Stop with the overnight challenge

18th August 2017

Youtube challenges like #myboyfrienddoesmymakeupchallenge and the mannequin challenge are good, harmless fun but with every good challenge comes the salt and ice challenge, the faint challenge and newly, the overnight challenge. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the overnight challenge, the idea is that the Youtuber attempts to spend a full night in […]

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Mission: Impossible 6 Delayed

18th August 2017

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Tom Cruise is the most recent of actors to be injured on the set of his next movie, Mission: Impossible 6. It was reported that filming could be delayed by three months. Variety reported that the London-based production will be on hold for “six weeks to three […]

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Prey Demo is Now Available

18th August 2017

While console users may have gotten the demo for Bethesda’s Prey in Spring, Steam users are finally getting it. Arkane’s Raphael Colantonio said that sticking with consoles on release was a “resource management” thing and explained that the refund policy on Steam was the same thing anyway. Meaning you can play the first two hours […]

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Students jumping together in celebration of exam results.

Results Yay!

17th August 2017

It’s that time of the year for millions of students across the UK when they find out if those crucial predicted grades match reality, and if they’ve attained their place in further education. After months of arduous revision, grilling assessments, and a short break, the A-Level results are in. The tension experienced between exams and […]

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Trump Defends Neo-Nazi Protesters

17th August 2017

Republicans have come forward condemning bigotry after Trump’s press conference in which he said ‘many sides’ were responsible for the violence at Charlottesville protests. Trump has been apparently reluctant to single out and condemn neo-Nazi and white supremacist protestors, preferring to instead delegate equal blame to counter-demonstrators he called the ‘alt-right’ “I’m not putting anybody […]

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Changes ahead for H1Z1

16th August 2017

But do they need it? H1Z1, if you don’t know, is an open world survival game, one of the many that came out in the slog of the DayZ era back in 2013. Like many titles of this ilk, it’s stuck in Early Access, Steam’s way of supporting games through development. Games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds […]

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Yes, He’s Playing Bond

16th August 2017

Daniel Craig, after a good year of faffing around, has finally admitted he will be playing Bond, one last time, in 2019. He confirmed the news on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Craig said “I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note.” He also cleared some things […]

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Crime Writer Arrested for Murder

16th August 2017

A Chinese crime writer, Liu Yongbiao, has been taken into police custody after allegedly violently murdering four people over two decades ago. In the introduction to his latest novel The Guilty Secret, he revealed his plans for his next novel in which a glamorous female crime author evades justice and carries out a series of […]

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

16th August 2017

The motto of the Royal Navy is: “If you wish for peace, prepare for war”. The completion of HMS Queen Elizabeth seems to be an indication of that very idea – a phenomenally powerful warship, but also one that lacks a clearly defined role in our navy. Although Brittania no longer rules the waves – […]

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Midweek Blues

16th August 2017

From crisps to Helen Mirren dragging Ivanka Trump’s take on feminism, it’s a Midweek Blues mash-up! To start, you ever read something so wrong you exhale like a dolphin that’s just been made to pick up four cards in a row in Uno? Well, someone decided to stir the proverbial Twitter outrage pot with their […]

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Nigel Farage The Movie

16th August 2017

Like it or not, Nigel Farage is the most successful British politician of all time. He did the impossible, something not even Farage himself thought could be done, and took Great Britain out of the European Union. From start to finish, the Brexit story is a series of twists and turns, betrayals and bitterness. Now, […]

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Sexual Harassment of Airline Staff

16th August 2017

Brits abroad display notoriously bad behaviour from the second they check-in till the moment they pick up their bags once they’ve arrived home. We drink too much, we eat till we’ve gained two stone in one week and we infuriate the locals with rowdy antics and general unruly behaviour. However, what we don’t ever discuss […]

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Hooligans on the Horizon

16th August 2017

An information centre in London has opened with the hopes of easing England fans’ fears over hooliganism in the 2018 World Cup that will be held in Russia. Russians were blamed for the injuries of more than 100 English supporters during Euro 2016 in Marseille. This will be the first time Russia has hosted the […]

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The ruin of Godrick's Hollow in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 with Harry and Hermione in the foreground looking at the house.

Harry Potter’s House for Sale

15th August 2017

Fan of Harry Potter? Have £995, 000 spare? If you do, this could be the proposition you’ve been waiting for, because Harry Potter’s childhood home is up for sale. De Vere House, or Godric’s Hollow as it’s fictionally known, is the hottest piece of real-estate on the market right now. It’s a Grade-1 listed, six-bedroom […]

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Justin Bieber: Work shy or Justified?

15th August 2017

If you follow any teenagers on social media, you’re probably aware that Justin Bieber has decided to cancel the last 14 shows of his world tour, Purpose. Realising that a lot of people are going to be disappointed after waiting months to see the pop star, you’re probably thinking that there must be a really […]

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Kids’ Shoes Aren’t Sexist

15th August 2017

Every week a different store comes under scrutiny for allegedly being sexist or promoting gender stereotypes. This week, Clarks the shoe shop is under fire from several serial offenders over the names of some of its kids’ shoes. The shoes in questions are a pair of girls’ school shoes called “Dolly Babe” to which the […]

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Lawbreakers isn’t Awful

15th August 2017

Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski is back with a brand-new game, taking inspiration from literally everything else that has come out this year. It takes its lessons from games like Overwatch and Paladins, in the sense that, it is a hero shooter but feels more Quake-like in nature. It’s a 6 vs 6 shooter […]

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Dropping Like Flies

15th August 2017

More people are resigning from office after Trump’s non-comments on the Charlottesville protests. If you can call them that. Two chief executives have resigned from the POTUS’ American Manufacturing Council. Brian Krzanich of Intel (the computer people) and Under Armour head Kevin Plank. Under Armour is a global sportswear distributor, which should be a real […]

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Taylor Swift

Swift vs Mueller 2017

15th August 2017

Taylor Swift’s court case over David Mueller after an alleged sexual assault, in which he groped her under her skirt, came to a satisfying end today. The Jury found that he had assaulted her at a meet-and-greet back in 2013. Swift’s bodyguard testified that he had witnessed Mueller, an ex-radio DJ for KYGO station, had, […]

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Netflix’s Atypical: Were Critics Correct?

15th August 2017

On Friday the 11th, Netflix released its newest original series Atypical, a comedy drama that follows an 18-year-old autistic boy as he tries to enter the dating world. Before the show even came out, Atypical was causing a real stir with some people concerned that it would mock autistic people or give the wrong impression […]

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Deadpool 2 Stuntwoman Dies on Set

15th August 2017

It’s been a crappy few days. A stuntwoman, who has thus far not been named, was killed in a motorcycle accident on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver. Passers-by originally thought that it was a scripted part of the film, but it was soon revealed that this was not the case. The stunt driver […]

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The Only Thing That Matters

15th August 2017

It’s been an odd few days. Nazi discourse in 2017, people defending the death of a woman in cold blood due to stupid people with archaic (and frankly abhorrent and disgusting views) and people being b**ps in general. Honestly, I can’t believe I have had to do this twice in one year. So, here’s the […]

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Poor Ratings For Life of Kylie

15th August 2017

It’s long overdue but it looks like we’re all finally getting sick of the Kardashian/Jenner family as Kylie Jenner’s new show flops massively. Kylie, who is now the richest of all the Kardashian/Jenners, decided to create her own spin-off Keeping Up With The Kardashians show called Life of Kylie that followed her own daily activities. […]

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The Nuances and Disparities Of Justice

12th August 2017

The British justice system is widely regarded as being either too harsh and wrongly focused or too soft, depending on who you ask. To what extent should the punishment fit the crime? And what form should the punishment take? British laws outline a number of offences that are judged to be worthy of a lifetime […]

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Operation Sanctuary success

12th August 2017

Northumbria Police announced yesterday that its investigation into Operation Sanctuary, a child sexual exploitation network in Newcastle has been successful. A team of fifty officers worked on the case with 782 people coming forward during the investigation. Chief Constable Steve Ashman said in a statement that “the sexual exploitation of vulnerable people is, in my […]

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Film Review: American Beauty

11th August 2017

4/5 ‘American Beauty’ was released in 1999 and has since acquired virtually classic status by modern standards. A philosophical approach to cinema is refreshing nowadays and under Sam Mendes’ directing, there is no film I’ve seen lately that is as unique in perspective as this one. The film is primarily about a 42-year-old married man […]

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Theatre Review: The Mentor

10th August 2017

F Murray Abraham, despite a long and enduring career in film which has yielded him an Oscar, an Emmy nomination, and world wide acclaim, has spent a great deal of his time in the theatre. He’s performed in Macbeth, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice. He now turns his hand to The Mentor, a […]

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The History And the Experience

9th August 2017

Warkworth Castle – the product of around 500 years of Northumbrian history – sits perched atop a naturally defensible spur of land in the form of a tight meander on the River Coquet, which bypasses the castle on three of its side and floods into the North Sea about two miles east at Amble. The […]

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What words make you laugh?

9th August 2017

Language is a deep and complicated matter- especially the English language with its nonsensical grammar rules and baffling idioms that are the bane of many non-native speakers’ lives. Sometimes though, the study of the English language can be thoroughly humorous particularly when researching to find the funniest English word. In order to find out, the […]

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Trump left Kim Jong-un right

More Missiles More Problems

9th August 2017

Two charismatic men, both of which are hairstyle pioneers and have the nations they lead head over heels. Who comes to mind? Presenting, in no particular order, Kim Jong-un and  President Donald Trump. Yes, you probably guessed, they’re at it again. This time, North Korea has threatened to attack the U.S territory and strategic military […]

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How to Relax in the Summer Holidays

8th August 2017

Summer is a great time for students. It’s supposed to mean no work for six weeks, sunshine and sleep. AKA: heaven. However, with six weeks to kill, sometimes summer seems a bit of a drag and for the workaholics among us, relaxing is an alien concept. Sometimes we could do with someone to teach us […]

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Make forehead spots a thing of the past

8th August 2017

You know those tiny little flesh-coloured bumps that aren’t really spots but still kinda are? Well, all they are is clogged pores and you’ll be pleased to know there are a million ways to resolve this to get smooth skin. They are most common on your forehead and chin and both genders can suffer from […]

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The Arriva Teen Card : Perfect Imperfection

8th August 2017

Here in Tyne and Wear we have a number of well known generous travel schemes to help keep young people on the move, such as Nexus’s Pop Card and Metrosaver or Go North East’s offer of single journeys for a pound or an all day ticket for £3.75. However, one scheme that slips under the […]

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10 Year Old Boy Outwits Top London Institution

7th August 2017

Who would win in a battle of dinosaur knowledge: London’s Natural History Museum or a 10-year-old dinosaur enthusiast? Let’s just say the winner wasn’t the huge and intellectually respected scientific institution, but schoolboy Charlie from Essex. On the 21st of July, Charlie was on an overnight stay at the Museum when he spotted a sign […]

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The Truth About Beauty

7th August 2017

Summer always brings around body and self-esteem issues. It’s that time of year when celebrities are on holiday, posting pictures of their ever-so-flat stomachs and thigh gaps. It is a time of year when, usually, our insecurities are most prominent. There’s no baggy jumpers to hide in and suddenly your arms are out and everyone […]

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Best and Worst New Music

7th August 2017

We’re only a few weeks away from the end of summer but that doesn’t mean there’s not time to fall in love with some brand new summer tunes from the likes of Olly Murs, Felix Jaehn and Kesha. However, the best song from last week comes from Camila Cabello: Havana- Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug. […]

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Why Trump Shouldn’t be Impeached

6th August 2017

With allegations of obstruction of justice and corruption flying around against Donald Trump over in the US, impeachment – the removal of a president from office – is looking like a battle Congress is willing to fight. Representative Maxine Waters, among others, has called for the impeachment of Trump and then his Vice President Mike […]

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Where Did the Votes Go?

4th August 2017

A long-running British Election Study (BES) has found that Labour picked up votes from the remain camp based on their ‘soft Brexit’ stance in the June general election. The authors of the report said: “According to our data, the main reason that Labour gained so much in the campaign at the expense of the other […]

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Staying Entertained in the Sky

4th August 2017

Summer is finally here and millions of Brits will be jetting off around the world now that the holidays are in full swing. One part of the summer holiday that many people find to be the most boring is the plane journey to and from the destination. So, we thought we’d give you some inspiration […]

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Best 80’s Films

3rd August 2017

When people think 80’s, ‘cinematic masterpieces’ is rarely the first phrase which jumps to mind. For some film philistines, I dare to say that 80’s films are probably written off before they’ve even been given a chance. Here I, a 16 year old girl who happens to have a keen interest in the cinema of […]

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End to End Encryption Must End

3rd August 2017

What do we value more? Our online messaging privacy or our national security? Amber Rudd (home secretary) has told us that ‘real people’ don’t value end to end encryption like that found on ‘Whats App’, as well as remarking online companies are not doing enough to counter terrorism and hate preaching. Messaging services such as […]

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Cannabis doesn’t mean a degree

3rd August 2017

There’s a sort of urban myth among students that cannabis can somehow help you to learn and pass exams. Everyone knows someone who knows a person whose cousin’s friend got 12 A*s and 3 distinctions because they sat their exams while off their head on some kind of drug- usually cannabis. Well according to new […]

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“Tragic” and “Terrifying” Empty Bus Seats

3rd August 2017

An anti-immigrant Norwegian Facebook group ‘Fatherland First’ mistook some empty bus seats (below) as women in burqas. The seats were described as ‘tragic’ and ‘terrifying’. The 13,000 members of the group pondered on whether the offending empty seats could be carrying explosives or weapons underneath their clothes. ‘Get them out of our county – frightening […]

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A Great Day at The Kremlin

2nd August 2017

The Trump administration seems to be experiencing utter chaos as Anthony Scaramucci looses his position as communications secretary after just ten days in the position. Just six hours prior to this former US Marine General John Kelly was appointed the new chief of staff. News recently broke that Trump intervened to prevent senior White House […]

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Movies: August 2017

2nd August 2017

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, right? Odd that we’d choose to do one for August when there’s very little coming out. But we’ll pad it out with some stuff you should definitely see this month anyway. The Dark Tower – Adapted from the Stephen King novel, this gritty fantasy flick […]

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Nicky Morgan Calls for Report

2nd August 2017

Nicky Morgan, newly elected chair of the Treasury Select Committee, has called for a report from the Bank of England on the City’s readiness for a hard Brexit. The Conservative MP is a prominent advocate of a soft Brexit, and her position on the committee will see her scrutinising the government’s economic policy as the […]

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Blair Not to be Prosecuted

1st August 2017

Following the publication of the Chilcot report last year in which it was asserted that “the UK chose to join the invasion [of Iraq] before peaceful options had been exhausted”, a private prosecution case was launched against former prime minister Tony Blair. On Monday the High Court blocked the move to prosecute Blair on grounds […]

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House of Cards Review

1st August 2017

5/5 Netflix’s original series have been taking the world by storm over the past few years from Orange is the New Black to, most recently, 13 Reasons Why. House of Cards is one of those original series – and one that goes far beyond the excellence of the others. Political dramas usually have a one-series run with three hour-long episodes. […]

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Charts and That

31st July 2017

Another week has passed and another spate of releases have tried to seize the top spot. Starting with movies, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has remained the No.1 at the box office this weekend, according to Entertainment Weekly. That is ahead of the God-awful and universally critically panned The Emoji Movie. The Emoji Movie follows the story […]

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Mercury Prize Shortlist

31st July 2017

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, and the xx are just three of the twelve acts that have made it onto this year’s Mercury Award shortlist. The prestigious award was founded in 1992, as an alternative award for artists in the UK. Announcing the artists, each one of them was described for their ‘delights in exploring musical possibilities […]

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