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The Mousetrap: Why this classic play still captivates 60 years on mousetrap, alice cruickshank, kettlemag,
Imagine the scene. As a blizzard rampages on, a young couple prepares to open their guesthouse for the first time. The year is 1952, and the news of a murder emanates from the wireless into the entrance hallway of this grand country home. The enigmatic guests arrive one by one, but as the snow continues...
I Forget Where We Were- Ben Howard album review Ben Howard, I Forget Where We Were
At last! Ben Howard and his band of loyal accompanists are back with a bold new album that demands to be listened to. Making no apologies Sorry acoustic Ben fans- you’ll find little of that here. I Forget Where We Were makes no apologies for the new sound and neither it should. This is an...
An Ordinary Girl Goes to Fashion Week – Your Inside Scoop on London’s Most Glamorous Event LFW14, alice Cruickshank, kettle mag, kettlemag,
Even on the sunniest of days there is a persistent haar that permeates London. People weave through the backed-up traffic as exhaust pipes spurt out their dirty fumes, with heads down and headphones in. No wonder all those Asians go around with masks on, I think, as I make my way through the throngs towards...
For autumn style, it is all about the glamour autumn fashion, kettle mag
There is a fine line between iconic and tacky. This thought occurred to me looking at a new season Chanel bag, similar in shape and size to the classic 2.55 There is a fine line between iconic and tacky. This thought occurred to me looking at a new season Chanel bag, similar in shape and size to...
This Old Thing: Why Vintage Shopping is Overrated
As Dawn O’Porter launches her new TV show this month, This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show, I am going to make a rather controversial statement: I think vintage clothes are overr As Dawn O’Porter launches her new TV show this month, This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show, I am going to make a...
Kate Moss for Topshop: Overrated and Underwhelming
After a four-year hiatus, Kate Moss has returned with her latest collection for Topshop. After a four-year hiatus, Kate Moss has returned with her latest collection for Topshop. But unless you were there with your finger on the mouse and credit card at hand 9am sharp on launch day, I’m afraid you have probably missed...
Kia Garriques: The mind behind Innovera Yakov
Move over Twilight and The Hunger Games: there’s a new teen fantasy series on the scene. Picture a world where the sun never sets, the landscape is as Move over Twilight and The Hunger Games: there’s a new teen fantasy series on the scene. Picture a world where the sun never sets, the landscape is as alive...
Are we protecting clothing industry workers? factory1.jpg
On 24th April 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring more than 2,500. On 24th April 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring more than 2,500. The accident happened after warnings that the building was structurally unsafe...
Why government and young people can’t relate
It is a misconception that politics is the reserve of the middle-aged, Middle Class man, but a mistake that is easily made. It is a misconception that politics is the reserve of the middle-aged, Middle Class man, but a mistake that is easily made. Many demographics feel disconnected to MPs and believe that the British...
Social Media and Fashion Week: Why I’m #overit
#Burberry #FROW #selfie. Last February at London Fashion Week, the catwalks were abundant with extravagant prints, lashings of colour and delectable outerwe #Burberry #FROW #selfie. Last February at London Fashion Week, the catwalks were abundant with extravagant prints, lashings of colour and delectable outerwear. But as the celebration of all things fashionable draws to a close, what...
Can this kind act end the NekNominations trend?
As yet another Brit dies after taking part in the controversial NeckNomination craze, one student has used the internet sensation to do good in a move that has c As yet another Brit dies after taking part in the controversial NeckNomination craze, one student has used the internet sensation to do good in a move...
Why I don’t feel the love this Valentine’s Day
‘I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes…’ Valentine’s fever is all around and I think I’m going to boke. ‘I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes…’ Valentine’s fever is all around and I think I’m going to boke. Yes, it’s that time of year again—shops...
Enhance Your Brainwaves With Green Tea Goodness
It’s 1am in the library. It’s 1am in the library. You’re like Will, copiously swigging Pro-Plus, and trying to cram the last few hours of revision before an exam, or frantically type a 3,000-word essay due in for the next day. If only you could squeeze out those last few drops of brainpower before you...
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Meet X. Meet X. X was like many young people: happy, popular and dynamic, until an operation meant X could no longer enjoy sports. Suddenly X felt out of control. X began to limit food intake and became addicted to the feeling of hunger. X developed an eating disorder. But what if I told you...
A Girl’s Ultimate Christmas Party Survival Kit
Christmas party season: Christmas party season: in theory, a time when anything goes, when glitter is your new best friend and when opulence reigns supreme. In reality, a constant struggle to maintain your glamourous exterior as you battle against the freezing cold and the snow until the early hours of the morning. But fear not,...
Christmas Party season: What’s the problem with outfit repeating?
Last week, I made a bold decision. A decision that defies an age-old social stigma. A decision that could see me outcast by all those around me. Last week, I made a bold decision. A decision that defies an age-old social stigma. A decision that could see me outcast by all those around me. I...
Matt Andersen: An Exclusive Interview for Kettle
Occasionally, a musician comes along whose talent for story telling stops you in your tracks; whose raw emotion and sheer passion take your breath away. Let me introduce you to Matt Andersen.< Occasionally, a musician comes along whose talent for story telling stops you in your tracks; whose raw emotion and sheer passion take your breath...
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So you’ve made your weekly shopping list. Eggs? Check. Milk? Check. So you’ve made your weekly shopping list. Eggs? Check. Milk? Check. An on-trend tartan mini kilt..? Yes, this winter get ready to fill your trolley with fashion must-haves as you shop the season’s hottest clothing store: your local supermarket. Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys have suddenly...
Winter’s Most Surprising Trends: How to Work a Catwalk Style
The nights are drawing in and temperatures are definitely dropping: say ‘hello!’ to winter everyone. Yes, it’s the season most fashionista The nights are drawing in and temperatures are definitely dropping: say ‘hello!’ to winter everyone. Yes, it’s the season most fashionistas dread, where snowstorms, icy pavements and seriously chilly winds threaten to render any attempts at...
Why buy when you can rent? Luxury for all with Girl meets dress:
Christmas party season is fast approaching which, if you’re a girl, means one thing: time to find the perfect dress.  Christmas party season is fast approaching which, if you’re a girl, means one thing: time to find the perfect dress. What if for the price of an ensemble from Topshop you could wear a designer dress...
Making of Harry Potter- this is the real thing
If you are anything like me, you are still in mourning from the day you turned eleven. If you are anything like me, you are still in mourning from the day you turned eleven. You awoke to find no letter from Hogwarts waiting at your door, no wand ever came your way and all hopes...
Isabel Marant for H&M: A First Look at the Collection
Finally, previews of the most-hyped designer/ High Street collaboration of the year (or should that be ever?) have been released. I’m talking about, of course, Isabel Marant for H&M. Finally, previews of the most-hyped designer/ High Street collaboration of the year (or should that be ever?) have been released. I’m talking about, of course, Isabel...
Fashion with a Conscience: Designers Doing Their Bit for Charity
With all the conflicts, poverty and natural disasters which affect our planet every day, should we really be concerning ourselves with pricey material goods, des With all the conflicts, poverty and natural disasters which affect our planet every day, should we really be concerning ourselves with pricey material goods, designed to make us here in...
Five iconic style pieces you can wear forever
Last week the unthinkable happened: I managed to snap up a classic Burberry Trench for £210 (the RRP is just under a grand). Last week the unthinkable happened: I managed to snap up a classic Burberry Trench for £210 (the RRP is just under a grand).  Ok, its second hand and a little marked and...
VMAs: Miley Cyrus wasn’t really that shocking
Facebook, Twitter and even the mainstream media can’t stop talking about Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at this year’s VMAs. Facebook, Twitter and even the mainstream media can’t stop talking about Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at this year’s VMAs. Even the inventor of the foam finger is out to get her for “degrading” the iconic novelty...
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10.30am: Brunch £0. I was fortunate enough that one of my friends from Edinburgh invited me to stay wit 10.30am: Brunch £0. I was fortunate enough that one of my friends from Edinburgh invited me to stay with her during the Fringe, knocking my accommodation costs from potentially hundreds of pounds to free. She also made me...
Are long breaks really a good thing for students?
I had to laugh at Michael Gove’s recent advice to cut the traditional six week summer holiday for school pupils. I had to laugh at Michael Gove’s recent advice to cut the traditional six week summer holiday for school pupils. He believes that to compete with our Asian counterparts, we must spend more time in...
Is Pharrell Williams the saviour of pop music?
As I step onto the dance floor of my local club, I am greeted by a Pharrell double-bill—Get Lucky and Blurred Lines. Hallelujah! I think, finally some decent music. As I step onto the dance floor of my local club, I am greeted by a Pharrell double-bill—Get Lucky and Blurred Lines. Hallelujah! I think, finally...
Tips to consider for going on a student holiday
The student holiday is something of a rite of passage: an often chaotic, alcohol-fuelled, sex-filled, messy rite of passage. The student holiday is something of a rite of passage: an often chaotic, alcohol-fuelled, sex-filled, messy rite of passage. The opportunity to enjoy the sunshine without the constraints of parental guidance is a new and exciting...
Instead of Abercrombie, buy a different brand
The CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch, Mike Jeffries, caused quite a storm recently when his comments declaring the brand was only for thin, “cool and popular kids” came to light. The quotes come from a 2006 interview with Salon, a news and entertainment website and were resurfaced by Business Insider in an article examining the...
A review of the stars’ styles at the Met Ball
There was the usual mixed-batch at this year’s Met Ball, held May 6. 2013′s theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture. There was the usual mixed-batch at this year’s Met Ball, held May 6. 2013′s theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture. While there were many beautiful dresses showcased, my top picks are the looks which manage...
Why Samantha Brick is very, very wrong, again
I was absolutely horrified to read Samantha Brick of the Daily Mail’s I was absolutely horrified to read Samantha Brick of the Daily Mail’s latest article, in which she claims: “There is nothing that signifies failure more than fat.” Yes, the same airhead who claimed she was so gorgeous it was making life a burden...
A first timers guide to surviving the festivals
Ahh, it’s coming to that time of year again—the festival season. Ahh, it’s coming to that time of year again—the festival season. With literally hundreds of music festivals coming to Britain this summer of all sizes and genres, there really is one out there for everyone. In fact, festival going is almost an essential right...
Why Harrods remains the ultimate shopping experience
Last weekend I spent one of the busiest, most exciting and expensive weekends of my life in London. Last weekend I spent one of the busiest, most exciting and expensive weekends of my life in London. As we were visiting a friend of ours who now lives in the capital, my group decided to avoid...
The 5:2 Diet: A Health Revolution or Dangerous Fad?
The latest phenomenon to hit the world of weight loss is the 5:2 diet, a regime where followers eat normally five days a week then fast for two.  As well as weight loss, the diet also claims t The latest phenomenon to hit the world of weight loss is the 5:2 diet, a regime where...
The ultimate workout playlist for the summertime
It’s that time of year again: girls want to get the ‘ultimate bikini bod’ before summer while guys want to get more toned than Tom Hardy. It’s that time of year again: girls want to get the ‘ultimate bikini bod’ before summer while guys want to get more toned than Tom Hardy. I think we’ll...
A triumph for talent at this year’s BRIT Awards
The UK Top 40 over the past few years has driven me to despair. The UK Top 40 over the past few years has driven me to despair. I think the beginning of the downwards slope can be pinpointed to 2008/9: ever since it’s been virtually impossible to get to the top spot without copious...
Preview: The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse
Scottish audiences are in for a spectacle like no other when landmark Broadway show The Lion King comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse this autumn. Scottish audiences are in for a spectacle like no other when landmark Broadway show The Lion King comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse this autumn. The award-winning Disney musical will run at...
Some top fashion trends for Spring and Summer
The weather might be more blizzards and snowstorms than beaches and sunshine but in the fashion world spring and summer trends have already begun. The weather might be more blizzards and snowstorms than beaches and sunshine but in the fashion world spring and summer trends have already begun. That means it’s time to put the...
Review: Tom Odell, Songs from Another Love EP
If there’s a name you will want to know in the 2013 music scene it’s Tom Odell. If there’s a name you will want to know in the 2013 music scene it’s Tom Odell. The 23-year-old British singer-songwriter has already started paving his road to success with an appearance on Later…With Jools Holland as well...