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'ARTPOP' Review

Let’s face it, no matter who you are or where you are, there’s a very high possibility that you’ve heard of Lady GaGa. She’s without a doubt the biggest pop-star on the planet right now. She's selling millions of singles, packing out arenas and receiving countless hits on YouTube. Whilst endlessly drawing comparisons to former Pop Queen Madonna of course. But after a two year hiatus involving a hip injury, (forcing a cancellation of her high grossing ‘Born this Way Ball’), she’s now back with ‘ARTPOP’. An album that even before being released GaGa was calling “the album of the millennium”.  With so much hype and anticipation many fans and critics were worried ‘ARTPOP’ would manifest into ‘ART-flop’.  So what’s the verdict?

It’s quite frustrating really because I genuinely had high expectations for the album, especially after the iTunes Festival performance and the endless promos. But it seems that somewhere along the way GaGa got lost on the path of trashy euro-pop and unnecessar…

The Ghost of Paddington

"He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear." - George Orwell, 1984.

There goes the ghost of Paddington
floating and passing in-between the fleeting souls of others frantically travelling home but, poor ghost, he cannot leave. No greeting, no courteous bow, not even a wave
- for he is the shadow that flickers from candlelight. Some see him from the corner of the eye but to most, he is simply ignored.
There goes the ghost of Paddington no bustling train to catch, no bursting home to go just simply a picture and a withered rose that still maintains it's handsome glow. Listen close, for you can hear tears as he begins to cry he weeps and sobs but not a soul can explain why. He holds the picture close to his heart as it begins to rain - becoming a complete work of art.
Did you hear about the ghost of Paddington?
For he was married and deeply in love but soon the endless summer turned into never-ending winter in which the leaves of harmony flew away like a dove. The poor s…

Welcome back returning students! Now here's 19278 books to read by next week.

If, like me, you've spent most of the summer working endless hours combined with tedious amounts of doing nothing at home, chances are that it's time for you to head back to the glorious world of University. We've all missed it, the £8 nights out, the furious scribbling of writing notes mid-lecture, slightly overcooking the pasta that you were meant to have for lunch the day prior, you get the picture. As a returning second year, not only was I anxious about an overwhelming work load, paying rent on time and making sure I can go without food poisoning for another 9 months, but would I be able to cope as a 'second year'?

After being back in Reading for just over two weeks, the answer so far is yes. Okay so lectures may have ONLY just started but, hey, you win some you lose some. I did however get my thoughts together and I was determined that this was going to be my year, I was going to be more organised, more punctual and more hard-working. Having said that, I'm…

"So basically, park up and ask no questions"- Working Reading Festival 2013

The endless summer period is often quite difficult for the common student. Most of us will have secured a house for our second prospectus year of university, which means paying summer rent. As I myself currently reside in Reading, rent does not come cheap. At nearly £400 a month excluding bills, finding work is so crucial in order to be able to pay the rent by the end of the month. The hours at Topshop were reasonable but no-where near enough to cover nearly 4 months of rent; at the rate I was going I'd have maxed out my overdraft come mid-July. I had a limited amount of options and, I'll be frank, I was scared. We all worry about money at the end of the day but I don't think anyone prepares themselves physically or mentally for actually being in the situation. But, by chance, I was granted a miracle. A friend had recently got herself temporary employment working festivals, more specifically Glastonbury. The hours were fantastic, the pay was more than reasonable and the ac…

Lady GaGa - Applause (Review)

In a (not really shocking) turn of events, yesterday saw the rushed release of Lady GaGa's new single 'Applause' taken from the singer's upcoming third studio album 'ARTPOP'. Personally, I can't really say it was a surprise. Snippets and leaks had been making their way onto the internet from as early on as Saturday, so the eventual decision to push forward 'Applause' from its set date of August 19th was inevitable. Furthermore due to a series of cryptic tweets from Mother Monster (yep, I said it) herself, the internet was rife with a frenzy of blood sucking GaGa fans demanding new music. And so, after tedious amounts of teasing and toying, 'Applause' was released to general mainstream radio all over the world.

So, what's it like I hear you ask? Well, it's okay. We are given a lush production of sweeping synths and choppy beats over a slightly auto-tuned GaGa which evokes memories of 'The Fame' era. We have bleeps, claps, bass …

The ‘It’s beef, not chicken’ scandal and others

If I say the words family holiday what thoughts immediately strike you? Fear? Embarrassment? The worry that you’ll have slightly overdone it with the packing and as a result your suitcase is just swimming with socks? I myself have just returned from a family holiday away to Cyprus, an island so British and yet so distinctly foreign - “LOOK THEY HAVE A PUB CALLED THE ENGLISH ROSE!” – it seems like the most perfect destination for any family of jet-setters.  It attracts over 2 million tourists a year, a number which seems to be growing more dominantly, and offers everything (and anything) you can possibly think of. Fine dining, nights out, cheap tat buying, climbing, foot eating fish, cat watching, you name it. It’s an island of wonder and awe at most, an island who’s beauty is somewhat concealed by the artificial – and dare I say commercialised – value of businesses and exploitation of its loyal visitors. I mean, 4 euros for a soft drink??? I think Kim Jong-Un could launch his own bran…

Friends With Benefits Review (I'm Back!)

Hello kids! I know that it's been a VERY long time since I've posted something, to which I can sincerely apologise, it's hard trying to maintain a nice fancy blog whilst studying! BUT as my first academic year at university ends, I have promised myself to spend more time blogging about films, music and the general goings on in my life. So, why not start with a nice film review on something that I've never seen before? "Sounds great!" I hear you say? Fantastic! Thus follows my review of the 2011 film, 'Friends With Benefits'.

At first glance, I will admit I was fairly sceptical toward the film. The amount of samey so-so rom coms trying to deal with the notion of two young adults trying to base a relationship purely on sex has been done to death by the film industry; it's lazy and quite frankly predictable. Therefore I ask you and I ask myself, why should this be film be any different?
Firstly: the casting. Both Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are fa…