What’s Up XTRA: Eddie Nestor, comedy acting and life in Hackney

This item was filmed as part of the Sky One-commissioned show, What’s Up. You can find more of their videos here.

Eddie Nestor is a veteran sketch comedian and radio host, currently appearing on BBC London 97.9 radio station.

This video clip is part of a larger interview with Eddie Nestor for the Arts & Culture magazine show, What’s Up. The main interview can be found in Season 8, Episode 1.

I acted as Researcher and Item Producer for this item. I hope you enjoy it!

Everybody has a story – Comedian Matt Price on the art of storytelling

This feature was written and shot for What’s Up, found here.

When it comes to live comedy, everyone is familiar with stand-up – but storytellers are bridging the gap between poets and comedians, providing an entertainment experience like no other.

What’s Up met with Matt Price, a storyteller/comedian that has been wowing audiences with deeply personal stories for over 12 years, to get an insight into the art form.

“I like the truth of storytelling,” he said.

“It’s not just about being funny; it’s about people’s personal truths.”

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Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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This review was originally written for 3DS Blessed, found here.

Videogame sequels walk a tightrope – especially ones in popular series. Developers have to decide if they want to build upon the past experience or forge a new one, and both choices have drawbacks.

A game too rigidly modelled after its predecessor risks stagnation. A game breaking new ground risks alienating an existing fandom.

With over a decade’s worth of games behind it, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate walks this same tightrope. There’s no doubt that it’s a bigger, better version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (like, duh), but does it stand out against the increasing numbers of rival Hunting Action titles out there?

The answer is yes – barely.

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What makes us scream? We get strapped in to test the science of fear

This feature was originally written for the Daily Star (and an alternate version for the Daily Express).

A BRAVE Daily Star Online reporter gets turned into a lab rat in the name of weird science.

SPOOKED: Researchers used a screening of upcoming film As Above, So Below to find out about how we feel fear [UNIVERSAL]


I have always loved horror films and at an event set up by Brunel University London I got the chance to put my nerves to the test.

Health and fitness boffins at the university wanted to look into how both body and mind react to being spooked.

We all know that, when we’re scared, our heart rate goes up – but is there method to the madness?

Christopher Stock from the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Brunel University London decided the best way to find out is have a group of subjects watch a scary film, and observe their heart rate.

Being a subject in an experiment tends to make you feel more like a lab rat than a human, but the heart rate monitor strapped to my chest had me feeling a lot more like a robot.

It was cold, tight, and had a green light that blinked softly every few seconds.

By wearing it I was, technically, a cyborg – which is both spooky and awesome.

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‘Someone threw EGGS at me’: Comic’s taste of cruelty during 24-hour wheelchair challenge

This story was originally written for the Daily Star, found here.

A BRITISH improv comedian who made a day-long journey in a wheelchair for charity was shocked to find how difficult getting around could be… and how hostile people can be – even to the disabled.

BIG CHALLENGE: Comic Ian Royce took on the task of being a wheelchair user for 24 hours in the name of the Invictus Games and Help for Heroes. [IAN ROYCE/TWITTER]


Ian Royce, who has taken the stage on X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, started last month taking on personal challenges for charity — his most recent task was to head to the Invictus Games site of Lea Valley Athletics Centre, London, while using a wheelchair for 24 hours.

“Originally the plan was to journey there and back in a wheelchair,” Ian told the Daily Star.

However after being inspired by the BBC Two documentary Countdown to the Invictus Games: Meet the Warriors, he decided to go the full day as a wheelchair user.

Donations made while he made the journey — which he documented in short mobile phone videos uploaded to YouTube — went to the Help for Heroes charity, a UK military charity that helps support and rehabilitate soldiers severely injured in service.

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This entry was posted on November 17, 2014, in Journalism.

iTunes Festival 2014: Mary J. Blige steals hearts with timeless hits at the Roundhouse

This review was originally written for the Daily Star, found here.

R&B queen Mary J Blige can always be counted on to pack out a concert — and fans both new and from her 90s heyday packed in to see her at this year’s iTunes Festival.

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The stunning singer songwriter has a platinum-covered history of 11 albums since 1992 and she clearly knew that the audience at the Roundhouse in Camden, London craved some soulful nostalgia.

She strutted out in her iconic glam style, massive shades, miles of gold-studded leather and stiletto shoes sharp enough to kill a man.

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Forget scouring the high street – PRINT yourself a pair of heels or pants!

This feature was originally written for the Daily Star, found here.

IN THE future rather than trawling the rails in Topshop or Primark you’ll be able to instantly print yourself an outfit! Amazing, right? We get the lowdown at London’s 3D Print Show.

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The London 3D Print Show had many things I would expect from a technology expo: slick entrepreneurs with glasses and iPads, large machines whirring away and more references to Star Wars that I’m comfortable with.While the show’s aim was to explore the many ways the technology of 3D printers are enhancing our lives — from car factories to kitchens — I was pleasantly surprised to find a section devoted to style and fashion with some absolutely beautiful pieces on show.

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How I made a mini me: The lowdown on 3D Printing and how you can try it too

This story was originally written for the Daily Star, found here.

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3D printing is technology that sounds both simple and really complex – but we have the info how it works, the cool things it can make and how to try it out.

The 3D printer is tech that I’ve been quietly excited about for years.

The idea of making nearly any object I wanted had me mostly excited to make tiny figurines of video game characters but to buy a printer of my own a few years ago would have set me back thousands of pounds – way too risky for someone like me with a casual interest.

So I was delighted to explore the 3D Print Show, a convention about 3D printing hosted by Adobe, demonstrating how much more accessible the tech has become for the average Joe.

If 3D Printing still sounds a bit mystical to you, it’s more straightforward than you might think.

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Pizzapocalypse 20XX (Made for Ludum Dare 27)

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A retrofuture visual novel, mashing high fantasy with modern subculture. Made for Ludum Dare 27, with the theme ’10 Seconds’. You are Alana Sorayama, codename Neon Berserker. A bounty hunter by trade, you are about to confront an evil Glam Necromancer and his nefarious scheme to destroy all pizza in the world!

Art by Wicked, story and coding by Nathan Blades.

Music is by Kevin MacLeod. Sound effects ripped from The World Ends With You.

Made in Ren’Py. Check out renpy.org for more information about the engine.

You can download the game directly from Ars Lingua here, or you can got to the Ludum Dare submission page.

Google Doodle: Brazil World Cup & favela culture (June 18)

Google Doodle Brazil World Cup FavelaThis story was originally written for the Daily Express, found here.

THERE is a long-standing link between Brazil and football culture and that’s never been more true than at this year’s World Cup.

As the seventh day of the tournament takes hold, today’s Google Doodle depicts the colourful slums of Brazil, known as favelas.

The Google logo forms part of a brightly-coloured and off-kilter wall of favela houses, with the L represented as someone kicking a football against a building.

Rapidly growing around the edges of Brazilian cities since the 19th Century, favelas sprung up from people moving en masse from rural areas to cities, with little affordable housing.

Brazil is presently one of the most economically unequal countries in the world, with the top 10 per cent of the population earning 50 per cent of the national income.

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