Edinburgh Fringe 2018

20th August 2018

So I spent last weekend in the Scottish capital for my first ever experience at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. And I thought I’d briefly share my experience with the class with a few tips, reviews and not so subtle plugs. If you like unstructured ramblings then, boy, have I got the […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week Two

20th August 2018

Arsenal and Chelsea – old foes, both under new stewardship – met at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a turbulent affair with five goals scored split 3-2 to Sarri’s men. Both sides showed potency going forward but saw their defensive shortcomings laid bare. Chelsea got off lightly on a number of occasions courtesy of wasted […]

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Historical Northeast: The Newcastle Blitz

19th August 2018

No other conflict has left such a scar on world history in the way that the Second World War has. From the titanic struggle raging on the vast steppes of Eastern Europe to the cataclysmic sea battles of the Pacific Ocean. It truly was a global war that impacted the lives of almost everybody alive […]

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Why is Blue Light So Damaging?

19th August 2018

We’ve long been told that staring at screens for extended periods is damaging to our eyes but now scientists finally know why. We already know that digital devices and direct sunlight emit a type of light called blue light. We knew that this light was harmful but until now, we didn’t know exactly how or […]

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Film review: The Meg

16th August 2018

I was more excited about this film than I was for Infinity War. It’s a shark, but it’s really big. It’s so stupid it couldn’t possibly be anything less than hilarious. The Meg is the latest film that will try to convince you that you’re watching Jaws. Sidenote: Does anyone else think it’s weird that […]

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How I Handled A-Level Results Day Two Years Ago

16th August 2018

For most 18-year-olds, today will be the last time they ever step foot in their school or college. For some, this moment will be joyful and a confidence boost for the future. For others, the day may be stressful and end up in having to trawl through clearing or securing last minute accommodation at their second […]

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A week in mild amusement

15th August 2018

Berk: A row Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (better known as Boris) caused a stir this week when he compared women wearing the burqa to ‘letterbox[es]’. Proving, once again, that no one in this country knows what a burqa is. A burqa has a full face covering. What Boris is referring to is a niqab. […]

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How Are we Really Feeling About Results Day?

15th August 2018

It’s that time of year again: A Level results day. For most students, it’s marked in the calander as D-Day. Why? Because it’s going to be a day that quite literally determines a great deal of our lives. If you fail to meet your offer conditions (or just fail the exams), results day will mould […]

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A Quick Roundup of Transfer Records

15th August 2018

A Quick Roundup of Transfer Records In football, the buck normally stops on the pitch. It is on-field performances that determine a clubs fortunes, decide upon relegations and promotions and, crucially, award valuable prize money. With each position in the table garnering around £2 million more than the next lowest, every point really is worth […]

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The Top 10 Healthiest Cities in the World

14th August 2018

Your health and fitness can be determined by a surprising number of factors including your age, financial status and even the city you live in. A survey conducted by Spotahome showed which cities are home to the healthiest people in the world. Health was measured using ten factors including work-life balance, amount of fast food […]

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The damage of extreme heat

13th August 2018

This summer has been exceptionally hot in the UK and countless warnings have been issued about the dangers of hot cars. In mid 20 degree heat, cars can reach temperatures of over 48 degrees. Most of these hot car warnings have informed us about the deadly consequence of leaving babies and dogs inside but nothing […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week One

13th August 2018

Premier League Roundup – Week One Ladies and Gentlemen….   The Premier League is back! The 2018/19 season opened on Friday evening as Jose Mourinho overcame his transfer window blues with a 2-1 triumph over Leicester. It took all of three minutes for the first penalty to be awarded, confidently buried by World Cup winner […]

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7 Ways to Know Your House Is Haunted

12th August 2018

Whenever you watch Most Haunted or some other ghost hunter TV show, the spirits and ghosts are always found in creepy places by people whose sanity is a bit questionable. These shows usually feature some middle-aged American lady with a perm and possessed looking eyes telling us all about how they have a ghost named […]

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Oscars introduce new ‘popular’ film category

10th August 2018

Anyone who keeps up with my nonsensical ramblings on this site will know I have a morbid fascination with the Academy Awards. Despite viewing them as an irrelevant, indulgent festival of snobbery, I can’t deny I’m always interested to see what the whitest, most octogenarian film of the year was. I think it’s this perception […]

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The Madness of Buying New Cars

9th August 2018

The Madness of Buying New Cars Car Depreciation. If you’re in the market for a new (or even a first) motor then those are two words you need to get in your head. Sometimes we lack the foresight to consider the effects of vehicle depreciation. Either we expect to keep the car longer than we […]

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Interrail Pass: Worth It?

9th August 2018

Many young people want to travel far and wide while they are still young – and for good reason. You’ve got to do things while you can, and travel is no different. One of the most common ways of travel is interrailing with the Interrail EU company, which allows you to travel on a whole […]

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Historical Northeast: Newcastle Untd FC (Part I)

8th August 2018

It’s that time of year again: the new football season is upon us. On Saturday 11th August 2018, Newcastle United will embark on its 86th season in the top flight of the English football pyramid. The first recorded football team to be based on Tyneside dates from 1877 at Elswick Rugby Club, though modern Newcastle […]

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Marijuana Makes You Lack Foresight

8th August 2018

There’s a reason why the stereotypical movie stoner looks a bit like this: When people think of the average stoner, they think of lazy teenagers who bunk off college or work to sit around with their make-shift bongs all day. To many cannabis users, this a really common misconception but latest research has shown that […]

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Film review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

8th August 2018

And finally… with this… I can finally stop being mad at the World Cup for delaying releases. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to the 2015 movie which was the definition of average Marvel. It’s also the first post-Infinity War MCU project. It, again, stars Paul Rudd as the eponymous miniature superhero alongside Evangeline […]

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A week in mild amusement

7th August 2018

*Editors note* Because Kieran is still in hiding from all the Welsh people he upset last week, he was unable to complete this week’s column. Luckily though, as he was bolting out the door holding facepaint and water-reeds, he managed to book a few guest writers. We think you’ll recognise a few big names here but […]

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Climate Change Destroying Internet

6th August 2018

A study published by the University of Madison, Wisconsin has found that it’s not only the physical environment that will be lost as a result of climate change but the entire Internet could be at stake. Rising sea levels will damage the underwater fibre optics cables which provide Internet connection to major US cities such as […]

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Film review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

5th August 2018

Finally, in theatres! Come one! Come all! See the moustache that ruined Justice League! Mission Impossible: Fallout is the sixth film in the franchise and the first to have a returning director in Christopher McQuarrie. It features Ethan Hunt and the MI gang dealing with a plot to nuke the world or something. Look, the […]

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Barry Chuckle Dies Aged 73

5th August 2018

Entertainer and comedian Barry Chuckle has died aged 73 after a period of ill health. Barry Chuckle (left) with his brother Paul The star’s manager Phil Dale stated, “The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share […]

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Airport Lounge Passes – Are They Worth it?

5th August 2018

Airport Lounge Passes – Are They Worth it? Passing through a busy airport is not an enjoyable experience by anyone’s standards. They’re congested, confusing and unwelcoming, and the worst of it is that they’re vicious money-making machines. In busier airports, you are more likely to be held in the airport due to delays or feel […]

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Historical Northeast: Bridge over the River Tyne

2nd August 2018

At 30 million years old, the Tyne is the second oldest river in the UK; beaten only by the Thames. For almost 2000 years, humans have been building bridges that span the width of the river. The Tyne Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks of the Northeast. At a height of 194ft, it […]

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Why did the sun vanish in Siberia?

2nd August 2018

In the UK, we might thank the sun for disappearing for a while seeing as we’ve tolerated a hot and sticky heatwave for the last month. However, a strange phenomenon in Siberia shows that it really is better that the sun does what it’s expected to. On the 20th of July, residents of Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky, […]

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A week in mild amusement

1st August 2018

Not so smartphones New research suggests that students who have smartphones in class achieve lower grades- even if they don’t use them. That’s right, the mere presence of laptops or phones is enough to divide your attention from course content. As a young lad, I believed that a phone in my pocket could affect my ability […]

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87% of the World’s Ocean Damaged by Man

1st August 2018

The fact that humans are destroying the Earth is old news. For decades we’ve pumped out toxic gases into the atmosphere, demolished mile after mile of habitat and filled the ocean full of rubbish. However what is new information is the scale to which man is destroying the world’s ocean. Research lead by Kendall R […]

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Instagram Rich List

31st July 2018

Reality star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner takes the number one spot on the Instagram rich list. The new mother earns $1m for every post she creates on Instagram. The top ten spots on the rich list feature several predictable names such as Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber. In 12th place comes ex England footballer David […]

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Stand-Out CVs

30th July 2018

Finding and securing a job is one of the most frustrating experiences. Ultimately and despite what people with rich parents say, it all boils down to luck unless you have tons of connections. If you’re not in the right place at the right time, you may miss opportunities or not have the right interactions. For […]

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20 People Die From Fake News

30th July 2018

Fake news is a fairly new expression but one that has quickly become a frequent part of our everyday vocabulary. To many, fake news articles or fabricated videos and images can just be ignored and scrolled past but in some parts of the world, the reaction to fake news is very different. In India, group […]

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Kind Notes Save Lives

25th July 2018

An 18-year-old girl who left notes on Sunderland’s Wearmouth bridge has been presented with an award after her messages helped save six lives. Paige Hunter tied 40 notes to the railings of the bridge with uplifting messages intended for individuals in crisis. One of the notes read: “Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you’re […]

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Film review: Mamma Mia! Here we go again

25th July 2018

I have a dream of enjoying this franchise so I took a chance on it with a voulez view. One of us is loving this riff and I’ll try and keep it up, knowing me… knowing you. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the sequel to the 2008 jukebox musical and stars mostly everybody from […]

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The Next Tory PM: Jacob Rees-Mogg

24th July 2018

Following the resignation of several ministers including big names such as Boris Johnson and David Davis, Theresa May is in a very precarious position. Tory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in the PM which could be the beginning of the end if more MPs follow his lead. If Theresa May […]

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A week in mild amusement

24th July 2018

Gunn control Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was sacked by Disney for a series of bad jokes (and one good one) he made in 2009. Because that’s apparently a reasonable response. If we can be liable for idiotic things we said on Twitter in 2009 (and apologised for in 2012, by the way) […]

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Film review: Skyscraper

23rd July 2018

OK, I think I owe Incredibles 2 an apology. I didn’t know how good I had it. Skyscraper is the family-friendly Die Hard. That’s it. Normally, I’ll spend a paragraph detailing the plot, some of the actors, perhaps the director. Not today, I’ve got too much to say about this mile high garbage fire. Let’s […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

23rd July 2018

Rich people who don’t realise they’re rich are the worst. This week, a London woman on a £69,500 salary annoyed the Internet as she spoke of her struggle to save money. To put into context just how high this salary is, you should know that the average annual wage for Londoners is £34,473, according to […]

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Vienna: Worth the Trip?

20th July 2018

When heading to Europe it’s not always obvious where you should go. There’s the obvious places like Madrid and Paris and Venice, but often people miss out one of the most special cities, Vienna. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is by a mile one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. It is rich in […]

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Auschwitz Tour Review

20th July 2018

When on holiday you don’t often expect to find yourself in a concentration camp used by the Nazis. However, when holidaying in Kraków, Poland, a trip to Auschwitz is necessary and important. Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was used by the Nazis in World War Two to murder and exploit their enemies and opponents, mainly Jewish citizens as […]

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Ouch!!

20th July 2018

If you’ve been relaxing outdoors in this hot weather you may want to start taking a fly swatter with you. More and more people in the UK are being treated in hospital because of bites. While most insect bites seem trivial and nothing much more sinister than just being itchy and annoying, bites from some […]

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B**P REWIND: The Problem With Spell Checkers

19th July 2018

Picture the scene:  Armed with your ‘special occasion’ stationery and favourite writing paper, you’re approaching the end of another arduous English essay, embellishing it with your finest joined up writing – that you spent 6 years learning in primary school – and festooning it with the type of adjectives one could only dream of, when […]

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Film review: Incredibles 2

19th July 2018

Oh, you finally saw fit to release it here now the world cup’s over did you, Disney? A full month after the rest of the planet? Yeah, cheers you hacks. Incredibles 2 (confusingly not titled THE Incredibles 2) is the sequel to the 2004 Pixar film that’s better than every other Pixar film. Don’t @ me. […]

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Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday

18th July 2018

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela. And, unbeknownst to me, he did more for us than just leaving us with a funky tune by The Specials. Mandela was famously imprisoned for 27 years before the public voted him President to end racism. It’s basically Donald Trump […]

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Conceiving in Winter reduces obseity

18th July 2018

Everything a mother does during and before pregnancy typically has a huge effect on a baby’s future. However, factors surrounding the father in the moments before conception have been shown to have an impact on the likelihood of their offspring becoming obese. In a study published by Nature Medicine, the research found that men who […]

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A week in mild amusement

18th July 2018

Something a little different this week. In honour of St. Patrick’s day occurring roughly four months ago (a tenuous link, I know) I’m going full poet. I’m going to attempt to express each of this week’s mildly amusing stories in the form of the greatest incarnation of literature: the limerick.  An AABBA folk poem structure which […]

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Why You Need to Wrap Your Car Keys in Tinfoil

17th July 2018

Car technology is getting more and more intelligent by the day and unfortunately, so are criminals. A new form of car theft/robbery has come about meaning criminals can open your car door without even using touching it. This is known as a relay attack and it involves thieves hacking wireless car keys. Put in simple […]

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Heatwaves Make Us Dumb

16th July 2018

It’s pretty much impossible to function like a normal human being during a heatwave. Currently, the weather in the UK is abnormally hot and unmanageable for a nation that is used to constant cold to mild conditions. Not only does this extreme heat make us feel sweaty and bothered, according to science it may be […]

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B**P REWIND: Supporting the mental health of pregnant women

16th July 2018

Two and a half years ago, we featured the story below. Yet only last week it was announced that a study from Bristol University has proven that depression and anxiety have risen dramatically amongst pregnant women. 25% of pregnant women under the age of 24 have high depressive symptoms. Let’s just hope that this money […]

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B**P REWIND: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

15th July 2018

One of the worst things that can happen to a horror franchise is for it to be dragged out and overused. We’ve seen it happen to many before, classic horrors literally slaughtering themselves; Scream and Saw were murdered by many pointless sequels, making the original masterpieces redundant. It seems like this is exactly what has […]

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Film review- Sicario 2: Soldado

13th July 2018

It’s at this point I realise Josh Brolin stars in three of my top ten films this year so far. Sicario 2: Soldado is the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s teeth-gritting tour-de-force from 2015. It stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro as two terrible people in a terrible world where terrible things happen. These two […]

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