A Spotlight on Sampha

20th September 2017

As many of you may know, Sampha recently won the Hyundai Mercury Prize for his album Process. The show was hosted by Lauren Laverne of BBC Music and Idris Elba. Sampha dedicated the award to his parents and thanked the judges. But what got him to that award and why is it so incredible that […]

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England beats Russia in Qualifiers

20th September 2017

Yes, England has begun their journey to the World Cup by decimating Russia 6-0 in their first game. Goal scorers were Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Jordan Nobbs, Toni Duggan and Lucy Bronze. Russia played the game with 10 players, as Ksenia Tsybutovich was shown a yellow card on the half-hour mark for a handball. England […]

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Midweek Blues

20th September 2017

This one is a little heavy. As many of you know, Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington took his own life a few months ago. It was a massive blow to everyone in various circles. From those who worked closely with him, to chumps like me who listened to that music when nothing else seemed […]

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Laugh or You’ll Cry

20th September 2017

Yesterday, Trump spoke at the UN about many things. From labelling the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as ‘Rocket Man’, to threatening to destroy the country should it keep testing missiles. But no one applauded. No one laughed. There was a silence in that room that was only just overcome by the sheer stupidity of […]

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Young man sits with placard bearing the message "I'm not leaving"

The Young People’s Price

20th September 2017

It is a sad fact that many young people who didn’t vote are b****d at the result of the referendum. What’s done is done, so we’re now left to navigate our lives in seemingly much more difficult circumstances, as the UK distances itself from the continent. It would feel ‘right honourable’ to tell you everything […]

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False-ish Alarm

20th September 2017

  We recently informed you of the ‘suspicious package’ found on the M1, causing major disruption part of one of the UK’s most important motorways. We’re glad to inform you that the incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack, although it remains a mystery as to how it got there. Police say the yellow […]

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Travel Tips for People with Anxiety

20th September 2017

For many people, travelling is a frightening and daunting thing to do – especially alone. Whether it’s on the train, a bus or in a taxi, travelling is often stressful and filled with endless possibilities. So if you are one of the many people who gets nervous when travelling anywhere alone, these tried and tested […]

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Rio Ferdinand Wants to Box?

20th September 2017

Yep, you heard that right. Rio Ferdinand wants to become a boxer at age 38 after taking up the sport to continue to stay fit after retiring from football and as an outlet for grief after the death of his wife. He is being filmed training for a documentary series and will hopefully have his […]

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Women’s Bobsleigh to Lose Funding

19th September 2017

British Bobsleigh is set to withdraw its funding for the women’s team, just five months before the winter Olympics. One of the top female drivers has spoken about her reaction. Mica McNeill said she was ‘gutted and shocked’ to be told by her bosses that there was no more money to spend on the team […]

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‘Suspicious Package’ Found on M1

19th September 2017

The M1 has been closed in both directions after a ‘suspicious object’ was found underneath a bridge, between Northampton and junction 14 for Milton Keynes. Bomb disposal units have been photographed at the scene and Highways England has posted diversions, however, it is still unclear when the road will reopen. National Express has added 45 […]

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Nerf Darts Hurt. Who Knew?

19th September 2017

Doctors have warned of serious eye injury if you get hit in the eye with a Nerf dart, London eye hospital have said.  This comes as they recently treated three people with internal bleeding around the eye after they were shot in the face with Nerf guns. Hasbro does warn to not aim the guns […]

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The Great Movie Divide

19th September 2017

Jennifer Lawrence’s newest movie, mother! has been getting some rather strong reactions from audiences who were really confused by the movie. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie follows the story of a couple who face some weird stuff after the arrival of some strangers in their home. It opened on Friday last week but didn’t […]

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Genuine Apology or Just a Formality?

19th September 2017

You all remember Hetty Douglas- the girl who took a sneaky picture of a group of scaffolders and put the picture on Instagram with the caption “these guys look like they got 1 GCSE”? Well, she has decided to do the right thing and post an apology/explanation of her actions on her website. It’s worth […]

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Liars and Hypocrites

19th September 2017

The claim the leave campaign made last year that the NHS would receive an extra £350 million a week if we were to leave the EU, was, is and always will be, bogus. Many have accepted this as fact by now, but not, it appears, has Boris Johnson. He repeated the figure in a recent […]

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Lady Gaga Postpones Tour

18th September 2017

31-year-old performer Lady Gaga has pulled her European tour on doctors’ orders, after being admitted to hospital with chronic pain. The singer suffers from fibromyalgia which causes widespread pain all over the body and an increased sensitivity to pain. In a lengthy Instagram post, she explained why she was pulling the tour. To my fans, […]

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Gay Culture Became a Meme

18th September 2017

So, one question on everyone’s mind is this. What is gay culture? What is it defined by? Is it how amazing your brows are? How many years you spent in the closet. How many people you had to lie to? Or is that too real? Well, Twitter has all the answers. As always. Gay culture […]

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PUBG Sets Record for Most Players

18th September 2017

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has completely surprised us all. It started relatively small time with a few people streaming in in its earliest stages, but the momentum behind it has been unstoppable. It has now been confirmed that it is the most played game on Steam ever, with a record of 1,348,374 players. This beats Valve’s […]

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Trump’s Downfall

18th September 2017

It would appear the crown is slipping from the clown’s head. Cast your mind back to the election last year in the US. Trump’s supporters were almost venomously aggressive when it came to Hilary Clinton’s emails and building a big old wall on the Mexican border. They helped a man with zero political experience run […]

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Wayne Rooney Admits Drink Driving

18th September 2017

The former captain of England’s football team has appeared in court and admitted he was driving under the influence. He was arrested in Wilmslow, Cheshire on September 1st. The 31-year-old has been banned from driving for two years and issued a court order to do 100 hours of unpaid work, over a 12-month period. He […]

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The Emmy Awards 2017

18th September 2017

The 69th Emmy awards happened this weekend, airing on CBS and hosted by Stephen Colbert. It was a rather special occasion with many incredibly talented people being recognised for their outstanding work. Even Sean Spicer turned up, which is especially on the nose considering Melissa McCarthy was there. And he’s a suspected white supremacist sympathiser and […]

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Charts and That

18th September 2017

Hello, there and welcome back to our weekly chart segment! The charts have changed! Somewhat! Let’s look at games first this time. Some stuff has changed with some new contenders: Destiny 2 NBA 2K18 Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Fallout 4 Uncharted: Lost Legacy Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Grand Theft Auto V Metroid: Samus Returns […]

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Lib Dem Leader For Next PM?

18th September 2017

I know we’re in the period of saying that anything is possible when it comes to politics, but the new(ish) Lib Dem leader Vince Cable has gone too far. In an interview on Sunday, Cable said that it is “perfectly plausible” that he could be the next PM, despite the fact that in June’s general […]

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Stolen Pancakes = Best Voicemail Ever

18th September 2017

What happens when your mum buys 5 pancakes and you eat them all to yourself? Well, you might receive a voicemail that sounds a bit like the one 18-year-old Jack Leyton-Smith’s mum sent him: Mums raging bc I ate all the pancakes HAHAHAHA pic.twitter.com/l23INljptw — j. (@itsJackM8) September 15, 2017 This is exactly the type […]

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iPhone X – Release Date, Price, Features

17th September 2017

If you’re a fan of Apple, you’ll be pleased to know that the company has just revealed a brand new iPhone design – the ‘iPhone X.’ X standing for ‘exclusive’, Apple is aiming to bring something new and exciting to the market. But, you’re probably wondering what makes it so special. Well, unlike the other […]

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UK to supply Qatar with fighter jets

17th September 2017

The British government has signed a letter of intent with Qatar to supply the nation with 24 Eurofighter jets in a trade worth billions of dollars. Eurofighter Typhoon jets are claimed to be “the world’s most advanced combat aircraft” and don’t come cheap, hence why the government and technology defence giant BAE Systems have jumped […]

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Today, I Discovered Life Isn’t Fair

17th September 2017

Today, I was informed that “life isn’t fair” by a senior member of a local institution whose responsibilities are supposed to include ensuring inclusion and equal opportunities for young people. “Wow!” I thought when this amazing new revelation was sprung upon me, “Life really isn’t fair at all! What a great reason to do unfair […]

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Nintendo Direct: Mario Got Topless

15th September 2017

That is not something I ever thought I’d say. A new trailer for the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey came out at the Nintendo Direct briefing. That is sort of newsworthy by itself. It’s one of the biggest Mario titles in a while and a bunch of people are excited to play it. The crux of […]

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Dogs Solve Everything

15th September 2017

A student asked her professor if she could bring her dog to her final class before Hurricane Irma hit, to make a quick exit to Atlanta and beat the storm traffic. Jessica Lewis emailed her tutor saying, ‘I thought you might actually be a cool teacher’ and the teacher’s response was brilliant. Student Begs Professor […]

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Grenfell Tower Inquiry Launched

15th September 2017

An inquiry into the horrible events of Grenfell Tower has been officially launched. According to Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the inquiry will bring ‘solace’ to the victims of the fire. He also said he would ‘not shrink’ from seeing it through to a civil or criminal prosecution. He did, however, reject calls for survivors to be […]

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Hellboy Finds Japanese-American Actor

14th September 2017

Japanese-American actor Daniel Dae Kim has been confirmed to play the character Major Ben Daimino in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. Last month, Ed Skrein dropped out of the role, after accusations of whitewashing. He stepped down from the role so that it could be filled with the appropriate actor. It's official. #Hellboy https://t.co/kG1HQdGyRt — Daniel […]

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GOT Getting Multiple Endings

14th September 2017

HBO’s President of Programming has said that even the stars won’t know how this journey will end. Multiple endings have been confirmed to stop story leaks for the final episode. Speaking at a US college, Casey Bloys said: ‘I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody […]

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National Seatbelt Campaign

14th September 2017

We all know just how important it is to wear a seatbelt while driving, or while a passenger in a car, but not everyone seems to abide by this law quite as strictly as they should. So, to encourage the proper use of seatbelts, for both adults and children, police across Durham and Cleveland are […]

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Book Review: The Karamazov Brothers

14th September 2017

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s final novel is something to behold. Bizarrely readable – considering not only the time it was written but also the sheer length – it paints a vivid picture of the eponymous brother’s lives’. The story is bounding and broad, expanding to encompass most of the town in which the story takes place. The […]

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Patty Jenkins To Direct Wonder Woman 2

14th September 2017

Patty Jenkins, the woman behind this year’s best DC movie, will return for the second Wonder Woman film in 2019. She is now the highest grossing female Hollywood director in history. Israeli actress Gal Gadot will also return for the sequel after blowing critics and audiences away with her performance as the Amazonian woman herself. […]

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Stars Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

14th September 2017

A huge number of stars have come together to raise money for the victims of hurricane’s Irma and Harvey. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Willis and more all helped with telethons in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. There were also performances from Demi Lovato and Usher. Hurricane Irma has been blamed for […]

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Fired but now hired

13th September 2017

After the whole L’Oreal debacle, Munroe Bergdorf has been hired by Illamasqua, a makeup and modelling company. In response to the model being dropped by L’Oreal, the agency wrote on Twitter: ‘As a longstanding Illamasqua collaborator, we are angered to hear that Munroe Bergdorf has been dropped from the L’Oreal True Match Campaign. Illamasqua is […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

13th September 2017

Suicide prevention Warning: this column discusses issues surrounding suicide that some readers may find distressing It’s not a particularly light topic to be discussing in the second column of Year 13, but it is one that needs to be addressed. Suicide is one of humanity’s biggest killers, yet it is also one of the issues […]

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Come On Aileen

13th September 2017

While hurricanes rage through the US, we Brits were also taken by storm (literally) this week. And yay her name was: Storm Aileen. This was the first ‘big’ storm the UK faced this season, hence the name. It looked big from the news, however, when it came down to it, I think we’re all going […]

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Midweek Blues

13th September 2017

Bake Off is the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it? The amount of innuendo crammed into the highly British show at one time is wonderful, yet highly wholesome. Well, this week, contestant Julia Chernogorova got a little bit carried away when creating her ‘Snail Under a Mushroom’ sculpture for bread week. Safe to say, […]

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Boy That’s Nasty

13th September 2017

Quick warning, this article is a bit gross. A solid mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies oil and condoms has blocked an East London sewer. The blockage formed in the Victorian-era tunnel in Whitechapel. Thames Water has described the blockage as the biggest they have ever seen and could take three weeks to remove. […]

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5 Reasons to Watch BoJack Horseman

13th September 2017

As you may have read or watched, BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s very own alcoholic horse returned for his fourth season last week. Now, did I watch it within a day? Yes. Was it good? Yes. But instead of reviewing it, we’re going to go through a short list of the main reason to watch the show. […]

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Last Jedi Director Won’t Direct Episode IX

13th September 2017

It was announced last week that the director for Star Wars Episode IX was no longer attached to the project. Director Colin Trevorrow has left the movie and it’s now up in the air as to who is going to replace him. It was reported that Episode VIII director would take over, however, he has […]

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PewDiePie’s Response

13th September 2017

This will be the second time he’s had to do this in a year. Yesterday, we ran a story saying how one of the most popular YouTubers on the site had said possibly the worst word he could live on stream. Well, today, he has come up with a response. I’m a little surprised to […]

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Brexit Chaos

13th September 2017

A fact which is abundantly clear to most who follow the news is that the current political climate is chaotic, to say the least. Brexit is looming large in the headlines day after day, and no one seems able to agree on what the way forward should be. This fact is a dangerous one, one […]

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Halloween At Beamish Museum

12th September 2017

Though we’re not yet into October, many of us are already thinking about Halloween and the exciting events that we can all get involved in. But, before you fill your calendar up with all sorts of crazy events, make sure you check out what Beamish Museum has to offer this Halloween. For only £14 per […]

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Free Health Checks For Over 40s

12th September 2017

If you’re unaware that you’re at risk of a certain disease or illness, such as a heart attack or stroke, you probably won’t go out of your way to get what you believe would be an unnecessary check-up However, it is important to have regular health check-ups, especially if you’re over 40. Hence, why the […]

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This Is Too Weird

12th September 2017

The following article will be a tad weird, so bear with us. Ted Cruz, the Republican Senator, has appeared to have done something a bit dim. Like many places on the internet, you can simply find anything through searching a few keywords. It would seem Ted has done just this, as he (maybe?) accidentally liked […]

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Destiny 2 Passes 1M Players

12th September 2017

Looks like that trailer wasn’t just for show, huh? Bungie’s looter-shooter Destiny 2 has been crushing it this past week. From the strong slate of positive reviews to its now recorded 1.2 million concurrent users over PS4 and Xbox One. The developer reported the number on Twitter, which is very impressive for a game that’s […]

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What’s wrong with open-top bus?

12th September 2017

If you’re looking for an underwhelming story about bus drama, look no further. Mendip Mule Motorbus, a bus company based on the Devon and Dorset coast, has had to axe its open top bus service after objection and abuse from residents. Some residents of the area began to park their cars in such a way […]

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Wetherspoons Reduces Prices For One Day Only

12th September 2017

For many of us up in the North East, a trip to Wetherspoons can be quite exciting. With cheap food and drink, and a great atmosphere, what more could you ask for? Well, you’re in for a treat. On Wednesday 20 September, Wetherspoon pubs across the country will be supporting National Tax Equality day, slashing […]

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