Film review: The Grinch

16th November 2018

Kudos to the genius who had the idea to release a film about a being who hates Christmas in November. That’s a finger on the zeitgeist right there. The Grinch is the latest 86-minute adaptation of a 69-page children’s book. It depicts Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch as he plans his dastardly scheme while Whoville prepares for Christmas. […]

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First Year Problems #6

16th November 2018

Contact hours When it comes to university, the amount of time you actually spend being taught something depends massively on what subject(s) you’re studying. For those doing science degrees – in particular engineering ones – you can expect to have five hours a day for four days a week. But if you’re studying a humanity, […]

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Draft Brexit deal: All you need to know

15th November 2018

It has been over eight hundred days since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Late yesterday evening, it was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May that the cabinet had finally agreed on a draft Brexit deal ahead of this country’s withdrawal from the Union in March next year. With over 500 pages of […]

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

15th November 2018

Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ makes for stirring television. It was public broadcasting at it’s finest designed to showcase the harrowing experiences of nearly six million Brits in a more intimate manner than ever before. Jackson’s film – four years in the making – was by no means a history of the first […]

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Stan Lee: The Real Marvel

14th November 2018

Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber, on 28th December 1922 in the Big Apple. New York City. Home to a number of now well-known heroes like; Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, and was the birthplace of Captain America (in Brooklyn). It serves as a hub for many of his stories. With different heroes crossing […]

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A leak in mild amusement

13th November 2018

Long may he rain It’s a new week and its AWIMA. You know what that means. Time to type Trump’s name into Google and see what he’s done this time. The US president has refused to attend a WW1 memorial service amidst poor weather conditions. The weather was described as ‘near-zero visibility’ so Donald opted […]

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Four pop stars who deserve a movie biopic

12th November 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody depicts the career of the rock band Queen and, more specifically, the life of Freddie Mercury. This got me thinking, which pop stars of the modern day should receive the same treatment in 20 years? Here are our contemporary picks. Ariana Grande For better or worse, this music megastar has had an incredible […]

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Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

12th November 2018

5/5 Generally speaking, biopics about iconic music figures long after they’ve passed away never do them justice. That’s why the usual gods of music are mostly left alone nowadays when it comes to biopics. You don’t see ones about Whitney Houston, Prince or Michael Jackson. However, this year’s Bohemian Rhapsody biopic about the legendary Queen […]

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Rubicon Moment: What caused World War I?

11th November 2018

11th November 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I, the war that changed the face of the world and scarred an entire generation. Its significance cannot be underestimated, its fallout massive. Mechanisation, airpower, chemical weapons and ideology all led to a devastating conflict that spanned the globe, from the banks of […]

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Pacer Trains to Disappear

7th November 2018

If you live in the north of England you’ll no doubt be familiar with the much maligned, nodding donkey ‘Pacer’ trains. With the introduction of new rolling stock across the Northern Rail network, they are due to be phased out between the end of this year and the beginning of 2020. A saving grace for […]

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Bronjour: Travelling France Cheaply and Easily

7th November 2018

One of the most important things to try and do during your time abroad is to explore. Depending on your financial situation, this can either be fairly straightforward or near impossible. There’s no denying that France is an expensive country but if you’re smart about it, there’s no reason why you can’t see a bit […]

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Rubicon Moment: Just who is Guy Fawkes

5th November 2018

The story of 5th of November 1605 and the Gunpowder plot is one of the most famous in British history. Following years of Protestant rule and suppression of their faith, a group of Catholic dissidents planned to commit regicide against Protestant King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne of England. In […]

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Teaching isn’t a Route to Power

5th November 2018

Teaching is not a route to power; teachers should stop pretending it is one. The power trip that so many teachers seem to be on amounts to no less than the systematic bullying of children and young adults. Teaching is rarely seen as a desirable route for young people to go into; some see teaching […]

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Film review: Halloween (2018)

3rd November 2018

It’s finally over. My self-imposed curse of watching every Halloween film is done. The main thing I’ve realised is that I’m not so much a fan of Halloween as much as a fan of the main theme. Halloween is the third film in the Halloween franchise named Halloween… Halloween. It concerns the re-escape of serial […]

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The Budget isn’t just for the Rich

3rd November 2018

Philip Hammond (a.k.a ‘Spreadsheet Phil’) has stood proudly with his red briefcase to deliver his annual budget across the dispatch box. Hammond had been facing political pressure from number 10 prior to his speech after the Prime Minister proudly announced ‘the end of austerity’ at the Conservative Party Conference. What can we take from this […]

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British singer Dua Lipa meets Blackpink, South Korean band

New Music: K-Pop Collabs

3rd November 2018

Not sure whether you’ve heard, but K-pop is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with the likes of BTS making appearances on shows such as Ellen Degeneres, and collaborating with Nicki Minaj. However, this appears to be just the beginning, and we have a 2-for-1 deal for you right here. First up we have BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK, an emerging South […]

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4 budget halloween costumes

31st October 2018

It’s the designated spookiest time of the year. And Halloween parties are near unavoidable. No one wants to be that person who constantly receives grief for their lack of costume. Not to worry though, your old uncle Kieran is here to help with a few costume ideas that won’t break the teeteringly fragile bank. Shaun […]

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A week in mild amusement

30th October 2018

Mail Aggression So some lunatic’s been sending pipe bombs through the US post. Cesar Sayoc is accused of mailing explosives to prominent Democrats and Trump critics. Honestly, I’m quite offended I didn’t get one. But then, I have switched address quite a lot recently. If there’s a smoking crater in Sandyford in the near future, […]

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First Year Problems #5

29th October 2018

Trying new things Hello and welcome to a (late) First Year Problems column. It seems getting into a uni routine, despite the fact I think I have one, is more difficult than it first appears to be. However, that’s not what we’re talking about at all. In fact, we’re talking about trying new things which, […]

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Rubicon Moment: The Power of Propoganda

28th October 2018

Propaganda is everywhere and like death and taxes, is unavoidable. It is the leviathan that informs us of the goings on in our world and is the principal force in influencing our thoughts, beliefs and behaviour. While in recent decades the term has become associated with manipulation, historically it has been a descriptively neutral term. […]

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Top Tips for a Good Uni Routine

27th October 2018

University promotes laziness in so many ways. You are forced to attend three hours a week of seminars and tutorials, and can optionally attend six hours a week of lectures. Most of these things begin at three o’clock in the afternoon, so you don’t even need to pull yourself out of bed at a reasonable […]

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How to Become a Morning Person

26th October 2018

For those of us who aren’t natural morning people, getting out of bed on a morning can feel like a form of torture. Now that we’re headed into winter and the mornings are becoming cold and dark, the wake-up ritual can seem even more hellish than normal. Luckily though, there are some simple things you […]

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Exploding Toilets

25th October 2018

Exploding toilets? Who would have thought? But more than 1.4 million toilet flushing systems are being recalled following reports of toilets blowing upin the US and Canada, according to US safety officials. As well as causing $710,000 worth of damage to property, these incidents have caused injury to 23 people- one of which required foot […]

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Burger King Create a Nightmare Inducing Burger

24th October 2018

Fast food chain Burger King claims to have created a burger for Halloween which will increase your chance of having a bad dream. The ‘Nightmare King’ burger consists of a beef patty, a chicken fillet, cheese, bacon, onions and mayonnaise all inside a green bun. Now we know what you’re thinking: a burger that gives you […]

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Bronjour: Having an Active Social Life

24th October 2018

Everyone says that your year abroad will be the best year of your life and so far, I could not agree more. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen some amazing places, experienced weird and wonderful French customs, met the most interesting people and fully immersed in an alien but exciting new world. […]

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Almost 700,000 at People’s Vote march

20th October 2018

Almost 700,000 people marched through Westminster on Saturday in the name of a ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit. The demonstration was the largest in the country since the anti-Iraq war protest in 2003. Protestors, who came from all around the country, were demanding a second referendum on whether or not Britain stays in the European Union. […]

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Hindsight really is a wonderful thing

20th October 2018

As someone who has spent most of her life terrified of absolutely everything I’ve ever done, hindsight is often a wonderful thing for me. It’s always there after you accomplish something you thought you never would or whenever you’re proven right about something you forecasted earlier. So, hindsight really is a wonderful thing. Right now, […]

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First Year Problems #4

20th October 2018

Visiting home The university bubble is always different from uni to uni. Hence why visiting home is actually quite difficult. At Durham, it’s a huge thing. You get sucked straight into the collegiate system and genuinely feel like you never want to leave. There is always so much to do, so much to see and […]

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A beginners guide to… Halloween

20th October 2018

The Halloween series primarily focuses on serial killer Michael Myers and his would-be victim Laurie Strode. I’m going to do my best here to boil down the franchise into its bare essence. I sat through all ten films for this and that was like a part-time job in itself so by golly I’m gonna write […]

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Film review: Johnny English Strikes Again

18th October 2018

Have you ever sat in the cinema knowing that this is the final time you’ll ever watch the film? Well, now I have. Johnny English Strikes Again is the third instalment of a baffling franchise. I mean, I like the first one well enough but did we need a trilogy? It seems they just pick Johnny […]

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‘Peeping Tom’ – Just What Does it Mean?

17th October 2018

You may or may not be familiar with Lady Godiva. She’s hardly contemporary, apart from being referenced in a Queen song. Godiva, Countess of Mercia – to give her full title – was an English noblewoman in the 11th century whose husband ruled over the much-revered kingdom of, er… Coventry. Lady Godiva was, however, a […]

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A week in mild amusement

16th October 2018

Let’s get down from business X-Factor contestants who were filmed excitedly enjoying business class were sent back to economy once filming stopped. I don’t see why people are annoyed by this. The short taste of opulence followed by a hard push back to poverty is great practice for the eventual winner. The only way they […]

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Overweight Tourists Banned From Riding Donkeys

15th October 2018

Animal rights activists in Santorini have gained a small victory for donkey welfare as the Greek government passed legislation which protects working donkeys from being overburdened. The island’s capital, Fira is 400m above sea level, and tourists who don’t fancy the long walk to the top have the option to make a donkey do the […]

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Four wizards who wasted magical abilities

13th October 2018

At some point, we’ve all wished we had magical powers. Well, the following individuals on this list were granted that dream and, as far as we’re concerned, squandered it. Consider the following magicians, wizards or sorcerers who majorly wasted their abilities. Gandalf (Lord of the Rings) The Fellowship of the Ring’s resident wizard, Gandalf is, […]

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Just What does it mean – Rubicon Moment?

12th October 2018

“Rubicon moment” is a strange name for a column and without explanation, it won’t mean much to readers. I feel that the significance of the topics covered in the column will be understated if the naming of the column is not properly understood. Historically the Rubicon was a river that separated Italy from the northern […]

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Do we have a problem with hate crime?

12th October 2018

Does the North East of England have a problem with hate crime? If so, why? The North East has one of the lowest levels of immigration in the UK. The Non-UK born population in Northumberland is just 2% and 4% in County Durham yet Northumbria Police has reported a staggering 69% increase in recorded hate […]

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Why being working class is part of my identity

11th October 2018

Since being at university, the number of people in my social circle has increased quite dramatically. Suddenly, I know a whole bunch of people, most of them from the south, who have lived (and are living) very different lives to me. By this I mean there are some people who are incredibly wealthy, or at […]

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First Year Problems #3

11th October 2018

Being a first-generation student Going to university is one of the most daunting things you can do in life. Throwing yourself into a different city with a bunch of random people you’ve never even met before and studying something full-time for three years is not easy to adjust to straight away. However, one thing which […]

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A beginners guide to… Marvel films

11th October 2018

In the eighties/nineties, Marvel comics was on the verge of bankruptcy. They were kept afloat because they had the license to produce Star Wars comics but otherwise they were literally selling filing cabinets to stay in business. So for a bit of a cash boost, Marvel sold the film rights to their most valuable characters […]

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Bronjour: Struggling With the Language

11th October 2018

[Disclaimer: The only people I’ve met here from the UK who aren’t struggling a lot with speaking and understanding the language, are the ones whose parents have a holiday home in France or who have been going skiing in the Alps twice a year since they were two. Languages is a very elitist course sometimes so if you’re a working-class student who hasn’t had the […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

8th October 2018

I’ve been spoilt for choice this week when deciding what to make the focus of this column. The last few days have really been a week of rage for the Internet and the Tories have been the focus of a lot of it. We’ve had some questionable dance moves at the Conservative Party conference, members […]

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First Year Problems #2

7th October 2018

Freshers’ week Freshers’ week is (sadly) over now, and what a week it has been. Going into it, I genuinely believed that I’d make zero friends and have a pretty average week. Instead, I’ve had one of the best weeks of my life and have met some amazing people. Everything about making friends, however, is […]

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Rubicon Moment: The Robot Revolution

7th October 2018

Humans have always amazed me with their ingenuity, and yet baffle me with their paradoxes. For thousands of years, humans have looked to the stars to find solutions to their problems, believing that all things on earth were the makings of divine creators who have shaped and moulded us; as well as the events that […]

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A week in mild amusement

5th October 2018

Mamma Mia, here we go again Theresa May danced onto the stage to give her speech at the Conservative Party Conference. She came out wriggling to ABBA’s Dancing Queen and even warmed up the crowd with a few jokes. In reference to her embarrassing speech last year, she quipped that if she coughed, it would be because […]

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Film review: Venom

4th October 2018

Regular readers of these reviews may remember when I predicted how bad Solo: A Star Wars story was going to be. Then I ended up enjoying it and had to eat my words. Similarly, I’ve been saying how bad I thought Venom was going to be based on the trailers, plot and (chiefly) Sony. But […]

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Bronjour: University in France vs the UK

3rd October 2018

Unlike the UK, France isn’t particularly renowned for having world-class universities. On the QS World University Rankings list, the first French university to make the list is ranked 50th, behind dozens of American, British and South Korean institutions. Honestly, it’s not hard to see why. Since starting my placement at a French university, I’ve been […]

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Theresa May’s best/worst moments

3rd October 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has had some, er, memorable moments during her tenure at the top of British politics. And as the Conservative Party Conference approaches, we thought it was an appropriate time to have a look through the PM’s best/worst moments in office. 1. Her shoulder laugh While in the House of Commons […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

2nd October 2018

This week, Kanye West annoyed the Internet by having yet another Donald Trump Twitter rant. It’s not just Kanye who misses the old Kanye, it’s the entire Internet. Just as everyone seemed to forget about his last Twitter rant a few weeks ago where he loudly professed his love for President Trump, Ye is right […]

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UK’s first child trauma school planned

2nd October 2018

Children who have suffered trauma early in life and are being let down by mainstream education are to be helped by short-stay schools. A new plan for the Your Place Academy in Norwich intends to help change the lives of children who have suffered all too much in their short lives. Ranging from domestic violence […]

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Could Boris Johnson be prime minister?

1st October 2018

Boris Johnson has been making headlines for many years now. At first, though, the headlines were all jokes. There was his wild helmet hair. Then there was that time he got stuck on a zip wire. And that time he managed to rugby tackle a kid to the ground. But recently, the headlines about Boris […]

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