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Theatre Review: A Farewell to Arms
It opens with the sound of screaming merging with the thundering rumble of guns. The shadows grow and shift into the flickering pages that tell us we’ve opened the book, as sobs foretell the inevitable misery of the ending. It’s so loud, the sound pushes in on all sides, suffocating you before the page turns, the...
Book Review: The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes by Kieran Lyne
First novels are notoriously difficult to write, despite the old adage that everyone has a novel inside them. Kieran Lyne, a Suffolk born first time writer has tapped in to the soaring market that is Sherlock Holmes with his book, The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes. He is the youngest writer ever to be endorsed by...
Review: She Stoops to Conquer
Good comedy is all about one thing – timing. The funniest joke in the world will lose its sparkle if told at the wrong moment. This is why it’s much harder to put on a comedy than it is to be serious. The Northern Broadsides’ performance of She Stoops to Conquer, now touring theatres across...
My Favourite Film: Mean Girls
People may not have a favourite food or book, but something everyone has is a favourite film due to the fact that cinema is something everyone can enjoy. So, here at Kettle we will be running a weekly feature on our editors, and some regular writers, favourite films. This week is a regular correspondent and...
Review: Gotham episode one The-Gotham-TV-show-7.jpg
I’ll start by admitting I’m not a big Batman fan – I’ve seen two of the Christian Bale films and they never really appealed to me. So when I first saw the trailers for Channel 5’s Gotham I didn’t get it was a Batman spin off. But I love urban fantasy, villains and violence so...
The 9 best moments of The Great British Bake Off 2014 BakeOff5_600a.jpg
It’s over – the éclair stair has been packed away, the scales have been tipped over and the icing sugar has been swept up. Monday’s bin bags will be full of burnt biscuit ends and discarded gingham bunting. The Great British Bake Off has finished, with the wonderful Nancy crowned Queen of the Cakes in...
A book everyone should read: The Bone Clocks David_Mitchell_by_Kubik edited.jpg
Everyone always tells you: “never judge a book by its cover.” It’s a shame as the cover of The Bone Clocks is utterly beautiful, swirling, delicate illustrations whi Everyone always tells you: “never judge a book by its cover.” It’s a shame as the cover of The Bone Clocks is utterly beautiful, swirling, delicate illustrations...
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee: Brilliant The Lives of Others edited.jpg
I don’t tend to read novels set in South Asia. I don’t tend to read novels set in South Asia. It is a heritage and history I have actively avoided, as bringing up the stories or politics of such nations was a sure fire way to incite my father’s rage and disgust at the society...
Review: 2013 Man Booker Winner The Luminaries
It was heralded as a masterpiece of contemporary fiction. It was heralded as a masterpiece of contemporary fiction. An 800 page doorstopper of Victorian pastiche that had reviewers gushing, Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries won last year's Booker prize to much discussion. After a literature degree spent trawling through Austen and Dickens, the Brontes and Hardy I...
Reflections on childhood trips at the museum
I have a complicated relationship with my dad. You know the joke about how women eventually turn into their mothers? I have a complicated relationship with my dad. You know the joke about how women eventually turn into their mothers? Well sometimes I am genuinely concerned I’ll turn into my father. As much as we...
Theory of a Deadman lose touch with Savages
Theory of a Deadman has made a career out of easy going, trailer-trash, rock n’ roll. Gems like “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife&r Theory of a Deadman has made a career out of easy going, trailer-trash, rock n’ roll. Gems like “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife” have cemented them firmly in road trip playlists, barbecue soundtracks and rock party...
Joe Abercrombie’s Half A King: Worth the read?
The best stories are motivated by revenge. Revenge gives characters drive and passion to succeed and also survive, and this just doesn’t happen with other stories. Joe Abercrombie’s best works have all been driven by revenge and Half a King, the first book in his new trilogy, stays true to form.    After six novels...
The Top Six Best Music Cover Songs Ever Made
People say that every good song has already been written, and all we can do now is come up with weak copies. People say that every good song has already been written, and all we can do now is come up with weak copies. Maybe you think it’s cheating, that artists are copping out by...
Why OITNB is the best TV to happen to women
Netflix is a crafty beast. It cleverly cues up the next episode of a series as the credits roll, so all you think is “just one more” without even having to get up. Netflix is a crafty beast. It cleverly cues up the next episode of a series as the credits roll, so all you...
Music Playlist: Alternative Songs for the Summer
British summertime: The pouring rain, the thick hoodies, the huddling behind a windbreaker at the beach because we’re on holiday, dammit. British summertime: The pouring rain, the thick hoodies, the huddling behind a windbreaker at the beach because we’re on holiday, dammit. It can be a little depressing.   Last weekend we felt a short...
Eight people who should stay away from gigs
It’s almost festival season again and if you’re anything like me you’ve already checked your tent for leaks, cleaned last year’s mud off the wellies and made a schedule It’s almost festival season again and if you’re anything like me you’ve already checked your tent for leaks, cleaned last year’s mud off the wellies and...
Review: Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain bsc.jpg
Rock and roll’s favourite cowboys are back. Rock and roll’s favourite cowboys are back. Their latest album, Magic Mountain walks away from the formulaic radio-friendly success of their previous record and takes its cues from their self-titled first album, bringing back the aggressive mythology of tracks like “Rain Wizard” and “Shooting Star.”    This album...
Daughters Of Darkness: Heavy Metal Role Models
My name is Ellie. My name is Ellie. I like high heels, reading fashion magazines, Ryan Gosling movies - and Slipknot. What do you think of when I say ‘heavy metal’? Screaming men with long hair and tattoos, thugs with necks thicker than their heads?   What about the ladies? I’m not talking about Goth sirens...
Women on TV: Sexism is still front and centre
It seems the fairer sex has been making too much noise again, protesting unceremonious dismissals instead of concentrating on smoothing out our wrinkles and fixing our lipstick. It seems the fairer sex has been making too much noise again, protesting unceremonious dismissals instead of concentrating on smoothing out our wrinkles and fixing our lipstick. It’s...
Introducing: The bestselling sex you ever had
Let’s talk about sex (baby). It’s everywhere—centuries of ballads, poems, plays, novels, movies, songs, magazine articles – you name it, there’s one about sex. Let’s talk about sex (baby). It’s everywhere—centuries of ballads, poems, plays, novels, movies, songs, magazine articles – you name it, there’s one about sex. Erotica has been around since Stone Age...
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver: Is it worth it?
Guilt is Lionel Shriver’s plaything. Guilt is Lionel Shriver’s plaything. In previous novels she has used it to tackle high school shootings or the American healthcare system, focusing huge scale issues into narrow people-driven narratives which force readers to examine them from a personal perspective. In Big Brother, Shriver faces perhaps her biggest (excuse the...
Review: Dallas Buyers Club – A Film About Hope i1mmnMg.jpg
What would you do if you were given one month left to live? Rage, cry, go on a bender? Ron Woodroof does all these things. Then he fights back. What would you do if you were given one month left to live? Rage, cry, go on a bender? Ron Woodroof does all these things. Then...
Review: Outnumbered: Series Five: Episode One Outnumbered.jpg
Outnumbered, the BBC sitcom which resonated with families all over Britain began its fifth and final series on Wednesday evening. Outnumbered, the BBC sitcom which resonated with families all over Britain began its fifth and final series on Wednesday evening. We returned to the Brockman family’s hectic household where Mum and Dad (Claire Skinner and...
Review: American Psycho: The Musical at Almeida almeida.jpg
Many people were sceptical that Bret Easton Ellis’ cult novel—a strong, satirical dose of violence, fashion, sex and capitalism, could be turned into a musical without losing its essenc Many people were sceptical that Bret Easton Ellis’ cult novel—a strong, satirical dose of violence, fashion, sex and capitalism, could be turned into a musical without...