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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A week in mild amusement

12th July 2018

Booked for diving In an incident reminiscent of the 2010 story of the Chilean miners comes the 2018 story of the chilly young minors. 12 young boys and their football coach in Thailand have been rescued from an underwater cave they were trapped in for 17 days. The team is in such a weakened state […]

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B**P REWIND: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

12th July 2018

Truman Capote’s classic novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s is brief, wistful and filled with a prominent sense of longing from both the unnamed narrator and Holly Golightly, the protagonist. Published in 1958,the novella follows a year and a half in Holly Golightly’s company – something that is rare, as precious as a diamond and as sought […]

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Well That’s One Way To Transport a Cow…

10th July 2018

South Wales Police has launched an investigation after photos of a calf in the back of a Volkswagen Passat emerged on Facebook. Despite not being fully grown, a calf can still weigh up to 500kg making this a really dangerous load to transport in a car. Overloading a car can cause issues with braking and steering […]

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Don’t Antagonise Trump

9th July 2018

Donald Trump is certainly a larger than life character. With his overly confident personality, dubious looking tan, and a haircut that no man is likely to aspire to copy, he gives those protesting against his government policy plenty of ammunition to fire. Protesters love a good effigy, and the effigy planned for Trump’s visit is […]

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Is Bieber Engaged?

9th July 2018

It is usually painfully difficult to discover anything about Justin Bieber’s love life. The star ensures that the media can never be 100% certain about his relationship status or exactly who he is dating and if Selena Gomez is in the picture somehow. Well, supporters of #jelena will be devastated to know that Justin is […]

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Starbucks Employee Sacked

9th July 2018

Despite being crippling for sufferers, speech impediments are one of the few remaining disabilities that people are usually able to mock without consequence. Thankfully that looks to be changing as Starbucks fire an employee who made fun of a customer who stuttered while placing his order. The incident took place at a Philadelphia branch and […]

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The Importance of Saying No

8th July 2018

In life we often get told to grab every opportunity possible, which means saying ‘yes’ a lot of the time to a lot of things. Even the things that scare you and push you right out of your comfort zone. What we don’t often hear in life is someone telling us about the importance of […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

6th July 2018

Despite movie production being impossible without them, actors act as though they have no control whatsoever over decisions made with regard to casting. This week, Scarlett Johansson has come under fire again for ‘stealing’ a role in a movie from a marginalised person. Two years ago, she played Major Motoko Kusanagi in the live-action version […]

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What to Buy for University

6th July 2018

While it’s July and university seems such a while away, it’s not a bad idea to start getting ready for it. Even if you only begin collecting a few bits and bobs now, it saves you from having to go out on a mad dash after results day to gather everything you need for your […]

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Historical North East: Stephenson’s Rocket

5th July 2018

From June until September Newcastle Discovery Museum is hosting Rocket, one of the most renowned Steam Locomotives to ever journey on Britain’s railways. Though not the first steam locomotive, it resembled a culmination of years of engineering innovation and when completed was the most advanced steam locomotive of its day. Rocket was the brainchild of […]

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How to Show Appreciation for Others

5th July 2018

Showing others affection is one of the most human things you can do. But sometimes a birthday card and a present isn’t really enough, so we thought we’d put together a few ideas on how to show appreciation for others in little, but important, ways. Cook them a meal People love feeling appreciated, and nothing […]

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Tips for Planning a Long Travel Holiday

5th July 2018

While most 18-year-olds head off to Magaluf or Zante for their summer holidays, some choose to do something a little different and disappear from the UK for a month or so. Guess which one I ended up doing? Yeah, the disappearing for a month one. Such trips aren’t as easy to plan as ones to […]

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The Most Jobsworth-y Jobs

4th July 2018

Defined by the dictionary as ‘an official who upholds petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense’, everyone has had the misfortune of encountering a jobsworth. You may work with one or you may have had a bad run-in with one while trying to go about your daily life. Certain professions attract […]

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4 films to talk about on your first day in prison

4th July 2018

We’ve all been there. It’s day one, we’ve got our orange onesie and our toothbrush. We step out into the yard but we don’t fancy punching the biggest guy there because we’re a coward. How should we break the ice to ensure a pleasant stay in the big house? The answer: appeal to the artistic […]

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The Best Pre-Paid Travel Card for Young People

4th July 2018

More young people than ever are going travelling than ever before and so the need for pre-paid travel cards is expanding. Pre-paid travel cards are great ways to keep your money safe while abroad as you load money onto them straight from your bank and they’re converted into the currency of your choice. You can […]

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A week in mild amusement

3rd July 2018

Fridge geezer A South African woman is recovering in hospital after she was discovered alive in a mortuary fridge. Paramedics had declared her dead following a road accident. The ambulance company retains that she had shown ‘no signs of life’, which as a student, is more than can be said for some of the things […]

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GoT Star Says Celeb Cameos are ‘Stupid’

3rd July 2018

Actor Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor in Game of Thrones, said having famous people appear in the show is ‘stupid’. During the several seasons of the show, there have been dozens of musicians and bands appearing on screen. Kristian believes that having these modern well-known faces completely takes you out of the show. ‘I’m not a […]

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M. Night

First Poster for M. Night’s ‘Glass’

2nd July 2018

M. Night Shyamalan has shown the first poster for his upcoming movie, Glass. After directing Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense and The Village all around the start of the century, he became prolific for his plot twists. Some were done better than others, however, he stole the limelight again in 2016 with Split, starring James […]

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Cheryl and Liam announce split

It’s official – all over now

2nd July 2018

So it is official. Liam Payne and Cheryl have announced their break up via social media, the only way to announce to the world these days, that your relationship is over/someone has died/what you had for dinner – delete where applicable. The former X-Factor contestant and the former X-Factor judge were together long enough to […]

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‘Bag Rage’ Taking Over Australia

2nd July 2018

Despite Australia being home to the wondrous Great Barrier Reef which has endured years of pollution resulting in irreversible damage, some Australians seem quite reluctant to take measures to save the planet. (Polluted wildlife in the Great Barrier Reef) Major supermarket chains is all but two states will now be fined if they provide single-use […]

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Update: Katy Perry Hasn’t Flopped

2nd July 2018

When Katy Perry released her latest album Witness, it was a huge disappointment, not just to pop music, but to her loyal fans too. It was far too ‘aimed’ at a certain audience and just didn’t reflect the emotion, lyrical genius and genuine fun of all of Perry’s other records. I was disappointed and disillusioned […]

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Why I’m No Longer Teetotal

2nd July 2018

The first thing people used to say to me when I told them I didn’t drink was ‘oh, you’ll grow out of it’. It used to drive me absolutely mad. But for good reason, even if I am a now seasoned gin drinker. Since I wrote about why I was teetotal a little while ago, […]

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This Week’s Game News in a Nutshell

1st July 2018

Overwatch is getting an unlikely new hero, PUBG has dropped the lawsuit it was filing against rival Battle Royale game Fortnite and Drake might be a fan of Final Fantasy. Starting with Overwatch, we have a new hero in our midst, as Hammond makes his way to the roster. A literal hamster in a mech, […]

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Filled with More Than Helium

1st July 2018

There’s also the racism, sexism and general stupidity. People don’t like Trump, as any talk show or late-night show host would have you believe. But with the president’s visit just around the corner, the people of the UK want to show their appreciation of the orange buffoon with a huge balloon. Activist Leo Murray launched […]

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Danny Dyer and Brexit: Finally Some Sense?

1st July 2018

Since the airing of ITV’s Good Morning Britain’s one-off show Good Evening Britain, featuring guests ranging from Jeremy Corbyn to Pamela Anderson to Ed Balls and Danny Dyer, a clip of the latter has been doing the rounds on social media. During a panel interview with Dyer, Corbyn and Anderson, led by hosts Piers Morgan […]

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Dungeons Offering Redheads Free Entry

29th June 2018

Doesn’t get more British than this does it? With the UK basking in a heatwave currently, where better to spend it than underground in the Dungeons of Blackpool. Especially if you’re of the ginger disposition. No disrespect, heat can be troublesome when all you do is turn a bright shade of red. We’ve all been there. […]

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Review Roundup

29th June 2018

The first reviews for Ant-Man and the Wasp are rolling in before ahead of its release very soon. Starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the superhero duo as they take on an all-new villain. Many saw the first Ant-Man as a welcome breather from the slog that was Age of Ultron, which helped its […]

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DC

DC Streaming Service Details

28th June 2018

Since the announcement that DC would be creating its own streaming service, fans have wondered just what that would entail. In the past few months, details have been incredibly rare, aside from a few announcements of shows that would feature on the service. The company announced it would feature comics, movies and series’ on the […]

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Live Firearms Exercise Causes Fires

28th June 2018

Two grass fires at a military training area in Northumberland were caused by sparks from bullets, the Ministry of Defence has stated. The two fires, 15km apart, have been burning since Sunday in Otterburn. The area contains possible unexploded ordinance, so the Ministry has made no attempt to extinguish the fires yet. The fires, each […]

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Spain

Curing the Midweek Blues

28th June 2018

It’s not easy restoring ancient artworks. From tapestries to statues we as humans love preserving all of our old junk don’t we? Well, one town in Spain, famous for botching one restoration is back at it again. Well, one parish in Spain asked a local workshop to give their statue of St. George slaying the […]

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A ginger’s guide to the sunny weather

28th June 2018

I’m not saying I wish the sun would get lost. But as one of those blessed with ginger locks, I sort of wish the sun would get lost. It’s not a stereotype that at least a large portion of we who are kissed by fire, don’t tan. We make an almost instantaneous transition from two […]

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8am lectures..really?

28th June 2018

Students at Durham University are angry at plans that could require them to start at 8 am to attend lectures. To put it another way, an institution whose purpose is to prepare young people for work is asking those young people to get up at a fairly standard working time. To put it another way, Kieran […]

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Pride Month: Stonewall Anniversary

28th June 2018

June is the month of LGBTQ+ Pride – and rightly so. It is the same month during which the Stonewall Riots in Greenwhich Village, New York City took place. In fact, in 1969 on this day, the Stonewall Riots broke out after police were too rough with one customer in a known gay bar in […]

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50 Cent Mocks Terry Crews Over Harassment

27th June 2018

Famous rapper 50 Cent has met with backlash after mocking Terry Crews for speaking out on sexual-harassment. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star talked about claims a few months ago, that he had been groped at a party he and his wife had attended. Crews had recently given a speech to US politicians talking about being groped […]

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Spider-Man Sequel Titled Revealed by Star

27th June 2018

Tom Holland just can’t keep a secret, can he? While Marvel traditionally plans out its titles several years again, the studio has been oddly secretive about anything beyond 2019. This is most definitely due to the events of Infinity War, Disney’s highest grossing movie to date. Well, thanks to Marvel’s least discreet actor, we now […]

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