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Go Caitlyn, It’s Your Birthday!

Following the brave outputs of Caitlyn and other famous transgender faces, like Australian model Andreja Pejic, people have discovered a whole other side of human existence which has been here all along: we can be anything we want to be.

Everything You Need to Know About Penny Dreadful

Want to watch something new, and wondering what the big deal is with Penny Dreadful? CultNoise has you covered with everything you need to know about this darkly decadent tale.

The ‘Inside of my Mind’ Project: Anxiety

I wake up at 1pm. A lie in was necessary as I spent the majority of the night worrying. I always find something to worry about. It’s not that I logically have any reasons to worry, either. Last month’s post-undergraduate uncertainty is no longer a problem: I now have a job, and I’ve been accepted into a postgraduate degree in creative writing…

A Night out in the Eyes of The ‘Sober One’

CultNoise writer Mikhaila Friel invites readers to join her as she experiences a night out as the ‘sober one’.

Elevated Levels of CO2 Increase Pollen Production

Most of us already know the severe affect that rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have on the planet. But did you know that the resulting climate change is expected to increase allergic and asthmatic symptoms through changes in pollen biology?

Nature vs. Nurture: Are Dogs Born or Taught to Be Dangerous?

Following the recent news story of the owner of a German Shepherd-type dog carrying away the body of pug pup that his dog killed in a suspected attempt to protect his own dog from having to be destroyed as a consequence of the attack at Eglinton Park in North Ayrshire, the debate surrounding dangerous dogs has again opened up a can of worms.

Interview: KIINGS

Hot off the heels of a a successful EP launch, Blackpool up-and-comers KIINGS (previously Golden Wings) are the ones to watch out for. They gave up some of their time to chat to CultNoise about how they started, their influences and their impending plans for the remainder of the year.

Introducing Sophie Jill

With an album set for release in the early part of June, I thought I would introduce you to singer Sophie Jill. I am predicting great things from the Ipswich native, and here you will find my chat with her and learn more about her music.

One to Watch: Lion Babe

After a short break and a few tracks spun by a DJ, Lion Babe made their entrance, and boy was it an entrance! Astro Raw (aka Lucas) came in with slick back hair and an impressive kimono, whilst Lion babe wowed the crowd in a black and gold leotard…

Book Review: ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler

You might know the American writer Karen Joy Fowler (1950) from her novel The Jane Austen Book Club, which became a movie in 2007. Fowler is a bestselling author in different genres and has already won several prizes. For her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, she was nominated for the Booker Prize 2014.

After Equal Marriage, Is an Abortion Referendum Next for Ireland?

On May 23, the Republic of Ireland turned rainbow coloured as it was announced that the largely Catholic country had voted a resounding Yes in the Same Sex Marriage Referendum. Being the first ever country to legalise equal marriage by popular vote, it was a proud moment for Ireland, the rest of the UK and the world as thousands…

Editor’s Opinion: Reflections on Religion and the Marriage Referendum

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said in a conference on Tuesday night that “I think that you cannot just talk of [the marriage referendum in Ireland as] a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.” Strong words from a senior Vatican official second only to the Pope.

Film Review: Tomorrowland

In a year dominated by superheroes and the return of some of science fiction’s biggest franchises, Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland created strong buzz by advertising a movie unlike anything we had ever seen. The trailers were cryptic to say the least and the marketing campaign was focused more on the world of Tomorrowland…

Pitch Perfect 2 – Mostly in Tune

With the returning ensemble cast from the first film, Elizabeth Banks taking over as director, and a story suitably grander in scale, does Pitch Perfect 2 match or exceed the quality of the original?

Film Review: Mad Max Fury Road

Beginning in 1979 and created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, the Mad Max series has been a strong inspiration for many pieces of post-apocalyptic fiction. The original film was followed by Mad Max 2 in 1981 and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.

The CultNoise Guide To a Successful Journalist Interview

CultNoise has put together a few handy hints and tips on conducting an awesome interview, without seeing the interviewee shoot death stares, look painfully off to the side of the camera, unleash a verbal tirade, or even storm out.

The Force Is Strong With Star Wars Day – A Guide

I think it’s only fair that we talk about Star Wars and all the buzz surrounding that franchise today. After all, it’s May the 4th and Revenge of the Fifth this week; both days are fan chosen to celebrate the franchise, based on the popular saying ‘May the Force be with you’ and after the third prequel film, ‘Revenge of the Sith’.

Film Review: The One I Love – It’s No Ordinary Rom-Com

Here we go, another formulaic romantic comedy with phoned in performances from actors just going through the motions. That was my initial reaction when my girlfriend recommended The One I Love. To my astonishment, and unbridled joy, this turned out to be one of the smartest, jarring looks at the rom-com genre.

Age of Ultron Highlights the True Extent of Joss Whedon’s Vision

Age of Ultron is completely different from any other Marvel movie, but at the same time it fits right at home with the rest, relying on wit and exploration of the characters’ humanity to solidify Joss Whedon’s position as the king of crossover films, making his departure from the franchise even more lachrymose now that we see the true extent of his vision.

Film Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron has the unique quality of being both the 2nd Avengers film and the 11th instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tasked with both telling its own story, continuing previous plot threads and setting up new ones, Age of Ultron had a lot of ground to cover. Add to that the action spectacle…

Fast and Furious 7: A Rip-roaring Good Time

Fast and Furious 7 is the latest entry in the long-running action franchise. Directed by James Wan, the film continues from its predecessor with an increased budget of two hundred and fifty million dollars. It also marks the final film appearance of the late series veteran Paul Walker, whose remaining scenes were completed by his two brothers using CGI.

Film Review: Suite Française

Suite Française is the movie adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel of the same name. The book gained notoriety after it was discovered having lay hidden away for 50 years.

The Magic of Harry Potter – Warner Bros Studios Tour

I am one of the biggest Harry Potter fans out there. There isn’t much I don’t know about the books and the films, and I’m known to frequently quote sections of the novels to friends and family. The book series is the reason why I am a writer; I am continually inspired by JK Rowling and I marathon the films at least once a month.

Chappie: Delightfully Entertaining and Surprisingly Uplifting

Chappie is Neill Blomkamp’s third directorial effort and it seems to represent the third part of a stylistic trilogy of films. While unrelated in terms of story, each of his films have had a similar visual style and pair science fiction ideas with allegorical storytelling. With Chappie, Blomkamp examines the idea of artificial intelligence…

A Night out in the Eyes of The ‘Sober One’

CultNoise writer Mikhaila Friel invites readers to join her as she experiences a night out as the ‘sober one’.

Quackers Month for Duck Campaigns

It seems as though everyone has gone quackers (sorry, couldn’t resist) for a duck related story in the news recently. So much so that it’s sparking questions as to whether the duckling is the new cat, as far as internet sensations go.

Adventure: Sunset Climb at The O2

Last Sunday, I was on The O2 Arena. Yes, on not in. Up at The O2 is yet another fun offering from this incredible venue. When purchasing tickets online, you have the choice between regular climbs (various slots available throughout the day) and a sunset climb, which is usually pegged around the expected time…

Mila Kunis Isn’t Chicken about Being Sued

Today I learned that Mila Kunis, my goddess, my love is being sued for being none other than a pet chicken thief. Yes, a pet chicken that went by the name of Doggie. I can hardly believe it myself but someone claiming to be an old friend from 25 years ago is suing the actor for the emotional stress of losing this chicken.

Five Reasons to Love Your International Friends

Get any group of friends together and everyone always wants to do something different. Add in multiple languages, faiths or ideas and things can get pretty experimental!

How to Customise Your Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation? Tired of miserable, plain brick walls? CultNoise has all the tips and tricks to creating the perfect student bedroom.

It’s Mini Tennis Month – Families Learn Tennis for Free

Tennis clubs across the country are offering free tennis lessons to families for the month of April. Highland Spring Mini Tennis Month is a fun and exciting way for families and children between the ages of 3 and 10-years-old to get active and enjoy tennis.

The Facts about The Dress

The latest source of strife on the internet is ‘The Dress’. This ominous piece of apparel has managed to divide family and friends into two equally firm and adamant camps: Blue-and-Black, or Gold-and-White. Colour-blind, insensitive and retarded have become mere words for one camp to hurl at the other…

QUIZ: What Should You Do This Valentine’s Day?

No plans for the big day? Take our quiz to find out what you should be doing this Valentine’s Day, whether it’s taking a stroll in the park with your lover, or a fancy dinner, let our quiz help you decide what your heart most desires.

Which Annoying Coffee Shop Customer Are You?

Let’s be honest, we all know that your coffee addiction has damaged your personality. Take our quiz to find out which annoying coffee shop customer you are.

QUIZ: What Kind of Romantic Soul Do You Have?

Valentine’s Day is almost among us, and that means one thing: romance. But just what kind of romantic soul do you have? From the hopeless romantic to the old fashioned romantic, take our quiz to find out which one best describes you.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Ballet?

Ballet is the often thought of as the most beautiful dance in the world, perhaps making it the most difficult. Poise and technique have to be perfect to perform as a professional. From the Nutcracker to Swan Lake, take our test to find out how much you really know about ballet.

The ‘Inside of my Mind’ Project: Anxiety

I wake up at 1pm. A lie in was necessary as I spent the majority of the night worrying. I always find something to worry about. It’s not that I logically have any reasons to worry, either. Last month’s post-undergraduate uncertainty is no longer a problem: I now have a job, and I’ve been accepted into a postgraduate degree in creative writing…

The ‘Inside of My Mind’ Project: Severe Clinical Depression & Mixed Anxiety

It’s 4 am. I can hear the birds starting to chirp outside my window, but I can’t switch my brain off. My legs are constantly restless so no matter how exhausted I am, I cannot sleep. For some reason I am reminded of when I was ten and my dad was teaching me how to swim in the deep end of the pool.

The ‘Inside of My Mind’ Project: Depression

The ‘Inside of my Mind’ project invites readers to take a trip through a sufferer’s mind. This article looks at the thoughts of someone who is suffering from depression.

Health: An Alternative Contraception

The pill, condoms… these are often seen as the only real options when it comes to contraception these days, being touted around by your local GP and sexual health clinic. In recent years, the implant has gained a lot of popularity because of its convenience – it lasts for three years and you can pretty much forget about it.

The ‘Inside of My Mind’ Project: Major Depressive Disorder

The ‘Inside of my Mind’ project invites readers to take a trip through a sufferer’s mind. This article looks at the thoughts of someone who is suffering from major depressive disorder, personality disorder and self harm.

The ‘Inside of My Mind’ Project: OCD

Mental health is being spoken about a lot more than we are used to nowadays, and that can only be a good thing, but how can we really know a person’s mind? How can we understand what it is a sufferer goes through? Is there a way to experience it for ourselves?

The Truth About ‘The Pill’

It’s no surprise that roughly one in three women of reproductive age take The Pill in the United Kingdom. It seems that 64 years on from its creation, The Pill is still a favoured choice of contraception for some. But just how is it affecting women?

Hotel Review: Cavo Olympo – Luxury Spa & Resort in Greece

Tucked away on the outskirts of Litochoro in Greece, Cavo Olympo is your ultimate idyllic escape from the world. This little utopian bubble is perfect for anyone who is looking to disconnect, relax, recharge and pamper themselves.

On the Couch: Dispelling the Myths Around Therapy

Sometimes I like to try out a little social experiment and so tell people, quite simply, that I’m in therapy and then carefully watch their reactions. Mostly people smile, ask a few polite questions and change the subject as quickly as possible.

20 Things People with Depression Want You to Know

Yesterday was the start of Depression Awareness Week 2015. The aim is to raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding depression, as well as other mental health issues. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime – so why aren’t we talking about it yet?

OCD: It’s Not What You Think It Is

When you hear the words ‘Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,’ you probably conjure up images of people washing their hands far too often, or somebody who arranges their food cupboards by the size and colours of its contents.

Interview: CALM – a Registered Charity Aimed to Prevent Male Suicide

With the subject of men’s mental health becoming less taboo, and in light of the shocking statistics recently revealed about male suicide, CultNoise had a rare opportunity to have a chat with the team behind CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity that offers men support and guidance through their toughest of times.

Nature vs. Nurture: Are Dogs Born or Taught to Be Dangerous?

Following the recent news story of the owner of a German Shepherd-type dog carrying away the body of pug pup that his dog killed in a suspected attempt to protect his own dog from having to be destroyed as a consequence of the attack at Eglinton Park in North Ayrshire, the debate surrounding dangerous dogs has again opened up a can of worms.

After Equal Marriage, Is an Abortion Referendum Next for Ireland?

On May 23, the Republic of Ireland turned rainbow coloured as it was announced that the largely Catholic country had voted a resounding Yes in the Same Sex Marriage Referendum. Being the first ever country to legalise equal marriage by popular vote, it was a proud moment for Ireland, the rest of the UK and the world as thousands…

Chechnya: Teenage Girl Forced into Marriage

Today, on May 16 2015, a 17-year old girl was forced to become a second wife of a police commander much older than her in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya. A journalist who was trying to investigate the story had to flee Chechnya after receiving threats.

Major Fashion Magazine Drops Make-Up

Norway’s biggest women’s and fashion magazine, Det Nye, announced on 13 May 2015 that it will be publishing a special edition in which nobody wears make-up and no re-touching has been done. The first edition can be found in stores (in Norway) this coming Monday. What’s even more pleasing is that rather than being a one off…

Readers Becoming Reporters: What the Media Are Hiding from Us

It’s no secret that every media outlet, from BBC to Sky News, have their own agenda and subtle ways of manipulating the details of news stories in order to represent their own interests, but when it comes to almost all of the country’s mainstream news outlets completely ignoring a major news event, members of the public have to…

How to Be an Ethical Fashionista

John Oliver recently discussed the problem of non ethical fast fashion on what has gradually become one of my favourite shows, Last Week Tonight. He acknowledges this topic has been brought to our attention before, but mentions little change has been made since then and quite rapidly forgotten by the public.

Torchwood Returns with New Audio Dramas

Here’s the good news: Big Finish Productions recently announced that they will be releasing a brand new Torchwood audio drama range. Specific information is currently being kept top secret, but what we do know is that the first series will consist of 6 stories, the first of which is titled Torchwood: The Conspiracy…

The UK’s Immigration Attitude – Racist or Fair?

As someone who wasn’t born in the UK, but also a British citizen I can understand why one would sympathise with both sides of the ongoing immigration debate. Those that are critical of immigration say that it puts pressure on our services and that it should be moderated then there are those on the other side that say the benefits outweigh…

Why We Should Boycott Floyd Mayweather

“Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that motherf- -ker make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.” A quote from Floyd Mayweather. His off-colour crass remarks are often splashed everywhere in the media, yet people are flocking to LA to watch this anticipated ‘fight of the century’ take place today.

Who The Media Forgot When Covering Jamelia’s Body Bashing

As one of the minority groups that Jamelia bashed on Loose Women last week, you can imagine I take her comments very seriously. There is no doubt that her words were hurtful to many people, and present unacceptable views on women who do not fit the average statistic.

Top 50 Things That Bore Modern Brits to Tears

A recent study into the top 50 things that bore our modern-day Brits to tears revealed some very interesting statistics. The study showed that even with the General Election on the way, Party Political Broadcasts have been identified as the most boring aspect of modern life, followed by being kept on hold and queuing at the post office.

Mila Kunis Isn’t Chicken about Being Sued

Today I learned that Mila Kunis, my goddess, my love is being sued for being none other than a pet chicken thief. Yes, a pet chicken that went by the name of Doggie. I can hardly believe it myself but someone claiming to be an old friend from 25 years ago is suing the actor for the emotional stress of losing this chicken.

Editor’s Opinion: Reflections on Religion and the Marriage Referendum

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said in a conference on Tuesday night that “I think that you cannot just talk of [the marriage referendum in Ireland as] a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.” Strong words from a senior Vatican official second only to the Pope.

Why I am Terrified of ‘Wedmin’

For the uninitiated amongst you, this fun little term describes the process of a rather daunting event otherwise known as Wedding Administration. Yes, at almost 26-years-old I am actually, properly, seriously getting married! I say this mostly to myself because my charming fiancé and I were considering taking the leap…

Relationship Rape: My Body Does Not Belong To You

I was nineteen when I entered my first relationship. Twenty one when I lost my virginity; though it wasn’t with my consent. We had been dating for a few years. It’s much like they tell you actually. If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the past few years, it’s that abusers tend to share a few similarities.

Can Long Distance Relationships Work?

My boyfriend and I have been managing long distance for over a year. When we left sixth form in 2013 I decided to work full time in sunny Lancashire whilst he chose to attend university… 200 miles away down south.

*EXPIRED* Valentine’s Competition: Saucy Couple’s Board Game from Prezzybox

In honour of Valentine’s Day, we are offering one lucky reader a saucy board game courtesy of Prezzybox.com, worth £24.95!

Is Fifty Shades of Grey’s Ana an Abused Woman?

A particular series of books that was published in 2011 and has sold over 70 million copies worldwide (and has become the fastest selling paperback of all time), has now become one of the most conversional pieces of writing in the modern age.

Parents Announce Birth of Son Following Sex Change

The parents of a 19-year-old Brisbane boy have re-announced their son’s birth in today’s Courier Mail, following their son’s sex change. Check out the heartwarming announcement here, which has been widely shared on social media.

Being Gay: Support and Understanding

The inner demon, we all have one. We all have that image of who we want to be, a slight delusion in a non existent perfect world. I, like many others have spent years searching for answers to those major life questions such as: Who am I? What am I? What shall I be?

Relationship Advice: 5 things That Will Scare Her Off

So you’ve got the girl you want and now you need to keep her.
Here are 5 things you probably shouldn’t do.

Is ‘That’s So Gay’ Okay?

BY DEANE LAOUADI | October 4, 2014 For years now, organisations like...

What constitutes as cheating these days?

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 1, 2014.   The term sexting was pushed into...

The 15 Absolute Worst Things People Have Been Told On a First Date

Oh, we’ve all had our fair share of unfair dates, haven’t we? Check out our list of some of the worst things people have been told on a first date. All examples sent in by readers, which means that sadly, these are all true, folks!

Recent Posts From Books

Book Review: ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day is an unconventional autobiography, in which humour is cleverly used to recount Sedaris’ interesting experiences, from struggling fine art student and performance artist, to unconventional writing lecturer and a stint as a personal assistant, to working as a moving man and finally moving to France himself.

Books with Emmi: ‘All I Know Now’ by Carrie Hope Fletcher

All I Know Now is the debut book from YouTuber, actress and singer Carrie Hope Fletcher. It is a non-fiction novel that has been described as a ‘big sister in a book’. Carrie’s goal was to write a book with her stories and experiences in order for her fans to hopefully learn from her mistakes. It touches on all kinds of subjects, such as friendship and love.

Book Review: ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler

You might know the American writer Karen Joy Fowler (1950) from her novel The Jane Austen Book Club, which became a movie in 2007. Fowler is a bestselling author in different genres and has already won several prizes. For her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, she was nominated for the Booker Prize 2014.

Book Review: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See is a unique view of war; an almost behind-the-scenes tale in which destruction functions as a background or stage for the real story; bombs and devastation are muted by the whispers of friendship, family and love.

OCD, Comics and a Dead Prime Minister

I have OCD and I write comics. The two are often connected. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has an impact on just about every area of my life. That might sound ‘bad,’ but it can also be good. I’m going to try explain that in today’s article.

Books With Emmi: ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere follows the story of Lennie Walker after her sister Bailey’s death. Bailey and Lennie were inseparable but now Lennie finds herself to be a fish out of water. She is now in the spotlight and attracting the attention of two boys.

Recent Posts From Spotlight on Society

Go Caitlyn, It’s Your Birthday!

Following the brave outputs of Caitlyn and other famous transgender faces, like Australian model Andreja Pejic, people have discovered a whole other side of human existence which has been here all along: we can be anything we want to be.

The ‘Inside of my Mind’ Project: Anxiety

I wake up at 1pm. A lie in was necessary as I spent the majority of the night worrying. I always find something to worry about. It’s not that I logically have any reasons to worry, either. Last month’s post-undergraduate uncertainty is no longer a problem: I now have a job, and I’ve been accepted into a postgraduate degree in creative writing…

National Day of Action Against Austerity

Today marks the ‘National Day of Action Against Austerity’ in the United Kingdom. This comes after The People’s Assembly Against Austerity called for a day of much needed action. In response, various rallies and events were planned and took place in major cities across the United Kingdom.

After Equal Marriage, Is an Abortion Referendum Next for Ireland?

On May 23, the Republic of Ireland turned rainbow coloured as it was announced that the largely Catholic country had voted a resounding Yes in the Same Sex Marriage Referendum. Being the first ever country to legalise equal marriage by popular vote, it was a proud moment for Ireland, the rest of the UK and the world as thousands…

Editor’s Opinion: Reflections on Religion and the Marriage Referendum

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said in a conference on Tuesday night that “I think that you cannot just talk of [the marriage referendum in Ireland as] a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.” Strong words from a senior Vatican official second only to the Pope.

The ‘Inside My Mind’ Project: Schizoaffective Disorder

Today is going to be a bad day. I know it as soon as I wake up. Like all bad days with schizoaffective disorder, today is just an unfortunate collision between disordered patterns of thought; the obsessive, the depressive, the manic, and the psychotic. I move so swiftly through them that it’s difficult to feel like I hold any form of control over my own thoughts.

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