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A Look Back at the Brilliance of Utopia

The amount of time and detail delicately placed into each scene of Utopia is evident in the framing of shots, the use of colour and the scenery. Each shot in the show – no matter how gruesome or mundane – is carefully created to be irresistible and superb in quality.

18 Occasions You Vowed Never to Talk to Your Siblings Again

Love them or (more common) hate them, our siblings are a big part of our lives, and spending that much time together isn’t an easy task. So, here’s 18 times you might recognise if you have a brother or sister; the times when you wanted to never see to their stupid faces again.

Mental Health Project: Get Involved!

Are you living with a mental illness? Do you want to share your story? (Anonymously, should you wish.) CultNoise Magazine is inviting you to participate in a new project that will allow readers to gain a true insight and understanding into what it is like to live with a mental health condition.

Men’s Health: Could Your Moisturiser Be Affecting Your Sex Drive?

Most men probably don’t pay close enough attention to the causes of many of the health issues which plague them in this day and age. Men’s health magazines only seem to focus on the male exterior and image. However, beauty products are increasingly being used by more and more men, and the problem is that many of them contain…

The Perks Of Being A Night Owl

The night is my time for noticing. The way strips of moonlight filter into my bedroom and break the darkness. The way a certain floorboard in the bathroom always creaks, the howling, moaning and patter patter of the weather. The way the shadows of neighbours’ cars and, on Monday mornings, bins are cast across the street.

We Need to Talk About Money

This is the position humanity finds herself in. Capitalism has provided us with a foundation in which we were able to develop and blossom at an extraordinary rate. However, the very system that allowed us to flourish is now beginning to cripple us. The individual is crippled by the need to work 3/4 of their life to afford to survive.

Game Review: Rocket League

July’s free PS4 games on PlayStation Plus have provided thousands of gamers the chance to play one of the coolest new indie games developed, Rocket League. Published by Californian company Psyonix, Rocket League takes the generic form of a football game and adds an interesting ingredient, cars. Instead of using the likes of Lionel Messi…

What’s All the Fuss About Wolf Alice?

Wolf Alice are a four piece from London. Their music has been described as ‘Indie rock’ and ‘alternative’ and they released their debut album ‘My Love is Cool’ last month. They have a low-key allure about them and a progressively obscure name.

10 Reasons to Love Mhairi Black

Whether you are Scottish or not and whether you agree with Mhairi Black’s views or not, it is undeniable that her conviction, intelligence, passion, determination, empathy and genuine concern for the general public – especially those living in poverty – is admirable, inspiring and compelling.

Single Review: Mikey Guitar – Emilie

The Internet has meant that whether you like it or not (and many record labels do not) if the music is out there, it spreads like wildfire via the information superhighway. But with the growing prominence of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe and Indiegogo, musicians don’t just have a platform to promote the music, but to bring it to fruition.

10 Everyday Problems That Teens of Today Will Never Understand

Teens of today have it pretty easy, especially when it comes to technology. With easy access to the internet, social media and high definition video games, teens these days are more technologically capable than many adults. They will never understand the struggles that we went through on a day-to-day basis back in our day.

The Queen’s Salute: An Unfair Attack

We must stop targeting the Queen for the alleged photo of her performing a Nazi salute that was recently printed in The Sun. Social media, the breeding ground of ill-thought and inane political commentary, has taken to various extremes. I have witnessed statuses, tweets and blog posts in which people are naming and shaming the monarch…

10 Everyday Problems That Teens of Today Will Never Understand

Teens of today have it pretty easy, especially when it comes to technology. With easy access to the internet, social media and high definition video games, teens these days are more technologically capable than many adults. They will never understand the struggles that we went through on a day-to-day basis back in our day.

Film Review: Ant-Man

In a studio filled with blockbuster breakouts such as Iron Man, Captain America and the lovable Guardians of the Galaxy, it can be very easy for us to dismiss Ant-Man as the ‘odd one out’ or a ‘risky license’ to tackle. But in classic MCU fashion the studio finds a way for us to enjoy the film and want more from it…

Film Review: Minions (2015)

They are one of the most popular things on the box office screens around the world and they finally have their very first feature length movie. Yes that’s the right, the banana loving, dungaree wearing Minions have made it to the big screen and it’s around an hour and a half of fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Disney’s Frozen is a Perfect Allegory for Mental Illness: Here’s How

A few days ago, I finally saw Frozen for the first time. Having avoided the movie due to my intense dislike for the award-winning ‘Let It Go’, I quickly realised that the song shouldn’t be taken out of context. Rather, it encompasses everything that the movie represents, particularly issues surrounding mental health. Here’s how.

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’.

The Perks Of Being A Night Owl

The night is my time for noticing. The way strips of moonlight filter into my bedroom and break the darkness. The way a certain floorboard in the bathroom always creaks, the howling, moaning and patter patter of the weather. The way the shadows of neighbours’ cars and, on Monday mornings, bins are cast across the street.

Game Review: Rocket League

July’s free PS4 games on PlayStation Plus have provided thousands of gamers the chance to play one of the coolest new indie games developed, Rocket League. Published by Californian company Psyonix, Rocket League takes the generic form of a football game and adds an interesting ingredient, cars. Instead of using the likes of Lionel Messi…

10 Everyday Problems That Teens of Today Will Never Understand

Teens of today have it pretty easy, especially when it comes to technology. With easy access to the internet, social media and high definition video games, teens these days are more technologically capable than many adults. They will never understand the struggles that we went through on a day-to-day basis back in our day.

Six Tips For Preparing Your Dissertation Over Summer

So, it’s the middle of summer, and there is so much other fun stuff you could be doing, but planning your dissertation in advance will save you countless hours later in the year. The time to act is now. Don’t wait until September. Prepare yourself for battle, young warrior.

12 Problems That Only Cat Owners Will Understand

Cats. Whether you love them (good for you!) or hate them (what’s wrong with you?), there are certain things that you’ll only understand when you have a squishy ball of fur of your very own.

QUIZ: Which Taylor Swift Song Best Represents You?

Are you one of her more famous songs, like ’22’ or ‘We are Never Getting Back Together?’ Or are you maybe ‘The Lucky One’ or ‘Treacherous’? Take our quiz to find out which Taylor Swift song best represents you.

First Kiss Stories: The Good, The Bad And The Downright Disastrous

6 July is International Kissing Day, or World Kiss Day and we’ve compiled a list of our favourite first kiss stories from our readers. Some will make you laugh, others might remind you of your own awkward encounters. If you have your own first kiss story, and you’d like to share it, be sure to let us know…

QUIZ: What Is Your Orange Is The New Black Personality Type?

Which of your personality traits would help you survive in Litchfield? Take our quiz to find out.

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.

Men’s Health: Could Your Moisturiser Be Affecting Your Sex Drive?

Most men probably don’t pay close enough attention to the causes of many of the health issues which plague them in this day and age. Men’s health magazines only seem to focus on the male exterior and image. However, beauty products are increasingly being used by more and more men, and the problem is that many of them contain…

The Perks Of Being A Night Owl

The night is my time for noticing. The way strips of moonlight filter into my bedroom and break the darkness. The way a certain floorboard in the bathroom always creaks, the howling, moaning and patter patter of the weather. The way the shadows of neighbours’ cars and, on Monday mornings, bins are cast across the street.

My First Experience with Hot Yoga

I’ve only done Yoga a handful of times, each being a relaxing and pleasant experience. I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out lately, so I was looking for some kind of physical outlet. Yoga seemed like the perfect choice, so when I came across a Groupon voucher deal for hot yoga, I optimistically thought, “How different can it be from the usual thing?”

Diet Review: The Military Diet

Every now and then a different fad diet does the rounds. Proponents regale us with tales of dramatic weight loss with little effort. Recently, as a means of experimentation, I tried one of these fad diets. I didn’t want to crap all over it before trying it for myself. The diet in question is called “The Military Diet”, which claims that you can lose up to ten pounds in one week.

5 Tips to Make Your Daily Diet Right – Lunch

Eating lunch later in the day seems to have become the norm, however in a society where early starts coincide with early breakfasts can lead to not only over consumption of calories towards the end of the day but can also be detrimental to your hormonal system, causing mood swings & lethargy.

Disney’s Frozen is a Perfect Allegory for Mental Illness: Here’s How

A few days ago, I finally saw Frozen for the first time. Having avoided the movie due to my intense dislike for the award-winning ‘Let It Go’, I quickly realised that the song shouldn’t be taken out of context. Rather, it encompasses everything that the movie represents, particularly issues surrounding mental health. Here’s how.

Diet Review: Clean 9

We’re a nation obsessed with losing weight, but slimming is not an easy task for most. Last year it was all about juicing and the Paleo Diet, but figures released by Google at the end of 2014 show that the most searched diet of 2014 was Clean 9.

10 Sure-Fire Steps to Body Confidence

Worryingly, evidence gathered by the YMCA shows that low body confidence in young people can lead to unsafe sex, drug and alcohol abuse, and youth unemployment. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten sure-fire ways to improve your body confidence today.

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.

Harassment: Don’t Ignore It!

Yesterday, I was minding my own business. I was clearing tables when I happened to catch a customer’s eye. I looked away quickly. I continued doing my job – cleaned surfaces, swept the floor – but when I looked back in his direction, he was still staring at me. His eyes refused to leave mine. When I scowled at him, he only smirked.

Posthumousness, Death and Letting Go: Les Talk About Dawson

I want to approach this topic in the best way I can – one which conveys my views on what I believe to be a serious matter, but in a way which respects those directly affected by what I’m about to write about. It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting in my gran’s home at her bedside, eyes glued to her tiny television screen as she idly flicked…

We Need to Talk About Greece

This is what has happened to Greece. They’ve borrowed more money than they could ever possibly hope to pay back, and now they have no way to get out of the hole that they’ve dug for themselves. Usually, what a country in their situation would do is devalue their currency.

Energy Exploitation: The True Nature of the Big Six

The Competition and Markets Authority is a branch of the UK government which handles issues and incidents surrounding competition and consumer confidence. They are supported in this inquiry by “Which?” who stands as a “consumer champion”, reviewing products and practices to help customers make informed decisions.

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?

18 Occasions You Vowed Never to Talk to Your Siblings Again

Love them or (more common) hate them, our siblings are a big part of our lives, and spending that much time together isn’t an easy task. So, here’s 18 times you might recognise if you have a brother or sister; the times when you wanted to never see to their stupid faces again.

9 Reasons Phoebe and Joey Should’ve Got Together in Friends

For all us 90s-00s babies who religiously watched Friends until we could rhyme off every single one of Joey’s cheesy chat-up lines, Chandler’s sarcastic jokes, Phoebe’s coffee-house songs, Ross’s attempts to woo Rachel, Monica’s frantic cleaning sessions, Rachel’s crying and even Janice’s catchphrases (“Oh. My. God.”), the ending of…

10 Sure-Fire Steps to Body Confidence

Worryingly, evidence gathered by the YMCA shows that low body confidence in young people can lead to unsafe sex, drug and alcohol abuse, and youth unemployment. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten sure-fire ways to improve your body confidence today.

First Kiss Stories: The Good, The Bad And The Downright Disastrous

6 July is International Kissing Day, or World Kiss Day and we’ve compiled a list of our favourite first kiss stories from our readers. Some will make you laugh, others might remind you of your own awkward encounters. If you have your own first kiss story, and you’d like to share it, be sure to let us know…

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.

Recent Posts From Books

Book Review: ‘I am Radar’ by Reif Larsen

An impressive novel which weighs heavily on the mind in both content and size, I am Radar raises many questions for the reader’s consideration, and the story thus continues far beyond the last page; a true magical detail which augments the content of science and performance.

Books with Emmi: ‘One’ by Sarah Crossan

The novel One by Sarah Crossan is a unique story of two sisters. But Grace and Tipie aren’t just sisters. They are sisters who share everything; clothes, friends and a body. One contains the story of conjoined twins – sisters who are joined together from the waste down.

100 Books to Read Before You Die: To Kill a Mockingbird

A poignant part in the book is when Atticus has to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, who has been accused of raping a young white woman Mayella Ewell. Despite many citizens disapproval Atticus defends Tom like it would be anyone else.

Book Review: ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee

The sequel to acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM), Go Set a Watchman revisits the Finch family years later, when Jean Louise is an adult and has long since outgrown her childhood as Scout. The story has a consuming sense of nostalgia – reading the words dancing across the page feels like coming home.

Book Review: ‘The Dream House’ by Craig Higginson

The Dream House deals with more than the passing of time and life’s inevitable flow towards the future, and stands firmly in the pull of the past. A beautifully poetic narrative is filled with sad imagery; gloomy mists creep from the pages into the reader’s mind, seemingly to prepare for a dark ending.

Books with Emmi: ‘Extraordinary Means’ by Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means is the new novel from Robyn Schneider, the author of The Beginning of Everything. The book follows the story of two teenagers who have been diagnosed with a deadly disease.

Recent Posts From Spotlight on Society

Mental Health Project: Get Involved!

Are you living with a mental illness? Do you want to share your story? (Anonymously, should you wish.) CultNoise Magazine is inviting you to participate in a new project that will allow readers to gain a true insight and understanding into what it is like to live with a mental health condition.

10 Reasons to Love Mhairi Black

Whether you are Scottish or not and whether you agree with Mhairi Black’s views or not, it is undeniable that her conviction, intelligence, passion, determination, empathy and genuine concern for the general public – especially those living in poverty – is admirable, inspiring and compelling.

The Changing Face of Unconventional Beauty

When I was growing up, the generally accepted idea of “beauty” was attached to the image of the standard Barbie-doll. It was only when I started secondary school and became more aware and educated in social issues that I began to realise that perhaps beauty doesn’t have to be defined within a limited, rigid set of characteristics.

Harassment: Don’t Ignore It!

Yesterday, I was minding my own business. I was clearing tables when I happened to catch a customer’s eye. I looked away quickly. I continued doing my job – cleaned surfaces, swept the floor – but when I looked back in his direction, he was still staring at me. His eyes refused to leave mine. When I scowled at him, he only smirked.

Be Kinder Than You Have To

E Lockhart once said “Be a little kinder than you have to.” I always loved this quote, and I thought I knew exactly what it meant: it meant flash your best smile. Use your manners. Be polite. Shake hands. Hold the door open for someone. Give away compliments and cuddles like spare change. It meant never frowning.

Disney’s Frozen is a Perfect Allegory for Mental Illness: Here’s How

A few days ago, I finally saw Frozen for the first time. Having avoided the movie due to my intense dislike for the award-winning ‘Let It Go’, I quickly realised that the song shouldn’t be taken out of context. Rather, it encompasses everything that the movie represents, particularly issues surrounding mental health. Here’s how.

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