Orange is the New Black – Season 4 – Contains Spoilers

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This post contains spoilers for season four of Orange is the New Black. Continue at your peril. When Orange is the New Black first became a Netflix series in 2013, it was Piper’s story to tell. The show was originally taken from the book of the same name, written by and about Piper Kerman’s real-life experiences in prison. It made sense that where Kerman blurred into Chapman for the sake of poetic licence, she remained the central point of the … Read More

The World According to Star Wars – Book Review

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As if it needed the help, Star Wars: The Force Awakens galvanised the film franchise as a pop culture and a financial phenomenon. While the prequels didn’t damage the comfort blanket of the original trilogy as such, they hadn’t necessarily added to them hugely either. The buzz around The Force Awakens suggested something quite different. Something new but also reminiscent. Something better than we had seen in decades. The anticipation for Episode VII was rewarded and deserved, delivering a rejuvenated … Read More

My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh – Book Review

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There were moments during My Sunshine Away where I felt unsettled enough to consider whether I wanted to continue reading. M.O. Walsh’s debut novel isn’t at all grisly or gruesome in how it tells of the impact a teenager’s rape has on her community. In fact, even with its intense honesty, the writing is rich and syrupy in how carefully the words have been selected. Still, with the nameless narrator’s zealous adolescent infatuation with the victim and the early knowledge that … Read More

E3 2016 Personal Highlights

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Ah E3, the annual pilgrimage of video game professionals and commentators eagerly poised to either peddle or be enlightened by what the heroes of fast-fingered entertainment have in store for the next 12 months. Those few days where some of the most cynical people on the planet allow themselves to enjoy being part of this dysfunctional but pleasingly inescapable family. At least, that’s how to approach it if you plan on having fun. Any gamer watching the commencements on their … Read More

Body & Beauty Products Making Summer Easier

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If you scroll back through seibiant.com you’ll find out pretty quickly that I believe autumn to be the king of all seasons. It may even end up the theme of my next tattoo. I might have skin that tans without burning, but I also own oily skin that tends to look a mess in the summer rather than that aspirational glowing goddess look. I like the mood boosting properties of bright sunlight, I don’t enjoy the fact that heat and … Read More

Maren Morris’ Hero – Country’s Getting Cooler

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Maren Morris and her self-styled brand of country music are tricky to label. Not only does she like that inability to put her in a box, but so do her growing army of fans. Her debut major album, Hero, is a confident stride on to the mainstream stage with a distinct style that sets her apart from the moment she opens her mouth. It says something about how hotly anticipated Hero is, that her recent collaboration with Dierks Bentley on … Read More

What I’m learning from 1880 letters

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  WANT AN AUDIO VERSION OF THIS POST? SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. A few months ago, buoyed by the reminder that I’d always wanted to start a collection of vintage and antique ephemera, I bought a bundle of letters on Etsy. They were a punt of a purchase. I knew the 50+ letters and postcards had been penned during the late 1870s and early 1880s by a woman living in Pennsylvania, whose husband was working away in … Read More

Bare Bones – Bobby Bones Book Review

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At the time when I was either in Middle Tennessee or making plans to book more extortionately priced flights back to Nashville, WSIX was the best company. While I was there, mornings in the car were soundtracked by the country music radio station that made me feel less like a visitor and more like a resident with every traffic update, weather report and new single I had no hope of hearing at home. On glumly returning to the UK, listening … Read More

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