We speak to the SU President about Brunel

What was your immediate reaction to the failure of Royal HollowayÂ’s first-round bid for the Brunel University site? I, like many people, am very disappointed that Brunel University has decided not to short-list Royal Holloway in itÂ’s bidding process. A successful bid would have given a great opportunity to the College to increase in size and provide a number of great facilities for our students … Continue reading We speak to the SU President about Brunel

Iolanthe Camps it up on Campus

Gilbert and Sullivan are known for their witty, clever and often high camp characters and songs, and the text of ‘IolantheÂ’ is no exception. The titular character is a fairy, expelled from the land for loving a human and having his child. The (half-human half-fairy) child, Strephon, then falls in love with Phyllis, the daughter of the Lord Chancellor. Enter a cast of leaping lords, … Continue reading Iolanthe Camps it up on Campus

Blair’s sporting legacy – one that falls at the last hurdle?

Some will certainly state that Blair was a crucial cog in winning the 2012 Olympic bid. However, he has stumbled at bringing through quality athletes at a grass roots level. This is mainly down to BlairÂ’s inability to produce and nurture potential athletes for the future via the education system in the UK. This has been represented by the number of competitors coming from the … Continue reading Blair’s sporting legacy – one that falls at the last hurdle?

Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End

The plot carries straight on from where Dead ManÂ’s Chest left off with Elizabeth (Knightley) and Will (Bloom) finding themselves aligned with the recently reanimated Captain Barbossa (Rush) in order to release Jack Sparrow (Depp) from Davy JonesÂ’ locker. Beyond this the story becomes not so much confusing (though it does have its moments) as over-complicated. In an attempt not only to tie up all … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End

Cameron is a threat to Grammar Schools and the Conservative Party

There are four established major criticisms of the grammar school. The first, being the fact that they appear to cater for a disproportionately large number of the middle classes. Secondly, that they invest an unhealthy sense of superiority in a small number of the population at an early age. Thirdly, that they have outlived their purpose training young men or women for white-collar jobs and … Continue reading Cameron is a threat to Grammar Schools and the Conservative Party

Mamma Mia star speaks to The Founder

After several years playing DC Rodney Skase in ITVÂ’s The Bill, Iain Fletcher swapped his policemanÂ’s uniform for a far racier number to join the cast of Mamma Mia! playing Sam Carmichael. For any readers that havenÂ’t seen the show can you give a brief synopsis for it? “The show is about a girl who is twenty-one years old and she is about to get … Continue reading Mamma Mia star speaks to The Founder

Martial Arts: The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Bristol Open

The rules dictate that both opponents start from a standing position and look to take their opponent to the ground via a trip, take down or throw. Once on the floor, both opponents continue to grapple to maintain control, manipulating their opponent through superior positioning, weight, leverage, and balance. A contest is won by the opponent who is able to apply a submission move consisting … Continue reading Martial Arts: The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Bristol Open

1001 Books to Read Before You Die

The ‘Hitchhikers GuideÂ’ itself is an electronic guidebook for would-be travellers of the galaxy to find any information about the different places they might find themselves in. One of the bookÂ’s main characters, Ford Prefect; an alien from an unnamed small planet, is a researcher for the guidebook and is on planet Earth for work purposes when he meets and befriends Arthur Dent. We join … Continue reading 1001 Books to Read Before You Die