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I Remember (Update)

A few months ago, I wrote a very personal poem inspired by the break up of a fellow friend. Over the last few months I repeatedly thought back to this poem, I wasn't originally happy with its content so I had been tweaking here and there to create the poem I wanted my feelings to exert. I wanted a poem that every man or woman could relate to, as cliched as that sounds, but to also strike a chord in the hearts of all who have been broken by their first love. So, I present to you, (and I'm so sorry it's longer than I anticipated) inspired by my dear friend and some of my own personal experiences, 'I Remember'.

Do you remember the day we met?
Awkward glances around your eyes transformed into endless toying of obsession
You gave me a single diamond, a single tear placed in my hand
Frozen in place.

We climbed the steps, one by one, your head nuzzled in my shoulder
Like you needed protecting
The smell of sweet endearment pierced the skin like winter snow
And your diamond r…

Let's talk about Death

Death. Something that most of us fear and unrecognisably determine as unavoidable. We are born into this world, we live, we die. Death is knowingly certain in our life. We await it's presence in a mind-numbingly measured manner. Yet, why when death rears it's ugly head, to which we have been expecting, does it shock us to the core and destroy our emotions? Through the vast multi-media platforms, we are consciously informed of death through a 140-character based tweet, or a Facebook message.
This way, we are alienated from any sense of emotion or spectacle of grief by hiding behind this platform; yet the specifically constructed words still hit you hard in the stomach faster than any bullet could. The aesthetic of what death entails allows for the emptiness of speech - what do you say, moreover what CAN you say? The mouth remains frozen but ideas float endlessly in the mind to what you want to say. Most of the time, a lot of swearing occurs. Then, of course, we have the grievin…

Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey

It's difficult to be a fan of the sultry Lana Del Rey these days isn't it? Deep within the materialistic world of glamour and expense that these songs so strongly resonate lies an artist that we seemingly know nothing about.  We cannot simply work out who 'Lizzie Grant' is. But with the renowned title of 'Queen of gloom' under her belt, is that necessarily a bad thing? Lana Del Rey serves up plates of mystery topped with a dressing of sultry sombreness; all without ever explicitly telling us who she is or what she's here to do.
       The less-is-more approach works in her favour with newest release 'Ultraviolence', as 2012 debut album 'Born to Die', albeit commercially successful, became too focused with swelling orchestral highs and overshadowed production values that often sheltered any identity the singer was trying to put across. Naturally the accusations of her authenticity came into question, many media outlets reported of plastic s…

Interview: Is Alexandra Vintage the way forward?

Deep in the heart of central Reading, there lies a building. To many, it means nothing and is just an empty studio but to a select few that building acts as the pride and joy of all things vintage. Fabulous, hand made garments await you at reasonably affordable prices. You ring the buzzer, the door is opened, up the stairs you go and another world completely immerses you. This is Alexandra Vintage. Dresses, coats, hats, accessories, jumpers are on offer to thoroughly browse through and with such a spacious studio, you are almost spoilt for choice. Of course they do provide a male section, I actually picked up a gorgeous silk shirt for the bargain price of £5! But deep at the heart of this well crafted studio lies Alexandra herself.

I walk into her studio and her eyes beam with happiness and she can't wait to show me her newest stock and talk me through what she has planned for the next few weeks. I feel that this crucial one-on-one service is something Alexandra offers every sing…

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Review

Anyone who knows me will know how much of a Paranormal fan I am. Like it or lump it, you can’t deny the success of the Paranormal Activity movies. Made on a maximum $5 million budget, each film provides enough jump scares and terrors to cash its way into the box office. However 2013 saw a change in the usual October scare-fest, because low and behold there was no Paranormal movie to be had. Was this the first sign of weakness for the franchise? Had it ran out of ideas? Fortunately, Paramount being the ever so sly studio that they are, let us know that 2 movies would be making their way to the big screen in 2014, and this is the first – the Hispanic ‘spinoff’ (that isn’t really a spinoff) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Largely aimed at the Latino market (which interestingly has the highest demographic of audience members for the franchise) this ‘spin-off’ focuses on the character of Jesse, a recent High School graduate who becomes marked by a demonic force after his mysterious ne…