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How to make Christmas 2020 really different

Thu 17 December 2020

From watching a little-known festive film, to trying a Victorian parlour game or even spotting a once in a lifetime astronomic occurrence, academics at the University of Warwick have compiled a few ideas to help you enjoy something different – deliberately – this Christmas.

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Alternative Christmas films to suit an alternative Christmas 2020

Mon 14 December 2020

Are the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Love Actually (2003) really going to cut it this year? Emma Morton a researcher from Film and Television Studies, choses some more obscure Christmas flicks that can just as easily satisfy your Yuletide desires this alternative Christmas.

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The real Tatooine: Could there be life on other circumbinary planets?

Thu 10 September 2020

From Gallifrey to Tatooine, planets with multiple suns feature widely in science fiction, but there are currently only ten real ‘circumbinary’ planets identified by space scientists. Dr David Armstrong from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group considers what we know about planets with two stars – and asks if life could exist there.

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Surviving: The future (and past) of cinemas

Wed 01 July 2020

Cinema has been through the Spanish Flu pandemic so Covid-19 is comparable to other earlier pressures on cinemas. But, this moment is historically distinctive for many other reasons explains Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright.

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Stan Lee: Heroes for all

Wed 14 November 2018

In the week that Stan Lee died, Julian Schmid, a doctoral researcher in Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies, looks at his legacy from a cultural and political perspective.

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Talkin’ Like a Pirate? It be a linguistic treasure trove

Tue 18 September 2018

The ideas we have about Pirate Talk have much more to do with facts about language than facts about pirates. So, pretending that pirates really existed in the Treasure Island sense, here are four rules to follow when talking like a pirate, and the linguistic facts behind those rules.

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