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Ten Life Lessons You Learn at University

It’s time for summer again (hooray!) but unfortunately it always comes to an end, and whether you’re going to be a fresher in September or you’re a more seasoned university student here are a few lessons we are all sure to learn throughout the three to four-year period of our lives.

School Skirt Ban: Educate Children Instead of Sexualising Them

A secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent is now enforcing a ban on pupils wearing skirts because they are “distracting” for teachers and other pupils. Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe who has brought in this ban at Trentham High School said: “We’ve tried calling parents, sending pupils home and we’ve even had to buy some…

COMPETITION: Win A Signed Copy Of Jeannine Barry’s New EP

CultNoise has teamed up with UK country rising star Jeannine Barry to give away a signed copy of her new EP to not one, but 5 lucky readers. As described on Jeannine’s website, from an early age, the artist knew that country music was in her soul and that her destiny was to be a performer entertaining audiences the world over.

Interview: Woody Woodmansey

Woody Woodmansey is a professional drummer and former member of David Bowie’s legendary band, The Spiders from Mars. Recently, I was lucky enough to interview him during a tour stop in Glasgow about The Man Who Sold The World’s influence on music, its continued popularity and whether or not it’s an album he’s always wanted to play live.

Top Ten Must-Have Travel Essentials

Summer is well under way, but this list will provide you with a few things you must have for your adventures. Read on for CultNoise’s list of travel essentials.

Terminator Genisys Fails to Deliver a Compelling Story

Terminator Genisys has the unique quality of being the newest addition to the legendary Terminator franchise and also the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most famous role. The Terminator franchise started off as one of the most thought-provoking and endearing franchises of its time.

10 FRIENDS Quotes That Ruled The 90s

Admit it, you have watched every episode of FRIENDS more than once. We all have our favourite moments and can probably recite a fair few of lines. So we decided to compile the very best of FRIENDS quotes, which will instantly bring you back to your youth, and we promise that by the end of this article, you’ll be…

Georgie at Camden Rocks: Fallen To Flux

CultNoise’s Georgie Robbins heads to Camden Rocks to speak with alternative rock band Fallen To Flux about the band’s music, risk-taking bassists and science degrees – yes, they really are scientists.

CultNoise Talks to Country’s Rising Star Jeannine Barry

It hasn’t been an easy ride for the UK’s country rising star Jeannine Barry, but through her own determination and dedication she is quickly becoming one to look out for. Having recording her new EP in Nashville earlier this year and heading back out there this week, it seems that…

Make the Move From Sports Fan to Sports Participant

It’s all very well being a big football fan and following the progress of the Premier League every year, or loving the tennis and having an avid interest in who’s doing well at Wimbledon or the US Open. However, it’s quite another thing to move from sitting on the sofa watching the pros excel at their chosen sports to taking part in a sport yourself.

17 Housemate Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe

From sex toys on the ceiling to mousetraps in the shower, you’ll appreciate where you live a whole lot more after reading this article.

Charity Tuesday: Charitable Things to Do That Won’t Cost You a Penny

The UK is an extremely charitable country and I think it is instilled in us all from a young age to help others less fortunate and to spare what you can if it can benefit someone else. As a child, I did fundraising for the PDSA, a UK charity that provides free veterinary services for the pets of needy owners. I took part in the PDSA…

Terminator Genisys Fails to Deliver a Compelling Story

Terminator Genisys has the unique quality of being the newest addition to the legendary Terminator franchise and also the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most famous role. The Terminator franchise started off as one of the most thought-provoking and endearing franchises of its time.

Film Review: Jurassic World

Jurassic Park, the 1993 movie from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, based on the bestseller from Michael Crichton, is considered a cinematic classic. It represents a first-time foray into the world of dinosaurs and use of practical effects to convey scenes of unbelievable realism.

Jurassic World: A Fun-Filled Dino Romp

Jurassic World is the fourth main film in the Jurassic Park film series. It stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and is directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the first film in the series to be released following Jurassic Park 3 in 2001 after over ten years of “development hell”.

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.

Ten Life Lessons You Learn at University

It’s time for summer again (hooray!) but unfortunately it always comes to an end, and whether you’re going to be a fresher in September or you’re a more seasoned university student here are a few lessons we are all sure to learn throughout the three to four-year period of our lives.

Top Ten Must-Have Travel Essentials

Summer is well under way, but this list will provide you with a few things you must have for your adventures. Read on for CultNoise’s list of travel essentials.

10 FRIENDS Quotes That Ruled The 90s

Admit it, you have watched every episode of FRIENDS more than once. We all have our favourite moments and can probably recite a fair few of lines. So we decided to compile the very best of FRIENDS quotes, which will instantly bring you back to your youth, and we promise that by the end of this article, you’ll be…

17 Housemate Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe

From sex toys on the ceiling to mousetraps in the shower, you’ll appreciate where you live a whole lot more after reading this article.

Can Mindfulness Colouring Books Really Calm You Down?

I suffer from anxiety. Severe anxiety. For years now, art has been an outlet for my emotions, and more often than not, a way of calming down. When I first heard about ‘colouring books for adults’, I was skeptical to say the least. This can’t have the same effect as creating art from scratch, I thought. After a traumatic few weeks…

Things That Happen When You Have a Work BFF

From asking the dumb embarrassing questions that you’re too afraid to ask your boss to providing you with some juicy office gossip, your work BFF will never fail you. Check out CultNoise’s list of things you can expect from your ‘person.’

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.

Nine Steps to Finding Inner Peace

Start out the day with positive vibes. Whether this is through meditation, motivation, or just a strong cup of tea, do whatever works for you. But no matter what you do, you must decide what kind of day you will have, or the day will decide for you. Negative people will always find something to complain about.

Make the Move From Sports Fan to Sports Participant

It’s all very well being a big football fan and following the progress of the Premier League every year, or loving the tennis and having an avid interest in who’s doing well at Wimbledon or the US Open. However, it’s quite another thing to move from sitting on the sofa watching the pros excel at their chosen sports to taking part in a sport yourself.

17 Housemate Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe

From sex toys on the ceiling to mousetraps in the shower, you’ll appreciate where you live a whole lot more after reading this article.

5 Tips to Start Your Daily Diet Right – Breakfast

With all those fad diets flying in and out of fashion faster the Usain Bolt at the Olympics, it’s difficult to know what to eat and when. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be breaking down breakfast, lunch and dinner with a few top tips for how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet and enjoy yourself along the way.

Fitness Review: Clubbercise

After a brief introduction and being told to go at our own pace, the tunes began and within the next hour I had burned up to 600 calories dancing about to 90s classics such as the rave tune ‘Set you Free’, to the recent beat of ‘Up Town Funk’. The hour passed in no time.

Boys Have Body Hang-Ups Too…

Just last week, I was at the beach with my friends. Everything was great: the sun was shining, our skin was tanning, and we were splashing about in the sea. Or at least, some of us were. Surprisingly, the girls in the group were the only ones to shed our clothes. It’s not like we were naked or anything – we were, after all, wearing bikinis.

Can Mindfulness Colouring Books Really Calm You Down?

I suffer from anxiety. Severe anxiety. For years now, art has been an outlet for my emotions, and more often than not, a way of calming down. When I first heard about ‘colouring books for adults’, I was skeptical to say the least. This can’t have the same effect as creating art from scratch, I thought. After a traumatic few weeks…

The ‘Inside of My Mind’ Project: Anxiety

I wake up from an awful dream. Something really bad happened to someone I care about and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I know everyone has bad dreams, but as I lie in bed, fingers trembling and chest heaving with great gulping breaths, I know that I’ll spend the rest of the day dwelling on what I saw.

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.

School Skirt Ban: Educate Children Instead of Sexualising Them

A secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent is now enforcing a ban on pupils wearing skirts because they are “distracting” for teachers and other pupils. Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe who has brought in this ban at Trentham High School said: “We’ve tried calling parents, sending pupils home and we’ve even had to buy some…

Marriage and Equality

When I wrote my previous article ‘Marriage and Equality’, an incredible and humbling emotion had graced my mind; to know that today’s society (even if it be a cerebrally Westernised opinion on equal rights), adjusted the formal definition and belief that marriage be the formal union of man and woman to that of…

Congratulations, America! Let’s Get Married!

Friday the 26th of June has turned out to be a beautiful day. A day that will go down in history for celebrating love, for everyone, everywhere. Well, not everywhere exactly, but all 50 American states, and that’s huge!

Cyprus Stranger Danger: Should We All Be Worried?

The details of this highly publicised story, which is sending panic waves through every family in Britain, are, for the most part, unclear and conflicting. Following the incident, police in Cyprus have denied that there was any attempt to abduct children from the hotel.

World Refugee Day

Today however we don’t want to see refugees as a number, we need to appreciate the fact that every single one of them are just like you and me. They’re human. They all have names, and individual personalities, they all have pasts and hopefully they will all lead happy futures.

The Arches Closure is a Disaster for Glasgow

The McDonald’s on the corner of Argyll Street and Jamaica Street in Glasgow’s city centre has been the subject of over 200 police reports in a 14 month timespan. A dead body was discovered in a cubicle in the male toilets five hours after the man had entered the building. He had died of a drugs overdose. They operate 22 hours a day…

News: The Arches Glasgow Enters Administration

The Arches, Glasgow’s super-club, announced today that it will be going into administration. This follows Glasgow Licensing Board’s decision last month to force the club to close at midnight, instead of 3 AM. The board of directors met today and the conclusion was made that the business model was no longer viable due to the loss of the late license.

Who Really Owns Your Photos?

When you upload a snapshot to Instagram, who do you think will see it? Your boyfriend? Your best friend? Or an artist who will it ‘borrow’ it without your permission and then sell it on for $90,000?

Apple Music Facing Uphill Battle Ahead of WDC Launch

After innovating and then dominating the industry with its virtual music contraption iTunes, Apple will be looking to reassert its dominance once more as it ramps up its presence in the streaming market. Unfortunately for the giant which once stood out as a metaphorical great oak, the forthcoming Apple Music service is a mere pine in a forest full of competitors.

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.

Congratulations, America! Let’s Get Married!

Friday the 26th of June has turned out to be a beautiful day. A day that will go down in history for celebrating love, for everyone, everywhere. Well, not everywhere exactly, but all 50 American states, and that’s huge!

Lessons Learned from Men: A Tribute to Fathers

Although I grew up without my biological father, I’ve been blessed with father figures and male friends who taught me very important lessons about life. In honour of Father’s Day, below are some of the best lessons I’ve learned from men, and how they’ve impacted my life for the better.

A Cultural Shift for LGBTQ Support: OITNB’s Ruby Rose on Gender Fluidity

How many different sexualities are there? Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual and asexual. That must be all of them, right? Wrong. How many different genders exist? Male, female, trans-male, trans-female, bi-gender, gender binary and agender. Is that all of them? Wrong again.

Things That Happen When You Have a Work BFF

From asking the dumb embarrassing questions that you’re too afraid to ask your boss to providing you with some juicy office gossip, your work BFF will never fail you. Check out CultNoise’s list of things you can expect from your ‘person.’

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.

Coming Out: 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?

Recent Posts From Books

Books with Emmi: ‘Don’t Even Think About It’ by Sarah Mlynowski

Don’t Even Think About It follows the story of a whole class of teenagers who develop telepathy after getting flu vaccinations. Out of the home room only two people did not get the vaccination, but that still leaves over 20 people with the power to listen to everybody else’s thoughts.

Book Review: ‘The Followers’ by Rebecca Wait

Wait presents a thrilling account of life as a follower – the unavoidable attraction of a strong leader which ultimately leads to action without question. The promise of greatness combined with individual weakness and group mentality are powerfully illustrated in The Followers.

Chloe’s Reads: ‘Because You’ll Never Meet Me’ by Leah Thomas

Welcome to Chloe’s Reads: a new feature exclusively for CultNoise Magazine. Each month, YA book blogger and CultNoise journalist Chloe Smith will be discussing her latest read.

Book Review: ‘Grey’ by E.L. James

It’s fair to say that most people have been waiting eagerly for the arrival of the book Grey by E.L. James, that belongs to the extremely popular book trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m sure we weren’t the only ones who squealed with delight when we saw it sitting in a book shop window just waiting to be snatched up and read.

Books with Emmi: ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon

The only abnormal thing about Madeline is that she is allergic to everything so she has to stay in her sterilised, vacuum sealed house. Her mother is protective and will do anything for Madeline in order for her to stay alive. But when a new family arrives next door her life spins off course and changes everything she has ever known.

Book Review: ‘Naked Lunch’ by William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch follows Burroughs’ experiences through drug addiction and rehabilitation. More than a novel, it is a documentary. Burroughs composes a frightening literary journey, complete with repetitive imagery and language which lends the text a confusing sense of déjà vu.

Recent Posts From Spotlight on Society

School Skirt Ban: Educate Children Instead of Sexualising Them

A secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent is now enforcing a ban on pupils wearing skirts because they are “distracting” for teachers and other pupils. Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe who has brought in this ban at Trentham High School said: “We’ve tried calling parents, sending pupils home and we’ve even had to buy some…

Charity Tuesday: Charitable Things to Do That Won’t Cost You a Penny

The UK is an extremely charitable country and I think it is instilled in us all from a young age to help others less fortunate and to spare what you can if it can benefit someone else. As a child, I did fundraising for the PDSA, a UK charity that provides free veterinary services for the pets of needy owners. I took part in the PDSA…

Interview: Shining Stars – Helping the Homeless

In the last year, England has seen a rise in the number of people sleeping on the streets, however, there is currently no national figure for the number of people considered homeless in the UK. But government figures collected in autumn 2014 showed that 2,744 people were found to be sleeping on the streets on any one night.

Congratulations, America! Let’s Get Married!

Friday the 26th of June has turned out to be a beautiful day. A day that will go down in history for celebrating love, for everyone, everywhere. Well, not everywhere exactly, but all 50 American states, and that’s huge!

Makeup Shaming: We Don’t All Wake up Like This

Recently I’ve noticed, especially on social media, that making a statement along the lines of “I love makeup” seems to be associated with negative connotations. If you say you enjoy buying, trying and wearing everything from lip liners to contour kits, people often label you as being one of three things: vain, insecure or false.

A Cultural Shift for LGBTQ Support: OITNB’s Ruby Rose on Gender Fluidity

How many different sexualities are there? Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual and asexual. That must be all of them, right? Wrong. How many different genders exist? Male, female, trans-male, trans-female, bi-gender, gender binary and agender. Is that all of them? Wrong again.

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