Author: Claire Simpson

Five Festive Films to Feast on this Christmas

It’s that time of year folks. Tinsel, mince pies and more festive films than you can shake a glitter covered stick at. Yes, the Christmas season is upon us, so sprinkle some cinnamon on your popcorn and settle down with these top five festive flicks… 1. The Nightmare Before Christmas *What’s this? What’s this? There’s colour everywhere. What’s this? There’s white things in there…* That’s right, the enduringly catchy stop-motion musical animation (genre bending much?) is a great way to kick off the Christmas season. In fact, it’s acceptable to watch Jack Skellington and his Halloween town pals as early as the annual...

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Top Ten Chain Bites in Brum

Looking for a bite to eat on a student budget? Take a look at my roundup of the best chain restaurants in Brum… 1. Five Guys The trendier alternative to McDonalds, Five Guys offers the freshest fast food in town. The chain has attracted rave reviews from food critics in the UK and with more than 250,000 possible burger combinations, free peanuts to enjoy while you wait and classic skin-on fries, it’s easy to see why. Oh, and you can carry it all out in a brown grocery bag – authentic US style.   2. Bodega Mexican food doesn’t get any better than this....

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5 Things I Learned After My First Week Back

Placement withdrawal symptoms? You’re not the only one. My return to university was quite the experience, here’s five things I learned after my first week back at Aston. 1. I just got old Is it just me or is anyone else feeling like they forgot to bring their zimmer frame to campus since they got back? I’ve seen at least a dozen new faces who look barely out of kindergarten let alone sixth form and I’m fairly sure I’ve spotted a couple of kids who’d just had their junior prom when I was doing my GCSEs. Placement wasn’t that...

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Top Ten Tips from the Class of 2017

Anyone starting back at Aston this term has probably noticed the giant board in reception with advice from students on what they’d tell their first year selves. I take a look at the top ten tips from the graduating Class of 2017 to see whether there’s any truth to their pearls of wisdom through my trusty final year eyes. 1. Don’t let the first few weeks of term overwhelm you and remember that it is normal to feel unsure at university…just breathe! Agreed. Going to university might seem like one of the scariest things you’ll ever have to do but...

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Like all milestones in life, freshers’ week will have its very own soundtrack you’ll play over and over in your head for years to come. To give you a taste of what to expect I’ve put together the ultimate freshers’ playlist, from some of the biggest songs of 2017 to classic tracks that frankly need no introduction… The Rebound Song Song – Shout Out to My Ex Artist – Little Mix Why – One of this year’s biggest tracks, this one’s for all of you on the rebound this freshers’ week. The Summer Smash Song – Feels Artist: Calvin...

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