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EXTINCTION REBELLION – FIGHT FOR LIFE

Last month, the UK experienced its hottest day in February ever recorded- the first-time winter temperatures had ever exceeded 20⁰C. But whilst downplaying narratives of cornetto-crunching families on beaches were occupying the front pages of the national media, there lay a darker side to the reporting.

Some responded with facts that put this heatwave into a suddenly terrifying context, one of these being that this is just another ‘hottest day on record’ badge to add to the sash of the 21st Century.» >

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A live review of The Orielles.

Last Wednesday, on the second stop of their UK headline tour, local promoters ‘Heavy Pop’ bought Halifax-born four-piece band The Orielles to grace The Facebar in Reading town centre. It would not be unfair to say that The Orielles are my favourite band playing music right now, and for good reason. Their music is exciting, energetic, and melodic, whilst managing to maintain a unique quality within a scene where it can often be so easy to sound like everyone else. Since the release of their album a year ago, they have been climbing ladders all over the place. There has been a buzz surrounding them after they succeeded in hitting No. 16 on Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year 2018, and also making the cover of the fabled underground ‘So Young’ magazine. Now they are embarking on a largely sold-out headline tour, which suffice it to say, made me look forward to seeing them perform.

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Remade, Rebooted, Reimagined: the video game nostalgia craze

Gaming consoles. Picture Credit BagoGames. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From Resident Evil to Spyro to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to Dark Souls and, most infamously of all, Skyrim, it seems as if every popular game released within the last 25 years is getting rereleased and reimagined in some way. This phenomenon really started last console generation, with games such as Shadow of the Colossus, the Tomb Raider trilogy, and the Prince of Persia trilogy receiving HD remasters for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover, or a person by their good looks.

There has recently been a documentary released on Netflix in a four-part series revolving the crimes committed by Ted Bundy, called ‘The Ted Bundy Murder Tapes’.

This documentary features recordings and video-tapes of a number of the live events which occurred in the time period of the 1970’s and 1980’s during which Bundy was at large. He has been named to be an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist and necrophiliac who avoided the law and professed innocence for most of his life.» >

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Is Santa Claus Dangerous?

From a very young age, it is a very common thing that children are told by their parents the wonderful tale of the so-called magical Father Christmas. He is a described to be a large and jolly man, who wears a red and white suit. Every year he is thought to come down the chimney to give them the things their hearts most desire. So, from an extremely vulnerable and gullible age, children are being lied to.» >

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Has Reading become boring?

I’ll begin with a potentially controversial statement: Reading is boring. A drab, redbrick residential, middle-class commuter town. Nice train station. Good shopping. That’s about it. On the surface. But something’s bubbling up underneath.

Do you ever find yourself sitting around in Park Bar, like every other night, bored of basic MNQ and Union nights, craving something… more? Sure, there’s stuff going on, there are always nights out, but what Reading needs is a proper, tangible music scene.» >

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Do your part to help save the Environment!

The Blue Planet Effect is taking the world by storm. It brings all communities together to tackle our dependency on single use plastic. Thanks to the increase of awareness that various documentaries, social media posts and news articles are spreading, the global impact of plastic on the environment is becoming vital common knowledge. We now know that plastics do not break down, but instead break up into smaller fragments that exist in the environment for a scary amount of time.» >

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