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Mathew Gillings
Lancaster University

I’m an English Language student at Lancaster University. I write for The National Student, On: Yorkshire Magazine, and SCAN, focusing heavily on reviews and features. I am a Student Ambassador here at Lancaster, working with both recruitment and outreach, and I am the current President of Making Memories UK.

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Mathew Gillings visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando.

Wizards, wands, and witches: Diagon Alley opens a new chapter in theme park entertainment

Mathew Gillings visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando.

Willy Wonka has opened his looming metal gates once again - this time, for guests at the Royal Theatre Drury Lane in London.

Theatre Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka has opened his looming metal gates once again - this time, for guests at the Royal Theatre Drury Lane in London.

The stars were strutting along the red carpet yesterday evening, as the cast of “The Harry Hill Movie” met in Leicester Square, London for the world premiere.

The Harry Hill Movie Premiere

The stars were strutting along the red carpet yesterday evening, as the cast of “The Harry Hill Movie” met in Leicester Square, London for the world premiere.

It's easy to see why The 39 Steps has been running for seven years at London�s Criterion Theatre. High on energy and laughter, this frivolous performance manages to combine the lot. It's witty, energetic, and incredibly clever.

Theatre Review: The 39 Steps

It's easy to see why The 39 Steps has been running for seven years at London�s Criterion Theatre. High on energy and laughter, this frivolous performance manages to combine the lot. It's witty, energetic, and incredibly clever.

There's a good reason why one particular duck from Hostingly Farm in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was given the name 'Lucky'...

Lucky Duck? Indian Runner Duck narrowly escapes Christmas chop after masquerading as goose

There's a good reason why one particular duck from Hostingly Farm in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was given the name 'Lucky'...

TV
The staff and students of Thornhill Community Academy will be back on the nation's screens this evening, as Educating Yorkshire returns for a Christmas special. The programme will be catching up with some of the best-loved characters from the television hit series.

TV Preview: Educating Yorkshire at Christmas

The staff and students of Thornhill Community Academy will be back on the nation's screens this evening, as Educating Yorkshire returns for a Christmas special. The programme will be catching up with some of the best-loved characters from the television hit series.

In January, Chase High School in Essex will be introducing a mentoring scheme which aims to boost the self-confidence of boys who lack positive male role models. They will be taught how to

Essex schoolboys to be 'taught how to chat-up women'

In January, Chase High School in Essex will be introducing a mentoring scheme which aims to boost the self-confidence of boys who lack positive male role models. They will be taught how to "chat-up girls" amid fears pornography has distorted their view of women.

A new study by Ukash has revealed that Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University offers the cheapest cost of living at the UK�s top universities.

Which university is the cheapest for students?

A new study by Ukash has revealed that Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University offers the cheapest cost of living at the UK�s top universities.

Benedict Allen, a British writer and explorer most well known for engrossing himself amongst indigenous people, will be speaking at The Adventure Travel Show 2014. This fearless adventurer has stared death in the face on several occasions, yet still has a clear undying passion for traditional exploration and immersion.

Interview: Benedict Allen

Benedict Allen, a British writer and explorer most well known for engrossing himself amongst indigenous people, will be speaking at The Adventure Travel Show 2014. This fearless adventurer has stared death in the face on several occasions, yet still has a clear undying passion for traditional exploration and immersion.

British criminal Ronnie Biggs, most famously known for his part in the Great Train Robbery in 1963, has died aged 84.

Obituary: Ronnie Biggs

British criminal Ronnie Biggs, most famously known for his part in the Great Train Robbery in 1963, has died aged 84.

TV
Popular cartoon canine Brian Griffin has returned to Family Guy as the show's creator responds to audience criticism.

Brian Griffin returns to Family Guy

Popular cartoon canine Brian Griffin has returned to Family Guy as the show's creator responds to audience criticism.

TV
Comedian John Bishop has hand-picked his favourite performers and he�ll be showcasing them to the nation in his BBC1 Christmas special, aired on Monday 23rd December 2013. With a fantastic line-up of comedians, singers, and dancers, it�s going to be an absolute treat. I managed to get tickets to the filming. You won�t be disappointed...

Review: John Bishop's Christmas Show

Comedian John Bishop has hand-picked his favourite performers and he�ll be showcasing them to the nation in his BBC1 Christmas special, aired on Monday 23rd December 2013. With a fantastic line-up of comedians, singers, and dancers, it�s going to be an absolute treat. I managed to get tickets to the filming. You won�t be disappointed...

Unless you're willing to fork out for a first-class ticket (and as a student, we're guessing you aren't), long-haul flights are generally considered tedious, uninteresting, and downright boring. Here are ten top tips for how to survive an arduous journey through the skies...

How to Survive a Long-haul Flight

Unless you're willing to fork out for a first-class ticket (and as a student, we're guessing you aren't), long-haul flights are generally considered tedious, uninteresting, and downright boring. Here are ten top tips for how to survive an arduous journey through the skies...

A pub in Oxfordshire got more than it bargained for this morning, when their head chef used the company Twitter account as a personal soapbox.

Sacked chef creates Twitter frenzy

A pub in Oxfordshire got more than it bargained for this morning, when their head chef used the company Twitter account as a personal soapbox.

Universities UK have retracted their guidance regarding gender segregation following criticism from students and politicians, including the Prime Minister. The leading universities body is in the process of reviewing its stance, but insisted the legal position remains

Universities UK guidance on gender segregation withdrawn

Universities UK have retracted their guidance regarding gender segregation following criticism from students and politicians, including the Prime Minister. The leading universities body is in the process of reviewing its stance, but insisted the legal position remains "unclear."

Disney hit all the right notes with the story of how they brought Mary Poppins to the silver screen.

Film Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Disney hit all the right notes with the story of how they brought Mary Poppins to the silver screen.

Last weekend, 68 Lancaster University students set out on the ultimate charity hitch-hike. Participants, who organised themselves into teams of two or three, had 36 hours to get as far away from the university campus as possible, without spending a single penny on transport. I decided to take part in the fundraiser for the second year running. It really is easier said than done.

Enactus Lancaster: Jailbreak 2013

Last weekend, 68 Lancaster University students set out on the ultimate charity hitch-hike. Participants, who organised themselves into teams of two or three, had 36 hours to get as far away from the university campus as possible, without spending a single penny on transport. I decided to take part in the fundraiser for the second year running. It really is easier said than done.

You've probably noticed that quite a number of your friends have been changing their profile pictures to that of a giraffe.

Why have giraffes taken over Facebook?

You've probably noticed that quite a number of your friends have been changing their profile pictures to that of a giraffe.

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