Pride, Prejudice and Zombies – Did it Have Bite?

By Emily Vause

Although I had wanted to see this film for a long time I did not have high hopes that it would go on to become a cinematic masterpiece. I went out seeking a good laugh and maybe a bit of a scare and in these respects it succeeded. After reading, and loving, Pride and Prejudice I was interested in what a few Zombies could add to the mix. What they did do is turn the Bennet girls into tough, feminist role models with Elizabeth’s main concern about marrying being giving up her knives.

If you have read Pride and Prejudice this film is an absolutely hilarious watch but even if you haven’t, the humour is not restricted to inside jokes for those who have read the book. Though there are a few, the humour in the film is genuine and had the entire cinema in hysterics. One character in particular had everyone in tears. There was not one scene that Mr Collins, played by UEA’s own Matt Smith, was in that did not make the cinema roar with laughter. If there is anything you watch the film for let it be his atrocious character and amazing acting.

Of course the sexual tension between Elizabeth and Darcy is just as clear in the film as it was to perceptive readers of the book. One scene in particular, I won’t say which but some may guess, had me in hysterics. It will not disappoint.

There are a few scary bits I warn, not so much for content but for loud bangs and jump scares that absolutely succeeded in their aim. That is not a deterrence from seeing the film however, in a way the horror adds to the humour in a great way.

I know there are a few Pride and Prejudice lovers out there who probably think the film just looks trashy, and I thought that when I heard about the book, but we are both wrong. Pride, Prejudice and Zombies is one of the funniest films I have seen this year and everyone needs the experience of Darcy angrily beheading trees in their lives.

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Natural remedies for a cold

By Alyssa Ollivier-Tabukashvili

alwibbfjax8-anda-ambrosiniThe season is upon us; viruses are continuously circulating around campus and there is practically no escaping catching something whether it’s a cold, a cough, nausea or a stomach ache.

 It’s all very well using antibiotics and Paracetamol, but eventually your body becomes immune, and these medications have little positive effect on your body in the long-run. What’s more, GPs are increasingly aware of the uselessness of antibiotics when it comes to viruses, and even when prescribed, there is the high possibility of them killing the good bacteria in your system.So here are some suggestions of simple, natural and accessible – I say accessible because whilst homeopathy is most ideal, it is not the most affordable way to cure that irritating cold.

 Lemons and ginger are a blessing to us all; they keep your immune system running, the latter helps immensely with nausea, and together with honey, they make an excellent hot beverage. Keep these two ingredients in your food stock at all times, you never know when a virus will hit, and there’s no reason why you can’t drink them regularly to keep yourself healthy.You can also put lemon on a lot of food, especially spinach or fish (both great for the immune system), and this helps with maintaining that antibacterial, antiviral diet. What’s more, lemon also cleanses your liver.

 A meal with fish, spinach and lemon, as mentioned above, is amazing because it contains all the nutrients you want to keep your immunity up (with the added bonus of clearer skin). This is thanks to vitamins (C, A and E), protein, zinc, magnesium and other minerals that they are strong in.And on the subject of vitamin C- there is the evident oranges; freshly squeezing your orange juice gives you the ultimate dose of citrus required. Freshly squeezed beats carton juice because the processes involved in the latter often destroy the fruits’ nutrients.

 To unblock your nose, and clear those nasal passages, carry out inhalations. Get a large bowl or bucket, fill it with boiling water and put a towel over your head and the bowl, breathing through your nose. If you have some, add a few drops of tea tree oil.If you have access to additional nutrients, iron will help your body rejuvenate and give you the energy required to heal.So keep a stock of lemon, ginger and honey. Increase your spinach and fish intake, and spicy foods always help fight the cold.

 Remember: these remedies will help relieve simple and mild colds but if your illness lasts a long time, you develop a chest infection or have an underlying medical condition ALWAYS see your Doctor.

Image from Unsplash by Anda Ambrosini

Amnesty International Protest in The Hive

by Natalie Froome

 

If you happened to wander through the Hive yesterday, you will probably have seen the UEA Amnesty International society and their hard-hitting protest installation. The stall was designed to raise awareness about human rights abuses, and caught people’s attention by having Amnesty Soc member Josh in a cage surrounded by silhouettes representing the 91 prisoners still in Guantanamo bay.

One of our editors had a chat to Amnesty members Susanna and Faizal about their campaign. They explained that Obama had pledged to close the infamous camp 7 years ago, and yet still has not fulfilled that promise. With the upcoming US election, attention has moved away from the torture and human rights abuses that went on at the camp and the remaining prisoners have been forgotten. 779 prisoners had been taken there during it’s 14 years of operation and only 8 had ever been charged with a crime.  While raising awareness, at the stall the society were also promoting a petition asking the US government to keep to their word and close the camp.

You can find the petition at avaaz.org

The Amnesty International society are planning more petitions and a viral video later in the year. To keep up with their work, check out their facebook page: Amnesty International UEA.

Deadpool: Usual Marvel or Inspired Deviation?

By Jonny Walczak

New releases to the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become like public holidays. We get them every year, it’s more or less the same thing each time, but everyone seems to get together and turn out for it. It’s as enjoyable as it is exploitative, but you can’t help but feel you’re going through the motions more and more with every passing year.

Deadpool seemed like an opportunity for Marvel Studios to shake off the shackles of conveyor-belt filmmaking. After all, Deadpool is a self-referential pan-sexual that seems to find a sick pleasure in pretty much everything and everyone. It’s not the slightest bit surprising that Deadpool was one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Despite an inspired comedy there for director Tim Miller’s taking, Deadpool turns out to be largely uninspired. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script attempts to deride the tropes of the genre – a handsome leading man, a British villain, the CGI character – yet mostly opts to conform to them too. Take Deadpool’s antagonist Ajax: played by Game of Thrones graduate Ed Skrein, the film uses Ajax to poke fun at well-spoken villains that lack motivation – Ajax still ends up being just another well-spoken villain that lacks motivation. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is perfectly passable and very charming (as anyone would expect him to be) but he never finds the anarchy that made Deadpool iconic.

The entire production is entrenched in this mire of ‘just fine’. Miller attempts to maintain this tonal fluidity between action, comedy and tragedy, but because we have to have the Marvel™ climax between good and evil, the director is forced to conclude on a confused, anti-climactic note. Even the cinematography only really scrapes the surface of what a filmmaker can do with visual comedy.

None of this makes Deadpool a poor watch – there’s a lot of fun to be had throughout and enough action-packed fun to whet the appetite of most moviegoers. This doesn’t stop me from feeling that the film was achingly disappointing and a missed opportunity for the Marvel Studios to prove it’s not interested in simple conveyor-belt filmmaking. The tragedy here is that Deadpool, such an anarchic oddity, has decided to conform to the universe around him.

Image from Deadpool Movie Twitter

Frank Morris Illustration

by Natalie Froome

 

UEA Literature first year and freelance illustrator Frank Morris tells us about his work and what it’s like to juggle freelancing and studying full time for a degree!

  • Tell us a bit about how you got into illustration and developed your own style?

I have always enjoyed drawing. My great aunty is an artist and we would often draw  together when I was very young. My style changed when I was about eleven and discovered the black pen. My style has evolved from hundreds of hours of doodling and sketching. I have also taken inspiration from Illustrators such as Stuart Patience and James Jean.

  • Why did you choose to come to UEA and study Literature instead of going to art school?

Well, I have always been quite academic as well as artistic. I did an Art Foundation in London when I finished my A Levels, but in the end I didn’t feel studying art was quite for me. I have always enjoyed studying Literature and my course’s year abroad in America appealed to me at the time.

  • Is it difficult to manage your illustrating work alongside your university studies?

Yes it is, but it wouldn’t have to be if I was more organized. I took a gap year after my art foundation to travel South East Asia and as a result it has taken some time getting used to academic life again. Also, my illustrative style means that it takes me many hours to finish one piece so finding the time is quite difficult to be honest. This is something I would like to improve.

  • What advice would you give to anyone undertaking freelance work alongside a degree?

I would say doing freelance work during a degree is very beneficial for a few reasons. Firstly, you have quite a lot of free time and don’t necessarily have to get a job. Also, you can use the university as a tool to help you. I have just applied for a £500 grant from the Enterprise centre to start up my own T-Shirt line and this would not be possible if I was not doing a degree. Also, if you come from a big city like me to a smaller place like Norwich, you will find that there are many more possibilities for you as a young artist just starting out. However, it is important to be organised and make sure you do the work set for you from your degree subject as well. It is all about finding the balance.

  • Where can people find your work?

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/frankmorrislondon

Moosey Art Gallery – http://mooseyart.co.uk/frank-morris-prints

You can also find a few of my limited edition tote bags selling at the Dandy Horse Coffee House in Norwich on Magdalen Street.

(image courtesy of Frank Morris, at https://www.facebook.com/franksillustrations/?fref=ts)

The Man in the High Castle Review

By Charlotte Gaines

Amazon proves it can compete with industry heavyweight Netflix in this gripping and slick political thriller.

The Man in the High Castle is set in a dystopian version of 1960s America, which has been partitioned into three areas after the defeat of the Allies in World War II. The 10 part series follows Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos), who finds herself in possession of an illegal film and must leave her boyfriend Frank (Rupert Evans) to deal with the ruthless authorities in Japanese controlled San Francisco. On her journey to the neutral zone with this film, Juliana encounters Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a member of the resistance against the Greater Nazi State in New York, who is transporting mysterious goods of his own. Meanwhile, top Nazi and Japanese officials each work to eliminate resistance to their regimes and take total control of the divided states for themselves.

The task of showcasing not only the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, but one of the biggest ‘What-Ifs’ in history fell to executive producer Ridley Scott and showrunner Frank Spotnitz, who previously worked on The X-Files. Scott’s previous adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel came in 1982 with cult classic Blade Runner, with the atmosphere of both forays immersing the viewer in the worlds of the author.

The Man in the High Castle is Amazon’s most-watched show since their original series development program began, overtaking favourites such as Transparent and Bosch. It has already been commissioned for another series, which is due to air later this year. If you love shows like Mad Men and House of Cards, then you’ll find much to love in this series too! The speculative history is presented in a striking yet surprising way, using grand cinematography and perfect pacing to create an engrossing parallel world which keeps the viewer intrigued throughout.

Despite its setting, the show also has something to say about the world we live in today, asking questions about prejudices and exploring the disturbing allure of fascism and totalitarianism. However, The Man in the High Castle seems over-reliant on exposition at times and the complexity of the plot can sometimes overshadow character development. Nevertheless, a solid script, great acting and the captivating premise of the show more than makes up for these pitfalls.

If you find yourself with a few hours to spare this semester, then I’d highly recommend you sit down to watch The Man in the High Castle. With only 10 episodes, it’s ideal for binge watching too!

Amazon currently offers students free Amazon Student membership for 6 months so it’s more than worth your while to sign up! You’ll get access to hundreds of other TV series and films on Prime Video, plus Prime Music, Prime Photos and unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items!

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External Speakers in Politics and International Relations

by Natalie Froome

 

UEA is running a series of political, social and international relations lecture which are free and open to all. If you’re on a relevant degree course or simply have an interest ,they will be well worth attending.

All Lectures are in Arts 3.03 and start at 4pm

– Gender and peacebuilding at the UN

  February 17th

  Dr Laura Shepard, University of New South Wales

– Environmental conflict/governance

  March 2nd

  Dr Mark Zeitoun, University of East Anglia

– Refugee and exile communities in the Arab World

  April 13th

  Mezna Qato, University of Cambridge

(photo courtesy of © Mylene Bressan / 2009-10-24)

 

When the Whales Came

 

By Luke Farnish

Few animals fill us with more awe than whales, the majestic but gentle giants of the seas. Seeing one of these magnificent creatures stranded on a beach is distressing, but so far this year thirty sperm whales have been stranded on beaches across the North Sea from France to Helgoland. The first to be washed up this year in the UK was at Hunstanton, not far from UEA on the north Norfolk coast. Unfortunately all the UKs washed up sperm whales have now died. 

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Get Working!

by Elizabeth Pratt

 

Procrastination – the bane of student life. It is not a choice but a curse, something many people don’t understand. However, with some tips that helped me cut down my time spent procrastinating, hopefully you will soon overcome it.

1. A Change of Scenery
A lot of the time I find that I get distracted when trying to study in my uni accommodation. Not even by the internet or video games, but by my room itself. I may decide to have a shower rather than do my work right away. Often times I’ve found myself tidying first my desk, then the whole of my room because I ‘can’t think’ when it’s cluttered. But we all know the truth of it – I’m procrastinating.  So get out of your room! The library on campus is great for concentration and it’s open twenty-four hours. Or you could find a quiet spot in Unio and bash out that essay that’s been plaguing you for the last week. Find what works for you and do it.

2. Isolation I

When I say isolation, I don’t just mean by keeping yourself on lock down until you get your work done. Break down the work you have to do, make it manageable, by isolating each aspect of it and take it one step at a time. You have to write a three thousand word essay? Type up any pertinent notes from reading or lectures you have. Make a plan. Find some critical reading to support your argument. Think about it in increments and you won’t find yourself so overwhelmed that the procrastination bug sneaks in.

3. Isolation II
That being said, physical isolation is good too. Personally, I find putting on headphones and listening to music, blocking out outside sounds, helps me concentrate on my work far more effectively than absolute silence would.  But we’re all different and some people are better suited to silence.

4. Forest App
This is less of a tip and more of a recommendation. I know that, even when I’m in the library, I get caught up with notifications and whatever apps I have on my phone. Before I know it, it’s been an hour and I haven’t even opened a book. Last term I found a (free!) solution. The Forest app is available from the app store of your choice. The premise is that you grow trees and the longer you go without clicking out of the app on your phone the bigger the tree is, the alternative being the tree’s death. It doesn’t sound like much but it gets addictive and you get an odd sense of accomplishment when you can see in quantitative terms how many hours you have studied that day.

(photo courtesy of Luis Llerena, at https://unsplash.com/@albertosaure)

Myxomatosis vs. The UEA Rabbits

by David Winlo

 

The logo for this magazine, an icon of the university, and something to brighten even your most essay-burdened days. The rabbits that inhabit UEA’s main campus are both famous and well loved. Sadly, they’ve recently been suffering from one of the rabbit’s worst natural enemies – a deadly virus called Myxomatosis, or ‘Myxy’.

The disease has been present in the UK for over sixty years, at the start of which time it spelled certain doom to any and all rabbits unlucky enough to encounter it. In this country and in Australia it has been used to control populations of rabbits which spiral out of control. These days however, an increasing number of rabbits show resistance to the virus. Those who are unlucky enough to catch the highly infectious disease though develop skin tumours, often blindness. They develop a fever and become fatigued, and sadly the disease is usually fatal within a fortnight.

Readers may now fear for the beloved East Anglian rabbits, or perhaps their own pet rabbits at home – but don’t worry! As for your pets, a vaccine is available, and should be given to your rabbit if possible, as the disease can’t be cured. And our own university rabbits too should be okay – there have been casualties, but there are survivors, and easily enough of them to make it through this outbreak. Have no fear, the UEA rabbits will win this battle!

(image courtesy of Nathan Anderson, at https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson)

Three Ways To Wear… A Denim Shirt

by Elizabeth Wigley

Every student needs a small number of staple items in their wardrobe. As basic garments, they can be easily adapted to wear with multiple outfits, making them essential wardrobe pieces.

This article focuses on the classic denim shirt. The great thing about denim is the numerous shades it can come in, and then you’ve got texture to consider. If this is a new garment you’re trying out, keep it simple with a plain texture in a light shade, as this provides more options outfit-wise.

With jeans

Don’t be afraid to do double denim if you’re pairing a shirt with black jeans, especially if the shirt is of a light tone. Match this with a grey or white t-shirt and you’re good to go. Feel free to go for a striped top to add an extra element, and what’s so easy about this look is that it can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories.

As an under-layer

Although we’re talking about a shirt here, don’t be restricted to wearing it as outerwear. Here I have teamed it with some black denim short dungarees, to make an everyday look that little bit smarter. Some black heeled boots have completed the look, but combat boots or slip on plimsolls will also do the trick.

With a skirt

Matching differently-toned garments can enhance your look, just like this tan skirt. What’s more, the suede texture of the A-line skirt can bring out the details of the garments, taking away any appearance of looking dull and flat. Rolling the sleeves up on the shirt can really change the look, causing the outfit to look less conservative.

The Music That Made Me

By Frances Butler

I think we often underestimate the power of music.

We all too rarely consider music as something that surrounds us, defines moments in our lives and is the life of so many. On that note, I decided to revisit a band I haven’t had a good listen to for about 2 years: Black Veil Brides. The name alone is enough to gain an exclamation of happiness, disgust or puzzled indifference – depending on whether you know who they are, and then, of course, whether you hate them or not. They are a band that have successfully managed to polarise the majority of alternative music fans; mostly due to their appearance, oddly enough, and not what actually matters – the music itself.

It’s only when I chose to come back to this band to see where they are now, that I realised, a good five years since I first listened to them, how much I appreciate the inspiration and strength their music not only gave me, but still continues to give to many others.

I remember being frequently made fun of for my music taste, especially when I mentioned this band. As insecure as I sometimes felt, I learned to care a lot less about what other people thought and trust myself a lot more.

They’ve made the journey all bands and artists strive for – from a small local following, not being taken seriously (for their image; dismissed as ‘posers’ and Motley Crüe or KISS rip-offs) and a debut album that was relatively unheard of, to having recognition by major labels (Universal), 4 albums and thousands of fans.

How did they do it?

By believing in themselves, having ambition, and quite frankly not caring one bit about any negative opinions of them.

I’ll remember them for being the particular band that, even though I don’t choose to listen to them anymore, are still capable of stirring up memories of gaining a sense of identity, self-belief, and proving your doubters wrong – and that is something everyone can relate to.