7 things I learned in my first year of uni

26th June 2019

First Year is one of the most important years of your life – even if it is mostly irrelvant to your actual degree. It is a year of so much change, personal growth, academic challenge and it is a year in which you can either flop or surivive. Some people are swallowed whole by freshers’ […]

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Five Benefits to Going on Holiday

24th June 2019

So for some exams are over and while you are trying not to think about results day, maybe living life in another place for a couple of weeks is just what you need. But there are other reasons for taking that holiday. It relieves stress! The very idea of a holiday is to relieve people […]

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Exams are over, how to prepare for results

Combatting Exam Stress

20th June 2019

Exam results. They wreak havoc among the world in students everywhere. After revising, remembering to sleep, and then taking your exams, there is a lot of pressure to get a good mark-particularly if you are taking key exams in your life like your GCSEs or A-levels. These supposedly life-defining results could affect your job, your […]

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Hidden Gems: Enter the Gungeon

17th June 2019

For some reason, most of my favourite games have bad puns for titles. But never before have I played a game where the entire game is centred around such a terrible joke. Enter the Gungeon, the debut game by Dodge Roll, spends 90% of its time obsessing over its namesake weapon. Since the final update, […]

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A Basic Overview: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

17th June 2019

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a long-term disorder, primarily defined by persisting extreme tiredness that can’t be relieved by sleep, that isn’t related to other disorders. The main symptom is persistent tiredness and a general unwell feeling: however, there are other symptoms including: Headaches Sore joints and muscles A sore throat Problems thinking, remembering or […]

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Nun claims Katy Perry has “blood on her hands”

17th June 2019

A nun involved in a property battle with Katy Perry has accused the singer of playing a part in her friend’s death. 89 year old nun Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and died as she prepared to face Katy Perry’s legal team in court along with her best friend Rita Callanan. Sister Callanan, 81, claimed that […]

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Film review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

12th June 2019

Of all the attempted cinematic universes trying to copy Marvel, who would have thought Godzilla and King Kong would be the ones to succeed. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie which everyone either thought was great or boring. I thought it was both. This time around, it stars […]

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Philippines Adopt Tree Planting into Education

10th June 2019

The House of Representatives in the Philippines has passed a bill which requires all students leaving primary school, high school and further education to plant at least ten trees in order to graduate. The bill which has been titled the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act” was passed after its third reading. The students can […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

10th June 2019

In a strange turn of events, it has been revealed that nearly all of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership have hit the bong or snorted a line at some point in their lives. The only candidate who hasn’t had a big drug reveal is Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who actually spoke out about […]

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Film reviews: Aladdin, Rocketman & Brightburn

6th June 2019

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve seen four movies, only one of which I feel I can actually talk about for any length of article. So I thought, I’d save myself the stretching and do some quick-fire reviews for the first three. Aladdin Aladdin is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney […]

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Song Review: Katy Perry’s ‘Never Really Over’

5th June 2019

Pop sensation Katy Perry has been quiet for a bit recently, though her personal life hasn’t been. Since the release of her last album Witness, Perry has been a judge on hit TV show American Idol, gotten engaged to Orlando Bloom and released two singles, 365 and Never Really Over. Perry’s latest single Never Really […]

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The Difficulty of Decisions

4th June 2019

Whether it’s a new job, a relationship or even deciding what you’d like from the midweek Happy Hour menu, decision making can be difficult. According to scientists at Cornell University, adults make up to 35,000 remotely conscious decisions a day, depending on their level of responsibility. It can often seem like there’s a lot at […]

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Bad friends: should you stay or leave?

30th May 2019

Friendships are a huge part of our lives and are often tumultuous things. Everyone has them; we fall in and out of them, and we’ll all remember our friends – good or bad – at the end of our lives. So, when it comes to bad friends, we usually feel quite conflicted. Bad friends cause […]

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Review: Chris Lilley’s Lunatics

29th May 2019

Not exactly a household name, Chris Lilley an Australian comedian who you either know and love or haven’t really heard of at all. For a certain few, the trailer for the release of his latest series Lunatics was something of a big deal. Known for mockumentary-style shows like Summer Heights High and Angry Boys, Lilley is responsible for portraying some […]

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Love Island Contestant Review

28th May 2019

We’ve got a text! It’s officially Love Island time on 3rd June where the hit TV show will entertain millions of viewers up and down the country. ITV has released the contestant line-up – and we’re going to go through it all with you. Following last year’s massive success, there are high expectations being placed […]

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A Basic Overview: Bipolar Disorder

28th May 2019

Bipolar Disorder – otherwise known as Manic Depression- is a lifelong disorder that causes extreme episodes of mania and depression. A complex mix of physical and social factors are thought to cause the disorder, including a chemical imbalance in the brain, genetics and physical triggers, like an abusive relationship or another mental illness. Symptoms of […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

26th May 2019

This week, a ‘businesswoman’ annoyed the Internet after a dumpster fire thread in which she claimed poor people “have no class at all” because someone didn’t return her Tupperware once. Below, Melissa Jeanine details her interactions with ‘broke people’ and they all seem to centre around her baking something that no one wanted or asked […]

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Film review: John Wick 3: Parabellum

24th May 2019

The film that I will never be able to stop accidentally calling ‘perineum’. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, henceforth referred to as John Wick 3, is a direct sequel to the first two action movies that revitalized Keanu Reeves’ blockbuster career. It follows the titular assassin as he is forced out of his shadowy hitman […]

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School Dinner Services: Could Do Better?

24th May 2019

School dinner halls aren’t particularly good at catering for everyone. With growing trends in veganism and vegetarianism and the presence of allergies and intolerances, it can be hard to suit everyone’s diets, but this needs to be done! Veggies and Vegans Bottom line: if you’re a vegan wanting to use a school dining hall, you’re […]

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Abortion: Is it really a man’s decision?

23rd May 2019

Abortion. An extremely controversial topic. Many states in America are trying to pass laws that ban abortion and stop women from being able to have a choice. This would mean that some young rape victims would be forced to keep their baby, forced to be a parent, forced to give up their education and possibly […]

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The Commercialism of the Goth Subculture

23rd May 2019

In the ’80s, a subculture formed out of the Post-Punk scene; this was the foundations of Goth (with its inspirations from the 18th-century writing, artistic and aesthetic genre). Throughout the ’90s, the Goth scene would grow and grow more until it became a sensation. Goth clothing brands started forming and the dawn of the “Internet […]

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Impact of climate change

How to Save the World

22nd May 2019

Why is the world dying? How has the atmosphere changed, and how is it changing still? What ways can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions? How long do we have to save the world from irreversible damage? The simple answer to that last one: just over a decade. That is exactly why everyone needs to contribute […]

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5 Ways to Push Through That End of Semester Slump

22nd May 2019

It’s nearly June and you’re still working while some of your friends are done for the year. Your friends have Snapchat stories of themselves relaxing and enjoying their free time while you’re sitting in the library colour coding your revision timetable. Many students experience a feeling of exhaustion or a complete lack of motivation at […]

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Speedcubing

What is Speedcubing?

21st May 2019

Fun fact about me: I am obsessed with Rubik’s cubes. Although I’m no Yusheng Du (My average solve time is about 40 seconds), I love to sit down with a cube (or tetrahedron, or dodecahedron) and work on my best time. So today, I thought I would introduce you to the exciting world of speedcubing. […]

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UK Shrimps Testing Positive For Cocaine

21st May 2019

Researchers from King’s College London and and the University of Suffolk have made a shocking discovery about freshwater shrimp populations in Suffolk. While testing for evidence of chemical micro-pollution in rural England, researchers found traces of cocaine, ketamine and banned pesticides in all 15 samples they collected. The findings were surprising, given that the sample […]

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Tips for Learning a Language

17th May 2019

Learning a language is a fantastic way to expand your world and also improve your memory and cognition. A few weeks ago, I began learning Japanese, and I have some tips that may help you if you are thinking of also learning a new language. Don’t pay someone to teach you what you can teach […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

16th May 2019

For those of you who didn’t know, it is currently Mental Health Awareness Week. Running from 13th-19th of May, it’s a chance for us to really consider where we’re at regarding the issue both individually and as a global community. Mental health needs to be addressed like any other health concern, and as long as […]

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Film review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu

16th May 2019

Well, at least now I know what all the non-Marvel fans felt like walking out of Endgame. Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a noir/comedy detective story based on the universe of the eponymous games. It stars Justice Smith as disappointingly blandly named Tim Goodman, a disaffected youth with a troubled relationship with his father. It also […]

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Feminism: Ignored or Provoked by the Media?

14th May 2019

It was the summer of 2015. My family and I were on our annual road trip and we had just visited London. As we were on our 6-hour journey coming back home, we noticed that there was a huge traffic jam and commotion occurring on the main road we were travelling on. The reason? A […]

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The Smartest Countries in the World

10th May 2019

As humans, we’ve accomplished a lot of great things throughout the course of history. Questions asked are now answered faster than the speed of light, and with the recent 30th Anniversary of the internet, technology has never been more advanced! However, there are some countries who surpass the intelligence of your everyday person, and maybe […]

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Could You Be Autosexual?

9th May 2019

The LGBTQ+ community is always expanding as society learns about and accepts more and more sexual identities. In years gone by, the LGBT community was thought of as being exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as the acronym would suggest. More and more letters have been added to include asexual, intersex and poly-amorous […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

7th May 2019

Caster Semenya was born to run. She produces more testosterone than the average woman and has consistently dominated in her event: the 800 metres. A natural advantage such as this is normally called a gift. So why has the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that she must change her own biology to slow her […]

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A week in mild amusement

30th April 2019

Who’s your Baghdadi The leader of Islamic State has appeared in a video for the first time in five years. His newest release declared war on the infidel western world and all of its wretched citizen’s suckling at the teat of heathen democracy before urging viewers to like and subscribe and click the bell icon […]

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Light at the end of the tunnel is real

29th April 2019

Chances are, you’ve stared sadness in the face for longer than a few hours during the course of your life. Be it grief, a break-up, family problems, bullying or a huge disruption in your life – you’ve been there. There being a dark place where it’s cold and the sun doesn’t shine. It’s quite a […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

27th April 2019

Greta Thunberg is without a doubt one of the most incredible teenagers to exist today. She has the backing of other well known environmental activists and conservationists including David Attenborough, as well as thousands of schoolchildren who took part in her strikeforclimate and seemingly most of the internet. Oh and she’s been nominated for a […]

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Film review: Avengers: Endgame

26th April 2019

Aah 2019. I knew you’d come around eventually. Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the MCU and, in effect, does exactly what it says on the tin. It concludes the story we started in 2008 with an AC/DC backed Tony Stark, back when Christian Bale was still Batman and Barack Obama became president. It […]

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How it feels to be at the end of adolescence

25th April 2019

Adolescence is one hell of a phase. Incorporating the years from the age of ten to 19, it’s a journey that is unlike any other human experience in their lifetime. Adolescence spans the beginning of secondary school, all of those awkward and painful mid-teenage years, right until the end of one’s school days and the […]

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Monopoly Mother Boycotts McDonalds

24th April 2019

A mother-of-three from Hull was left outraged after her misunderstanding of the McDonald’s Monopoly T&Cs meant her children couldn’t claim their prizes. She claims she will “never return” to the restaurant after her children aged 5, 11 and 13 were denied free meals they had won by collecting Monopoly stickers. In order to redeem Monopoly […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

24th April 2019

Diane Abbott gets a ridiculous amount of stick from the press. Every time she even slightly bends the rules or makes a mistake, every trashy newspaper in the country has a field day. Some voters haven’t quite forgiven her for that time she got a statistic wrong on the radio. The same voters are likely […]

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Film review: Hellboy

19th April 2019

Oh dear 2019. You aren’t doing brilliantly are you. Hellboy is a reboot of the franchise from the mid-2000s and an adaptation of the comics of the same name. It stars Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as the demon who fights for the US government against paranormal threats. And it’s not very good. I’m in three […]

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Arguing: The Dos and Don’ts

18th April 2019

It may have gone unnoticed to you that part of life involves conflict. And with conflict usually comes arguing. While a lot of arguments often end up in tears, they don’t always have to and – surprisingly – there are ways to make your arguments efficient. So, without further ado, here are our dos and […]

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Rebuilding Notre Dame

17th April 2019

Over the past few days, the world has stood alongside Paris in mourning over the tragic fires which have destroyed major parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in one of the capital city’s central districts. Notre Dame: A Tragedy Politicians, celebrities and public figures have sent their condolences alongside kind words to a nation in […]

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Why the elderly are important

17th April 2019

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again. If you don’t get the significance of this, I’m glad you’ve decided to read this piece – you will hopefully find it useful. Vera Lynn is known for being a ‘wartime sweetheart’. During World War Two, her songs would be played by soldiers […]

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Film review: Shazam!

16th April 2019

Is it just me that feels a bit weird about films having punctuation in their title? I can accept a colon. But that’s my limit. Shazam! (see, it’s weird, right?) is the latest film from DC and Warner Brothers. It stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a 14-year-old who gains the ability to transform into […]

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Are Trans People more Prone to Heart Attacks?

16th April 2019

An American study has found that transgender men and women are significantly more likely than cisgender people to suffer from a heart attack. Transgender Men and Women The study was published in Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and is the first of its kind to explore the connection between being transgender and having an increased risk […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

14th April 2019

There was yet another squabble about Ariana Grande’s sexuality on the Internet this week. The reemergence of this ancient debate came after the release of Victoria Monet’s new song MONOPOLY. The song, in which the world of dating and romance is compared to the board game Monopoly, features Ariana Grande singing about liking ‘men and […]

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3 Trilogy endings that aren’t actually that bad

13th April 2019

Hollywood ruddy loves a trilogy. It’s a cool word that people remember the meaning of. Think you know what a four movie series is called? A quadrilogy right? Wrong. It’s a tetralogy and honestly who has time to remember that. Second off, two is the smallest number needed to establish a pattern and so the […]

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Restaurant Review: Tango, Durham

13th April 2019

4.5/5 With the Easter holidays in full swing, lots of families in the northeast will be looking for places to take a day-trip to. The historical city of Durham is a great place for a family day out, and Tango, a burger restaurant located on Elvet Bridge, is the perfect place to stop by for […]

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A Better World: Embracing Differences

11th April 2019

Our world is obsessed with ‘other’ and ‘differences’, to the point that many make it their sole obligation to rid society of people who seemingly don’t belong. Recent differences in opinion over subjects like Brexit have caused division, ultimately leading to nowhere. This, alongside conflicts over religious beliefs and sexuality, serves to do two things: cause […]

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5 Bad Games from Great Series

11th April 2019

We all suffer from the occasional mistake. Whether it’s putting your clothes on backwards, falling asleep in a test, or saying a table is solid mahogany from Oak Furniture Land, none of us are perfect. The same goes for some of our favourite series. Here are 5 games which are the interactive media equivalent of […]

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