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

April 12, 2013

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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

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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 […]

Oktoberfest

October 24, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: […]