Will ‘Life Stories’ be the same without Piers Morgan?

I’ve written previously for The Boar about the ever so controversial figure of Piers Morgan. Indeed, to say the presenter divides opinion is the least controversial view of all time. Back then, he had left Good Morning Britain in a storm, with rumours igniting about whether, given subsequent falling ratings, ITV would invite him back as the lead presenter. That is most certainly no more. With the recent announcement Morgan was leaving his Life Stories programme after 12 years, he has cut his fin

‘Conflicted’ Captures the Need for Disagreement in Public Life

As an avid user of twitter, I have long been interested in how individuals behave differently on the platform compared to real life. Lockdowns confined us all to doom scrolling, looking at the latest scary statistics and feeling an immense sense of dread. Yet the criticism twitter has long received politically is nothing new. Condemned as a platform where meaningful political discourse is near obsolete, it sometimes feels like reasoned discussion is impossible.

The ABBA reunion is cause for celebration

ABBA is a band probably bigger than the Beatles (and that’s no exaggeration). The iconic Swedish pop group from the 1970s, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni Frid Lyngstad topped charts and created iconic sounds. Best known for winning Eurovision in Brighton in 1974 with the tremendous song ‘Waterloo’, their legacy has inspired fans over generations. They have always managed to meaningfully connect with millions of people by providing a sense of belonging and community.

My experience of cinema at Warwick

The best cinema is ultimately enjoyed as a collective experience. Packed into a room, the comfy seats, huge screen and armrests all contribute to a brilliant time collectively watching a film. An audience, most of whom won’t personally know one another, can laugh, cry, jump out of their skin and feel pure amazement at the quality of the cinema they are watching. The best movies are really appreciated when you have the company of others.

My summer holiday

In a previous Boar Travel article, I wrote about my desperate desire to visit Harrogate when restrictions eased. All I knew about the town was its apparent magnificence, its majestic existence as a location of exquisite beauty. And boy it did deliver that and more. Over my five days, I was in constant awe at the stunning natural and human creations dotted around the area. What is so noticeable about Harrogate is its celebration of the past. Architecturally, this is evident with a large number

‘Baptiste’ series one: perfectly ordinary and easily forgettable

BBC iPlayer has a habit of promoting its best new shows to as wide an audience as possible. When a new programme is released, it will get an extra wide billing on the website, presented as a brand new show that simply cannot be missed. In the summer heyday of no work or exams, one of the programmes that most strongly fitted into that category was Baptiste, with the BBC promoting its second series. I knew nothing about the programme and thought it would be worth a watch.

The wealth of writers who went to Warwick

To write is to offer a fresh perspective on the world. It is to leave an imprint, however small, on society. Words provide an all important context to the past, enlightening future generations about the way individuals thought and lived. There are plenty of alumni from Warwick who have done just that. Whether inspired by their university degrees or not, they have taken that notion of chronicling their vision of the past seriously, and with great insight.

Five Films From… Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an acting genius. From the moment her career began decades ago at Cambridge, she has stepped into each role with elegance, grace, and a majestic ability to captivate an audience. Even her more alternative performances, like becoming the Prime Minister in Johnny English Strikes Again (which, it won’t surprise you to read, hasn’t made my top five) are done with humour and an authority that only Thompson could manage.

Last Night I Watched: ‘Gladiator’

I’ve often wondered what makes a film worthy of the accolade ‘Best Picture’; given just how many films are released every year, it is undoubtedly an award worthy of its high reputation. The Academy Awards, more informally called the Oscars, are among the most prestigious film awards in the world. Even though all film criticism is subjective, to receive the highest of awards from the Academy members is a treat never likely to leave the memories of its victors.

Should the price of tickets be voluntary?

At some point, all of us have visited a cake sale for a good cause. Charities looking to raise money will have spent hours putting together the most fantastic creations that look absolutely appetising for the public’s delight. Aiming to raise funds for important causes, there is often no set price on how much each cake costs. Individuals are simply invited to donate whatever funds they can. It is arguably fairer that way – everyone can contribute but only what they can financially afford.

London Notebook: Expensive embassies, the return of Pizza Hut & the Play That Went Right

Back in London again! Yes, as regular readers will be aware, when any opportunity to visit that great capital of the UK arises, I am sure to take it. Visiting is just too convenient - less than 50 minutes to King’s Cross from Cambridge. Having gone to the Garrick Theatre back in May to see Matt Forde, I was desperate to return to the West End at its full capacity. Well what a joy it was to do so.

Studios should stick to the agreements they have struck with their stars

Contracts are vital documents which are crucial to how societies are governed. That there is a whole branch of law devoted to contracts represents how crucial they are in framing the obligations that bind us to one another. Break a contract, which is usually legally signed by two parties, and the road to disagreement becomes a very realistic prospect. This has been the situation facing various Hollywood movie stars, who few may have initially had sympathy for. Earning millions for different blo

What are the consequences of Liverpool losing its UNESCO world heritage status?

Liverpool is one city among many in the United Kingdom I am desperate to pay a visit. Best know for the Beatles, a fantastic accent and newsagents not stocking copies of the Sun, it has a deep and profound rooted history. It is a city no doubt filled with memories, good and bad, of the impact of the past, which has shaped how its citizens regard the location. I have always held Liverpool in the highest of regards and look forward to the day I am finally able to go there.
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