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The Technological Advance on Human Interaction

In a world where the internet is quite possibly the fastest way to find out information or communicate, we can still be left feeling quite lonely or lost. I haven’t posted on this blog for months on end but what I have been doing is spending more time with friends, family, being creative offline and making memories. Not just snapping on Instagram every day for 20,000 likes. I am not saying I am perfect (in any way) or that I have deleted my social media but I think it is to remember just how important technology is in our lives.

I stumbled across this video, ironically on Facebook the other night and it certainly rings a few truths:

If you are a 90’s child like myself then some of these will definitely make you smile; the old dial-up tone, logging onto MSN after a day of school or taking your anti-shock portable CD player on long car journeys to Devon.

We (speaking for other 24/25 year olds) are definitely the generation that has lived and breathed the way new technologies have crept slowly into our everyday lives. These 35 instances remind me of how novel and refreshing it was to experience and interact with such amazing technology. However on the same footing, it also reminds me not to be complacent with online ‘likes’ or ‘convos’ and to really just take the internet with a pinch of salt! Social interactions are certainly not something to be forgotten.

Instead of texting your friend for half an hour to arrange a meet-up, just pick a time and date AND stick to it. I have reserved any further rants.

BRB got to make a cup of tea – dial up- ….(Tweet, Like Posts, snap on Instagram etc.)

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Backcountry (2014) Film Review

October 21, 2015 2 comments

Can you imagine being hunted by a black bear in the outback? Without a phone, a weapon or someone to help you? If this doesn’t terrify you then you need to watch Backcountry (also known as Blackfoot trail).

This film, (based on a true story), is in one word: chilling. It taps into human emotions of fear and the ability to fight for survival. In a nutshell the plot is a couple go on a camping trip in the Canadian wilderness, but it soon takes a turn for the worse as they become lost without food or water and to make matters worse they soon discover they are being hunted by a black bear. It is a simple narrative but one that resonates.

I know I will be the first to admit that throughout the film I had a sense of fear (and nausea) in the bottom of my stomach. Their reality is so terrifying to watch and let unravel. We may think we are the ultimate hunters, however when in the wild, without weapons, we are vulnerable.

The production

Backcountry is a low-budget film that does not rely on special effects nor fancy techniques, but instead, relies on the situation unfolding to create terror and suspense. The lack of blood, guts and gore leaves your imagination running wild.

“In the true story, they got attacked at a campsite in the backcountry and he fought off the bear with a knife the best he could while the bear was mauling his girlfriend.  He put her in a canoe and they were like three hours out in the deep backcountry, so it wasn’t looking good and she passed away, sadly, in the canoe on the way.  The canoe is a big symbol for me in the end of the movie.  That’s what it’s based on.  It’s based on a tragic occurrence, but the sad part is, this happens again and again.  This happened many times.  There’s an older couple in Algonquin that was murdered in their sleep, eaten in their sleep by a black bear in Algonquin Park.  This is real stuff.”

You can read more from the Director, Adam MacDonald in this interview.

Overall I think the director manages to tastefully tell this story in a hard-hitting and emotive way; it’s a story of tragedy and loss, yet at the same time hope. It is refreshing to see a strong female character leading the narrative. Her resilience and strength is inspiring and captivating throughout. You find yourself praying for her survival.

Where would you run to? Where would you sleep? Do you think you’d survive?

If you haven’t seen this film then I really would recommend it. If you take away the drama and characters, it ultimately reminds you to be sensible when you are out camping; pack the necessities, know where you are camping and be aware of nature/wildlife. Do your research and don’t be foolish thinking you know best.


Tramlines headliners 2015


Gilles Peterson, A Guy Called Gerald, Basement Jaxx (DJs), Evian Christ, Romare (DJ), James Holden & lots more added to Tramlines Festival Lineup

The lineup for Tramlines Festival has just got even bigger thanks to an injection of electronic and alternative artists to the 2015 bill.  New acts to perform in Sheffield from 24-26 July include Ninja Tune’s Romare, 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, the young talent of Evian Christ, the legendary A Guy Called Gerald, a DJ set from Basement Jaxx and many more.

Now in its seventh year with The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx and Wu Tang Clan already in place to headline, Tramlines is one of the UK’s most musically eclectic festivals. Held across multiple outdoor spaces and venues across Sheffield city centre, Tramlines is the alternative festival to discover a ton of hot new talent alongside internationally acclaimed acts – and it’s seriously good value for money at just £30 for a weekend ticket.

Katy B - Main Stage - Tramlines 2014

Following their live headline set on the Main Stage on Saturday night, Basement Jaxx will stay on to play an after-hours DJ set at o2 Academy, filling the dancefloor like only they know how. Elsewhere is the hugely talent Romare, whose cut-and-paste production has attracted the attention of fans from across the bass music spectrum; legendary record collector, DJ, producer, label boss and experimental music polymath Gilles Peterson; Kanye West collaborator Evian Christ; the UK’s first acid-house producer and the man behind the seminal classic Voodoo Ray A Guy Called Gerald; and Border Community head honcho and trend-setting producer James Holden.

For fans of house and techno, there’s plenty on offer as Tramlines has topped up the bill with the minimal warehouse techno sounds of Sheffield’s Lo Shea; acid house and techno from Berlin-based Klasse Recordings founder Luca Lozano; and bags of grime-inspired house and techno from Pev n Kowton of the Livity Sound trio.

Keeping its late night programme as diverse as possible, Tramlines has drafted in talent which spans the bass music scenes. Acts include a live set from South London producer Henry Wu, who’ll delve into garage, jazz and funk; local residents from the hugely popular Banana Hill night Cervo & JVC, with their flamboyant crossover of African and Latin American sounds and global electronica; emerging hip-hop producer Cypria; dancehall and UK bass artist (and partner in rhythm with Toddla T) Serocee; and from jazz/hip-hop artist Sumochief.

Other new additions on the alternative tip include Sheffield’s Blood Sport who, as well as a performing a live set of blistering guitars and techno-gilded polyrhythms, will curate the Tramlines Millennium Gallery Sunday lineup for a second year; 19 year-old singer-songwriter Billie Black, whose soulful R&B has attracted the attention of Gilles Peterson; and Warp Records signing Lonelady.

These acts join a bill that already includes Erol Alkan, Mike Skinner (DJ Set), Surgeon, Roman Flugel, Ghostpoet, Buzzcocks, Sugarhill Gang, Melle Mel & Scorpio, Billy Bragg and dozens more.

Tramlines festival director Sarah Nulty commented:

“We are very excited to add even more fantastic and diverse artists to the bill. We want to ensure that the night at Tramlines is a strong as the daytime. We almost have a continual run of music for 24 hours a day, and with all this in store, we expect people will be getting very little sleep this year!”

Weekend tickets can be purchased from for only £30+ BF, which makes Tramlines one of the UK’s best value festivals to attend.

For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2015, visit or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines


LINEUP – (new additions in bold)


The Charlatans / Basement Jaxx / Wu Tang Clan


Billy Bragg / Buzzcocks / Martha Reeves / Sugarhill Gang


A Guy Called Gerald / Basement Jaxx (DJ Set) / Charlotte OC / Dutch Uncles / Erol Alkan / Evian Christ / Ghostpoet / Gilles Peterson / GoGo Penguin / Honeyblood / James Holden / Jimmy Edgar /  Kate Tempest  / Marika Hackman  / Melle Mel + Scorpio / Mike Skinner (DJ Set) / Rolo Tomassi / Roman Flugel / Romare (DJ) / Surgeon / West Street Mob


And So I Watch You From Afar / Aquilo / Billie Black / Blanck Mass / Blood Sport / Bodyjack / Bruising / Cervo & JVC / Cypria (DJ) / Diagrams / Ekkah / Formation / Gnod / Gulf / Hannah Lou Clark / Henry Wu Duo (live) / Hey Sholay / Hidden Orchestra / Jagaara / Jus Now / Kamera / Knifeworld / Kris Wadsworth / Lone Wolf / Lo Shea / Luca Lozano / The Moon / Nai Harvest / Pev n Kowton / Polo / Portico / Robyn / Serocee / Sherwell / Shopping / Slaves / Sumochief / Tropics / U / Ultimate Painting / Walls


Will you be attending Sheffield’s most loved festival?

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