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Should Stereotypes be Banned if They’re True?

22nd July 2017

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority is set to ban adverts that depict gender stereotypes, such as men struggling with household tasks or women cleaning up after the family. But, are they right to ban such adverts if they are based on truth? Don’t get me wrong, it’s damaging for anyone to try and drive women, or […]

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A Female Doctor? What’s the Fuss?

21st July 2017

As is by now well known to most people, the next Doctor Who is to be played by Jodie Whittaker, who is, of course, a woman. The news has seen generally positive reactions, with only a small number opposed to the casting move. For example, Peter Davison, the fifth reincarnation of the Doctor, although having […]

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Akbars? More Like Cackbars

21st July 2017

2/5  Just picture it: I was celebrating my 17th birthday a week after its occurrence because my best friend, who was supposed to be sleeping over, got ill and couldn’t come. I was obviously disappointed, but I knew I’d be going out for a meal with my parents instead. I chose Akbars, an Indian restaurant […]

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Half of all expelled students have a mental illness

21st July 2017

A new study into the expulsion of students from schools has found that half of those expelled are suffering with a recognised mental illness. The study, carried out by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), pointed out the “broken system” that is currently a common theme in England’s schools due to the prospects (or […]

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The Abuse Debate

21st July 2017

There is lots of talk in the news recently about abuse, particularly the abuse that MPs or candidates received during the general election campaign. Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney and Shadow Home Secretary, spoke frankly and honestly about her experience with abuse, saying she repeatedly hears and reads the “n-word” when bullies target her. […]

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What I Learnt in an MP’s Office for a Week

21st July 2017

It was work experience time at my Sixth Form this week and, like most other students, I headed off on Monday morning with a lot of apprehension and worry about how the week ahead would go. Turns out, there was no need for it. My work experience placement was in my local MP Liz Twist’s […]

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What Next? The Big Question for the Tories

20th July 2017

As MPs part ways for summer break, the question of ‘what next?’ looms large. It seems almost impossible that this Parliament will last to the end of its five year term, and the chances that Theresa May will last even to the next election look even slimmer. Talk is already bubbling, from both within the […]

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Telltale Delivers, Finally

20th July 2017

After it was suggested that The Wolf Among Us was not in development, Telltale have pulled it out of the bag, saying the sequel to the game is on its way for 2018. Telltale also revealed plans for a second season of the Batman: Telltale series and the final season of the Walking Dead series. About […]

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Plans for Gateshead-Based Arts Complex

20th July 2017

A £200m complex dedicated to arts and leisure is planned to be built on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead. It will sit between the Baltic arts centre and the Sage music halls. Gateshead Council is said to be investing £25m in the project, with the rest coming from the private sector. It […]

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Burn the Feminist!

20th July 2017

The BBC has published a list of its 96 highest earners, only a third of which are female. There has been, surprisingly, a great deal of surprise about the content of the list, which revealed the top seven highest earners were all male, and only two of the top 14 earners were female. It’s almost […]

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Teens Selling Drugs on Social Media

20th July 2017

Turns out I’ve been using Snapchat for the wrong things. I just thought it was for nice selfies and cat photos. A recent investigation from BBC Three has highlighted numerous drug dealers and gangs creating deals through social media apps like Snapchat and the dating sight Yellow. It also noted that dealers as young as […]

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Lazy People Hacks: How to Read (Or Avoid Reading) A Boring Book

20th July 2017

Whether you’re writing an academic essay, doing research for an article or just trying to better your understanding of a subject, you will at some point in your life have to read a ‘boring book’. If your subject area is science, politics, or just anything that is detailed and complicated, it is near impossible to […]

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Card Charges, No More

19th July 2017

No longer shall I be charged an extra 50p for using my card on Just Eat. No longer, I say! Consumers will no longer be charged extra for using credit or debit cards in transactions, the government has declared. From January of 2018, businesses will not be able to add any kind of surcharge to […]

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Midweek Blues

19th July 2017

It’s not all doom and gloom. Reddit users were delighted this week after being treated to a certain photo. An image uploaded by user BreakingGarrick showed a young woman on a train helping a younger guy tie his necktie properly. The post has gained 49,000 up votes after just 24 hours online, which is kind […]

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Ed Sheeran Quits Twitter

19th July 2017

Earlier this month, Ed Sheeran said that he was going to stop reading stuff on social media, however, he’s now gone a little bit further than that. Ed deleted his account on Twitter, after his brief cameo in Game of Thrones on Sunday, when he got a load of replies and tweets directed at him […]

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Dunkirk Is Apparently Very Good

18th July 2017

Christopher Nolan’s newest movie Dunkirk has drawn quite a bit of critical attention, for all the right reasons, with reviews praising it for its historical accuracy and incredible cinematography. Nolan is best known for his stellar work on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and his meh work on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. The […]

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She’s Like Our Trump

18th July 2017

Except not as ‘world domination-y’. Or as racist. And at least has some semblance of brain function. Theresa May, our overlord of sorts, having managed to cling on to power longer than a decade-old remote control, like a light bulb you think needs changing, but as you go into the cupboard to get a brand-new bulb, […]

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Calls from Senior Tories to End Infighting

18th July 2017

Claims of ‘infighting’ within the Conservative cabinet have arisen over the weekend, resulting in Theresa May being given the go-ahead by Tory backbenchers to sack disloyal cabinet minister. May, among others in the party, has called for MPs to ‘get on with their jobs’ after a letter of no confidence began circulation and last week’s […]

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Pride Guide

18th July 2017

The best things in life are free, and this weekend is an opportunity for everyone to cast their differences aside by rejoicing under the summer sky to celebrate diversity. Pride is finally coming to the North East and remains the only free festival of its kind in the UK, which makes Newcastle an extremely privileged […]

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Game Review: Sniper Elite 4

18th July 2017

*GORE WARNING* You know what’s awesome? Games that take place in an authentic WW2 setting and being able to explore these levels with a degree of stealth and precision. Or, alternatively, try to be sneaky then get spotted and end up panicking your way through the level. Worked for me. You assume the role of […]

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Destiny 2 To Sell ‘Millions’ on PC

17th July 2017

For the first time, we’re getting a Bungie game on PC, in the form of Destiny 2. A mild uproar was caused after Activision announced it would be featured on the Battle.net app, however, it makes sense considering Activision’s acquisition of Blizzard in 2016. SuperData (a research company), however, have determined that Destiny 2 will […]

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GoT Season 8 Won’t Air in Cinemas

17th July 2017

Rumours that Season 8 of Game of Thrones will be aired in cinemas have been denied by HBO’s programming boss, Casey Bloys, stating it has no plans to air the episodes anywhere other than TV. He claimed that the series was for the subscribers, referencing that only HBO (or equivalent) viewers could experience the show. It […]

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The Looming Teaching Crisis

17th July 2017

According to new official Labour statistics, more than 31% of 20,600 newly qualified teachers have left the profession within five years. 17% of them quit within two years. The statistics also showed that a quarter of teachers who qualified in 2011 have left since, with 28,000 of them citing harsh working conditions and low pay […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

17th July 2017

Philip Hammond It may or may not have slipped your notice this weekend what our Chancellor has been reportedly saying in private cabinet meetings. It has disgusted pretty much everyone and humiliated one: him. So, let’s recap: 1. Saturday – sexism It was reported in The Sun (yes, not the most credible of sources, but seeing as […]

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Wimbledon Hangover Woes

17th July 2017

Roger Federer has been crowned this year’s Wimbledon winner, after beating Marin Cilic on Sunday. This is his 19th major crown and he has moved to the top of the all-time list of male Wimbledon champions. The most humbling part of this? His interview this morning with the press after what sounded like a decent […]

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Spend your Summer Wisely

17th July 2017

There’s no denying it, a week in the sun with your closest mates is a tempting prospect, but are you doing those months of toiling hard for a minimal payout justice? Retrospect is a wonderful thing, but the following are 3 reasons why I urge you to reconsider your first “away-from-the-parents” holiday destination: You’ll see […]

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Another Monday, Another Playlist

17th July 2017

Long time, no playlist, right? Well, after a considerable break from my awful taste in music, we’re back! With my awful taste in music still intact! *LANGUAGE WARNING* Just a handful of songs to sit and listen to on a Monday morning. Or evening. Whatever time of day it is where you are. From some […]

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Vince Cable Likely New Lib Dem Leader

17th July 2017

Vince Cable, the likely new leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, has already set about giving interviews and making preparations for the official announcement of his leadership. In a recent interview with Andrew Marr he said he is “beginning to think Brexit may never happen,” and has said to the Guardian that “the Brexiteers are […]

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The State of British Tennis

14th July 2017

After Johanna Konta’s dismantling at the hands of Venus Williams on Sunday, no-one remains to fly the flag of Britain at what can be considered our home tournament. Historically, Brits have never had much success at Wimbledon, or any other grand slam for that matter. A former director of the British Lawn Tennis Association reckons it’s […]

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Social Mobility and The Class Divide Today

13th July 2017

The issues of class and social mobility are ones easily forgotten today. Politicians may have us believe we are living in a far more equal society than the one which existed 30 years ago, and we like to think generally that our country is one which is based on equal rights to opportunity; poverty is […]

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New Lion King Movie Has a Zazu

12th July 2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, late night TV host John Oliver will play the role of Zazu, the strict king’s adviser, in the new Lion King. He was originally voiced by Rowan Atkinson in the original film, which was released in 1994. John Oliver has done voice work before, in The Smurfs, the sequel (ew) […]

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Mental Health: Funding and Legislation Concerns

12th July 2017

Funding for mental health services and mental health issues generally came into the spotlight during the recent general election campaign. Each party included reference to mental health policies in their manifesto, and it appears to be an issue not only of growing concern but also one people have an increased awareness of. It is vital, […]

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Can Popular Capitalism Make a Comeback?

12th July 2017

Capitalism today is firmly in the hands of the few, not the many. Yet, Mrs Thatcher once preached capitalism as a “crusade to enfranchise the many in the economic life of the nation” and return “power to the people”. Her sentiments of the decentralisation of power to workers and ordinary citizens during the 1986 Conservative […]

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Stormzy is Person of the Year

12th July 2017

He just never stops being great, does he? Yes, the grime rapper and performer Stormzy has been made Person of the Year by the University of Oxford’s Afro-Caribbean society. He tweeted: Today I received the "Person Of The Year" Award from Oxford University ACS. Standing proud in a room full of young black Kings & […]

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Midweek Blues

12th July 2017

One day, they’ll be together. You ever have those friends you just can’t quite meet up with? Their schedule is a bit frantic, and their free time collides with your work time, or you have other plans? Well imagine that but on a 3-year basis. One couple, who met on Tinder back in 2014, has […]

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France To Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars by 2040

12th July 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s France is leading the world by example with regards to its stance on the importance of preserving the environment. This week, France announced that it would phase out coal-using power plants within the next five years and ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Countries such as India and Germany […]

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Mice That Can’t Smell Lose Weight Faster

12th July 2017

Your nose could be the thing preventing you from losing weight. A study has found that mice can lose or gain weight depending on how strong of a sense of smell they have. Groups of mice were all given the exact same high-fat diet but scientists found that the mice with an enhanced sense of […]

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Album Review: Grateful by DJ Khaled

12th July 2017

First came Shining, then I’m the One followed by Wild Thoughts, until eventually, on the 23rd of June, DJ Khaled’s first album of the year Grateful had received enough hype and was finally released. The American music producer worked with the likes of Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys to create […]

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Gluten Free People Cannot Eat the Flesh of Christ

12th July 2017

Bad news for celiac disease sufferers and anyone that chooses a gluten free diet – the Catholic Church has told its priests that all of the Holy Communion bread must contain some gluten in order to be truly holy. The bread can have a low gluten content but it must contain enough wheat to be […]

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‘A New Kind of Warframe’

12th July 2017

Titled Plains of Eidolon, Warframe’s next big update will take the fight to a more traditional MMO style of gameplay. Similar to the way Guild Wars did its questing, you will have free-roam of a totally open map, with numerous quest givers and creatures to interact with and maim in your preferred style. It looks […]

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Makes All the Money

11th July 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming released for us all to see this weekend and was predicted to be a big hit. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, the film has currently grossed $117 million in the US, which is in line with its predicted earnings but is still $30 million below the 2007 disappointment that was Spider-Man 3.  It’s pretty impressive by many accounts, […]

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Towel Trouble

11th July 2017

Everyone is watching Wimbledon at the moment, so maybe it wouldn’t be such a great idea to make yourself look like a complete tool, would it? Well, one bloke decided it would be a grand idea to make himself look like a complete idiot after he snatched a towel thrown into the crowd by Jack […]

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Crash Bandicoot’s Second Week in Charts

11th July 2017

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has retained its no.1 spot in the UK charts the week ending July 8th.  According to Chart-Track, no other PS4 title has managed to stay at the top spot for two weeks in a row since last year’s bore-fest that was Uncharted 4. Grand Theft Auto V is still in […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

10th July 2017

People who are only in their jobs for a power trip As teenagers, power isn’t something that necessarily comes with our part-time jobs. But for those older than us, power is often at the centre of their careers and, in many cases, their lives. In my humble opinion it’s not a good thing to be […]

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Restaurant Review: Mustang Sally

10th July 2017

Ouseburn Valley’s a curious place; a part of town that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Riddled with enigmas, in this funky valley nothing quite turns out to be what it purports to be: ‘The Biscuit Factory’ is an art gallery, the ‘Toffee Factory’ certainly doesn’t manufacture toffee and as for ‘Ouseburn Tower’: mate, my house […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Jane Eyre’

10th July 2017

The Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre has seen many film adaptations since its initial publishing in 1847. Perhaps best known is the 2006 BBC adaptation, which won three Emmys and was highly praised for how true it stayed to the original novel. The National Theatre production of the much-loved classic achieved a similar accomplishment, managing […]

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A Guide to: Uni Open Days

10th July 2017

With the summer now under way and exams put behind us (until August, that is), universities around the UK are opening their doors and inviting as many 16-and-17-year-olds as they can to come and visit. For someone with no experience of universities whatsoever until Year 12, I totally understand all of the confusion, apprehension and […]

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Review: Metrocentre Yo Sushi

10th July 2017

4/5 While on your travels in the Metrocentre, Gateshead, you will have seen Yo Sushi and will have undoubtedly wondered if it’s worth it and if you should try it. After all, sushi is a funny food and not something us Geordies are particularly acquainted with. The first thing to say about Yo Sushi is […]

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All are welcome at Bradley Lowery’s funeral

10th July 2017

Following the death of young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery on Friday, his family announced in a Facebook post that all are welcome at his funeral on Friday 14th July. Little Bradley, who was from Blackhall Colliery, passed away following a long fight with a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, which saw him form a close bond […]

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Dover: the Worst Town in Britain

6th July 2017

I tried to think of a pun out of the White Cliffs of Dover song. Nothing came of it. Imagine having your town described as the worst town in Britain. Just imagine this for a moment. You wake up, it’s a lovely sunny day, and you flick on the news or go to your preferred […]

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