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Review: Catchphrase Christmas Celebrity Special

Katie Price, Christopher Biggins and Warwick Davis battle it out for charity.

Review: Catchphrase Christmas Celebrity Special

Everyone wants to be that know-it-all who guesses the answers before the contestants. ITV’s Catchphrase Christmas Special is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to passionately shout stuff at the television as if those in the studio can actually hear you. Only this time, you can try to outsmart the celebrity guests Warwick Davis, Katie Price and Christopher Biggins.


With the goal to raise money for their chosen charities of ‘Little People UK’ (Davis) which supports those with dwarfism, Vision Charity (Price) which helps those who are visually impaired and a charity aiding those with Bowel Cancer (Biggins), the three celebrities decode short animation clips in order to guess popular phrases. This idea of ‘saying what you see’ does indeed go awry from time to time and leads to some very strange guesses. Warwick Davis is a whizz at the game from the get-go and by the end…

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Music

Review: Abandon Ship - Knife Party

After the emotive blend of electronica and rock that was Pendulum, founding members Rob Swire and Gareth McGillen abandoned bleeding hearts for bombastic basslines in 2011 through their new band Knife Party. Now, after a series of successful EPs, they’ve finally released a full length LP. Abandon Ship, however, is not a promising name for a debut album; it’s apparently bemoaning the decline of EDM (Electronic Dance Music for the uninitiated like me). Whether the tragic death throes of drum and bass prompt us to reach for the tissues is a matter of personal preference, but Knife Party don’t make the best case for its continued dominance.

 

It’s true that all of the songs on the record have bags of energy; and within a potentially limited set of generic conventions (most breakdowns and drops do sound relatively similar) there is plenty…

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Politics

The Post-Cameron Future of The Tories

The Post-Cameron Future of The Tories

 

The blonde bimbo or the tough nanny, Tories will have to soon decide between Boris Johnson and Theresa May as the next Conservative party leader. Recent polling indicates Theresa May has 29% of support, her nearest competition being Boris on 18%. There may be other candidates, George Osbourne has a solid platform to run off having steered the UK from economic collapse, but he lacks the leadership ability and the likability to win over the party.

 

Boris is a funny guy. He brings a breath of fresh air to a political world that finds itself disconnected from the average person on the street. As Mayor of London his power share is enough to make him relevant and yet not enough to worry people. I am worried with allowing Boris to become PM. His bubbly personality is a vote…

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