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Unpopular Opinions: Voting Age Shouldn’t be Lowered

12th November 2019

In recent years, young people across the country have become seemingly more politically active than ever before. This is, for the most part, down to the two ‘doomsday’ events that had a seismic impact on the political landscape across the globe: the election of Donald Trump as President and the UK’s decision to leave the […]

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What the Hell Are: Fake Online Influencers

11th November 2019

Online influencers are a great way for advertisers to reach a young audience. Through a quick Instagram story, or a five minute YouTube video, a product can get more attention than a New York City billboard. However, a recent phenomenon in this influencer ordeal is that some don’t actually exist. Fake online influencers are a […]

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How One Man’s Blunder Prompted Fall of Berlin Wall

10th November 2019

The 9th of November this year marked 30 years since the night West Germans and East Germans celebrated atop the Berlin Wall after a Socialist Unity Party official mistakenly confirmed that the border would be open for crossing. On the 9th of November 1989, Günter Schabowski was to lead a press conference which was supposed […]

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Why you should just wear a red poppy

10th November 2019

November means one thing, mainly: it means it’s poppy season. Remembrance Day falls in this month, and it is always a time of great reflection for the nation. Yet this November, there is quite a stir on social media about the red poppy, with a few individuals equating it with supporting racism and homophobia. This […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

8th November 2019

‘No good turn goes unpunished’ is an expression that might be quite close to home for US rapper Kanye West at the moment after he was falsely accused of providing sub-par catering at an event he performed at on the 1st of November. Kanye and his Sunday Service team performed at a fundraising event called […]

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Friendships of Convenience

6th November 2019

It is estimated that we meet around 80,000-100,000 people in our lifetime. Of these people, some become our closest friends, some become enemies and some fall into a strange category: friendships of convenience. Most people experience friendships of convenience at work, where it is, generally speaking, convenient to be on good terms with everyone. It […]

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Tory candidate: Benefits Street stars should be ‘put down’

6th November 2019

It’s not every day you catch a prospective MP candidate who said that the people starring in Channel 4 TV show Benefits Street should be “put down”. Yet Conservative candidate Francesca O’Brien said this in 2014 on Facebook, it was revealed. O’Brien, who is running to be MP for Gower in South Wales, was selected […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Climate Activists are Doing it Wrong

5th November 2019

Besides the murder, corruption and countless other happy goings-on in the world, two words seem to stand out. By now, they are words capable of striking fear into the hearts of even the youngest children. Words describing something that, according to some, is going to wipe us from the face of the earth in just […]

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UK Terror Threat Downgraded

5th November 2019

The terror threat in the United Kingdom has been downgraded to “substantial”, according to the Home Office yesterday. Although this means the UK is still at a “high level of threat” according to Home Secretary Priti Patel, it is the lowest threat level since 2014. During the course of the past five years, the threat […]

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Unpaid Internships are Supporting Inequality

4th November 2019

It’s the time of year when students up and down the country are applying for internships at firms all over the place. The bankers, accountants and computer whizzes all have one thing in common: there are plenty of opportunities out there, up and down the country, and all of it is paid. The media, journalism, […]

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Private Jets: A Necessity for All Apart from Everyone

31st October 2019

It’s unlikely that you or I will ever experience the feeling of being the only person on a plane as it crosses borders 30,000 feet up. Contrastingly, for some, the only way to enter a new country is by privately jetting off in a swanky Bombardier jet. Private jet sustainability has been threatened in the […]

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Response to: The Wage Gap Isn’t Down to the Patriarchy

30th October 2019

‘The wage gap’ is phrase which has floated around for years in society, encompassing the fact that women are paid less than men. It cannot be denied that the wage gap exists: it’s a fact. Yet more often than not the phrase is perceived as simple, when indeed it is not and the wage gap […]

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Dealing With Feelings of Dread

30th October 2019

Feelings of dread are acutely different from feelings of anxiety. The root of dread is probably the same as anxiety, though it’s not quite the same. Dread is more of an overwhelmingly dulling feeling, while anxiety is much more hyper-active, making you alert to everything that is happening and that could possibly happen. Dread is […]

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MP to stand down due to abuse

29th October 2019

We often hear about how toxic things have become in politics. Be it Brexit, immigration, the NHS – all of these issues are highly emotive and have, without a doubt, caused tensions to run high with those holding public office. However, MP Heidi Allen has announced she is to stand down due to abuse she […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Child Transitions are Harmful

29th October 2019

You may have seen the recent news story making waves across the US this past week: a Texas jury ruled against a father trying to win sole custody of his twin seven-year-old sons, one of whom is due to begin hormone replacement therapy in order to begin the transition from male to female. This transition […]

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Zimbabwe droughts raise elephant sales

29th October 2019

After the recent droughts in Zimbabwe, over 50 elephants starved to death due to severe food shortages in national parks. The biggest drought in years has come at a bad time, with the economy of the Southern African country collapsing right before our very eyes. In the midst of it all, further controversy has surrounded […]

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The Best Ways to Make New Friends at Uni

29th October 2019

Now that the immediate buzz surrounding the infamous Freshers’ Week is over, and students are starting to settle in, things can start to get a little bit more overwhelming. Suddenly you’re alone in the world with a bunch of random people you’ve known for just a few short weeks, and yet it feels like the […]

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Brexit extension agreed by EU

28th October 2019

It has been announced today by the European Union that the UK has been granted a further Brexit extension – 31st January 2020. EU Council President Donald Tusk said the extension is more of a “flextension”, meaning that the UK government can take us out of the EU before that deadline if they wish to […]

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Eminem Questioned over Ivanka Trump Lyrics

28th October 2019

Eminem has been questioned by the US Secret Service over some “threatening” lyrics towards Ivanka Trump. A “concerned citizen” prompted the Service agents to visit the rapper after listening to his 2017 song Framed. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has spoken out against the Trumps in the past. In 2017, he dropped a […]

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Beetle named after Greta Thunberg

28th October 2019

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been given the honour of having a newly-discovered beetle named after her. Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London officially named the beetle Nelloptodes gretae due to the 16-year-old’s “outstanding contribution” to leading the fight towards environmental reform. Although it may seem slightly offensive to some to have […]

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IS leader dead in Syria after raid

27th October 2019

It was announced today by President Trump that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself during a US-led raid in Syria. The leader of the Islamic State terrorist group detonated a suicide vest as he fled into a tunnel, chased by US military dogs. Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump said Baghdadi was a […]

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Fathers deserve the same custody rights as mothers

27th October 2019

It doesn’t matter whether your parents are together or divorced, or whether you live with your mother or your father, or your two mothers or just your dad – everyone has two parents. And, generally speaking, you love those two parents just the same and they love you just as much as the other. Obviously, […]

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EU discusses Brexit extension

25th October 2019

Following predictably dramatic scenes in Parliament this week, EU leaders are discussing the possibility of a Brexit extension as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for a general election. EU ambassadors have come together today to consider how long to give Britain before we leave the Union. It comes after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted that Johnson’s […]

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When Things Don’t Go to Plan…

25th October 2019

Life has such a good way of throwing everything you ever planned straight out of the window. For years and years you may have planned to live in a certain place, in a certain way, with certain people. Then, one day, the plans just crumble before you. So, when things don’t go to plan, what […]

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Large firms ignoring climate change risk bankruptcy

24th October 2019

Bank of England governor Mark Carney suggests he warns that companies which are not aiming towards net zero-carbon emissions are at detrimental risk of going bankrupt due to the efforts of financial investors. Speaking with The Guardian, Carney suggested that the global efforts needed to tackle the current climate crisis could end up in a […]

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High-five for Parkinson’s first home SAFC match

23rd October 2019

Sunderland’s new boss Phil Parkinson sampled the home support of his team for the first time last night, in an impressive 5-0 win for Sunderland over Tranmere Rovers. Goals from five of Sunderland’s starting eleven showed how reassured the whole squad was to get three points. From the get-go, Sunderland were offensively minded, with striker […]

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Why I hate student politics

23rd October 2019

Student politics is often thought of as a vehicle to make great change at universities up and down the country. It’s viewed as a way for students from all backgrounds to get involved and change things. It’s all about representation. Except it isn’t. Student politics – at least in my experience – is about vanity […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

21st October 2019

This week’s What Annoyed the Internet is yet another example of good TV shows/movies being ruined because of cast members acting like clowns. Jane the Virgin is one of the most wholesome, unproblematic shows to ever have been created. Centred around a Latina family, JTV shone a refreshing light on LGBTQ+ relationships, strong women, bilingual […]

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Unpopular Opinions: The Wage Gap Isn’t Down to the Patriarchy

21st October 2019

If there’s one way to become even more hated after writing an article on why you’re not a feminist, it’s following said article up with another criticising a common talking point of the movement: the wage gap. A quick (but very important) disclaimer to begin with: I do not believe the wage gap is a […]

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Restaurant Review: Cosy Club, Durham

20th October 2019

4.5/5 In one of my many reviews of Durham’s bars and restaurants, I’m heading to the newly opened Cosy Club, situated above the bank of the River Wear, opposite Durham Cathedral. Cosy Club is not the cheapest place in Durham for food – that’s agiven. This is definitely because of its more sophisticated and classier […]

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On Not Fitting In

19th October 2019

There’s something about ‘fitting in’ that everyone seems to aspire to. The ability to have exactly the same interests, music taste, fashion choice and opinions as everyone else is – for some reason – desired by pretty much all of us. But what happens when fitting in isn’t possible? What if you just don’t ‘fit […]

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Film Review: Joker

18th October 2019

No, you aren’t going to get shot going to watch this film. Joker is directed by the guy who made The Hangover trilogy and uses that basis to claim comedy is dead. We know Todd. We saw them too. It stars Joaquin Phoenix (a name I will spell once and only once) as Arthur Fleck. […]

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What the Hell Were: The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

18th October 2019

Glasgow becomes the setting for the inaugural piece of writing in a series which I’ve named ‘What the Hell…’, where I will discuss some of the world’s more interesting affairs which you never knew happened, past and present. The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars happened in the 1980s around the Scottish city of Glasgow. It merely […]

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Extinction Rebellion take over London

18th October 2019

In just two days of protest, 541 arrests were made. Extinction Rebellion is protesting all around the globe and frankly, the government doesn’t have a clue how to stop it. With Johnson’s only compromise being traditional name-calling (originality points for “uncooperative crusties”, Boris), and Section 14 being enforced to stop disruption to communities, it seems […]

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The Problems of Fast Fashion

15th October 2019

In our modern world, self-image is everything. Since a very young age, our generation has been essentially demanded to look the best they can, with the help of such things as social media. Don’t get me wrong, I fully agree that having your own style is extremely valuable and being interested in fashion is not […]

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Every Mind Matters

15th October 2019

A week ago today, what can only be described as a moving and uplifting advert broadcast Sky, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV by the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The film was used to promote Every Mind Matters, an initiative by Public Health England in collaboration with the NHS which provides […]

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A Complete and Uber Disaster

14th October 2019

The nightlife in Newcastle is believed to be the best available in the UK. On any given night you can find somewhere that’s buzzing with students until the sun rises. Despite this, I have never witnessed anybody enjoy a night out so much so that they end up 100 miles from their home after an […]

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Man Hires Emotional Support Clown for Redundancy Meeting

14th October 2019

If you know you’re going to get sacked from your job, the only way to soften the blow is often to pull a spectacular leaving stunt. A New Zealand man took this to a whole new level as he chose a professional clown as his representative for his redundancy meeting. Copy writer and part-time comedian […]

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First Person Diagnosed with ‘Brexit Psychosis’

13th October 2019

A doctor has warned of the effect on mental health that a hostile political climate can have after a man was diagnosed with acute psychosis that was triggered by the EU referendum. The man, who is in his forties, found that his mental health rapidly deteriorated not long after the results of the referendum were […]

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Forest Bathing: The Japanese Stress Combatant

10th October 2019

Imagine this: you go to the doctor suffering from stress and anxiety. You work long hours most days of the week, and you work hard for your company. When you go to the doctor, they prescribe you some ‘forest therapy’, or ‘forest bathing’. Yes, you read that right: bathing. The Japanese culture is renowned for […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

10th October 2019

After 178 years, travel firm Thomas Cook went into liquidation, leaving 9000 staff without a job and 150,000 holiday makers stranded abroad. Ever since the company’s collapse became front-page news, the Internet has been bickering non–stop about who has it worse – customers vs colleagues. While most people have sympathy for both the staff and […]

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Lizzo vs Iggy Azalea: The Beef Explained

9th October 2019

Snoop Dogg. Bhad Bhabie. Eminem. Papa Johns. These are just a few of the many iconic figures that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has feuded with during her career. Now, Iggy‘s focusing her wrath on Lizzo after the Truth Hurts singer failed to credit her as the main artist of Fancy featuring Charlie XCX. Lizzo is […]

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TV Review: Netflix’s Unbelievable

9th October 2019

Netflix has outdone themselves recently with their latest series Unbelievable. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, the eight-episode series follows the story of a manhunt for a serial rapist across the Western United States. The series explores the ordeal of the first victim, 18-year-old Marie, who reports […]

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Tory MP Describes Blackface as a ‘Bit of Fun’

8th October 2019

A senior Tory has called blackface “an entirely acceptable bit of fun” in a blog post on his official website. Titled ‘Trudeau’s Turban’, the blog post argued that Canadian PM Justin Trudeau should have “refused to apologise” following the public backlash regarding his blackface photos. Sir Swayne, who was knighted by David Cameron in 2016, […]

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Longstaff nets on debut to give Newcastle home win

8th October 2019

Newcastle United and Manchester United have been a mirror image of each other so far this season. Both teams have a former Red Devil’s legend in charge, both teams have spent money on players yet to perform, and both teams are struggling to get points on the board. Hence, their meeting last Sunday evening was […]

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Bar Review: Revolution Durham

4th October 2019

4/5 The leafy and historical city of Durham sits tucked away on the banks of the River Wear. Along the Wear you’ll find cafes and bars – Revolution being one of them, and one of the most popular. Though Revolution is part of a wider chain of cocktail bars and restaurants, it doesn’t feel that […]

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How to Spot a Psychopath

3rd October 2019

We’ve all had times in our lives when we have genuinely wondered what is wrong with someone. They don’t seem to be connected to the real world at all, and they seem somehow not human. Well, it is possible that they could indeed be a psychopath. Now, I’m no expert in psychopath-spotting. However, I have […]

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TV Review: The Thick of It, BBC

2nd October 2019

5/5 Not since David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s Peep Show have I laughed so much watching a TV series as I did watching The Thick of It. This BBC comedy is set in Whitehall and follows the bumbling workings of a fictional government department – scandals and all. The Thick of It is absolutely hilarious. […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Bill?

1st October 2019

There’s so much political talk whirring all around the news – and there has been for the past three years. One word you’ll have heard numerous times is ‘bill’. They are super important, but not all that clear to work out. So, here’s an easy explanation of bills in the Houses of Parliament. What actually […]

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Review: Revolucion de Cuba, Newcastle

30th September 2019

4/5 Newcastle is, of course, world-famous for its nightlife. Bars and clubs are a hit with pretty much everyone who ever visits our city, but it’s always nice to know what locals make of the watering holes around the Toon. Revolucion de Cuba, located just off Grey Street in the Cloth Market, is one of […]

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