What happened when I asked Tim Minchin ‘Are You Ready for This?’

Some of you may know of him already, songs such as ‘Canvas BagsÂ’ and ‘Rock n Roll NerdÂ’ having had thousands of hits on YouTube. However, for those of you who havenÂ’t heard of him hereÂ’s a little bit of background. Tim is an Australian comedian, hailing originally from Perth, who now lives in London. His musical style of comedy covers a range of topics … Continue reading What happened when I asked Tim Minchin ‘Are You Ready for This?’

‘Ed’ventures at the Fringe – day two

Following this taxing hour of acting prowess our mood was lightened by a musical comedy curtsey of ‘4TuneÂ’. ‘I love you, youÂ’re perfect, now changeÂ’ is a 5*, sell out, warm hearted look at the dating game. With rousing numbers such as ‘A Stud and a BabeÂ’ and ‘Single Man DroughtÂ’ this strong cast of five delighted the audience with their tangible energy whilst bringing … Continue reading ‘Ed’ventures at the Fringe – day two

‘Ed’ventures at the Fringe – day one

With 3120 performers in 2088 shows this year alone you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast array of comedy, musicals, theatre and general hotch potch of performing arts available to you as you wander the streets of the city. Guided by the gentle hand of our ‘friend from homeÂ’ we began the weeks cultural education with a visit to the … Continue reading ‘Ed’ventures at the Fringe – day one

Devastation, devastation, devastation – John Denham finally admits the obvious

In an interview Denham stated that: ‘We have been in danger of making it sound as if university is the only real aspiration.’ This is perhaps one of the biggest understatements made about Labour’s approach to education in the past few months. Labour’s policy towards higher education has been ill-founded and hopeless from the start with the cost increasing dramatically since 1997. Coupled with this, … Continue reading Devastation, devastation, devastation – John Denham finally admits the obvious

Francis Wheen awarded honorary scholarship

The honorary fellowship was awarded alongside several Honoris Causa (Degree of Doctor of Science) from Royal Holloway. The fellows joining Wheen were Professor Whitfield Diffie, Dr Andrew Sentence and Dr Simon Singh MBE. Whitfield Diffie is a US cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography. He is Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, Vice-President and Sun Fellow. Andrew Sentence is an external member … Continue reading Francis Wheen awarded honorary scholarship

It’s Panto time – oh yes it is!

The pantomime is based around Holloway and London and tells the story of Dick Whittington and the adventures he encompasses whilst at University. Along with Tommy the Tom Cat, his faithful companion, they try to defeat the evil King Rat, with a little help from Fairy Founders. Along their way they meet Idle Jack, Fitzwarren, Alice and who could forget Brenda the Cook. There are … Continue reading It’s Panto time – oh yes it is!

Only Fools and Actors

Only Fools and Actors was created on November 4th 2007 and has been making a name for itself since its creation. Founded by Artistic Director, Benn Cody, and supported by a dedicated crew and cast, the company is destined for success, both at The Fringe and in its future productions. The companyÂ’s current production of ‘FlushÂ’ is a hard-hitting, powerful piece that ‘leaves the audience … Continue reading Only Fools and Actors

1001 books to read before you die (Issue 12)

The title is a direct quote from MirandaÂ’s speech from ShakespeareÂ’s The Tempest. Huxley uses many Shakespeare quotes from various plays throughout the second half of the text after the introduction of John Savage, a man born in a ‘savage reservationÂ’ outside of ‘normal civilisationÂ’. John is one of the only humans to have ever come into contact with the works of Shakespeare and uses … Continue reading 1001 books to read before you die (Issue 12)