Issue 8 : September 2017 'Student Life'
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contributors JAMES NORMAN – FEED editor culture p6
HANNAH BAYNHAM student food p18
SOHAIL KHAN student life p12
MIKE TAYLOR sport p20 A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Worcester, Mike hopes to achieve a respected journalism career by being a reliable source of information, providing social commentary and creating cutting edge content.
LUKE ALEX DAVIS student experiences p14
LUKE LUDBROOK – film p22 Luke is a journalism student in his final year at university. Upon finishing, he'll stumble out into the world with crippling debt and attempt to make his way in the world of professional writing.
JADE DAWSON student living p16
PETE MORSE – FEED designer
A Maths graduate and writer with an affinity for both numbers and words, James writes novels and screenplays in his spare time and hopes to one day sell a story that someone will actually read.
A reader of books and watcher of sports, in his stop-start career as an amateur writer, Sohail has published mostly about sports but is soon to be a best-selling Times author for a pop culture book.
Luke Alex Davis is a music producer and writer. In his spare time, he enjoys watching tennis, modernist architecture and playing Pokémon.
Jade is 22, has a love of travel and spends of her free time watching sport (or Netflix).
A Media Studies graduate from the University of Portsmouth, Hannah is still trying to figure out life, but has a passion for food and a goal to achieve the world's crispiest roast potato.
Graphic designer, web designer, facilitator, musician and all round good guy!
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Shows to binge-watch instead of attending lectures
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September is the month that everyone starts going back to University, but more importantly, it’s the month when everyone starts going to University. I remember my first day at Uni being a terrifying experience, and so with that in mind, this month’s issue of Feed Magazine aims to give some (hopefully) valuable insight and advice to both Freshers and Re-Freshers. There’s amateur career advice (page 12), must-know recipes for spicing up classic student dishes (page 14), and a guide to television binge-watching (page 22) if the lectures get all too much. Elsewhere, a story of a student football team’s European dreams (page 20) and advice for dealing with freedom (page 18). Also this month, I was invited to an event put on by Warwick University’s Tango Society, where I had the chance to interview the society president about all things tango (page 6), and to get any advice for Uni students looking to try something new. JAMES NORMAN - Editor-in-chief
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Whilst researching ‘alternate things to do at University’ I was invited along to a ‘milonga’ put together by the students of the Warwick University Tango Society. Whilst there, I spoke with Nick Wild, the president of the society, about learning tango, teaching tango, and how it’s just one big hug. Is tango hard to pick up? A lot of tango depends on how good the lead is. Like anything, depending how seriously you take learning tango determines how easy or hard you will find it. For leaders, you should think about ensuring that your follower has a perfect dance and feels totally comfortable. You need to consider your steps, her steps, space on the dance floor, and the music. The girls also have to think about the music and her steps, but can close their eyes and be in the moment. Have dancers got to be of a certain level out there on the dancefloor? No, they can come in at any level they like. Everyone has to start somewhere and at the university we hold events in a relaxed and comfortable environment so people don’t feel nervous. Students join the society and think “Shit, this is hard”, but also see it’s a great dance and they want to come more and aspire to a high level. We usually get three or four in the group who can dance, but the rest of them can’t. But, because they’re all beginners it’s fine. There are two teachers, Gosha and David, who do a really good job of getting everybody up to a level before they come along to public events. At the start of the year is there already a mixed ability or is everyone at the same level? We get a mixed ability. We usually get one or two people who are really keen and have been doing it for years, and then the rest of the people are new and have never done it before. We do performances and they all think “Oh my God, they’re so good!” They come along and end up
loving it, but most people are new. They see tango in movies, and TV and everywhere else, and they think it looks cool, so they come to do it. Do you give an introduction? We do two lessons every week, an improvers lesson and beginners lesson. At the beginning of every term we do a beginners course; for the first few weeks we do loads of lessons to get the beginners up with introductory lessons, and then we’ll have a milonga like this where we’ll get together and show them what tango’s really about. Throughout the rest of the term we have lessons every Monday and Thursday. Monday lesson is beginners, Thursday lesson is improvers. When the students start, do they start as individuals, or do they come in groups? It varies. We get some couples, we get groups of friends who want to try something new, but most people come by themselves. I started because I wanted to learn a new life skill. Dancing is a life skill, and I think that’s what a lot of people think too. They see us performing around campus and they think “I’d like to learn how to dance” so they come along by themselves. At places like this (milongas) you’ll find that you have more girls than guys, but at University it’s usually about 50/50. No one is ever left out, there’s never anyone sitting out Do the couples stay together during the dances? During lessons we say to couples if they want to stay together, that’s fine. We won’t tell anyone to move on. It’s great if they want to dance with each other. People do have to get over that ‘urgh, touching someone else’ thing, but after one dance you’re fine. Then at a milonga people can dance with whoever they want. I hear one of the difficulties is ‘signalling with the eyes’. I only started a year ago, and it’s hard. You’ve got to be pretty ballsy. The guy has to go over and ask the girl to dance, so you have to make that first step. When you’re a beginner and you look around and everyone’s amazing, that can be scary. That’s why we have stuff at the society that allows
students who are all beginners to feel at home, and not out of their depth. At a place like this (a big external milonga where it’s quite formal) you do have it – it’s called cabaceo – I would look over to a girl, and be like “Would you like to dance”. At a society level it’s a lot more informal. It’s quite formal here, so it can be quite scary if you’re a beginner, but at University we make sure that everyone feels welcome and at home. Do you get people scared of it being intimate? I can see why you’d say that, or why people might see that. It’s intimate to a level, but it’s much more about connection. It basically feels like you’re having a hug with someone for five minutes. A hug between friends isn’t intimate. To me, the interesting thing is that it’s a hug with someone you’ve never met. There have been times where I’ve met someone in the evening, and two hours later it feels like we’re friends, and I’d say goodbye and give them a hug. If you’re a bit awkward with that then you have to get over that, but I can understand it. A lot of people don’t think of it like that, they don’t think of it as intimate. My girlfriend is Charlay, and we met at Tango. The best connection I have is with Charlay, because we’ve been together two years so I know how she dances but I also know her personality and you can express that in your dancing, but you can still have great fun with someone you don’t know. It’s intimate, but not at a level that’s uncomfortable. It’s just a nice hug. When I started Uni I remember being at the society fair, and being scared of joining them. Do you think this kind of setting is a good thing for someone starting Uni to get involved in? All societies will say this, but you meet very like-minded people here, and instantly connect with them. I also do Thai boxing and it’s a very different culture, you punch each other and then go out drinking. Here, we go out drinking but it’s not your typical university society or sports club where you get absolutely smashed, it’s very civilised. We have a nice, relaxing evening, get some drinks in a bar and go home. It’s scary meeting new people, but because everyone is so likeminded you instantly click.
Is there a stigma among those who tango about how it’s represented in movies and film? As in how it’s portrayed? Yeah I think so, in pretty much any movie you watch. I’ll tell you what tango should be: tango should be all about the connection. Okay, yes, it’s sexy and it’s a bit romantic, but it’s all about having a nice five minutes dancing around a room with someone. If they portray that in a film – which in some of them they do – then it’s good. Some of them just portray it as the state before you take a girl to bed. It’s a bit gimmicky. Tango is very romantic, but that’s not what it’s all about. It’s all about having fun with someone you’ve never met before and then saying goodbye and moving onto the next person. Do you guys intermix with different societies? People have come from Nottingham, Reading, Oxford to Warwick for this. At University, we do a lot with the salsa society. We mainly do stuff with the dance societies. We did a performance with tap, and also with Latin and Ballroom. There was a Warwick University does Strictly Come Dancing, one of our tango students did that. When you started was there a more experienced member who had been running the club, and you’ve grown into it? My girlfriend, Charlay, was president before me. I started in January my first year, and I’m going into my third year now, so I’ve been doing tango almost two years. At the start, it’s daunting and depressing when you see people who have been doing it for ten years and they’re absolutely amazing, because you think ‘I’m never going to get to that level’. I’m nowhere near that level now, but I’m getting there. I’m not the best, but I enjoy it and get compliments that I am a nice dancer. We say tango is one of the hardest dances to learn, and because of that, it makes it the most enjoyable because it’s so rewarding. I actually have a quote about Tango: Tango is the Everest of social dance; impossible, demanding, intricate, and therefore irresistible. JAMES NORMAN All photography: Alice Rose Morse
Student life Best days of your life?
Stuff I wish Iâ€™d known when I started university
When I studied at sixth form, there was a well-defined philosophy that was somewhat imposed on every student. I was encouraged to complete my A-Levels, go to university, work my arse off, graduate, work more, take an orthodox job in the city and flourish down whatever socially accepted career path I had chosen. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that mould at all – I’m still pretty much following that pattern – but since completing my A-Levels and going onto university, I’ve met so many people who are doing cool things they enjoy without the debt and confusion of university. So, here is a take from someone who has gone through the typical higher education path and made it out the other side. Step 1 of amateurish career advice: Going into Year Thirteen is a huge deal, mostly because teachers, parents and friends start asking you what you’re going to do with your life outside of compulsory education. I didn’t know. In fact, I still don’t know, not properly anyway. So, it’s okay to take a gap year and think about what you’re passionate enough about to spend £40,000 on – you aren’t going to fall behind your friends who start a year before you. In the end, I took a gap year hoping to discover a topic I wanted to study (because at the time, I knew I had to go to university, otherwise I’d think of myself as a failure), worked part-time in retail, spent around 1,100 hours on FIFA 13, and put a lot less time than I initially thought behind my university path. I essentially signed up for a subject because I was good at it during GCSE and A-Level. So yeah, step 1: take your time. Not everyone was given a chemistry set on their sixth birthday and began dreaming of becoming a... scientist?? Or something. Step 2 of amateurish career advice: Obviously, it helps if you have a degree in a field you’re somewhat interested in joining, but it’s the things you do outside the lecture theatre that will get you the job. If you do decide to go to university, then you’ll need skills and experiences outside of the exams to make your goddamn LinkedIn page look good. Want to
work in gaming? Start a YouTube channel and spam online forums with links to your videos. Start a blog if you like fashion. Read loads of books and try and copy your favourite author if you want to be a writer. Join societies at university. Work a minimum wage job in retail or a supermarket. Get any type of experience that will enhance your CV. Step 3 of amateurish career advice: I guess one thing that is certain from completing university is that it proves you can read and write. I know plenty of people who have moved to cities all over the UK once they left sixth form and were able to start their careers based on the experience they had gotten through outside projects. Us young-ish people are in a fascinating time where brands need people with sharp social media awareness, and guess who has the best experience of social media? Us. Use that to your benefit, I’ve done social media work that was relatively well paid and all because I had spent a lot of time on the internet where I consumed worthless knowledge which happened to be not so worthless. You may be thinking “I’ve read this stuff before” and perhaps you’re right, and obviously I wish I had known more in year 13, yet the most important thing I wish I was told was that university is not the only route to being financially stable and having a fun job. This has probably gone off topic a little and isn’t very professional but I hope this helps at least one person overcome an individual hurdle. You’ll be ok, trust the process. SOHAIL KHAN
Student Experiences Depending on your perspective, I've had the â€˜luxuryâ€™ of two student experiences. My first came in 2008, when I got into Nottingham Trent University. It was always my first choice as my sister lived in Nottingham and I knew the place well. I didn't get the grades I needed but they let me in nonetheless. From the moment I got my results to the first day in halls, I was buzzing. I joined all the online groups I could find, interacting with other freshers. Facebook was only a few years old and Twitter had very little presence at the time. As an introvert (before I knew what one was), I found it difficult to meet new people so I needed all the luck I could get. I saw this as an opportunity to experience the joys of clubbing and having fun.
Fresher's Week was incredible. All loud, in your face, foam parties, cheap drinks, exactly what I'd hoped for. Halls themselves weren't the greatest. My room was like a space capsule. The other flatmates kept themselves to themselves and the kitchen was grotty. But I didn't plan to be in there very often. I befriended the guy living opposite and went out a few times but Joey and Chandler we were not. As time went on, my studies took their natural position at the top of my priority list. But things went awry. It all started when I tried to make friends with someone from my old college (who I'd had a brief fling with a year before). After a night out with them, she told me to ‘back off’. How pleasant, I thought. The friends I'd made flaked away. I scuppered any chances of romance with being an idiot. My money dwindled away. I rarely ate. I stayed in my room almost all the time, other than going to see my sister or the one friend who didn't treat me like crap. Depression became an unwanted tagalong. By Christmas 2008, I was ready to leave. I was studying Computer Science under false pretences. Graphic design was still my passion, my dad suggested I go with my strength: mathematics. I was impressionable and went along with it. Computer science was the best choice of degree, allowing me to code and segue into gaming. But there was less maths and more project management for my liking. When it came to group work, it was me and the exchange students who spoke little English between them. I asked for help but the tutor palmed me off with more books, which made things worse. I started skipping classes, lying in bed all day, wishing I was anywhere else doing anything else. That's when I found solace in music. It kept me going through some rough times and laid down the foundation for future endeavours. Fast forward 2 years and I saw myself standing at the automatic doors of university. But not Trent this time. After a year of work, I decided to give uni a second bite of the cherry. I rekindled my love for graphic design but an abysmal interview put me off. I needed a foundation degree but I didn't want to have to do 4 years of study. So I went for music technology. It applied my analytical
character, some maths and my new-found love for music. I was 20 by the time I started and tired of clubbing and general "studenty" things. I wanted to focus on studying and that's what I did. The friends I made were more akin to my interests – music – and lasted longer than the first two weeks. I discovered new interests in media theory (my old tutor and I follow each other on Twitter). I enjoyed lectures and seminars. Studying was so much easier. I graduated with a 2:1 which I was very happy with. The only thing I didn't do was make enough connections within the industry as I studied. I worked for a music label for a year and a half but the company went into liquidation. I did make a lifelong friend and reconnected with an old one though. Unfortunately, nothing more came of that work. Four years have passed since graduation and I don't use my degree in a professional capacity. It's a common thread for a lot of students and one that pangs with regret sometimes. Would a stronger mathematical degree have suited me more? Would I have made the same mistakes? Who knows. So why have I documented my two student stories? Because they should tell two tales of ill preparation. Courses will be starting from today and in the coming weeks. While there's a giant weight on the 18-25 demographic, it's important to keep a balance of work and play. Mental health is difficult to maintain at the best of times. But talking to someone can help if you start to feel pressure or a lack of support. Most universities will have relevant facilities to help those in need. Keep healthy in body as well as mind. Join clubs if you can. Be structured in your studies. Try to make inroads when opportunities arise but have fun with it all. There'll be good times and bad but keeping a balance will do you well for the future. And don't worry about that student debt. I've acquired more in interest than I've paid since I started the first time. They seem alright about it. LUKE ALEX DAVIS
The lie-in, the binge and the floordrobe That first night in student accommodation is an interesting one â€“ it's usually your first night living away from your parents and there's also a high chance you'll be drunk. It is university after all. Education is something you grow up with from age four so that part of university isn't too big a deal for most people, but for the living arrangements, that's something some people settle into better than others. One of the main things you'll find when you move into uni halls is that some people either don't grow up doing chores or the change of environment makes them forget any aspect of cleaning they might have once known. I can't act innocent because I may or may not have let an old flat mate hoover my room instead of doing it myself for my short stint at university, but it's rude to say no, right? I think it's fair to say no one is a perfect flatmate, we can't always take all of the hair out the shower, there's always a chance
of leaving a slight mess on the bench and, well, sometimes you've just got to borrow some milk for your Cookie Crisp. Now, I'm going to explore some of the pros and some of the cons of halls-life. A good place to start has to be the freedom, want to lie in until 2pm, binge-watch Netflix for 12 hours straight or just keep all your clothes in a clean pile and a dirty pile on the floor, who's going to stop you? Freedom is a fantastic thing, take that from someone who is back living at home and gets a Spanish Inquisition every time they want to go out and socialise. My top tip: Make the most of it! As good as the freedom is, you know what is better? Meeting people. So, you might not stay in touch with everyone you live with at university â€“ especially in your first year â€“ but it's not always
good to meet a variety of people. Chances are, you will be stuck living with at least one person you have absolutely nothing in common with, but that makes you grow as a person because you have to make an effort to get along with people you've never met. In contrast, the people you end up with can also be a massive negative. If you don't start until 1pm and they're up at seven for their lecture, don't expect them to be quiet. They have tomorrow off but you have a 9am lecture, don't expect them to not go out until 3am and come in, put their music on and start shouting with friends. Living with people in halls is about compromise but you can't expect people to give up all of their new-found freedom just for you. And then there's the fact you have to cook for yourself. This is a bigger issue for some than for others. I am one of the people for whom it was
a huge issue. I hate cooking. Baking I can handle, cooking I cannot. Also, if the cooking itself isn't bad enough you have to hand-clean the dishes yourself, because who doesn't love having to stick their hands in a bowl of disgusting water. Although there are ups and downs of living in university halls, the main thing is; it's what you make of it. So, maybe you don't get on well with the people in your flat, you can always meet people from your course or societies that you get on better with. If you don't like cooking, maybe take turns with someone else so you're only cooking half the time. University isn't for everyone, but it's certainly an experience you should make the most of if it's something you have decided to take on. JADE DAWSON
Student life can bring so many new and different experiences, new friends, clubs and societies, life without parents, walking to the shops in your slippers and pyjamas and lots of hangovers. Before I was a student, after a night out I had my Mum to bring me tea and feed me paracetamol. But I had to quickly learn to fend for myself when I started University. Oven pizza and chips soon became a close friend of mine. However, hangover food doesn't have to be quick and bland, if you are willing to put in a little extra effort your hangover can be slightly (only slightly) more bearable. Here are my top tips to level up your hangover food, only using three extra ingredients. A student classic is definitely beans on toast, but with some added ingredients it can become a gourmet meal. The obvious thing to add is cheese, which is by no means a bad thing at all. However, to mine I like to add a heaped teaspoon of paprika, a fresh chopped red chilli and a splash
of Worcester sauce. Heat the beans and all of these ingredients on the hob until the beans are bubbling then serve over your favourite toasted bread (I prefer seeded) smothered in real butter. The paprika adds a depth of flavour to the tomato sauce and the Worcester sauce makes it slightly more tangy and chilli... just because I love a little bit of heat. This is an effortless way to really enhance something as simple as beans on toast. Another meal I always reached to was ramen, at 40p a pack it was a regular meal for me. However, when itâ€™s just bowl of noodles it can boring and very unsatisfying. To make this a more fulfilling meal, I cook the ramen according to packet instructions, making sure not to drain the broth for a traditional ramen dish, and for added flavour, I pour the noodles and broth into a large bowl and then simply add a fried egg on top, making sure the yolk is runny (this is crucial for ultimate deliciousness), chopped spring onions and cooked pork, which you can easily pick up from
most deli counters. This was my go-to as student, as it’s quick and tasty and also very cheap. Lastly, and probably my favourite: mac and cheese. This one isn't for the severely hungover as it does require some actual cooking but the results are always a winner and it’s easy to eat in bed while watching Netflix. I always make my own cheese sauce, it’s super easy and much more tasty than shop-bought. Sauce: 570 ml Milk 60g Flour 40g Butter Lots of cheese Method: 1) Place the milk, flour and butter into a sauce over a medium heat and whisk continuously until the sauce has thickened. Once the sauce is nice and thick, throw in the cheese and
continue to whisk until it’s melted, and add salt and pepper to taste. 2) Once the sauce is cheesy enough just add in enough cooked pasta for 3-4 people and mix it all in together. Penne pasta is what I used, but you can use your preferred pasta. If you want you can just leave it there, however to level this up I add in a tablespoon of Dijon mustard and then place the mac and cheese into an oven dish, sprinkle over extra cheese and a crushed packets of ready salted crisps, sliced tomatoes and cook until golden brown. So there you have it, three simple dishes enhanced by three simple ingredients to help ease your hangover caused by one (or five) too many snakebites. HANNAH BAYNHAM
University football is a largely casual experience. Some students use the sport as an escape from the pressures and hard work higher education comes with while some, gifted with reasonable footballing talent, join their university’s side. Playing competitively against other universities, the fixtures are thoroughly entertaining with the spirit of non-league football, albeit when ‘Student Varsity’ comes around it becomes their El Clasico. Some teams, like Loughborough University, or Northumbria take their football more seriously, playing in English football’s lowest tiers with fellow semi-professional clubs. One team however – have progressed a few steps further. Cardiff Metropolitan University are currently in the top tier of Welsh football, battling against professional clubs such as Bala Town, Bangor City and the league’s dominating force, The New Saints. It’s a remarkable feat given it’s a club supported by volunteers, student players and financed by grants. A fairy tale that couldn’t possibly be repeated in the English game. Their road to the top of the football pyramid started in 2009 with the appointment of former Wales international Dr Christian Edwards as Director of Football. Under his guidance and management, Dr Edwards brought the club stability, one that had previously been drifting between Welsh League Division 2 and 3. Eventually, the gears were in motion and they won back-to-back promotions to earn themselves a place in Welsh Division 1, a league below the fabled Welsh Premier League. A third successive promotion was cruelly denied however by a single goal; Haverfordwest (who pipped them to promotion) won on the final day 5-0, and were promoted on goal difference. Unnerved by this setback, Cardiff Met struck back and finally achieved their promotion dream to Wales’ top flight in 2014/15. Not only did this parttime club attain three promotions in four years, they would also start in the Welsh Premier League for the first time in their existence. Things however, did not start well. One point in their first six games suggested the students were
out of their depth but, rallied by Dr Edward’s motivation and spirit, Cardiff Met bounced back and surged out of the relegation zone. Three successive wins within a week landed themselves a sixth place finish in the Welsh Premier League, an impressive achievement given their background and being their debut season. In turn came the opportunity of Europa League. How the Welsh top tier works is this: the league winners qualify for the Champions League qualifying stage but teams placed second to sixth enter a four-team play-off for an Europa League place. Matched against Carmarthen, Cardiff Met progressed thanks to a crucial Charlie Corsby goal and set up a final against regular Europa League qualifiers, Bangor City. Sadly their Europa League dream ended with a 1-0 loss by a Dean Rittenburg strike. Bangor City progressed to qualify for the First Qualifying Round of the Europa League and lost 4-0 on aggregate. Is there any suggestion Cardiff Met could have been more competitive and spirited? Who knows. Football is a game based on what-ifs. Critics cite the weakness of Welsh football being why Cardiff Met have progressed so far. Granted, a number of top tier Welsh clubs are still semiprofessional (Cardiff Met included) but it is still a remarkable feat. Which is what makes Cardiff Met’s story even more incredible. It is near impossible that we will see an English university team progress to the Football League, not only due to the Football Association capping university teams from progressing beyond the eighth tier, but also the essential requirement of heavy investment to grow and succeed. At the time of writing, Cardiff Metropolitan University find themselves fifth in the Welsh Premier League with 10 points from six games. With survival on and off the pitch on their mind, another Europa League adventure surely cannot be far away. MIKE TAYLOR
Shows to binge-watch instead of attending lectures After graduating a couple of months ago, I can confirm that a great way to invest your free time during those three or four years, is to spend it binge-watching elite television. Timing is tough though. My first year timetable was the busiest of the three, but that entire year is meaningless – at least academically. The bar is set staggeringly low. You just have to avoid failing, and you’ve won first year. So it’s likely that your time will be spent doing anything but attending lectures and doing uni work. During my final year I had about four hours of class time each week. Four hours. However, all of my spare time was supposed to be spent prepping, researching and ultimately writing my 15,000 word dissertation. Here are my picks for shows that you should watch relentlessly instead of attending lectures. Seinfeld: Available to stream on Amazon instant video A show I picked up during my final year, amidst the crushing, depressive stress of panic-writing my dissertation. Seinfeld is the benchmark of modern sitcoms – a flag in the ground based around a New York comic, his zany friends and the absurdity of the minutiae of everyday life. It’s hard to realistically sell it, because the entire shtick of Seinfeld is that it’s ‘the show about
nothing’, so each episode is normally a contained narrative, about one specific topic which varies from anything between an aggressive soup vendor to ‘shrinkage’ after getting out of cold swimming pool. It’s offbeat and sometimes irreverent, but there’s something so charming about these four extremely flawed human beings. Get ready to relate to George Costanza. The Sopranos: Maybe available on Sky box sets? Who knows, they took it off twice during my binge Considered by some to be the peak of television, and I find it hard to disagree. I decided to start The Sopranos during third year, and literally only finished it last month. I took two lengthy hiatus’ through no fault but my own laziness and Sky removing it from box-sets numerous times.
Despite the fact that I performed the longest binge-watch ever recorded in the Western world, this show is legitimately superb. The deeper I ventured into the show, the further my heart ached for the untimely passing of James Gandolfini. I never truly understood the impact of his death until I finally took the time to take in his career-defining performance as Tony Soprano. There’s a shot of Tony in a backwards beret in one episode, and it’s what I aspire to be in the distant future. Bojack Horseman: Available to stream on Netflix University can get tough. It’s easy to find yourself feeling down; maybe you’ve made tea and then realised that you don’t have any milk. (This actually happened so frequently that I now take all of my hot drinks black with no sugar). Well why not enhance your introspective and reflective thoughts of misery and self-loathing by watching Bojack Horseman. On the surface, it’s a cartoon about a mildly depressed horse voiced by Will Arnett, and his indigo-haired human friend voiced by Aaron Paul. Bojack often finds himself in a self-destructive loop of meaningless relationships, gluttony and career anxiety, which is rooted in a number of issues. In a weirdly affluent era for animated shows with adult sensibilities that
stretches all the way back to the early 90s, Bojack Horseman deserves to be right near the top. An underrated show that shouldn’t be taken at face value. Wilfred: Only available to stream on Hulu, a US exclusive, but ‘other methods’ are available This is a programme that I started watching when I was about 15. It used to air on BBC3 as it was coming out in the US, but they stopped promoting it after the first two or three seasons and I lost track of it. However, when I was in an extremely deep procrastination period during third year, I managed to watch the show’s full four seasons in their entirety. Adapted from an Australian show of the same name, Wilfred stars Mister Frodo himself, Elijah Wood, as a lonely guy who sees his neighbour’s dog as a tall Australian man in a dog suit. I know, it sounds gimmicky as hell. And that’s because it is, at least for the first few episodes. The show’s humour is established early-on, but it doesn’t take long for it to develop into something more than just a kooky sideshow. Come for Frodo getting stoned with a man dressed as a dog, stay for an incredible Robin Williams cameo in season two. LUKE LUDBROOK
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