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Roll on the Weekend

23rd June 2017

With Glastonbury upon us, there are a few things to be happy about… No more mud baths – the weather is looking good for the festival season this year. So no more sloshing around in puddles, and wrecking your new camping equipment you probably won’t take with you anyway. Plus, there’s nothing we Brits love […]

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Diablo 3 Necromancer Launches Soon

22nd June 2017

Next week, as a matter of fact. Yes, folks, the long-awaited character pack for Diablo 3 is finally here after a year or so of waiting. The DLC, titled Rise of the Necromancer will obviously contain the Necromancer class and will come out on 27th June, next week. The pack will be around £12.99 and […]

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Nintendo Address Switch Shortages

22nd June 2017

Nintendo recently apologised for ongoing Switch shortages in the US and have promised to increase the volume of units to meet the growing demand for the console. In a post on the Japanese site for Nintendo, translated by Google, they acknowledged that the Switch was still in short supply after its release in March. The […]

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First Look: Monster Hunter World Gameplay

21st June 2017

All aboard the hype train. Yes, we have our first look at actual gameplay from Monster Hunter: World. Livestreamed yesterday, we see a good 40 or so minutes of gameplay, hunting monsters and seeing this vibrant world that the developers at Capcom have put together. We see monsters interacting with each other, more than ever […]

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The Sales Are Coming

21st June 2017

Valve have confirmed. The sales are coming. PayPal recently announced on their Twitter that the annual summer sales done by Steam will be starting at the time of you reading this. There has been no end date for the sales, but it’s likely it’ll last for a few weeks. It’s official. The #SteamSummerSale starts 22/06 […]

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People are Annoyed

20th June 2017

In case you hadn’t realised, the people over at Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company, have shut down the modding tool OpenIV, which was used to power the majority of mods on PC for Grand Theft Auto V. Safe to say, however, it hasn’t gone over very well. At all. Although the company said that they […]

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Godzilla to Face ‘Classic Monsters’

20th June 2017

The next movie in the continuing saga of monster movies, after this year’s Kong: Skull Island, will be Godzilla 2, and will apparently feature some familiar monstery faces. The MonsterVerse started in 2014, with the promise of more movies in the same universe. The new synopsis for the next Godzilla movie has hinted at several […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

20th June 2017

What we can learn from Finsbury Park On Monday morning we woke up to the news that Muslims had been subjected to a vile terrorist attack by a lone wolf 47-year-old white man from Wales. He drove a white van into worshippers leaving their mosque in Finsbury Park, murdering one person and injuring ten others. […]

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E3 2017: The Final Hour

19th June 2017

What a week is has been. So many games, so many reveals, trailers, rumours, and more. But, what caught our eye the most? What grabbed us by the throat and said, you’re going to play us? Well, we collated the best of the trailers and reveals, and what we’re most excited about. Here they are. […]

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Frankie at his Best

19th June 2017

*LANGUAGE WARNING* We seldom see Frankie Boyle on TV anymore. Or at least, when we do it’s nothing worth shouting about. But, this weekend, on his BBC2 show New World Order, they got right into the meat of some of the most topical of subjects. From Trump’s continuing destruction of American democracy to Theresa May, […]

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One Nation Conservatism in a Nutshell

19th June 2017

For the last seven years, we’ve been governed by the Conservative and Unionist Party who follow an ideology of Conservatism. Some of the key concepts of Conservatism include a belief that some people are natural born leaders and others are not, an encouragement of property ownership and an emphasis on the need for rules and […]

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Ant McPartlin Goes Into Rehab

19th June 2017

Local star and much loved TV presenter Ant McPartlin has checked into rehab after becoming addicted to prescription drugs and suffering from a drink problem. The 41-year-old Geordie celeb apparently sobbed as he confessed that he was struggling to his wife and his TV partner Declan Donnelly. Now that he has come out into the […]

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Lily Allen Does Not Represent Us

19th June 2017

After the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, 32-year-old pop star Lily Allen has used her public platform to speak out about the neglect and greed that caused this disaster. On the surface, this all seems fine. After all, Lily Allen is a high profile celebrity with a huge social media following who comes from the […]

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Best New Music Releases (So Far)

19th June 2017

It’s around this time of year when the best summer tunes start coming out and this year we have some real feel-good, sunny music to enjoy all summer long. The last few days of the heatwave combined with the perfectly timed releases of music from the likes of DJ Khaled and Rihanna have made for […]

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Why Skittles Have Lost the Rainbow

16th June 2017

Ah, Skittles. The perfect shovelling food, for just grabbing fistfuls and munching them down as fast as possible. They’re sweet and I’m never sure if they taste any different to one another. However, this month, they’re abandoning their colours for a very good reason. If you weren’t aware, June is LGBT month, or as we […]

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E3 2017: The Gamening Pt 4

15th June 2017

We promise this is the last one. Maybe. In our final foray into the mess that is E3, we’re looking at Nintendo and seeing what they have on offer for their new console, the Switch.  From Mario to Pikachu, all the icons are here. Heck, even Metroid is getting a new game. Let’s start with […]

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She’s an Alien. It’s Confirmed.

15th June 2017

Do you ever think politicians are just… not normal? You have the odd exception like wor Jeremy, but even he can’t kick a ball. Jeremy Corbyn football fail #grassroots #labour #LabourManifesto #fail pic.twitter.com/6LGuCkw4G0 — Grumpy Git (@grumpymiddleage) May 27, 2017 I just don’t get it – do they all have severe social anxiety so they […]

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron Resigns

15th June 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron announced his shock resignation in a statement last night. Farron, who increased the number of seats belonging to the Liberal Democrats in this election from eight to 12, had come under fire during the election campaign for his views surrounding homosexuality and later his views on gay sex. In the […]

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Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

14th June 2017

3.5/5 Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is often described as a modern classic and, by many trusted sources of mine, described as a great novel. Naturally, hearing that this book was amazing made me excited to read it, but in the first 200 pages or so, I just didn’t get it. Things were fairly boring after […]

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E3 2017: The Gamening Pt 3

14th June 2017

We’re nearly done, I promise. Oh Ubi. You’re like that guy who always needs money to get home after a party, or can’t afford to pay for what you’ve just eaten so you scream “My dad works at Nintendo!”. We get it, guys, you want to be cool, what with your new political direction with […]

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Midweek Blues

14th June 2017

It’s been a crappy couple of weeks, hasn’t it? June, in particular, has been a bit awful. It seems to be every week something horrible happens. The heaviest hit being London in the UK. With the attack the other day, in which five people lost their lives and very recently, last night. Grenfell Tower went […]

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Plane

14th June 2017

People don’t realise how big of a deal concerts are. When was the last time you were at a gig and wondered how they got that there? How do they transport all of that equipment, and all the people required to use that equipment across the world in a matter of days sometimes? Well, it […]

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Times are Changing

13th June 2017

After Mr. President Orange pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord last week, calling it ‘very unfair to the United States’, artists known as Claire&Max have created a visualisation of what would happen if the world ignores the 2°C temperature rise. It’s… rather haunting. Entitled Two °C, it shows some of New York’s iconic streets […]

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Clap-back Queen

13th June 2017

*Some language* Few people can come close to the level of shade here. YouTuber Lilly Singh has been teaching ‘racist idiots’ a lesson in geography for everyone who says all Muslims are terrorists. She gives an example of some of the abuse she gets online, simply for being a different colour. The comment reads: “Go […]

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Your Dreams Explained

13th June 2017

Whenever you dream about something at night, it’s more often than not your subconscious mind’s way of trying to tell you something about your emotional or spiritual well being and many people find it helpful to use dream dictionaries or interpretations to help them make sense of what their brain is communicating. For most people, […]

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20 Miscellaneous Writing Prompts

13th June 2017

The summer holidays are coming up which means there’s endless amounts of time to write and maybe even crack on with that novel or blog you’ve been putting off. To give you some inspiration or ideas, here are 20 uncategorised writing prompts for you to use in anyway you want. 1- You dream about a […]

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E3 2017: The Gamening Pt 2

13th June 2017

It’s going to be Sony central for the next 300 words or so, then we’ll be getting controllers deep into the… surprisingly (?) okay Ubisoft presentation next time. So, buckle your respective safety gear, we goin’ in. Sony, it seems, now have a bar to set. Their conference last year was actually really damn good. […]

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E3 2017: The Gamening Pt 1

13th June 2017

Yeah it’s a dumb title, what’re you going to do? So, another year, another harrowing few days for the wallets and eyes of millions of gamers and consumers everywhere. From Bethesda to EA, we saw the tried and tested things like the newest Madden game coming this year, and FIFA, which looks the same as it […]

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The Cabinet Reshuffle Explained

12th June 2017

As a part of political tradition, whenever a new prime minister is elected, there’s a cabinet reshuffle. It basically means that the top government jobs – from secretary of state for health to education to work and pensions – are given to different people depending on what the new/re-elected prime minister thinks is best. This […]

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Top UK Politics Books

12th June 2017

If you’re looking for a tough but rewarding read this summer, you should look no further than the politics department in most bookshops. Politics books are a little tedious for some people, but if you love finding out everything there is to know about a person or an event, you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of these […]

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How To Avoid This Text Message Scam

12th June 2017

In recent years, scammers have used our reliance on mobile phones to their advantage, with SMS phishing (also known as smishing) posing a significant threat. According to a spokesman for the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, “They’ll send you a text message that asks you to reply with your personal or banking details, or to call or […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

12th June 2017

Young people and the election You might be sick of hearing about the election, but when the election has a direct link to you and your life, you might think differently. Lots of us on the ground expected young turnout in this election to be high: after all, Jeremy Corbyn is popular with the majority […]

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Tory Twitter Responses to the PM

12th June 2017

After massively screwing up what should have been the easiest Conservative Party landslide since Thatcher, Theresa May is receiving mixed responses from members of her party. Naturally, many Tories are beginning to question whether or not the PM’s influence is diminishing and Leave voters are worried that her authority has been undermined too much to […]

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Fancy A Role in Fantastic Beasts 2?

12th June 2017

Calling all aspiring actors! Anyone ever tell you you look like a young Albus Dumbledore, Leta Lestrange or Newt Scamander? Well, now that slightly weird observation will come in handy for you as five new roles are up for grabs for 13-16 year olds who want to play the young versions of the main cast. […]

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Theresa Mayhem

9th June 2017

Yes, it happened. Theresa May has failed to win a Conservative majority and has thus failed in her aim to “strengthen” her hand in the Brexit negotiations. By all means, she has weakened her hand in these negotiations as EU leaders will see her as weak – certainly weaker than the “bloody difficult woman” her campaign […]

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Gambling on Gambit

8th June 2017

Oh Gambit. Your character was ruined in X-Men Origins and since then we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of you. Things did look hopeful for a little bit. Original director Doug Liman said to IGN, “It’s a crowded field of superhero films so the challenge for Gambit or any of those other movies is finding […]

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Plus-Sized Models Good for Mental Health

8th June 2017

Who would’ve thought? Oh wait, everyone. As if that needed to be said. Yep, according to researchers at the Florida State University, women experience a boost in their psychological health after seeing realistic body shapes and sizes, rather than underweight models. The researchers recruited 49 women, all wanting to lose weight. These women were then […]

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Don’t Mess with the Future

8th June 2017

Seriously, look what happened to The Terminator. As you are probably well aware, today is voting day for the UK. Where we’ll chose between the pool of parties that have put forward their ideas, and cases for why they should lead. But let’s be real: there are only two parties that actually matter. Those led […]

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Sony’s Poster Boy

7th June 2017

Literally, he’s on a huge poster. As is tradition in the lead-up to E3, people have been spotting giant posters being put up all around LA, where the event is held. First, we had Battlefront 2 taking up three massive walls: Done!!! Who's ready for E3? And who am I gonna see at EAplay?? @eastarwars […]

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Midweek Blues

7th June 2017

You know, for all the pressure and debating and fighting, I quite like election season. Some quality things happen that otherwise wouldn’t. Corbyn ate a Pringle, which everyone went mad for, one of our very own writers got the political equivalent of a shoutout at Corbyn’s public talk on Sunday, and, well, Theresa May made […]

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Horizon Zero Dawn Passes 3.4m Sales

6th June 2017

Sony’s favourite redheaded robot hunter has been riding the train straight to cash town. Guerrilla Games, the guys behind Killzone, have recently reached a rather large milestone with their newest title, Horizon Zero Dawn. The game was released in February, and has since done incredibly well on the PS4. It has been a slow burn […]

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New Overwatch Map is on the Moon

6th June 2017

After a few weird tweets from the Overwatch Twitter, it has finally been revealed that there is another brand new map being added. This time, it’s in orbit. Yep, we’re going to the Moon. The Horizon Lunar Colony map is now available on the PTR, and there was a small blurb explaining what the map is: “Built […]

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Wonder Woman Triumphs at Box Office

6th June 2017

After some rather disappointing movies at the box office, we finally have something to rave about. The latest US box office figures are in, and Wonder Woman, helmed by someone who knows how to direct (sorry Snyder), has topped the charts with $100 million on its first weekend. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot and […]

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Nier Reaches New Milestone

6th June 2017

After a few months in the wide world of the Steam market and PS4 store, Nier Automata, by Platinum Games, has finally reached 1.5 million sales, after being released way back when in March. It was a cool, meta, bullet-hell/hack ‘n’ slash, cute anime, existential crisis simulator. Literally everyone in this game is attractive. The two antagonists? Hot […]

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Huge budget cuts for local schools if Tories elected

6th June 2017

Local schools are to lose huge amounts of funding if the Conservatives are re-elected on 8th June. A funding calculator, which can be accessed here, allows you to find your school and see the difference in funding depending on which political party wins the election. It shows that schools like Thorp Academy in Ryton, St […]

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You Have to Love the UK

6th June 2017

You know, it’s been an odd few weeks. Two attacks in such a short space of time is enough to get anyone a bit down. But you know what? We aren’t about that. If something happens to us, we take it in our stride and make something out of it. We combat problems with the […]

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The Tories are NOT our Friends

6th June 2017

Yesterday I attended the Jeremy Corbyn rally at the Sage Gateshead in the pouring rain. It was inspiring. Jeremy Corbyn is the first leader in a long time to acknowledge properly that England goes as far north as Gateshead – and used his unique ability to unite people to gather a 4,000-strong crowd on the […]

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Corbyn Draws Thousands to Gateshead Rally

6th June 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday drew a crowd of around 4,000 supporters to a rally in Gateshead. Noticeably, many young people attended the rally at the Sage and it became a popular topic. Most speakers addressed the topic of young people and politics the event, including Mr Corbyn himself. Former MP for Blaydon Dave Anderson spoke particularly […]

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Peter Sallis Dies Age 96

6th June 2017

Well, that sucks. Best known for his roles in Last of the Summer Wine and as the voice of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit, Peter Sallis passed away yesterday surrounded by family, his agent confirmed. Sallis played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg, for all 295 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine, from the first episode in […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

5th June 2017

Terrorism It’s been a general election campaign we will never forget. Why? Because we have lost twenty-nine innocent people during its course due to terrorism. Today, campaigning resumes and I am off out to see Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speak in Gateshead. It may seem like we’ve “moved on” or “forgotten”, but it must be […]

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