Album Review: Artpop, Lady Gaga

I’ve always been a fan of Lady Gaga. Yes, she’s a bit of an exhibitionist and she certainly knows how to get herself noticed, but she’s also a very upfront and honest celebrity, if she can be put under that label. Plus, her music rocks.


Rather than a completely new sound, Artpop feels like a natural progression from Born This Way. Reinvention and new sounds are good in moderation, but when you have found something that works you should stick with that, at least for a while, which Gaga seems to have done. ‘Do What U Want’ in particular felt like coming home after a long holiday and making a brew in your favourite mug – delicious, welcoming, and exactly how you like it.

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How to enjoy Edinburgh on a budget

Holidays are fun. We all know it. Seeing new places, exploring different countries and cities and broadening your horizons. Holidays on a budget can be even more fun. You can’t just go to all the big attractions or eat in the closest restaurant. You have to really delve into the tiny back roads, find the independent bistros and eateries that get overlooked in the guide books.

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I have recently come back from four nights in Edinburgh on such a budget holiday. I’m still a student and the Bearded One is on a seasonal contract at the railway so we only had a certain amount of money between us. It didn’t stop us having the best time away without paying through the nose everywhere we went. Here are my top recommendations for enjoying your holidays without paying too much.

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Final term, final year…

It all ends here. On Monday I start my final term of my final year at university. And I am so ready for it to end. I have had the most wonderful three years at UWE. I can’t begin to list the countless things I have gained from this course. I’ve found great friends, a wonderful boyfriend, discovered what I really want to do with my life, found out I’m actually pretty good at it, and met some wonderful lecturers who I hope I will stay in contact with for many years to come.

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