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Review: The Tulip Tree

James Gilmore visits the Love Story of J. Enoch Powell

Review: The Tulip Tree

Enoch Powell is notorious. He is mentioned on average three times daily in the UK press. His observation, made in relation to Joseph Chamberlain, that “All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and human affairs” is misquoted daily in a British newspaper.

When approaching a production in which Mr. J Enoch Powell is the central character, there is definitely an err of caution. A production taglined, “The Love Story of J Enoch Powell” definitely sounds intriguing, if not a tad worrying, but once ventured into, the result is nothing less than a thought provoking, engaging performance telling the story of Enoch Powell (played superbly by Alexander Shenton) and his lover, Barbara Kennedy (played by the elegant Helen Reuben).

Based in the attic-like performance space known as the Drayton Arms Theatre, this…

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TV

Review: The Mafia with Trevor McDonald (ITV)

Trevor McDonald shines a light at the dark and secretive ways of the Mafia.

Review: The Mafia with Trevor McDonald (ITV)

The Mafia is about a criminal problem that we still face today, Trevor McDonald investigates for 3 months about the history and survival of the Mafia. McDonald talks to past and current members of the Mafia, discussing their experiences and the outcome of being in a Mafia involved family.

The first man McDonald talks to is John Alite referred to as ‘The Sheriff’ - an associate of the Gambino family and one of the most well-known Mafia families in history. He was sentenced for only 10 years for his crimes and since being released in 2013 has been speaking as a motivational speaker and addressing anti-bullying, at risk youth and domestic violence. This is a man who murdered many people and spoke calmly and freely about this.

Another man McDonald went to talk to was Michael DiLeonardo (Mikey scars). He testified against his boss and managed to get…

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Books

Review: All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

Following our live debate about teen depression, Eileen Gbagbo reviews the latest big Young Adult fiction book.

Review: All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

Recently I had the pleasure to attend an interview with Jennifer Niven by W!ZARD Radio Station. It was so interesting to hear how Jennifer came about writing this book. In addition, I also got a signed copy of the book!

All The Bright Places is a book about two suicidal students – Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They are both depressed, however Finch’s depression is possibly an illness which stemmed from his violent relationship with his father, and Violet’s is more of a side effect of the loss of her sister in a car accident. The catchphrase of the book is “the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die”. I find this particularly interesting as many people have compared this book to things such a The Fault in our Stars and My Sister’s Keeper. However, I find that although there are…

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