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Tag: 2015

The sound of 2015
Culture & Literature

The sound of 2015

2014 was a great year for music with George Ezra, Royal Blood and Sam Smith all bursting into the public sphere and it seems that the trend is set to continue. James Bay, 23 year old singer-song writer, has a similar sound to George Ezra and Ed Sheeran and has had success supporting the likes of Tom Odell and Kodaline. Mellow and raw, his stripped back style has led him to be long listed for the BBC sound of 2015 award. Hot on his heels is American singer-songwriter Ryn Weaver whose song Octahate caught the attention of Charlie XCX and Hayley Williams to name but a few. The track held #1 on Billboards emerging artist track for 8 weeks. She self classifies her sound as “fairy pop” and lists influences the like of David Bowie and Fiona Apple. But if you’re looking for something a li...
A Night at the Oscars!
Culture & Literature, Film & TV

A Night at the Oscars!

On Sunday night, the most important night in Hollywood and in cinematography took place and I had the determination to see it through, right there and then, with an all-nighter. Neil Patrick Harris once ironically said: “I am incredibly grateful to Ellen for setting the bar very high for me”. Indeed, Ellen de Genres, who triumphed last year as a superb host in the magical night of Hollywood set the bar extremely high and it would take an extraordinary performance to top it. Neil Patrick Harris managed to entertain the audience in a charismatic and captivating way, but that generated some controversial arguments regarding some of his offen sive jokes and some awkward interactions with the audience. Of course, there were some flops in his performance, such as his Oscar predictions.  He s...
Opinion

New Year, New You

New Years Resolution’s are the chance for us to brag to our friends about turning over a new leaf, becoming ‘a new me’. A new me who goes to lectures and seminars, who makes use of the gold gym membership bought back in Freshers week, who doesn’t waste all their money on VK’s just because the bar queue is shorter… All new years resolutions we’ve heard and said to ourselves plenty of times, only to be broken within the first month. Because let’s face it, the person you are on December 31st 2014 is definitely the same person you’ll be on January 1st 2015. Despite this, new years resolutions are a tradition. And since so many of us are going to make them, why not make a couple which are student relevant? New years resolutions might not make Royal Holloway a better place but if, for once, w...
Culture & Literature, Film & TV

Getting closer to the Academy

Lo and behold Royal Holloway! Award season is upon us, and here are the predictions for one of the most awaited events of the year: The Oscars. Indeed, the biggest cinematography event of the year is getting closer and closer and one is naturally led to wonder to whom the famous golden statue will go to. However, of course, it is too early to predict who might actually triumph on the night of the 22nd of February at the Dolby Theater. I'll try my best to point your way to the nominees, however. One film that most captured my attention was Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. The film is about the adventures and misadventures of the last concierge Monsieur Gustave H. (fantastically interpreted by Ralph Fiennes) of the luxurious Hotel before the war, seen from the perspective of ...
Culture & Literature, Literature

Five books you should read in 2015

Fantasy novels, YA literature, adventure stories, horrors, unexpected comebacks and exciting debuts- make sure you are prepared with a new shelf for 2015! Here are five books you should not miss: 1. J.K.Rowling's - Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Potterheads- rejoice- our queen still has a lot to tell us! In April 14 her Harvard Commencement Speech from 2009 is coming out as an illustrated book. In it, Rowling discusses the power of imagination and the benefit of failure in her usual fun and inspirational way… and she definitely knows a thing or two about failing and imagination! Moreover- all the proceeds of the book will go to charity- 90% to the Lumos charity and 10% as financial aid for Harvard`s students! Getting advice from Rowling ...