• Staff Scrapbook – Best Supporting Sitcom Characters

    Troy McClure – The Simpsons Hi, I’m writing about Troy McClure. You may remember him from such films as The Seven Year Bitch, Give My Remains to Broadway, and Christmas Ape Goes to Summer Camp. Voiced by the late Saturday Night Live regular, Phil Hartman, Troy McClure is arguably the...
  • Toddlers and Tiaras: What’s the Deal with Child Beauty Pageants?

    “Mom, I’m gonna shoot down the competition this weekend.” With a syrupy sweet smile and a toss of her painfully glossy locks, six year old Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson from McIntyre, Georgia steps off her stool, which lies against the motel bathroom mirror, with overbearing confidence and determination....
  • Grimm Fairy Tales

    The problem with being young is that you’re impressionable. You read stories about girls being plucked from obscurity to marry a handsome Prince and you believe, if you’re lucky, this might just happen to you. Unfortunately, reality hits and the magic of Disney, Pixar and the brothers Grimm is...
  • The Heirs of Daft Punk

    “Anyone can take a disco sample and put a kick drum under it, but no-one will sound like Daft Punk.” Such was electro producer Boys Noize’s reaction to the announcement of a new Daft Punk album, their first in eight years, due for release this spring. With the current...
  • A Day In The Life of…The Gramophones Artistic Director

    Formed in 2009, The Gramophones are an all female theatre company based right here in Nottingham. Artistic Director Hannah Stone lets Impact in on their clowning around and invites us into the world of the theatre business… 1. How were The Gramophones formed? I moved to Nottingham after chasing acting...
  • The World’s Most Stupid Inventions

    Technology is constantly changing and updating, bringing newer and smarter solutions to improve and revolutionise our lives. But with every improvement, a few oddballs get thrown in. Some have been (thankfully) swept under the rug, whilst others linger to make us cringe… The ones that didn’t make it… Operation Acoustic Kitty...
  • Are you suffering from the Second Year Blues?

    You’re not the only one. In the lead up to university, you will likely have heard the following piece of advice: ‘Make the most of your first year, it doesn’t count!’ However, the blissful blur of freshers year soon comes to an abrupt halt once midterm deadlines approach, along with the...