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Review: Tomb Raider

Author: Aaron Hall

As she stands high on a cliff gazing out onto a ferocious sea, Lara finally has the chance to take in her surroundings. Broken and exhausted, and the ordeal to get this far already proving to be an experience like no other, she stares out as the waves crash against the rocks below. It’s hard to imagine what’s going through her head as the rain washes away the dirt and dried blood upon her skin, but one’s thing for certain.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – Downton Abbey

To many, Downton Abbey looks like a rather grand, albeit isolated mansion set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. Who knew that such a majestic façade should house such scandals and plots that would rival anything that the characters of Eastenders could produce. The premise of the series is following the lives and gossip of the fictional Earl of Grantham, his family and their servants who all live within the vast house.» >

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Review: ZombiU

Author: Aaron Hall

Most of us play video games to relax and forget about a hard days work or an essay we know we need to get finished. We allow ourselves to get drawn into worlds filled with Italian plumbers and forever helpless princesses, historic battles of epic proportions and war torn countries with us right at the centre of it all. Games are there for our enjoyment and for our pleasure and with ZombiU those two emotions are not ones that initially come to mind.» >

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Album Review: Queens Of The Stoneage, ‘Like Clockwork’.

It feels like it’s been years since Queens of the Stone Age have released anything decent, though that’s probably because it has.  2007’s Era Vulgaris was a disappointment to most, especially after the superb Lullabies To Paralyze LP in 2005. But in between raising children and ruining the Arctic Monkeys it seems that frontman Josh Homme has had some time to write some good songs… with some great people.  Nine Inch Nails’ virtuoso Trent Reznor lends his Midas touch to the production, Alex Turner co-writes the track ‘Kalopsia’ and the piano tinkle on ‘Fairweather Friends’ is played by none other than Sir Elton John.  Adding to the astonishing array of guest stars are the usual QoTSA friends: Mark Lanegan, Dave Grohl and ex-QoTSA bass player Nick Olivieri all feature on the record, and so it’s no surprise that …Like Clockwork boasts the familiar thuds and grooves of a typical QoTSA album.» >

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