by Francesca Peak. Originally published on Mouth London Next month will see Lichtenstein: A Retrospective take over the Tate Modern for a three-month stint showcasing 125 of Lichtenstein’s pieces, both his instantly recognisable paintings and lesser-known sculptures. A friend on Twitter responded to this news by asking ‘Why does Lichtenstein get a whole exhibit for ‘art’ I […]

by Rebecca Hopkins, a final-year CAS student.  When US historian Peggy K. Liss moved to Washington D.C. in 1980 to be close to the national archives, her friends warned her against it. It was a place known for its economically deprived, inner-city feel, its staggering crime rates within a predominantly black migrant community, its sprawling […]

by Ramsey Marwan Every year around Christmas time, it’s not unusual to sit in front of the telly, trawl through the never-ending, poorly executed melodramatic Eastenders specials and eventually resort to a DVD. America is the natural home of Christmas commercialisation and with this, Hollywood has provided some real crackers (pun intended) over the years […]

Jennifer Billot reveals the recipe behind her delicious pumpkin pie.  One of the Thanksgiving essentials, it’s a classic winter warmer and delicious too. And hey, it contains vegetables, so it must be good for you. Ridiculously easy to make, so there’s really no excuse not to dig in and indulge this winter. 9oz shortcrust pastry […]

In the first of a series, Jennifer Billot gives her essential music choices for a quintessential American road trip. Blue skies, sun beating down, the wind whipping through your hair, expensive sunglasses on, and a full tank of gas; the recipe for a great American road trip! Nothing beats driving down Route 60, Highway 101, […]

by Francesca Peak Two reality singing shows collide as Britney and William join forces. Yes, William, because I refuse to use his poor grammatical skills. In the opening spoken section, Britney seems to be speaking with a robotic English accent, which is more hilarious than anything. Before too long we’re back to the ‘Britney bitch’ […]

by Francesca Peak. This article was originally published in University of Warwick’s student newspaper, The Boar. When I told people that I was spending my year abroad in Tennessee, the overwhelming response was, ‘why?’ Their perception of the South, wherever it came from, was certainly not favourable. So whether your view of the South comes […]

by Francesca Peak I first came across Lana in October 2011 with the release of Video Games which I liked, a bit. I didn’t want to listen to it more than a couple of times, but it was okay. There was no doubt her vocals were captivating, unique and unlike anything else that had come along in […]

by Francesca Peak I was first introduced to The Weeknd by my then-boyfriend, who made me listen to House of Balloons a few weeks after it was released in March 2011. It turned out to be possibly the best thing he ever did for me. I don’t even know how to describe the first time I heard High for […]

by Ben Craske, a CAS third-year who is currently on his year abroad at University of California, Santa Barbara College work has been snowballing recently, and I haven’t had much opportunity to sit and write another blog post. However, with the work ethic at UCSB, you work hard in the week and party at the […]

By Jennifer Billot This post was inspired by the fact that the final Twilight film has just been released. Can we all breathe a sigh of relief and get on with our lives? I do not care about Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s relationship drama. Now that this last film is done, Stewart can go […]

by Jennifer Billot Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I for one am very excited. My brother-in-law is American and, about eight years ago, introduced us to the delights of what is basically a sugar-pumped Christmas dinner in November. On my year abroad last year, I was invited to spend Thanksgiving with my roommate’s huge family in the Sierra […]

by Francesca Peak Brownies sit right alongside apple pie as one of the USA’s favourite foods. When I was on my year abroad, I discovered a new variation – the aptly named ‘brookie’ which, you’d never guess, is half-cookie-half-brownie. I have yet to make some of my own, I’m just waiting for the right calorific-deficient […]

by Francesca Peak  The other night on TV (they all merge into one) I saw an advert for American Anthems, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Out of interest, I investigated the tracklist and was pleased with the array of American rock tunes – Journey, Huey Lewis and the News, Boston, Foreigner and […]

by Francesca Peak Hyde Park on Hudson – 7th December 2012 This will either prove to be terrible or brilliant. Bill Murray is Franklin D. Roosevelt and Laura Linney his mistress in the film that focuses on the visit of King George VI and his wife – the Queen Mother to you and me – to […]

by Collin Lieberg One of my favourite bands, the Avett Brothers, are coming to Europe in March as part of their tour to support their new album, The Carpenter. I have seen them perform live in the past and they put on an excellent show. I look forward to seeing them in either Manchester or London. […]

by Francesca Peak Last Thursday, in what was an utterly predictable and, according to The Guardian, ‘subdued’ ceremony at the Camden Roundhouse, alt-J took home this year’s Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. They were everyone’s pick to win mainly because their album was different and yet accessible to all and mainstream enough […]

by Roger Fagge After initially seeming to stay out of the 2012 Presidential campaign, last month New Jersey’s finest threw his weight behind Obama. Watch here. He explained his reasons for this, read them here.