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An Focal’s First Take Club #6 – The Godfather Part 2

“I don’t feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies” The Godfather: Part II is considered one of, if not, the greatest film of all time, and by default, the best sequel of all time. (Apart from A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Ed)  With the film famously winning Best Picture, much like its …


An Focal’s First Take Club #4 – Trainspotting

Directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a heroin addict and his attempts to go clean. Working with writer John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald for his second feature film, Danny Boyle provides us with one of British cinema’s most revered productions. Many credit Danny Boyle’s early work, namely ‘Trainspotting’, for revitalising British …

How to handle homesickness in college

You worked your arse off, landed your dream degree, but now what? Now, the dream is over. You didn’t think it was possible, but somehow you seem a bit lost. Suddenly, you get nervous about meeting new people, started talking less and miss the comforts of back home. What do you do? Whether you’ve just experienced homesickness briefly or have …

All the posts you would see on early 2010’s Facebook

By: Zoha Khan Hello, and welcome back to the early 2010s. A time of technological and political revolution… As well as a time of nostalgia and complete and utter regret. We all remember what it was like to be in those first few years of secondary school. Puberty had just started to hit like a truck. Everyone had acne. The …

OPINION: Who’s afraid of Greta Thunberg?

Greta Thunberg has truly taken the world by storm.  A maverick stalwart, dancing gracefully amidst the crosshairs of the ignorant. But who is this solitary Swedish sensation, and how has she awoken the whims of stubborn middle-aged people? The young Swede began her career of activism in modest means at the age of fifteen. She began by spending her school …

Examining the legacy of Leonardo Da Vinci

This year marked five hundred years since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, arguably one of the most unanimously commended artists of all time. He provides our first brush with art history, with the Mona Lisa ingrained in our collective conscious as an undisputed masterpiece. Among art lovers, there is a little more disparity around Da Vinci as many feel …

The ten types of people you see in the UL Gym

The University of Limerick is renowned for being the sports University of Ireland. UL Sports Arena boasts that it’s Health and Performance Centre is one of the largest and most comprehensive gyms in the nation. Therefore, it is only natural that these facilities are utilised by students as well. Some of us were enticed with a free gym membership by …

Instagram remove likes: the pros and cons

With Ireland being one of the selected countries to participate in the removal of likes on Instagram, users across the island have been dealing with the change of no longer seeing the total number of hits each post receives. A spokesperson for the app’s mother company Facebook stated the new update was to allow users to share “authentically and comfortably” …