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Claire and Will

Some actors find fame and fortune at an early age, often with disastrous consequences, while recognition comes later in life for others. Take Catherine Keener, for example. She didn’t start acting until well into her twenties and her first starring role came at the ripe old age of 31 (Johnny Suede). She’s gone on to …

Sophie and Julia at work

The great European capital cities have always been a huge draw for the young people of a country. Like moths to a flame, they descend on the bright lights. Excited by the endless possibilities and myriad opportunities. If you want to make it in the arts, you need to be in London, Lisbon or Madrid. …

The princess and the dwarf

Regardless of where you come from, there are local myths, legends and folklore everywhere in the world. These have been passed down from generation to generation, often by word of mouth.  They can morph into fairy tales. Stories to tell to your children. A cautionary tale or parable. While Disney have done their upmost to …

Fletcher Dennis

Alan Moore is undoubtedly one of the most imaginative, original and intelligent of British creative figures. His will be a familiar name for fans of comics or graphic novels, creating the likes of From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, Prometheus, Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke and The Swamp Thing. However, the …

Petrova and Petrov

On 25 December 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned from his position as the President of the Soviet Union. He handed over the reins of power to Boris Yeltsin and in doing so ended the era of communism within the sovereign state. The country’s progression towards capitalism was slow and painful, with food shortages and poverty becoming …

We humans seem to be a really superstitious species. As civilisations have evolved and progressed these ‘old wives’ tales’ have gradually died out. Replaced by advances in science and medicine. However, in many rural areas traditions have survived. These are often transported to towns and cities through migration. This is the case in West Africa, …

Guled and Nasra in a happy moment

Djibouti is the smallest nation in mainland Africa. Despite recent economic growth, largely driven by its strategic location on the Red Sea and a large service sector, almost half the population live in extreme poverty. Especially in rural areas. Roughly 600,000 people reside in Djibouti City, the capital. With a high unemployment rate and low …

9 prisoners sat down in a house

There’s nothing that captures the imagination of the viewing public quite like a prison break drama.  Some of the most popular films of all time have been based around this central premise. The likes of The Great Escape, The Shawshank Redemption, Escape from Alcatraz and The Rock are all great examples of what the sub-genre …

A Confederate monument

The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on 25 May 2020 was the catalyst for Black Lives Matter protests which erupted across the United States and beyond. While this triggered a debate about memorials to our colonial past in Britain, there were already moves to remove Confederate statues from Southern towns and …

Celia in class

While the Cold War pitted the United States of America against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, its influence spread to every corner of the world. One of the more unlikely battlegrounds was Australia. The Communist Party of Australia was formed in the 1920s, reached their political peak during World War II, were banned in …