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The Multiple Personalities of the Great Gatsby

As part of our build-up to the 2014 Oscars, we are looking at the films likely to take home some of the top awards. Here, Erik Redli examines the parallels seen in The Great Gatsby with other leading characters in film and television.

The Great Gatsby starts with a black and white Warner Brothers logo just like it would have in the 1920s. I was curious; another tragic story starring DiCaprio.

The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man who has just moved into a small house right next to Gatsby's castle. Ambitious and reverent, he is often a timeless witness to the caprice of the upper classes and eventually he runs away from what he initially pursued.

The mysterious Gatsby does not appear during the first 30 minutes of the movie. Instead the other characters recall his parties and charm, intensifying the expectations of both Nick and the audience. All of a sudden, he appears from the cover of a crowd dancing to the modern soundtrack of Fergie's Little Party Killed Nobody.

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Stars Descend on London for 2014 BAFTAs

The 2014 BAFTAs took place in London on Sunday, with the usual mix of A-list celebs, surprise winners, awkward speeches and deserved recognition.

12 Years a Slave took home best film and male lead Chiwetel Ejiofor claimed best actor, and yet there was still the sense that the film was a little hard done by. In many critics' opinion (mine included) it is far and away the best piece of cinema not just of this year, but of many previous years too.

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Newsman Dale Hansen's Amazing Repsonse to a Gay College Footballer

Michael Sam attends the University of Missouri. He is one of the best American Football defensive players in the college system. He also happens to be gay.

Last week, after completing his college football career, he came out as gay and in the likely event he is picked for an NFL team in the draft, that would make him unique in the league. 

However, just a matter of days later, anonymous NFL representatives were telling Sports Illustrated that his announcement would likely harm his prospects in the NFL.

After hearing this news, Dallas TV sports newsman Dale Hansen felt he had to get something off his chest. The result below is quite simply brilliant.

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Brussels: Politics, Architecture, Beer & Smurfs

Blogger Erik describes his trip to Brussels over Christmas.

Gothic rock and how many guitars did Eric Clapton give away?

Brussels lies at the crossroad of the Germanic culture from the north and the Romance of the south, and the architecture is a testament to the ever-changing guardians over the centuries of war. The gothic Main Square with the Townhouse and the nearby buildings, one of them housing a Hard Rock Cafe, express the quintessence of the style. Let's call it gothic rock.

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Super Bowl or Six Nations? The Best Places to Watch Both in London

Hot dogs vs beef pies. Budweiser vs ale. There is an eternal battle of cultures between the US and UK, and this weekend we can add another to the list- American football vs rugby.

On Sunday night, it is of course the Super Bowl, but before then the Six Nations kicks-off on Saturday afternoon. Luckily for everyone involved, they don't clash, so you don't need to choose between two of the biggest sporting events from either side of the pond.

Instead, embrace both, choose a couple of venues and enjoy an unbeatable sporting weekend. To help you out, we've gathered together some of the best venues in London for you to watch at.

Super Bowl XLVIII

Sunday 2nd February, UK kick-off 11.25pm

Ok so it is on a Sunday night and doesn't start until almost midnight, but it is only once a year. Prepare for raucous, boozy, foody fun.

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Where? Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, WC1H
When? 7pm-4am
Tickets £8 in advance - More Here 

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