Not So Fergalicious

19th February 2018

Performing the national anthem is a pretty big deal. Completely botching it up in front of millions of people and a stadium full of football fans is also a big deal. Sorry, Fergie. We aren’t ones for gossip or trash talking, but who thought it was a good idea to get Fergie, the lady who […]

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FA Cup Action

19th February 2018

This weekend we had some more action from the FA Cup as we head into the fifth round of the coveted trophy. Leicester City beat championship side Sheffield United 1-0 with a goal from Jamie Vardy in the 66th minute at the King Power Stadium. Chelsea had a dominant performance against Hull City beating the […]

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Emma Watson Steps Up

19th February 2018

Emma Watson has donated a massive £1 million to a new campaign aimed at helping those affected by harassment in the workplace. The donation comes as more than 200 British and Irish female stars have signed an open letter calling for an end to harassment in the workplace. Emma Thompson and Keira Knightly are among […]

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Uni fees to vary

19th February 2018

Education secretary Damien Hinds has said more variety is needed in university pricing. The idea behind this is that tuition fees should reflect the degree’s value ‘to society as a whole and to our economy for the future’. This would presumably lead to a reduction in fees for certain uni courses and lessen student debts. […]

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Baftas: The Biggest Winners

19th February 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the top prizes at last night’s Baftas, winning five trophies. The drama won the trophies for best film, best British film and best actress for leading lady Frances McDormand. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the 2018 #BAFTAs.https://t.co/I8MlzDyeAG pic.twitter.com/uLegqzIok5 — IGN (@IGN) February 19, […]

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Marvel’s daddy issues

19th February 2018

So I saw Black Panther. Rather than lengthen an already gruelling month of reviews, I thought I’d pinpoint a trend I’ve noticed in Marvel’s recent output. Without spoiling it, Black Panther has, amongst many motifs, a pervasive theme of dealing with a father’s failures. And T’Challa isn’t alone in the MCU with his daddy issues. […]

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Last Minute Revision Crash Course

19th February 2018

As somebody who leaves most things in life until the last minute, I am very experienced in the art of last minute revision. Yeah it’s not ideal and I don’t deny that it’s better and far less stressful to revise over a few weeks rather than the night before, but we’ve all been in this situation before. During my […]

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TV Review: The Fall

18th February 2018

4.5/5 Crime and thriller TV series are some of the most successful in the world. Broadchurch, Silent Witness and Breaking Bad are some of the most popular, and the best. But some of them have been absolute flops, trying to fit in with the trend and utterly failing to do so. The Fall is the […]

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Film review: Phantom Thread

17th February 2018

When I heard Daniel Day-Lewis had done a movie about sewing, my Oscar-bait senses lit up like a switchboard. No movie has been so clearly directed at the Academy since Eddie Redmayne dressed as a trans-woman for whatever that movie was called. Phantom Thread tells the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis), a couturier (someone who […]

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Tambor ‘Disappointed’ Over Amazon Investigation

17th February 2018

Jeffrey Tambor has revealed he is ‘extremely disappointed’ in Amazon’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations against him. The company confirmed that he would not be returning to reprise his role in Transparent after it concluded an internal investigation. The allegations were made last year, by Tambor’s personal assistant and a co-star on the show. […]

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Grenfell: Don’t Forget About Us

16th February 2018

Three huge billboards have been sighted, demanding justice for the victims of last years deadly Grenfell Tower fire, driven by campaigners. Group Justice 4 Grenfell hired the three vans with the words: ’71 dead. And still no arrests? How come?’ The banners were inspired by those that feature in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, […]

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Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Save Lives

16th February 2018

A student who survived the massacre in Parkland Florida has spoken out about what needs to change, saying ‘thoughts and prayers’ aren’t needed. Action is. An expelled student opened fire in a school in Parkland Florida on Wednesday, using an AR-15 to gun down 17 people, including students and faculty. One student, David Hogg, used […]

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Not this time Taylor

16th February 2018

A phrase that was apparently coined by Taylor Swift in her song ‘Shake It Off’ has been deemed ‘too banal’ to be copyrighted, a US court judge has ruled. Judge Michael W Fitzgerald made the comments while dismissing a case against Taylor Swift. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued the Reputation star last year, […]

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People Really Hate the New Snapchat

16th February 2018

In what is probably the biggest first world issue we’ll cover this week; one million people have signed a petition for Snapchat to roll back their update. The changes were made to separate people stories from branded content like news and celebrities. Founder of the photo-sharing app Evan Spiegel wrote in a blog post that […]

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Dead Space On The House!

15th February 2018

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than wandering through one of EA’s best horror games to date. Dead Space is free for a limited time! Published by the now axed Visceral Games, Dead Space was a surprisingly good game, released way back in 2009 for Xbox 360 and PS3. It consisted of you pushing […]

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USA: Another Shooting in Florida

15th February 2018

At least 17 people have been killed in a school shooting in Florida after an expelled student opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland. The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled. He escaped with fleeing students but is now in custody. As the attack unfolded, students were urged […]

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Incredibles 2 Olympics Sneak Peek!

15th February 2018

Mr Incredible is a stay at home in the upcoming movie, while Elastigril gets thrust back into the limelight in the newest Incredibles 2 trailer! Yes, The Incredibles 2 is headed to big screens in summer and it seems like things are getting shaken up. Elastigirl is headed out to be the hero for a change, leaving […]

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Inquiry into Nelly Sexual Allegations

14th February 2018

Claims that RnB artist Nelly sexually assaulted a fan in the UK at a gig, have been reported to the police and are under investigation. Allegedly, the attack occurred after a show at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on 5th December last year. An Essex Police spokesperson said the service had started the investigation after a […]

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Valentine’s on a Budget

14th February 2018

Valentine’s Day is used to sell cards and chocolate. It’s marketed to young adults as a chance to shower their loved one in gifts. So, here’s what you can do on a student’s budget. We’ll start with food. People make a big deal over where you go to eat, with numerous restaurants boasting Valentine’s Day […]

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Midweek Blues

14th February 2018

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. A story about Pope Francis swept people up this week. But here’s what really happened. An image of the Pope holding hands with a girl with Down Syndrome has been doing the rounds on the internet this week. The story the internet has spun however is slightly […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

13th February 2018

Stuff is getting seriously real Hello, happy half-term and all that jazz. If you know me, you know that in real life the ‘stuff’ in the heading of this piece is not what I’d say in person, so read between the lines and pretend this is a conversation. Now that we’ve got the issue of […]

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Film review: Get out

13th February 2018

Get Out was very much the surprise hit of 2017. Director Jordan Peele plucked himself out of comedy world and threw himself headlong into the horror genre with dizzying success. Not only that, the film is now nominated for Best Picture, director and actor at the Academy awards; in a series of commendations that have […]

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Weird Interview Questions: SpaceX Edition

13th February 2018

Job interviews are the worst. In a small time period, you have to prove to a complete stranger why you’re better than the other complete strangers who also want the job. The nerves, the interview etiquette and the fear of the unknown all make interviews one of the most uncomfortable parts of modern life. Usually, […]

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A week in mild amusement

13th February 2018

Brexit stage right Theresa May is to give a speech outlining the ‘road to Brexit’. Until now, I had just assumed that phrase was a more desolate sequel to AC/DC’s Highway to hell. A photo emerged that looks like either the smuggest ever lineup of Take Me Out or the same person at different points in […]

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Cape Town – Tip of the Iceberg

13th February 2018

Cape Town is soon to become the first major city to face the very real threat of running out of drinking water. What we bet you didn’t know, however, is that there are a few other major cities that are rapidly approaching the same position. Here are four major cities you probably didn’t think are […]

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How Students Can Strike Too

13th February 2018

Staff in 61 UK universities plan to strike for a total of 14 days over proposed pension changes which will leave the average lecturer £200,000 worse off over the course of their retirement. Rather than having a guaranteed income in retirement, Universities UK (UUK) plan to vary staff pensions depending on changes in the stock […]

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Peter Rabbit Boycotted

13th February 2018

Of all the movies we thought would get boycotted, we really didn’t think it’d be Peter Rabbit. Allergy sufferers are appalled. The scene in question shows a gang of rabbits pelting blackberries off of someone who suffers from an allergy. In a joint statement, Sony Pictures and the filmmakers said ‘they should not have made […]

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Review: Sofar Secret Gigs

12th February 2018

Attending secret gigs is everything for music lovers. Being aware of the intimacy and ‘exclusivity’ at such performances is undoubtedly appealing. Perhaps it reflects a more selfish human trait, in that some people are forbidden and it feels more of a privilege to be there. Introducing Sofar Sounds I had never heard about it on […]

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This week in football

12th February 2018

This weekend the Premier League started with the North London derby. The game ended withSpurss managing to grab the win with a goal from Harry Kane in the 49th minute. Kane still stands the Premier League top goalscorer with 23 goals so far this season. Everton managed to come out on top over Crystal Palace. […]

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Should Non-Black People watch Black Panther?

12th February 2018

Film and television have always been dominated by white actors. Characters that should really be portrayed by black/Hispanic/Arabic etc people have been inappropriately handed to white actors. Now that the general public is savvier to the film industry’s attempts to ‘whitewash’ everything, there is a huge demand for more diversity in movies, and roles to […]

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Film review: Dunkirk

10th February 2018

Who would have predicted Harry Styles would be in your dad’s favourite movie of the year? It’s weird to think that Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s first Oscar nomination for directing. Ever since his landing craft touched down in Roswell and he began producing human movies, he’s been fantastic. He’s even kept to genre sci-fi films […]

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Venom: First Official Trailer

9th February 2018

Finally, after months of waiting, we have the first teaser of Venom, starring Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed, by Sony. Sony still owns the rights to many of Spider-Man’s villains, so naturally, they were going to make a spin-off at some point. This first one in a line of spin-offs, Venom is scheduled for release […]

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Man Loses it After Truth About Tea

9th February 2018

Someone was horrified to learn that Yorkshire Tea © is not actually grown in Yorkshire. It is in fact grown in Africa and India. A shocking revelation. Every nation has their stereotypes. The French eat frogs, Italy has a never-ending supply of pasta and us Brits bloody love a cup of tea. Doesn’t matter what […]

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It’s All Kicking off in Stockport

9th February 2018

A lollipop man has been banned from high fiving school children as they cross the road. Parents are livid. Colin Spencer has worked as a lollipop man for St George’s Primary in Heavily, Greater Manchester for 14 years. The 83-year-old has been told to stop with the high-fives and ‘concentrate on ensuring highway safety’. Oh, […]

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Fifty Shades Worse Than the Last One

9th February 2018

In a move literally everyone saw coming, Fifty Shades Freed has been panned as the worst of the bunch in the raunchy series. We wish we could even say it was raunchy. Most of the bits that are supposed to be tongue in cheek and sexy come off as uncomfortable and weird. It would appear […]

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School Anti-Obesity Plans ‘Don’t Work’

9th February 2018

School run programmes to help kids eat healthier and combat obesity are unlikely to have any lasting effect, so says the British Medical Journal. More than 600 pupils took part in a 12-month programme to combat obesity. The study found that there were no improvements in the children’s diet or activity levels. They also said […]

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Movies This Month

9th February 2018

Better late than never eh? Yes, this month we have the likes of Black Panther, Cloverfield and even a Peter Rabbit reboot. Starting chronologically, what’s coming to theatres on 9th February? For starters, we have the panned Fifty Shades Freed movie, the last instalment in the Fifty Shades series. Thank heavens. Watch as two actors […]

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Film review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

8th February 2018

Is it just me that thinks, if a film has an annoyingly long title, it’s probably good? It implies confidence that you’ll remember the film regardless. That’s why The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro was so good… right? Explicit warning for the trailer. In Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri‘s case, that confidence is warranted. […]

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Jumanji is Now The Rock’s Biggest Movie

7th February 2018

If you’d have said Jumanji would have made more money than The Last Jedi we’d have called you crazy. Well. We’re about to eat some words. Sony’s Jumanji: Enter The Jungle left audiences and critics alike dumbfounded as if smashed the box office over the holiday season. It is now a smash hit for the […]

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Tesco to Pay £4bn in Equal Pay Claim

7th February 2018

Tesco is facing Britain’s largest ever equal pay claim, brought forward by Leigh Day. It could have a potential bill of £4bn for the company. Thousands of women across the UK who work for the supermarket giant could receive a back pay of approximately £20,000 if the legal challenge is successful. Lawyers have confirmed that […]

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Fake Tan: Dos and Don’ts

7th February 2018

Whether you’re going for a ‘regular bronze’, ‘toffee’ or ‘after dark’ shade of fake tan, you’ve got to be careful. Not only do you have to worry about the shade, you need to consider the application process and the cost of your new skin tone too. That’s why we’ve put together this nifty little guide […]

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Charts and That

7th February 2018

Welcome back to Charts and That, where we have a gander at what the general public has been watching, listening to and playing. This week we have The Greatest Showman, Monster Hunter and Drake leading the lists. This week, we’ll start with movies. The Greatest Showman is on top this week, after Coco’s brief time […]

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Uma Thurman Still Hurting Over Crash

7th February 2018

Quentin Tarantino has said that allowing Uma Thurman to drive a car which crashed on set is ‘one of the biggest regrets of my life’. He said that they had driven the car one way, but in the shot, had told her to drive another way. He said he didn’t realise there was a twist […]

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The Suffragette Movement

6th February 2018

Yesterday marked a very special one in history: it was 100 years since some women in Britain were given the right to vote. Up until the 1918 Representation of the People Act, women could not vote at all. Some men were entitled to vote, though not a majority, like we see today. But women’s access […]

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Uni Struggles: Weird Habits

6th February 2018

What will strike you the most about living in student halls is other people’s routines and lifestyles. We’re all different and come from a whole variety of backgrounds but this is amplified when you’re all living in such close proximity. The way some people choose to live can sometimes shock you or you may even […]

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Valentine’s Burger Anyone?

6th February 2018

I am astounded and perplexed. But at the same time intrigued by a McDonald’s Valentine’s Day. Sort of. If you happen to be one of the many people who use Valentine’s Day for seeing your partner and spending romantic time with them maybe avoid this next bit. McDonald’s is offering, around this lovey-dovey season, a […]

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A week in mild amusement

6th February 2018

Don’t put mash with bangers, I heard you say Parklife festival in Manchester has officially banned potato peelers because of Liam Gallagher. The crumpled, squinting mumble factory encouraged fans to ‘peel spuds’ at his gigs last year after taking issue with elements of his brother Noel’s performance on Jools Holland. Parklife decided it was not […]

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Dear Doritos…

5th February 2018

It seems as if the universe is pulling some kind of April Fool’s joke. Well, Doritos – not the universe. And in February. Doritos announced that they are to launch a version of their crisps for women. It will be specifically designed so that the packet can fit into a handbag and so the tortilla […]

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Meditations on Valentine’s Day

5th February 2018

Valentine’s Day is becoming an increasingly controversial holiday with regards to the secular population who celebrate it. There is a culture of pressure surrounding it for many people, irrespective of their relationship status, and what exactly for? Geoffrey Chaucer and his inner circle made Valentine’s Day a ‘thing’ for lovers. It has always been special […]

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Super Bowl – Biggest Trailers

5th February 2018

Oh boy, there are so many films coming out this year. Like every year, the biggest films have saved the sweet stuff for the Super Bowl. There are about four worth noting, so we’ll start with the biggest. We see the first footage of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story movie. The movie, as […]

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