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 […]