Matt Styles

Matt is a content creator and editor who enjoys all things sport, writing, gaming and the theatre.

Ah, yes, New Year’s resolutions. As we edge towards a new year, many of us feel the pressure to redesign ourselves to reflect some sort of profound self-improvement, with common targets including more regular exercise, losing weight, learning a new skill, quitting smoking, or saving more money. Rooted in various religious traditions in the Western world, if followed devoutly these resolutions are overall a good thing. Once upon a time, people made promises to their Gods at the start of each year to return borrowed objects and pay debts and, in the medieval period, knights took a ‘peacock vow’ at…

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When you think of Christmas not everybody will think of darts. In many people’s minds, overweight, beer-swilling blokes chucking metal spears at a circular target does not correlate with the season of good will. Alas, think again. Watching the World Championships down at Alexandra Palace (the ‘Ally Pally’) couldn’t exemplify the festive season any better. For thousands, flocking down in fancy dress and watching high quality darts with friends is an absolute necessity at Christmas time. Granted, not everybody pays full attention throughout the day. In fact, a large proportion of the crowd may be none the wiser about who…

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Having been delayed by a year due to Covid-19, this particular reviewer was itching to watch Steven Spielberg’s modern take on a classic. That classic? None other than West Side Story: the tale of finger-clicking, pirouetting gangsters of 1950’s New York, who parade through the streets in a permanent state of cultural warfare. Spielberg, helped by a revamped Tony Kushner screenplay, updates the original 1961 film and creates something truly stunning. This, in part, is inevitable given the technological advancements that have taken place over the past half century, though experimental camerawork and mise-en-scène thrusts the audience into a stark,…

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In his 1816 poem ‘Darkness’, Lord Byron evocatively captures the sense of dislocation we feel when our days our stripped of sunlight and dominated by the dark. Here, when referring to ‘rayless’, ‘pathless’ and ‘icy’ earth that swings ‘blind and blackening in the moonless air’, he was reflecting on the eruption of Mount Tambora that deprived the Indonesian region of sunlight for large parts of the summer, yet the sentiments are timeless. Though most of us are unfamiliar with curious volcanic eruptions of the early 19th century, we can all resonate with the feeling of alienation when the days get…

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They say that you can never have too much of a good thing. For diehard Beatles fans this saying could not be truer of Peter Jackson’s recent docuseries, ‘Get Back’, which focuses on the creation of the band’s final album ‘Let It Be’. For others, 468 minutes might seem a bit much. The three-part series, now fully released on Disney+, provides a fascinating insight into the lives of not just four extraordinary musicians, but four wonderful friends. However, following their meteoric rise to fame in the 1960s, it captures the late demise of the group and the tensions that caused…

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The meteoric rise of TikTok has been said to exemplify the core traits of ‘Gen Z’ (the generation that follows millennials, starting from the somewhat arbitrary date of 1996). In recent years it has set the record as the world’s fastest downloaded app, becoming the first other than Facebook to reach 3 billion installations. As well as providing entertainment, it is an ideal advertising space for companies to connect with this emergent demographic, though what exactly is the ‘TikTok generation’ and to what extent is the app an accurate reflection of its concerns? A Sign of the Times In a…

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When you think of a traditional British pub, certain images and associations come to mind. In bygone years we think of them as the lifeblood of the community and full of character, as the musky fumes of ale pervade the air and quick-witted old timers come armed with stories to tell. As time has gone on, however, this has come to be quite a nostalgic view with the hegemonic popularity of the titan JD Wetherspoon (known colloquially as Wetherspoons). Driving around today, it is a common sight to see a run-down pub that is boarded up and forced out of…

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Living with health anxiety is not easy at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. For many over the past twenty months or so, the threat of being struck down by what is so often labelled as an ‘invisible enemy’ has become overwhelming; pushing some people to more self-isolation and trepidation than is already commonplace in society. Read on to learn more on health anxiety and how to manage it as we return to normality. What is Health Anxiety? Health anxiety, often termed as hypochondria, is the all-consuming fear of getting ill or unwell. These fears are…

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You might think that Fantasy Premier League is an intimidating closed community with its own confusing lingo and football-obsessed fanatics, though it is more accessible and rewarding than you might think. If you’re bringing up the rear in the leagues you reluctantly joined, this time-saving guide should help see your rank climb and allow you to wow your friends or colleagues without it taking over your life. Though this article relates specifically to FPL, the advice is broadly applicable to all Fantasy Football platforms. Nail the basics The most fundamental thing to do before starting FPL is establishing a very…

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