracting bigger and better names each year.

Making Fierce Conversations Count - In Business and in Life

Colin Hunter | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

Continuing the theme of last month's interview with Tim Brown, I have once again re-visited my shelf of inspirational leadership books. This month, Ha...

Friends, Fame and Flânerie in Paris: Edmund White's 'Inside a Pearl'

Nauman Khalid | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nauman Khalid

The best way of describing Inside a Pearl, his latest offering, is as a work of comparative cultural anthropology in which White recounts his sixteen years in Paris and compares and contrasts the French and American ways of living.

Avenue Q - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Avenue Q is hilarious. From beginning to end I probably laughed every couple of minutes. You know how usually in musicals there's a song or two that are sort of rubbish, or total time-wasters?

Things I Noticed About New York

Carina Maggar | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Carina Maggar

I went to New York for a few days this week. Here are some things I noticed...

Britain's Got Talent 2014 Audition Show Four

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

The first act tonight was Patsy May, a glamourous puppet who was born (made) in England, but now lives in New York. This is what this show is all about. A fun, lighthearted and throughly entertaining five minutes. Patsy I'm a fan, a huge fan. 

Film Review - Next Goal Wins and In Bloom

Clive Botting | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Shout to the heavens and celebrate, it's part and parcel of the sporting life but when it's a world record defeat American Samoa 0 - Australia 31 and you're officially the worst football team in the world without one competitive win !! Do you laugh or cry? Can't be true. But it is.

Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn: Book Review

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

It would be a mistake to assume that Lost for Words is simply a novel about book prizes. It's a novel about literature: about how we appraise it, what we value in it and who we choose to guide us in what we read.

Film Review - The Double

Clive Botting | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'The Double' is absurdist, timeless, Kafkaesque, sad, funny and weird, eccentric and visually captivating.

The Cure at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust? It Really Was Just Like Heaven

Robyn Strachan | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robyn Strachan

It seems an impossible feat to capture with mere words a performance as stellar as that of The Cure last Saturday (and I can imagine, that of the first gig on Friday), so strong and pronounced was its identity and drive.

Labor Day (REVIEW)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

After reading Walter Kirn's superb book and seeing what a hash Reitman made of that, my expectations for Labor Day were low - and I was not disappointed. Here again, Reitman writes and directs; I hope he never repeats the experience, if this is anything to go by.

SXSW 14: A Virgin's Guide Part Two

Stewart Brock | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

For the first part of our SXSW blog click here. Better late than never. I started this on Friday night and finished it on Saturday afternoon. We've b...

Film Review: Non- Stop

Carina Maggar | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Non-Stop is a hybrid of Flight Plan, meets Red Eye, meets Snakes on a Plane, and it isn't nearly as good as any of those. As usual, Liam Neeson takes on the role of a troubled man who drinks far too much and has a constant pained look on his face (similar to that of constipation I'd say).

Svengali - Film Review

Clive Botting | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales is a music fanatic and dreams of discovering the best band of all time and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds 'The Premature Congratulations'. This will be Dixie's dream come true.

Day 72: Barre Fit

Paula Yau | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Yau

This class is a solid ballet barre class but the best part of it is that the price is a fraction of many, if not most, other ballet barre classes. Not to mention that you have the added variety of many other classes at the same place. Perhaps just leave the thai boxing for a separate day.

Why The Grand Budapest Hotel Was Only a Three Star Movie

Rob Leane | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Although I know I'm in the minority, I felt that this film needed more gags, better use of supporting characters and less slow-moving hanging around. I couldn't help feeling like Anderson must have been told one too many times that he was a genius, and decided to just follow his instincts rather than filmmaking logic as a result...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviews Are Positive, But Is It Innovative Enough?

Rory Reid | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Tech
Rory Reid

Don't get me wrong, the S5 is a good phone, but so was the S4 and S3 before it. Ultimately, Samsung's new flagship is symptomatic of an industry that seems to have plateaued and is now churning out evolutionary rather than revolutionary updates to increasingly jaded consumers.