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Sicario: Gritty and compelling, but unfinished
Emily Blunt has certainly come a long way from her The Devil Wears Prada days. The British actress has been flexing her muscles in the action and adventure genre for a few years now, even tackling science fiction in 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow. It’s a leap that Blunt should be praised, not criticised for....
Review: Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet
It's unlike me not to be on-the-ball when it comes to theatre performances and the release of tickets, but a combination of a diploma, a new job and a festival meant that I missed out on nabbing tickets for the production of Hamlet at the Barbican. So, I was thrilled to find out that NT...
Review: The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville
Oscar Wilde's classic play The Importance of Being Earnest is well-known but rarely reproduced, especially on as large a scale as a theatre in the West End. Like most of Wilde's work it is charming, amusing and intelligent, but the language is still distinctly dated and awash with cultural references that visitors to our theatre...
The Truth About Trump Donald trump, Alex Goode, Kettle mag
This was a difficult article to write for three reasons. Firstly, I'm not someone who normally expresses their views on politics in any kind of loud way. Secondly, I am an American citizen with roots in the South. I can quickly count several members of my family who are Republicans, and will likely be rooting...
5 American Kids’ TV Shows That Have Never Left Me
Being born in the USA and then dividing my time between the UK and America, I have very divided memories about my television experiences as a child. Living in England usually meant school and studying, whereas spending time in America was always family-time, holiday-time and relaxation-time. Hence, as a kid, I watched a lot more...
20 Things American TV Taught the Rest of the World
Over the years, American TV has shaped a little bit of who we all are. Whether it's the catch phrases that we use or examples from shows to illustrate social situations, or simply using box sets to help us cope with sickness and heartache, American TV has taught us a lot. You might be surprised...
5 Nashville Bars/Restaurants You Must Visit
Nashville is the place to be. Filled with musicians and artists looking to practice their craft and enjoy life, it's become the Shoreditch of the Southern United States - packed with coffee houses and young people with guitars. It's a mix of old tradition and innovation and, with that kind of a pedigree, come the great,...
Café Rouge is back in a BIG way Cafe Rouge, Kettle Mag, Alex Goode
Remember Café Rouge? At one time, there was one in every major town across the UK. Cafe/restaurants with red and yellow chairs and faux cigarette stained walls. It was the kind of place Mums would duck into for a coffee after the school run, or where you'd wind up having a quick ham sandwich and...
Taylor Swift’s #BadBloodMusicVideo is a social media masterpiece Kettle Mag, Alex Goode, Bad Blood
Taylor Swift has had a pretty astounding few months. Apart from launching her 1989 World Tour and (basically) confirming her to-die-for cute relationship with the delicious Calvin Harris, last night Swift dropped her music video for Bad Blood. The wait for the video has been agonising for Swift fans, who have been seeing sly hints...
Black Wood by SJI Holliday: Review Kettlemag, Alex Goode, black wood, review
Holliday quotes Nietzsche at the beginning of her novel. She references the darkness that exists inside every individual, but also the promise that someone out there will understand that darkness and make it beautiful. In other words, people do bad things but, often, those bad things are understandable and justifiable to some. Black Wood is...
My F1 Diary: Spanish Grand Prix
I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend basking in the sunshine at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Admittedly, I wasn't 100% prepared to go - it was my Dad's ticket but he was injured and couldn't travel, so I ended up having both an impromptu holiday and F1 experience. It was a...
Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Before you go any further in reading this review, it's important for you to know that this novel contains a huge, unprecedented twist. And if you're interested in reading Fowler's highly-acclaimed work, don't read on. It simply isn't one of those twists you can know before picking up the book. The sheer joy of the...
Donmar Warehouse’s The Vote is a playwriting triumph
Boasting a cast populated by the likes of Judi Dench, Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, Timothy West, and many more recognisable faces, the Donmar Warehouse's The Vote has probably already hacked off quite a lot of people for one simple reason - you can't buy tickets. In order to get tickets, the public were asked to...
Ariana Miyamoto and what it means to only be ‘half’ a culture
Earlier this month, Japan made headlines all over the world for the backlash that erupted after the crowning of the new Miss Universe Japan. Ariana Miyamoto, the 20-year-old from Nagasaki, was crowned on March 12th, but immediately received comments and complaints that she doesn't look Japanese enough to have the crown. Miyamoto's mother is Japanese...
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Theatre in Ultra-High Definition Photo by Richard Hubert Smith
Back in 2009, the National Theatre started something beautiful, by broadcasting live theatre performances into cinemas around the world. NT Live, as it's now known, gave people the opportunity to see award-winning shows for a fraction of the price. Now, The National has partnered with Sony and Vue cinemas to launch their latest project -...
Can Britain learn to sleep better?
A few weeks ago, I explored Britain's terrible sleep crisis, and some possible explanations as to why so few of us are getting good enough kip. I've been feeling pretty low lately myself, fading in the afternoons and sleeping late into the mornings, so I decided to set myself a sleep challenge and see if...
Queen + Adam Lambert: Keeping Freddie’s Dreams Alive Kettle Mag, Alex Goode, Music, Queen, Adam Lambert
British icons Queen have been rocking the country from top to bottom this year, including an added date at London's SSE Wembley Arena earlier this week. Having lost lead singer Freddie Mercury in 1992, the band have had several replacement singers, most notably Paul Rodgers, before finally settling on American Idol star Adam Lambert. It's...
Why Britain needs to learn to sleep better Flickr, Health, Alex Goode, Sleep, Challenge, KettleMag,
"Beds are for sex and sleeping, nothing else." These were the words of Dr. Dawn Harper on ITV This Morning's sleep clinic this week, as new figures reveal that Brits suffer from some of the worst sleep problems of any nation in the world. Too many of us are willing to sacrifice sleep in order...
NHS Couch to 5k: Follow Up Flickr, Health, Running, Couch to 5K, Alex Goode, Fitness, Kettle Mag,
Hey guys, remember me? I'm just checking in to see how you're getting on with your first week running on your own. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, last week I finished nine weeks of the NHS's Couch to 5k programme, which takes you from couch potato to competent runner in just two months....
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Nine
This really feels like the end of a (very small) era for me. Nine weeks has gone by quickly, but when I look back on the progress I've made and the different tasks I've undertaken, I can see how much I've managed to get through in two months. If you've been running with me, I...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Eight Community Table, NHS Couch to 5K, Alex Goode, Health, Kettle Mag
You can't say I don't work hard in the name of journalism because this week I went for a run on Christmas Day. And Boxing Day. And on my Mum's birthday. It hasn't been a happy week, people. But, if anything, having such a tight schedule is proving to me that it's always possible to...
Christmas foodie favourites from the Kettle team Christmas, food, traditions, Alex Goode, Kettle Mag
Christmas is creeping up on us, and with only a few sleeps until the big day, we've been asking the Kettle team about their Christmas traditions and the festive foods that they're most looking forward to eating on the 25th! Leon Wingham, Managing Editor "I cook Christmas dinner every year, and every year I make...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Seven Community Table, NHS Couch to 5K, Running, Fitness, Alex Goode, Health, Kettle Mag,
I am so so so close, I can almost taste the end. Although, of course, the outcome of this whole challenge is to make me want to continue running on my own. And I genuinely think I will, although the runs will probably be further and fewer between. I have to confess that this week...
Cranberry and chocolate cookie bars cookie bars, food, drink, Alex Goode, Kettle Mag
This recipe was adapted from Bakerella's Monster Cookie Bars. I altered the recipe slightly as I was craving something more like a shortbread, rather than a really dense cookie bar. I also removed the coconut from my bars, partly because some people at work are allergic, but also because ready-toasted coconut is hard to find...
The Fall: brilliant acting defies all critics The Fall, BBC, Gillian Anderson, TV, drama, Alex Goode, Kettle Mag
The Fall has been another marked series in a long line of dark, gritty and intense shows that we've seen on UK television recently - Broadchurch, The Missing and Remember Me come quickly to mind. Collectively, they have served to open the eyes of British audiences to some of the horrors and atrocities that occur...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Six NHS Couch to 2K Community Table Image SIZED_0.jpg
Mentally, emotionally and physically, this was the hardest week to gear myself up for. Riding off the elation of having completed a full twenty minute run at the end of last week, I couldn't help but fearing that Week Six was going to be one hard podcast after another. But, and this is a massive...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Five Health, NHS Couch to 5K, Running, Exercise, Fitness, Alex Goode, Kettle Mag,
If you're running this programme along with me/you've already completed it, you're going to know that I mean it when I say that this week is absolutely, positively, the biggest challenge so far. The main thing I enjoyed about this week is that the three runs are completely different, as opposed to just repeating one...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Four
Motivation Trying to force myself into a routine of running three times a week has brought up the issue of finding the time to do so. I'm not perfect, as you can tell by the fact that I didn't manage my third run this week, but I'm getting some way towards a timetable. Here are...
Learn To Love Food Again Love food, kettle mag, kettlemag, Alex goode
As Food & Drink editor for Kettle Magazine it always astounds (and upsets) me how little interest people have in writing about food. They’re perfectly happy to talk about it, share stories about it and they’re even more content to eat it, but when it comes to putting those opinions down onto paper, celebrity scandal...
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Royal Holloway, University of London
If you ask any Royal Holloway student about their university you're sure to get one answer back - we live in Hogwarts. And yes, the campus is jaw-droppingly amazing, but there are several other cool facts you may not have known about the University of London college. 1. City and country Although based in the...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Three
This week's podcast feels surprisingly short, even though it's actually only two minutes less than previous weeks. Maybe it's because we're now running for longer periods of time (yeah, that's right) or because we've foregone the five minute cool-down walk, but I was back at my house in what felt like no time at all....
NHS Couch to 5k: Week Two
I think I'm a little bit ashamed to say that Week Two did me in a little. I thought I'd at least make it to Week Four before I started suffering, but by the second run of this week I was feeling a little puffed out. But, I'm still enjoying it as much as last...
Theatre Review: Stones In His Pockets
Stones In His Pockets is the loveable Irish comedy by writer Marie Jones. It took the UK by storm over a decade ago, winning countless awards - including an Olivier. After a successful stint in the West End, the play retired from the scene; that is, until now. Brought back to life by its original director, Ian...
Film Review: Interstellar
Once in a while, one of the many heavily publicised and hyped up films of the year actually lives up to expectation. Interstellar is Christopher Nolan's masterpiece about the future of mankind, intertwined with an important and eternal message about family and trust. It's science fiction at its best - believable, explained and political -...
American Eagle Outfitters opens up in the UK American Eagle, westfield, alex goode, kettle amg
US brand American Eagle Outfitters is following in the footsteps of other American stores, such as Brandy Melville and opening up in London and Bluewater this month. The move comes conveniently just before Christmas, which will surely contribute to increasing brand awareness in the UK. The fashion chain has said there is an "enormous global appetite"...
Lidl Responds to Allegations it has Stopped Staff Speaking Foreign Languages
Supermarket chain Lidl came under fire last week, in news reports from the BBC detailing that Polish workers in a store in Scotland had been told to stop speaking their native language amongst themselves or to other Polish customers, or risk losing their jobs. The allegations caused uproar amongst the European community in the UK,...
NHS Couch to 5k: Week One
Couch(ish) potato I'm not a runner, and that's probably why I'm currently editing the food & drink section for Kettle! I was brought up to love my food and enjoy eating out, as well as cooking and baking whenever I get the chance. I'm not unfit per say - I play badminton and spend six...
My Favourite Film: The Boat That Rocked
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...
Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is not at all what we expected Kettle Mag, Alexandra Goode, music, taylor swift
Taylor Swift dropped her new album recently and music critics everywhere have exploded. 1989 is already being described as 'Deeply weird, feverishly emotional and wildly enthusiastic,' (Rolling Stone) 'Swift's best work,' (Billboard) 'bold gossipy confection that plays to her strengths,' (The Guardian) and 'expertly crafted sound,' (Time). For those of us that have followed Swift...
Legendary designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82 Oscar De La Renta, death of, Alexandre Goode, kettle Mag
Everyone who is anyone has worn Oscar de la Renta. From Sarah Jessica Parker to Michelle Obama, the designer was best known for his elegant, sometimes out-there gowns, as well as his high ranking celebrity clientele. His death from complications with cancer was confirmed by his wife on Monday. He passed away at his home...
Michelin restaurant guide brings controversy michelinguide.jpg
Celebrites across London will be devastated this week, as the new Michelin guide has stripped many fancy favourites of their stars. Celebrites across London will be devastated this week, as the new Michelin guide has stripped many fancy favourites of their stars. Restaurants hit include both Nobu restaurants, favourited by the likes of, well, every...
Shots all round: UK vodka voted best in the world Vodka.png
Students across the UK will be thrilled to hear that a British vodka from Suffolk was recently voted the best in the world, beating off countries like Poland and Russia, who are famed for their vod Students across the UK will be thrilled to hear that a British vodka from Suffolk was recently voted the...
Balloon Circus brings circus play days to orphaned children around the world
With all the stories we hear on the news about bombs, war and diseases, we all too easily forget about the people in the world striving to do good and spread happiness. With all the stories we hear on the news about bombs, war and diseases, we all too easily forget about the people in...
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: A masterpiece Tje Crucible, kettle mag
I might be rubbing my ego to call myself an aficionado when it comes to Arthur Miller’s dark and mentally challenging play, The Crucible. I might be rubbing my ego to call myself an aficionado when it comes to Arthur Miller’s dark and mentally challenging play, The Crucible. I studied the play extensively at high...
MSN Messenger closes after 15 years of service MSN Messenger, kettle mag
For anyone who thinks this is news, I’m sorry to tell you that MSN Messenger as we know it actually closed down last year, but Microsoft kept the instant messenger running in China. For anyone who thinks this is news, I’m sorry to tell you that MSN Messenger as we know it actually closed down...
Lucy: Compelling but where’s the second half? LUCY.jpg
Firstly, I have to admit that I ended up going to see Lucy completely by accident. An open air film screening in Paris was cancelled, so a friend and I ended up tucked into a tiny cinema near our hotel, watching a) the only thing showing at that time of night and b) in English....
Five budget eats while on holiday in Amsterdam
I think I’ve finally found my calling in life. After an eight day city break with a friend, it’s apparent that I am meant to be a holiday planner. I think I’ve finally found my calling in life. After an eight day city break with a friend, it’s apparent that I am meant to be...
Swift defies critics with new single and album
It’s the news that all dedicated Swifties have been waiting for since 2012, when Taylor’s last album RED became her biggest success yet It’s the news that all dedicated Swifties have been waiting for since 2012, when Taylor’s last album RED became her biggest success yet. The multi-award winning singer and songwriter has spent the...
Warriors: Harry Potter but for feline fans
Here at Kettle we seem to have a bit of a cat thing going on. No, really, you should see the cat puns and cat memes spreading amongst the Kettle team. Without really knowing where it’s coming from, it’s still managed to infect almost every section of the magazine so far, even the highbrow literary...
Step Up 5: All In: Dances triumph over script
Step Up 5: All In sees a cast of familiar faces... wait! When on earth did they make five of these things? Step Up 5: All In sees a cast of familiar faces... wait! When on earth did they make five of these things? You might remember Step Up numero uno and Step Up 2:...