Review: Improv Actually

Many of those who entered the Playroom last night to catch the Impronauts’ Valentine’s production, Improv Actually, may have done so hesitantly. Improv, seemingly by its very nature, is hit and miss. People struggle with the genre due to its sometimes self-parodying focus around energy, spontaneity and chaos. This is valid – in this production expect people to trip up, draw a blank, and impulsively word vomit without really thinking about the sounds, syllables and ideas that are coming out of th

Rookie » Something Uncommon

“Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soulmate.” As the credits rolled and I left the movie theatre after seeing (500) Days of Summer for the first time, this was the one line I couldn’t stop thinking about. It’s the scene where Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is playing Wii with Rachel (Chloë Grace Moretz), and telling her all about his newfound obsession with Summer (Zooey Deschanel), and how great he thinks their relationship is going to be. Rachel responds b

Rookie » Checks and Balances

Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here , and find out how to submit your work here ! I am very much opposed to racism, misogyny, fatphobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination. I don’t like constructs that deny my or other people’s humanity, and that put lives at risk. For this reason, I’ve dedicated lots of time to fighting p

Why we should celebrate Beyoncé’s pregnancy in the era of Trump

Beyoncé is pregnant with twins, and black Twitter is on fire. But, just days ago, many of us were out on the streets protesting Trump’s newly introduced immigration bans. At a glance, this seems like a bit of a juxtaposition – perhaps testament to how distractible our collective consciousness is in the face of what is, essentially, celebrity gossip. But is that okay? In dark political times, the apparent vacuousness of celebrity culture, and the public’s dedication to it, easily comes under fir

Editor’s Letter: February 2017

What a tempestuous month it has been, both personally and politically. Starting with the personal: the reception of our first month of publishing online content was really quite staggering. Blueprint is undoubtedly still taking its first baby steps – the latter half of 2016 was all about developing our infrastructure and getting in formation – but it’s starting to feel like something more solid as the days go on. The reason why I founded this magazine was because I wanted to help people, but I’d

FLY x Students of Cambridge | Micha Frazer-Carroll

This week, FLY is working with Students of Cambridge to showcase the voices of women and non-binary people of colour in our community. Our first interview is with Micha Frazer-Carroll. R: What’s your experience been like as a BME woman in Cambridge, and how has it differed from how it was before?  From wherever you were before Cambridge? Mi: So before Cambridge, my school was quite middle-class, but I was still in London so it was much more diverse, definitely. I found when I came here, I enco

Mental health dialogue is changing in 2017

I am so ready to talk. Like many others with experiences of mental ill health, I have been quiet about my struggles since the day they began, or only let them out in murmurs for fear of how people would react. But keeping shtum takes a lot of time and energy. And it also breeds shame, for something that frankly, I don’t want to feel ashamed about anymore. It’s time we really started talking. Not in bits and pieces, not just in footnotes or content notes or bloody notes on your iPhone, but on our

Rookie » Mini Mall: Memorabilia

Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here , and find out how to submit your work here ! Jumbo Instant Collage Kit One of my favorite things to do is make collages, but it can be difficult to find that perfect picture/pattern/texture to use without digging through a billion old magazines. But BEHOLD! This collage kit is the solution to such crafting c

Rookie » In Print

Shade Magazine Shade Magazine is a ongoing collaborative project featuring emerging artists of color from all mediums, most notably photography, music, and film. Artists of color are usually silenced, ignored, or misrepresented in the art world. Shade provides a platform where our ideas can be seen and shared within a community that pushes for change. This zine uses creativity as a means to start dialogue—dialogue that can be easier to engage in with art by its side. Founded by Azha and Apryl

Review: Right Place Wrong Time

As we draw towards the end of term in a place that often feels steeped in misogyny, if you need somewhere to channel your feminist rage, Right Place Wrong Time is a viable outlet. Following the memory of journalist Claire Hollingworth, who witnessed the outbreak of World War Two but had her credit snatched by male counterpart Robin Hankey, Una McAllister’s original piece bears emotional and sociological depth that you won’t quite believe was crafted by a student. As we watch Hollingworth’s succe

Rookie » Managing Rumination

Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here , and find out how to submit your work here ! The other day, I experienced a textbook case of rumination. Browsing my local bookshop, I stumbled upon an awesome coloring book that I just had to buy. I was in a great mood. Nothing could bring me down. And then it happened. On my way out the door, I shuffled by a

Rookie » Screen Time

Neatly packaged as a series of eight half-hour episodes, Netflix original Easy is a portrait of sex, love, and romance in 2016. Each installment focuses on different characters, ultimately creating a spectrum of the joys and struggles we navigate in everyday relationships. The show whirlwinds through all-too-relatable stories: an impressionable girl negotiates with the fluidity of identity within relationships, a long-term couple gets FOMO about Tinder, and an artist pushes the boundaries of pri

The new Ikea advert: an Instagram hot take, straight from the 17th century

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there’s a deficit in Swedish furniture stores’ hot takes on social media practises. Ikea has finally broken this silence, calling upon us to stop taking pictures of our food using our dearest role models: the landed gentry of 17th-century Europe. And thus we find ourselves in a 1600s alternative universe version of Instagram. An artist paints a car-sized portrait of a family meal and runs around showing it to the townspeople, being met with thumbs ups

Friday’s best TV: Mastermind, Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year

The question setters for tonight’s episode have the opportunity to uncork pub quiz classic: the middle name of Harry S Truman. The contestant specialising in the life of the 33rd president of the United States will probably have seen that one coming, however. Other specialist subjects tested are the World Cup, the works of REM, and the Scandinavian political drama Borgen, which John Humphrys should handicap by asking the questions in Danish. Andrew Mueller What a pure delight this show has been

The easy life in Laos: sip, read and relax at L’Etranger Books and Tea

L’Etranger Books and Tea is a great little treehouse-style refuge from the heat of the day. The city’s first licensed bookshop, it was founded in 2001 by Québecois filmmaker Isabel Dréan and her partner Simon Côté, and has a lovely, laid-back vibe. You can buy books – or swap yours for theirs – and there are plenty to choose from. The shoes-off policy makes you feel at home as you tuck your feet up on the wicker sofa or chill out on the shaded terrace. It’s a place where people lounge for hours

Monday’s best TV – The Big Fat Quiz of Everything; My Sheepdog and Me

Former Countdown host Jeff Stelling isn’t going to worry Rachel Riley and co with this bog-standard quizzer. People who aren’t very good at answering general knowledge questions have chosen to be contestants anyway; Stelling hurls medium-to-easy teasers at them that begin or end with a given letter. It all builds to a tilt at a rollover jackpot, and it will be thrilling when someone wins it, but the format allows the big prize to move out of reach much too early. Jack Seale A new series of th

Catch-up and download: From Inhuman Condition to I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

This polished Canadian webseries offers the sort of brooding sci-fi that wouldn’t be out of place on a bigger budget show. Set in a world where supernatural beings including werewolves and zombies roam freely but are treated as outcasts, it’s the job of therapist Dr Kessler (Torri Higginson of Stargate: Atlantis fame) to make sure that they stay safe. While it’s currently on a mid-season break, there are 17 of a promised 33 episodes to catch up with before its return. Successfully transferring

Rookie » Screen Time

Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here , and find out how to submit your work here ! Thanks to the Netflix series Stranger Things, the 1990s coming-of-age queen, Winona Ryder, is once again gracing our screens. Since she pretty much narrated my early teens, it’s making me all nostalgic, so my rec this week is one of her first movies, Mermaids. In th
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