I was just minding my own business, casually reading the paper on my morning commute, when sexism was served up to me right on platform number 2, hours before the watershed. Metro was reporting that a BBC radio presenter by the name of Nick Conrad had descended a few rungs on the evolutionary chain, and … More Comment: Evolution or Castration?
There’s much to enjoy about Falstaff; the final opera composed by Verdi. It refuted many of his contemporaries including Rossini and proved that he could write comedy operas just as well as his great tragic operas like La Traviata. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor, Verdi and his librettist Arrigo Boito produced a … More Fulham Opera: Verdi’s Falstaff
To celebrate this years Black History Month, Birkbeck Cinema showcased the first ever screening for Ghosts of Amistad, a documentary film by Tony Buba. The film was inspired by Marcus Rediker’s book about the famous slave revolt which took place in 1839. The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey unravels the connections between London, Cuba and … More Black History Month: Ghosts of Amistad
This morning my social media feed exploded with the revelatory news that Benedict Cumberbatch was engaged to Sophie Hunter and, for me, it’s rather interesting how social media, particularly female fans, have responded to the unexpected news. This response is very similar to the way they responded to George Clooney’s engagement to the stunning international … More Benedict Cumberbatch’s Engagment: An Oscar Award Ploy?
I hate writing rave reviews. It isn’t considered ‘cool’ to admit you consider anything (whether Puccini or Pokemon) to be without fault. When you hate a movie vitriol and condemnation sprays onto the page in torrents – projectile critiquing if you will. When a film is both fantastic and flawed you have two sides of … More Film Review: Gone Girl ★★★★★
The overture of Die Fledermaus is a splendid treat that is often played in any party that involves champagne and lavish festivities yet this comedy opera composed by Johann Strauss II in 1876, also represents the golden age of Viennese music: it is a promising opera that encompasses ideal attributes of the finest Viennese banquet. Opera Danube’s production … More Review of Opera Danube’s Die Fledermaus at St. Johns Smith Square
It’s simple, really. I’ve been worried about standards in journalism for a long time, since before I started practicing it myself. I believe in the idea of a free press. I believe all opinions should be heard – regardless of how much they might or might not align with my own. I believe that all … More Concerning The Games Industry: Why I didn’t join the GamerGate movement
WELCOME to Flock To The Crown’s weekly news bulletin on what’s going on at Birkbeck College and the Bloomsbury area. If you want us to announce your event, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter@FlockToTheCrown October 17th- 24th October 17th Aesthetics, Politics and Violence: A Reflection on Practices of Political Art 9:30am- 5:30pm Room B04, Birkbeck Main Building … More Events Bulletin at Birkbeck and Bloomsbury 17th October – 8th November 2014
Richard Tuttle is many things. He told us at the press viewing of his new exhibition, I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language, which is a combined exhibition with the Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery. Tuttle tells us that he sees himself as a ‘mystic’ and a massive proponent of experience. His work is … More The Lover of Textiles : Richard Tuttle at the Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery
ITV’s leaders debate will feature the three main party leaders – David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage. It’s hard to argue that Farage shouldn’t be included, however you feel about the man and his party. With an MP in parliament, UKIP is now a legitimate part of our government and there is no reason … More The Green Party Should Not Be Excluded From The Leaders Debates