An emotive and frank interview with the big man himself

Much has changed since then – Joff is now the UnionÂ’s President, I now edit this newspaper, and Joff is now quite the fan of the NUS. Or at least thatÂ’s how he comes across. He also has more leaflets, business cards and flyers than you can shake a stick at, or at least the SU does. I always remember that first meeting with Joff … Continue reading An emotive and frank interview with the big man himself

Special Report: Pakistan’s Crisis and The Boy Who Would Be King

Your grandfather was hanged. Prime Minister in your country of birth for four years, he was deposed in a coup by General Zia ul-Haq, convicted on trumped-up charges of conspiracy to murder, left to rot in jail for two years and then escorted to the gallows in 1979. For him, that was it. Curtains. Your mother was placed under house-arrest and then forced into exile … Continue reading Special Report: Pakistan’s Crisis and The Boy Who Would Be King

Great success for Holloway’s boat club

This weekend saw the Boat Club complete in the Allom Cup, the competition specifically for the University of London colleges. After working hard all term, we planned to set off at 6am on Saturday morning trailer loaded and teams ready to compete. As anyone who has competed in any sport at Holloway, the best laid plans of mice and men often go array. Simply put … Continue reading Great success for Holloway’s boat club

After recent failures, is British sport on its knees?

Like the state of football in England though, the shape of tennis likewise is in a state of anarchy. Football fans may grumble and whinge that they havenÂ’t seen the national team lift the World Cup for over forty years, but some tennis fans have never been alive to see a British Wimbledon singles champion – with the last one being the great Fred Perry … Continue reading After recent failures, is British sport on its knees?

Angels and Airwaves – I-Empire

The songs are lyrically adolescent. Cliché talk of snow, stars, love and doves – the stuff dreams are made of. When the band abandons its pursuit of the momentous, a likable rawness is revealed. ‘LifelineÂ’ is the only track with a lyrical narrative worth noting; all the others stink of abstract amateur poetry. When the band does less, the music does more. I-Empire has a … Continue reading Angels and Airwaves – I-Empire

Golden Dogs – Big Eye Little Eye

Eclectic and experimental Golden Dogs have created a beautiful mess. Jumping from one lily pad of genre to another, ‘Big Eye Little EyeÂ’ is an energetic and dizzy ride of highs and lows. With twangy guitars, trumpets and manically pounding drum beats, Golden Dogs will etch their infectious alt-rock on your memory whether you like it or not. Combining sixties soul with experimental electro-injected vocals, … Continue reading Golden Dogs – Big Eye Little Eye

Swimmer One – The Regional Variations

‘The Regional VariationsÂ’ is a stunning debut from the Scottish two-some Swimmer One, whose minimalist beats and starkly jagged synths writhe on an air of pure harmonic insanity. ThereÂ’s been a massive rise in electro-pop over the last year, most of it more than slightly overwhelming s, but thereÂ’s nothing to fear in this stunner of a debut. It may have taken four years to … Continue reading Swimmer One – The Regional Variations

Elizabeth – The Golden Age

What made the first Elizabeth (1998) work on thematic terms was its adherence to intimacy and mood. And while Shekhar KapurÂ’s second attempt, now in theatres, has received flack from critics and audiences alike for its loose adaptation of historical context, Elizabeth also took liberties with fact and fiction. The Golden Age strives to be more of a feast for the eye than the mind. … Continue reading Elizabeth – The Golden Age

The Darjeeling Limited

Similar worries circulated when Anderson announced mischievously that his new film was about three brothers and was to be shot almost exclusively in India. Yet, The Darjeeling Limited finds Anderson once again in control of a format he knows all too well, that of the perpetual child. The backdrop of Indian spirituality is the perfect backdrop for the brothers to worship/deface. The filmÂ’s plot chugs … Continue reading The Darjeeling Limited