Film Review: Suffragette

Posted on by 5WC in Film

I was born in the 1980s and while I remember a time before our lives were turned into binary code and broadcast through mobile phones, wireless internet and satellite television, I have lived in a disjointed but equal society my entire life. I am not going to argue that men and women have equal rights, they don’t. You just have to look at the board of directors of the FTSE100 or even the general pay gap to realise society still doesn’t understand women are as capable as men, but, I live at a time when women have found their voice, even if the bigoted majority, still stupidly, refuse to listen.

I’m a man. I don’t face the discrimination of the fairer sex; but I neither do my peers. I’ve just started a psychology degree with over 200 fellow students. There are only 7 men. We are all set the same work, the same deadlines and can even all vote (assuming nationality) should we chose. We can even all apply for the same job in 3 years’ time (assuming we all pass). Yes, societal statistics show my chromosomes apparently give me an advantage, but I can guarantee 193 psychology students won’t be chaining themselves to the fence in protest. Read more

London 19-11-14: A Day To Remember

Posted on by 5WC in Opinion
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If you read my blog you will have seen that I recently spent the day in London enjoying a happy trip to the Charlie & The Chocolate Factory musical. A slightly delayed Birthday treat from my parents. But that wasn’t all my day involved. After all, even living a short train journey from London I don’t venture towards the capital very often and so when I do, I usually make a bit of a day of it.

This time was no different, and while sadly the original plan for the day had been altered slightly due to Anorexia getting in the way as usual, after an interesting few minutes doing laps of Reading Station car park trying to work out how to get from barrier A to long stay B when all signs point solely to exit C, I was sitting in a well worn seat of an Intercity 125 heading up to Paddington. The day had begun. Read more

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory: The Musical Live In The West End

Posted on by 5WC in Stage

I adore the stories of Roald Dahl. I have a first edition of The Fantastic Mr Fox signed by the man himself, a box set of his most famous tales adorns the bookcase in my hall and my DVD collection is full of Hollywood’s attempts to bring his stories to life with varying degrees of success. And so, ever since Charlie & The Chocolate Factory opened to rave reviews in London’s West End taking a trip and experiencing the cocoa wonderland of Willy Wonka has been a huge priority.

And so, along with my parents, as a birthday treat, I headed to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to take in a matinee performance. The first thing I need to do is thank my parents for the tickets, because when you are sitting in the stalls, 5 rows from the front, it’s fair to say you’re in pretty much the best seats in the house. It’s a shame though, that the house wasn’t as spectacular as I was expecting. The Theatre Royal, well a beautiful old building felt just like any other theatre, I wasn’t overwhelmed by it as I had been when I was last in the West End seeing Les Miserables. Read more