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Jedward and Gnome Fairies: Eurovision 2011

Saturday saw the return of the annual festival of terrible music that is the Eurovision Song Contest. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.

In the closest contest for years, Azerbaijan came out on top, with their song ‘Running Scared’ by duet 'Ell/Nikki'. Despite the UK’s entry (boyband 'Blue') only ending up in 11th place, we can claim the small victory that one half of Azerbaijan’s entry- singer Nikki Jamal, lives in London.

However, Eurovision has never been about winning or losing, but is instead all about the acts themselves and just how bizarre their performances can be, and on this front there were a number of highlights.

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Cannes Femmes Cineastes

Film is often criticised for being a man’s game; women get a look-in as long as they are lookers to be looked at and objectified, adding texture and focus to the man's role and the director’s gaze. The Cannes 2011 poster (as seen here) seems to reinforce this cinematic archetype with the fabulous Faye Dunaway, in a photo from a bygone era, gracing the festival poster and three facades of the Palais. “Women’s legs are compasses that circle the globe, giving it its equilibrium and harmony” is the charmingly macho Francois Truffaut quote given in the press kit that underlines the "classical" thinking behind the elegance of the poster choice.

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Cannes 2011 Film Festival: Day 1

Séamas McSwiney is our guest film correspondent and is currently reporting for us directly from Cannes. He has decades of experience in film journalism, with work published in some top international publications.   


 

For two weeks in May, Cannes is the home of razzamataz and red-carpeted fantasies. It is also a global crossroads where culture, politics, art and business intersect. In Cannes, the global entertainment industry pays homage to cultural diversity because, during this French Riviera honeymoon, it is good business to do so. As jury president, Robert De Niro says, the Competition jury undertakes to choose “films that are represented in the world of film at its highest level, and these types of festivals help connect the international film community and have a lasting cultural impact”. This year, his fellow jury members include Jude Law and Uma Thurman from the UK and the US as well as Mahamat Saleh Haroun and Johnnie To, from Chad and China.

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Free-Falling on LSE

When I received the admissions letter in 2005, Harvard was already a familiar place. Even before I applied, I had visited the university, checked out the campus party scene, attended information sessions, met my admissions officer, and gotten involved in the Cuban student group events. I thus began my undergraduate career with a fairly accurate sense of what awaited me in the next four years.

 

Arriving at LSE

My introduction to LSE was contrastingly abrupt. Before I knew it, classes arrived and I saw myself in Houghton Street absorbing everything for the first time. Of course, I was unprepared for the rushed course selection process, and the unavailability of professor and course evaluations as a public guide for students did not make the task easier. I was surprised to find that there were virtually no British people in my classes, as the majority of my classmates came from other European countries and North America. The school calendar shocked me; my unthinkable number of holidays included two months to study for finals!

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Our iPad Winner Revealed!

After two months of entries flooding in, we can finally reveal the winner of the grand prize in our iPad 2 competition.

Everyone who registered with the Foreign Students site during March and April was entered into a free prize draw to celebrate the launch of our new website. After entry closed last week, we picked one lucky member at random. And the winner is....

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