Iago’s secret blog #5

Hahaha, perfect. Opportunities have played straight into my hands here… Desdemona dropped her handkerchief, and who picked it up but my wonderful, whorish wife.

So now all I need to do is drop this napkin in Cassio’s room, and voila! He’ll pick it up, Othello will find out, and all hell will break loose. After all, he’s already going a little crazy… Time to feed him more poison. Well done, clever, honest Iago.

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Iago’s secret blog #4

And you think that honest Iago is playing the villain? Haha, don’t be silly. The advice I gave Cassio to have a chat with Desdemona was good and true – it’s the best way for Cassio to get his position as lieutenant back.

But remember, when devils want to do their worst, they like to seduce people with seemingly heavenly acts.

Instead, as Desdemona tries to help Cassio get his position back from the goodness of her heart, I will convince Othello that it’s because she wants Cassio. That’s right; manipulation is the key. So firstly I need to get my wife to arrange a meeting between Desdemona and Cassio, and secondly, I need to get Othello out of the way to make it appear that they’re meeting in secret. Chop chop, there’s no time for delay.

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Iago’s secret blog #3

All I need to do is get Cassio to drink and make him drunk as quickly as I can. That way, he’ll be filled with quarrel and rage – as offensive as a dog. Lovesick Roderigo, along with the other guests, will be very present in the public eye to watch the fallout.

Oh yes, you clever, honest Iago; what a fantastic idea!

Yes, yes. Now among this flock of drunkards I am going to release Cassio, force him into some action and kick-start my revenge. You just wait and see.

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Iago’s secret blog #2

Well, I know that Cassio loves Desdemona. I also know that she loves him too. But what’s a bit of exaggeration, eh?! Honest Iago. I mean, I love her too. I’d especially like to bed her as revenge for Othello bedding Emilia. Wife for wife, know what I’m saying?

But let’s be honest – Othello’s in the way. He’s loving, noble and true, and there’s no way his wife would ever cheat on him with either Cassio or myself. So instead, just in case I can’t sleep with Desdemona, I’ve encouraged Roderigo to have an argument with Cassio. That’ll stir up enough chaos that Othello will suspect Desdemona of infidelity and start to become jealous. He’ll start to rely on me more and reward me. Time to make the Moor mad.

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Iago’s secret blog #1

Hahaha. I tell Roderigo to fill his purse with money but really, he is my purse, my fool. I don’t give a crap what he wants or whether this is going to help him; all of this is for my profit only. Because I hate Othello and I want revenge. I have heard rumours that he bedded my wife; I don’t know if that’s true but to be honest, it’s fuel enough to light my fire.

I want revenge.

How can I do this? It’s easy. Othello trusts me – “Oh, honest Iago”, he says – so he’ll swallow anything I tell him. Cassio is beautiful, well-mannered; the kind of man who makes women be unfaithful. I’ll tell Othello then that Cassio and Desdemona are, well, a little too close, should I say. Aha, there we have it! I cannot wait for hell and night to bring this plan into the light of day.

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#WarwickShakespeare creative project

So, it’s that time of year; I’m coming to the very end of my degree. And to finish it with a bang, I’ve decided to undertake an exciting creative project for the module on Shakespeare that I am currently studying.

That’s right, I’m running my own Shakespeare play… With a twist. I’m going to be putting on an interactive production of Othello on Twitter, no less!

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Book reviews for 2014

So, as a number of you know, I have been set some challenges to complete for charity over the 12 Days of Christmas. Sally set me a challenge to post two book reviews: one of my favourite book I’ve read this year, and one of my least favourite.

As an English Literature student, I really appreciate this challenge: firstly because it forces me to review all of the books I’ve read this year (which is a lot, but still not enough) and secondly gives me an excuse to write about novels in a non-academic style. I haven’t done this in a while, so forgive me if they’re not very well-written… Anyway, here goes.

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Sian goes skiing

So after trying pole fitness at the beginning of the summer and absolutely loving it, I decided that I’d like to try some more new sports. So to end my 2014 with a bang, I thought it would be cool to give skiing a go for the first time in my life.

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Warwick Jailbreak 2014 winners reach Israel

*PRESS RELEASE*

Warwick Jailbreak returned over the weekend of 1-2 November 2014 for its 10th anniversary.

With 380 participants (150 teams) signed up to take part in the event, this was the biggest event of its type in the UK.

The students taking part had 36 hours to escape Warwick University campus and get as far
away as possible without spending any money.

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Sian goes to Uganda

This blog post has been brewing for a few months now, and I can’t believe that I’m actually, finally writing it. Suddenly this feels extremely real.

So here’s my big announcement: over summer 2015, I am going to Uganda to volunteer with East African Playgrounds (EAP). And I really, really need your help to do this.

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