Author: Alex Ingrey

Royal Wedding Dress | Verdict

The bride is here! It’s arguably the biggest fashion commission of 2018 and after months of speculation, the bets are off and the designer of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been revealed. Ms Markle, now to be known as the Duchess of Sussex, adorned a pure white gown by British designer Claire Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy. As Ms Markle stepped out at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the closely guarded secret was finally revealed after much anticipation. The haute couture dress is minimalist with its plain bodice, three-quarter length sleeves and beateau...

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Jerusalem (LUDS) | Theatre Review

Jez Butterworth’s “Jerusalem” is a pure type of theatre we rarely see now. Directed by Charlie Collinson, LUDS’s decision to produce this play wasn’t without its risks; with its chewy language, countless textual references, and a projection of England scuffed right up against its dreamy, idealised place of popular imagination, “Jerusalem” is far from light-hearted. But, most poignantly, the play can be read as a chronicle of us, now. Butterworth’s earlier attempts to “write something that concerned Englishness” were, he told BBC Radio 4, “stuffed birds…they wouldn’t fly.” In his endeavour to portray audiences with nationhood in its most...

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Arctic Monkeys – Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino | Album Review

It’s the most hotly anticipated album of the year, and also the most divisive. For fans expecting an AM sequel, they got a Humbug sequel instead. Five years on from AM’s triumph, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino is the Sheffield quartet like you’ve never heard them before. “I just wanted to be one of the Strokes/ now look at the mess you made me make,” sings Alex Turner on the opening track, ‘Star Treatment’, inviting listeners into a fantastical, dream-like journey. “I’m having a word with myself,” he confesses; unsurprising considering the closeness this album comes to being an...

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One Scream: New Hands-Free Safety Alert

Apps are constantly trying to cater for our every need and want, and safety is just another box that app builders are attempting to tick. This is where One Scream comes in. A new personal safety app for women and teenage girls, One Scream has been designed for peace of mind with its innovative use of voice activation, which can detect panic screams even from the bottom of your bag. A panic scream, louder and more complex than any other, is detected by the app, which triggers an alert and then goes onto message your name and location to...

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Our Day Out (LUDS) | Theatre Review

Feature Image: Funny, endearing and insightful are just a few words to describe LUDS’s recent production of Our Day Out. Willy Russell’s hilarious, high-energy musical was originally written for a 1976 TV production but was first performed in Liverpool in 1983, and has taken up permanent residence here ever since. Our Day Out didn’t disappoint audiences in its run at the Liverpool Guild of Students. Kahrie Carter directed an outstanding cast, who had their work cut out for them, taking on the roles of a group of disadvantaged kids, their teachers, and various people they encounter on a...

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