Porn and sex ed: the wilderness years

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Boom, there it is. A throbbing clitoris, a glistening pair of boobs, one ginormous wang. Right in your puppy-fatted face. You’re 11, and, along with your best friend, you’ve just followed another pal’s knowing advice to ‘look up porn on Google’. You’re both a bit overwhelmed, but there’s no kind of reference point to help … Continued

Birqash Camel Market: Meeting the King of Kings

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The man surveys the scene before him with an air of royalty. Dressed in an elegant, dark grey galabeya, he wears shades on his tanned, worn face and tiger skin shoes upon his feet that, he is quick to reassure me, are real. He looks far younger than his age of sixty. Yet, alongside his … Continued

The Film Pit: Mad Max Fury Road [Review]

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Hype is a dangerous thing. When you’re excited for something new on the horizon you’ve already trapped yourself in a state of mind where you can only be disappointed. For example, let’s say you watch an exciting trailer; the film you’re imagining is infinitely more thrilling and wonderful than the film could ever possibly be. … Continued

The Film Pit: ‘Director Jail’

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There are film makers who, despite obvious talent, cannot find work due to an overhanging box-office bomb that is stinking up their resume. This usually happens with a film based on a beloved property with fans rabid for something spectacular only to be given something a little limp and clammy, like my horrible tiny hands. … Continued

Whatever you do this election, vote

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This election is a good time to look back over the last twenty years. A lot has changed, and a lot will change in the future. Twenty years ago there was no Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly. The age of consent for homosexual acts was 5 years higher than the age of consent for heterosexual … Continued

The Film Pit: Single Room Horror

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It was announced this week that the 1997 cult hit Cube is getting a remake as Cubed, because Hollywood apparently just had a primary school maths lesson and is keen to show us what it’s learned. For this week’s column I’m talking about single-room horror films like Cube, and about four films that, while not … Continued