Nan Flory

Nan has written 29 articles for Nouse

Why the telephone brings out my stupid side

Often the flip side of parties, and the other element of student existence which unites us all, is embarrassment. That sinking feeling, that adrenalin kick when you spot the witnesses to one of your more inelegant moments in Vanbrugh dining hall – it’s familiar to the lot of us

New York and all that jazz?

Nan Flory spent a few weeks of the Easter break taking a bite out of the world’s biggest apple. New York is not only America’s cultural capital, but also arguably the cultural capital of the world. Can any similarities be found between the US city and its very English namesake?

The MySpace Revolution

Nan Flory examines the etiquette and conventions of is, according to the wonderful Wikipedia, the ‘world’s fifth most popular English-language website and the eighth most popular in the world’. Created in July 2003 by a graduate from UCLA and UC Berkeley, called Tom Anderson, and currently run by Chris DeWolfe, the company behind the website employs 250 people (though goodness knows what they do) and has a yearly revenue of approximately 20 million US dollars

The World’s Rudest Word

Nan Flory examines the role of the most infamous and taboo word in the English language. Or tried to until the Evening Press took legal advice, and decided we weren’t able to print the full uncensored word

Gagarin Way is going to Scarborough

The National Student Drama Festival, or NSDF, is the most prestigious student theatre showcase in Britain. Held annually in Scarborough and now in its 51st year, the week long festival is an opportunity for students to share their work with their peers and with an illustrious audience of theatre practitioners who, almost more importantly, also lead workshops and discussions with attendees

Better than a degree?

Nan Flory meets Fusion President Caroline Jee and other students balancing their degrees with demanding extracurricular activites

In the cold winter months it can be difficult to keep up appearances; grooming just doesn’t get prioritised when skipping the beauty routine allows for another half hour under the covers. We are all sun-starved and disillusioned, half way through the academic year with another odious 14 weeks looming

Straight outta Tang Hall: the rise of York Hip-Hop

Nan Flory explores the recent explosion in York’s hip-hop scene. Talking to York’s own Mad Science Project, and to London-based Fenna, provides an insight into this growing subculture

Traditionally, hip-hop belongs to New York, people who can spell their names with their fingers, poverty, graffiti, tracksuits: pretty much everything York is not famed for

The Theatre: Guardian Angel of AIDS Awareness

A student production with relevance beyond the Drama Barn? Nan Langfeldt-Flory looks at how Angels in America, in conjunction with Student Stop Aids Society, has reawakened awareness of HIV / AIDS on campus.

The 1st of December was World AIDS Day – an opportunity to regenerate awareness of a condition which is a potential threat to us all. Here in York, Martha Paren, Chair of the University branch of the Student Stop AIDS Society, organised a week of events aimed at putting the issue of AIDS back into the spotlight

Conserving the freedom to offend

Nan Flory spoke to Richard Thomas about his controversial opera, coming to York’s Grand Opera House in February.

Even in its infancy, Jerry Springer: The Opera, the controversial show by Richard Thomas and Stuart Lee, faced adversity. When he spoke to me from his London office, Thomas, who wrote the opera’s score and collaborated with Lee on the libretto, told me that most people greeted his ambition to make a stage show out of America’s most infamous daytime TV programme with: ‘That’s a rubbish idea’

Tarantula, Thierry Jonquet

This bizarre thriller from French author, Thierry Jonquet, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, introduces us to the delight that is twisted plastic surgeon, Richard Lafargue. Lafargue hideously abuses his wife, Eve, keeping her locked in the basement and whoring her out to strangers, something Jonquet uses to jam as much sado-masochistic sex as possible into this slim volume

The Kitchen Diaries, Nigel Slater

I unashamedly adore Nigel Slater, dutifully saving his lovely recipies from his Observer column and firmly following his adage, established in his earlier book, Appetite, that a recipe is merely a guide – cooking is all about inventive improvisation. Now, when I haven’t been shopping for weeks and have only frozen peas and lentils to live off, but want to cook lasagne, I’m no longer afraid to ‘do a Nigel’ and experiment

Sweet Panic at the Drama Barn

The weekend of week six, Francesca Seeley brought Stephan Poliakoff’s Sweet Panic to the Drama Barn. The play is a dark piece which follows the relationship between child therapist Clare Atwood (Panda Cox) and the neurotic, obsessive mother of one of her patients, Mrs. Trevel (Becky Baxter)