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“Withnail & I”, or “RIP Richard Griffiths, You Wonderful Man” by Caitlin McGrane

April 12, 2013


One of the greatest moments of my life to date was meeting Paul McGann (best known for his portrayals of the eighth Doctor, and the eponymous I of Withnail & I). He was utterly charming and had the most beautiful blue eyes. Indeed, he looked deep into my own eyes as he shook my hand […]

“Matilda the Musical”: Breeding mini-Minchins by Matilda Dixon-Smith

December 9, 2011


My overpowering vanity and theatre nerdiness made it impossible to pass up the opportunity to see a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Readers, readers, my name is thetitle of this show. I was expecting a lot from this experience. The usher had the good sense to realise how important it was for me: “Ah, seat […]


October 24, 2011


Hi guys! Surprise! It’s me again. This review is a little late, mainly because I’ve been sitting around watching The Vampire Diaries instead of writing. Sometimes I think to myself, does the world really need another thinly-veiled in-joke masquerading as bourgeois travel literature? But when Matilda gets cranky, no-one has any fun. So here is […]

Cosmo-topia! Paris

September 24, 2011


With Cosmo-topia! 2011 almost over, I feel like it’s compulsory for me to write a review of Paris. I know – everyone’s been there, we’ve all seen the Eiffel Tower, tell me something I don’t know, blah blah blah. True dat, guys. I don’t think I really have anything new to say about the Notre […]

Cosmo-topia! 2011: Someone Explain Berlin

September 7, 2011


The skinny, kind of fey-looking guy on reception-duty at our hostel bobbed along to trance music as he took our passports. In only slightly-accented English he told us about such mundane things as laundry, check-out times and how you had to pay for breakfast. Meanwhile, another receptionist came up behind him, reached his arms over […]

Cosmo-topia! Schnitzelwirt—A Guide to Intense Schnitzel-Eating by Stephanie Rowe

August 30, 2011


I like to eat – I’m not going to lie. It is with great pride that I can say that there have been few dishes in my life that have defeated me. After recently spending time in Vienna I have unfortunately had to add another dish to my list, just below the extra large pizza […]

Cosmo-topia! Got the Munchies? Eat your Heart out in Amsterdam

August 10, 2011


A great-great grandfather of mine, Captain (and sometime smuggler) Rientsma, once punched a fellow sailor outside an Amsterdam brothel in an altercation concerning a prostitute. I have no idea whether this story is fact or fiction (stranger things have happened in my family), but it illustrates a point about the oft-maligned city of my birth: […]