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Queen’s Radio Reviews Hitman: Agent 47

Queen’s Radio Reviews Hitman: Agent 47

An abundance of bullet-frenzied fight scenes, car chases and slick scenic shots of exotic locations saves this assassin-based action flick from termination… but only just. When I was a teenager, the Hitman video game series was considered a modern classic. It was a simple idea but at the same time complex as it made you use your brain. It wasn’t “all guns blazing”, but about finesse. Most importantly, however, was the game’s protagonist, designated only as “Agent 47”. When you looked at this cold and featureless assassin, donning his crisp suit with the ultimately symbolic blood red tie, there was only one possible reaction – “what a bad**s!”. Now, think about that moment when you traded in your favourite game and the underwhelming sensation you had when receiving mere pennies for it in return… And there you have perhaps the greatest metaphor ever for a movie based on a video game. No problem. Feel free to use it. In what is “47”’s second big screen adaptation, but is in no way linked to the 2007 box office success Hitman, Rupert Friend (Homeland) adopts the role of the genetically engineered super assassin, starring alongside Hannah Ware (Boss; Betrayal) and Captain Kirk’s BFF, a.k.a. Zachary Quinto (Star Trek; Star Trek Into Darkness). In an attempt to thwart the recreation of the “Agent Program” which made him, “47” is tasked with eliminating its former research scientist, currently in exile and untraceable, before its details fall into enemy hands. His one lead is Katia Van Dees (Ware), believed to be his daughter and potentially key to his location who, at the same time, is also... read more
QR Spotlight…..Ciara Daly

QR Spotlight…..Ciara Daly

It’s summer time! And with that brings the scent of late night barbecues, trendy summer-wear and the crippling disappointment of our hopes for a summer that is actually sunny being cruelly dashed… when will we ever learn?! But most importantly, summer is about looking and feeling good, and for over 10 years, Ciara Daly has been helping the people of Belfast and beyond to do just that.   Winner of ‘Photoshoot of the Year’ Award – Ailin Traynor Ciara’s success is based upon a combination of hard work, innovation and, in particular, the desire to embrace a passion for beauty, fashion and make-up which she has held since a young age. “In my 20s, I was doing lots of different sales jobs and working for different companies”, Ciara told Queen’s Radio, “…then when I was 27, my Mum died very suddenly and it just made me realise how short life was and that you have to pursue your dreams when you can”. After successfully training as a make-up artist in London, Ciara returned to Belfast and her dreams became a reality. Opening her first studio in 2009, the now expanded Ciara Daly Make-Up Academy boasts a wide range of courses on all aspects of make-up. From learning the very basics to complex styles and techniques, Ciara is proud that her Academy provides the opportunity for anyone to develop their interest in make-up. “We have girls from all different backgrounds … a lot of guys do it too”, says Ciara, “…all different age groups; different careers already; but all just have the same passion for make-up…”. Amidst the glitz and... read more
More women than men in UK Universities

More women than men in UK Universities

According to the latest figures from Ucas, a total of 467,110 people have been placed in full-time UK higher education this year. This total shows a 3% increase in the number of students successfully placed in comparison with last year’s figures. If present trends continue, BBC education correspondent Sean Coughlan predicts there will be “a record number of students beginning full-time undergraduate courses this autumn”. Despite this, whilst a record number of both male and female students are starting undergraduate courses this autumn, the number of female students with a university place far outweighs the number of males. There are now almost 6,000 more male students taking up university places in comparison with four years ago yet there are still twice as many female students overall. These figures indicate an increasingly significant gender gap in the world of higher education. Ucas figures also reveal that Northern Irish female students are amongst those most likely to receive a place in a UK university. When asked for her opinion on why females – and in particular Northern Irish females – were more likely to gain a place within the higher education system, incoming first-year QUB student Hannah McEvoy had this to say: “I get the impression that women have more ambition than men in general, but maybe that’s because they have to do more to be successful. Hopefully more women at university will mean women have a better chance of competing for jobs after they graduate.” Employment rates for women in the UK are now at a record high, with 68.1% of women in employment according to a recent press release by Gov.uk. Perhaps... read more

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