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Alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ is cool but not cool

Alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ is cool but not cool

Backbencher November 9, 2012 3

Alt-J are achingly en pointe with their brand of oddball geek chic. They’re ‘cool but not cool’, which obviously makes them EVEN COOLER. Named after the Mac keyboard shortcut to make a triangle (ooohhh!),

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Mastering the art of dim sum with the School of Wok

Mastering the art of dim sum with the School of Wok

Backbencher November 9, 2012 7

Despite the fact that I am a huge fan of Asian cuisine, I usually leave the dim sum and fried rice to the experts. Why cook at home when you can eat affordably at

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Lauren In London: Day Of The Dead Festival

Lauren In London: Day Of The Dead Festival

Lauren O'Callaghan November 2, 2012 2

Popular Mexican restaurant Wahaca is bringing the Mexican Day of the Dead to London this weekend with their Day of the Dead Festival at the Old Vic Tunnels. With live music, food and art

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This Month’s Must-See Movies: November

This Month’s Must-See Movies: November

Lauren O'Callaghan November 2, 2012 3

Fancy a trip to the cinema but have no idea what to watch? November’s packed full of brilliant films, so to help you out here’s our five must-see movies of the month. The Master

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Have a blast this Bonfire Night!

Have a blast this Bonfire Night!

Backbencher November 2, 2012 3

“Remember, remember the 5th November.” That’s what I was always taught at school and indeed I’ve never forgotten. And so has no one else it seems as the country prepares fireworks, toffee apples and

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Lauren In London: Have a Hangover-less Halloween

Lauren In London: Have a Hangover-less Halloween

Lauren O'Callaghan October 26, 2012 2

It’s nearly Halloween again and if you feel like celebrating this minor holiday without the slutty outfits and crazy shots this year then I may have found just the thing for you. Let’s face

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Become a part of Hollywood history with the ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition

Become a part of Hollywood history with the ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition

Backbencher October 26, 2012 0

Growing up in rural Australia, nothing seemed further from the bright lights of Hollywood Boulevard, and although 15 years on I’m no closer to Tinsel Town, the V&A’s ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition is almost as

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Lauren In London: It’s Time To Start Stalking The Local Music Scene

Lauren In London: It’s Time To Start Stalking The Local Music Scene

Lauren O'Callaghan October 20, 2012 2

There are very few cities in the world with a better music scene than London. With gigs on every night of the week, big and small artists calling it home, and venues supporting every

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Joanne Shaw Taylor Rocks Out To The Blues

Joanne Shaw Taylor Rocks Out To The Blues

Backbencher October 19, 2012 1

Tread lightly before dismissing the blues as crusty old timer territory. With the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Oli Brown and Chantel McGregor making waves in the last year or so, it’s become increasingly

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Skyfall: Bond Celebrates His 50th Birthday In Style

Skyfall: Bond Celebrates His 50th Birthday In Style

Lauren O'Callaghan October 19, 2012 4

James Bond celebrated his 50th birthday this year. It’s not the character’s actual age of course (how many 50-year-olds do you know that jump out of planes and seduce secretaries?) but how long the

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