School’s out for summer which means it’s time for some GOOD news.
For many year 12 students, visiting universities is one of the most exciting parts of your year as you make the big decision of what to do next after A Levels or college. Well, this year’s students have had this often important part of the process taken away by that destroyer of good, Coronavirus. Not wanting to let the opportunity of speaking to people from different universities miss this years students, the organisers of the IOM Higher Education Fayre, alongside the people of Manx Uni-Verse, arranged to have alternative fayre on Thursday. Current university students from around 50 institutions came together at Ballakermeen High School to represent their universities by speaking to current year 12 students about their experiences and passing on advice. All year 12 students from each high school had the opportunity to attend, along with any parents or UCM students who came by. A great show of Manx ingenuity and community, the event was a big success for all involved with many saying this version of the fayre should be continued in the future, alongside the usual event.
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If you’re a fan of stand up comedy you may have been feeling a bit hard done to as comedy tours across the world have been cancelled and you’ve watched every comedy special there is online. As good as James Acaster’s ‘Repertoire’ is, there’s only so many times you can watch it in a row. Netflix, obviously aware of this pain, has released a new special this week from UK favourite Jack Whitehall. Jack’s ‘I’m Only Joking’ stand up show is now available on the streaming platform and will definitely be a good way to start your summer viewing list. P.s. We are still waiting for our very own Gef special if you want to get in touch Netflix.
Another of the many casualties of coronavirus has been the world famous San Diego Comic Con, where the world’s biggest shows and movies go to dish the dirt on their next big releases. As sad as this has likely been for those lucky enough to get tickets, for those of us unable to travel all the way from the Irish Sea the event has just opened up a lot more. Not wanting to let the annual event go completely uncelebrated, the organisers have moved the occasion online. On the Comic Con International YouTube channel they have been releasing an incredible amount of virtual panels on everything from Star Trek, The Walking Dead and Bill and Ted to Marvel’s ‘The New Mutants,’ which you can watch below. Outside of the big brands, there really is something for everyone with panels on topic such as ‘Hip Hop and Comics,’ drawing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and conspiracy theories in pop culture.