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Unpopular Opinions: Voting Age Shouldn’t be Lowered

12th November 2019

In recent years, young people across the country have become seemingly more politically active than ever before. This is, for the most part, down to the two ‘doomsday’ events that had a seismic impact on the political landscape across the globe: the election of Donald Trump as President and the UK’s decision to leave the […]

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What the Hell Are: Fake Online Influencers

11th November 2019

Online influencers are a great way for advertisers to reach a young audience. Through a quick Instagram story, or a five minute YouTube video, a product can get more attention than a New York City billboard. However, a recent phenomenon in this influencer ordeal is that some don’t actually exist. Fake online influencers are a […]

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How One Man’s Blunder Prompted Fall of Berlin Wall

10th November 2019

The 9th of November this year marked 30 years since the night West Germans and East Germans celebrated atop the Berlin Wall after a Socialist Unity Party official mistakenly confirmed that the border would be open for crossing. On the 9th of November 1989, Günter Schabowski was to lead a press conference which was supposed […]

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Why you should just wear a red poppy

10th November 2019

November means one thing, mainly: it means it’s poppy season. Remembrance Day falls in this month, and it is always a time of great reflection for the nation. Yet this November, there is quite a stir on social media about the red poppy, with a few individuals equating it with supporting racism and homophobia. This […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

8th November 2019

‘No good turn goes unpunished’ is an expression that might be quite close to home for US rapper Kanye West at the moment after he was falsely accused of providing sub-par catering at an event he performed at on the 1st of November. Kanye and his Sunday Service team performed at a fundraising event called […]

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Friendships of Convenience

6th November 2019

It is estimated that we meet around 80,000-100,000 people in our lifetime. Of these people, some become our closest friends, some become enemies and some fall into a strange category: friendships of convenience. Most people experience friendships of convenience at work, where it is, generally speaking, convenient to be on good terms with everyone. It […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Climate Activists are Doing it Wrong

5th November 2019

Besides the murder, corruption and countless other happy goings-on in the world, two words seem to stand out. By now, they are words capable of striking fear into the hearts of even the youngest children. Words describing something that, according to some, is going to wipe us from the face of the earth in just […]

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Unpaid Internships are Supporting Inequality

4th November 2019

It’s the time of year when students up and down the country are applying for internships at firms all over the place. The bankers, accountants and computer whizzes all have one thing in common: there are plenty of opportunities out there, up and down the country, and all of it is paid. The media, journalism, […]

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Private Jets: A Necessity for All Apart from Everyone

31st October 2019

It’s unlikely that you or I will ever experience the feeling of being the only person on a plane as it crosses borders 30,000 feet up. Contrastingly, for some, the only way to enter a new country is by privately jetting off in a swanky Bombardier jet. Private jet sustainability has been threatened in the […]

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Response to: The Wage Gap Isn’t Down to the Patriarchy

30th October 2019

‘The wage gap’ is phrase which has floated around for years in society, encompassing the fact that women are paid less than men. It cannot be denied that the wage gap exists: it’s a fact. Yet more often than not the phrase is perceived as simple, when indeed it is not and the wage gap […]

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Dealing With Feelings of Dread

30th October 2019

Feelings of dread are acutely different from feelings of anxiety. The root of dread is probably the same as anxiety, though it’s not quite the same. Dread is more of an overwhelmingly dulling feeling, while anxiety is much more hyper-active, making you alert to everything that is happening and that could possibly happen. Dread is […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Child Transitions are Harmful

29th October 2019

You may have seen the recent news story making waves across the US this past week: a Texas jury ruled against a father trying to win sole custody of his twin seven-year-old sons, one of whom is due to begin hormone replacement therapy in order to begin the transition from male to female. This transition […]

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The Best Ways to Make New Friends at Uni

29th October 2019

Now that the immediate buzz surrounding the infamous Freshers’ Week is over, and students are starting to settle in, things can start to get a little bit more overwhelming. Suddenly you’re alone in the world with a bunch of random people you’ve known for just a few short weeks, and yet it feels like the […]

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Fathers deserve the same custody rights as mothers

27th October 2019

It doesn’t matter whether your parents are together or divorced, or whether you live with your mother or your father, or your two mothers or just your dad – everyone has two parents. And, generally speaking, you love those two parents just the same and they love you just as much as the other. Obviously, […]

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When Things Don’t Go to Plan…

25th October 2019

Life has such a good way of throwing everything you ever planned straight out of the window. For years and years you may have planned to live in a certain place, in a certain way, with certain people. Then, one day, the plans just crumble before you. So, when things don’t go to plan, what […]

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Why I hate student politics

23rd October 2019

Student politics is often thought of as a vehicle to make great change at universities up and down the country. It’s viewed as a way for students from all backgrounds to get involved and change things. It’s all about representation. Except it isn’t. Student politics – at least in my experience – is about vanity […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

21st October 2019

This week’s What Annoyed the Internet is yet another example of good TV shows/movies being ruined because of cast members acting like clowns. Jane the Virgin is one of the most wholesome, unproblematic shows to ever have been created. Centred around a Latina family, JTV shone a refreshing light on LGBTQ+ relationships, strong women, bilingual […]

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Unpopular Opinions: The Wage Gap Isn’t Down to the Patriarchy

21st October 2019

If there’s one way to become even more hated after writing an article on why you’re not a feminist, it’s following said article up with another criticising a common talking point of the movement: the wage gap. A quick (but very important) disclaimer to begin with: I do not believe the wage gap is a […]

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On Not Fitting In

19th October 2019

There’s something about ‘fitting in’ that everyone seems to aspire to. The ability to have exactly the same interests, music taste, fashion choice and opinions as everyone else is – for some reason – desired by pretty much all of us. But what happens when fitting in isn’t possible? What if you just don’t ‘fit […]

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Extinction Rebellion take over London

18th October 2019

In just two days of protest, 541 arrests were made. Extinction Rebellion is protesting all around the globe and frankly, the government doesn’t have a clue how to stop it. With Johnson’s only compromise being traditional name-calling (originality points for “uncooperative crusties”, Boris), and Section 14 being enforced to stop disruption to communities, it seems […]

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The Problems of Fast Fashion

15th October 2019

In our modern world, self-image is everything. Since a very young age, our generation has been essentially demanded to look the best they can, with the help of such things as social media. Don’t get me wrong, I fully agree that having your own style is extremely valuable and being interested in fashion is not […]

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Every Mind Matters

15th October 2019

A week ago today, what can only be described as a moving and uplifting advert broadcast Sky, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV by the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The film was used to promote Every Mind Matters, an initiative by Public Health England in collaboration with the NHS which provides […]

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Forest Bathing: The Japanese Stress Combatant

10th October 2019

Imagine this: you go to the doctor suffering from stress and anxiety. You work long hours most days of the week, and you work hard for your company. When you go to the doctor, they prescribe you some ‘forest therapy’, or ‘forest bathing’. Yes, you read that right: bathing. The Japanese culture is renowned for […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

10th October 2019

After 178 years, travel firm Thomas Cook went into liquidation, leaving 9000 staff without a job and 150,000 holiday makers stranded abroad. Ever since the company’s collapse became front-page news, the Internet has been bickering non–stop about who has it worse – customers vs colleagues. While most people have sympathy for both the staff and […]

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Lizzo vs Iggy Azalea: The Beef Explained

9th October 2019

Snoop Dogg. Bhad Bhabie. Eminem. Papa Johns. These are just a few of the many iconic figures that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has feuded with during her career. Now, Iggy‘s focusing her wrath on Lizzo after the Truth Hurts singer failed to credit her as the main artist of Fancy featuring Charlie XCX. Lizzo is […]

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Tory MP Describes Blackface as a ‘Bit of Fun’

8th October 2019

A senior Tory has called blackface “an entirely acceptable bit of fun” in a blog post on his official website. Titled ‘Trudeau’s Turban’, the blog post argued that Canadian PM Justin Trudeau should have “refused to apologise” following the public backlash regarding his blackface photos. Sir Swayne, who was knighted by David Cameron in 2016, […]

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How to Spot a Psychopath

3rd October 2019

We’ve all had times in our lives when we have genuinely wondered what is wrong with someone. They don’t seem to be connected to the real world at all, and they seem somehow not human. Well, it is possible that they could indeed be a psychopath. Now, I’m no expert in psychopath-spotting. However, I have […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Bill?

1st October 2019

There’s so much political talk whirring all around the news – and there has been for the past three years. One word you’ll have heard numerous times is ‘bill’. They are super important, but not all that clear to work out. So, here’s an easy explanation of bills in the Houses of Parliament. What actually […]

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Why I Refuse to Live in the ‘Real World’

29th September 2019

No great dreamer or achiever has ever thought that they should live in the ‘real world’. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be a dreamer or achiever. And this is primarily why I refuse to live in this so-called ‘real world’ people keep mentioning. Anyone with ambitions beyond what is the norm and beyond what their previous family […]

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A Note to All Freshers

27th September 2019

I’ve spoken at length numerous times about university life. Be it what I learned in first year, how loneliness can impact you at uni and my experience of freshers’ week – I have covered all bases. But, as freshers’ week begins for some, and concludes for others, here’s my note to all freshers out there. […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the Chancellor?

24th September 2019

Roles within politics are not always very well understood. Even the role of the prime minister isn’t very clear to many people looking into the bewildering world of politics. So, you’re forgiven for not really knowing what the chancellor – of all people – does in their job. The job description The primary role of […]

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The Best Songs of the 00s

24th September 2019

As we increasingly approach the 2020s and pop music has become an absolute disaster, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane. The early 2000s was a time of pop genius, defining childhoods like nothing else could. So, without further ado, here are the best songs of the 00s. 1. I Kissed A Girl, […]

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Top Tips for Choosing Uni Housemates

23rd September 2019

When it comes to picking housemates at uni, there can be a whole lot of stress involved. Sometimes you have to make a decision you don’t really want to, or one that’s really awkward. Sometimes you make decisions you’ll regret further down the line. So, in order to help future students out, here are our […]

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Unpopular Opinions: I’m Not a Feminist

21st September 2019

This week’s unpopular opinion is particularly controversial and was written from my seat at the patriarchy table, alongside my fellow men who adore keeping all women in their rightful place at the bottom of society. All jokes aside, I do not identify as a feminist, despite having always supported the equality of the sexes (as […]

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What it’s Like Living in Catered Halls

20th September 2019

When most people head off to university, they’re left to fend for themselves for food. For most, it’s the first time they’ve ever cooked and the meals are usually basic. However, some students end up living in catered halls, which can be a challenge in itself. So, for those who are catered this year, here’s […]

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Mastering Politics: Dominic Cummings

17th September 2019

You may have heard his name briefly mentioned in the news really, but only if you were listening closely. Either way, you’ll definitely have heard his slogan: “Take back control”. Dominic Cummings is a very powerful man operating behind the scenes of government right now, so we thought we’d explain who he is and what […]

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Cafe by day, bar by night – the new high street trend

17th September 2019

As much as gin is revolutionising the alcoholic beverage industry right before our very eyes, willing entrepreneurs are taking note, which is leading to the opening of cafe-bars. These places allow you to tuck into a cream scone whilst sipping on a double G&T – sophistication at its finest. It has to be helped by […]

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Deforestation: The Reality

16th September 2019

Deforestation is one of the saddest things to read about in the world. Hearing that 18 million acres of land are lost to deforestation each year is gutting – not least when so much of that land is home to beautiful animals and breathtaking plants. But there’s more to deforestation than you think. It’s a […]

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What To Do When You’re Sad

15th September 2019

We all have those nights when you go to bed and things just don’t seem right inside. It doesn’t matter what song you put on, none of them are right. It doesn’t matter who you think about texting – nobody is the right person to listen. So you’re at a loss. Do you really know […]

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Low-Cost Airlines: Sky High or Grounded?

14th September 2019

The increase of package holidays across the UK is clearly evident. Low-cost airlines like Thomas Cook and TUI are aware that many Brits are lazy and will sacrifice extra paychecks to ‘queue jump’ the hassle of booking a holiday the old-fashioned way. Instead, all aspects of what previously made booking a holiday stressful have been […]

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It’s Time to Talk About Horse Racing

13th September 2019

Only weeks after the infamous ‘Ladies Day’, the buzz and publicity horse racing encourages is still at a high. The seemingly innocent sport can be easily seen as both fun for the horse, jockey and spectators. However, the sinister realities horse racing couples itself with are becoming more and more evident to the general public, […]

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How to Start Afresh

11th September 2019

Sometimes in life things don’t go to plan and you can get really bogged down in wondering why. The ‘what ifs’ of life are attractive to get lost in, but they are also irrelevant. It is possible to start afresh, and with the steps in this article, you will be able to get there. Change […]

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Why We Need to Go Further Than Banning Straws

10th September 2019

We all know someone who is boycotting McDonald’s because of their new paper straws, and while it seems like a revolutionary step towards a cleaner Earth, the reality is far from it. It appears that a lot of food establishments are ‘eco-friendly’ because of this new trend, but they fail to consider the fact that […]

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Mastering Politics: Prorogation of Parliament

10th September 2019

When it comes to politics, nothing is simple. Let alone the current goings on in Westminster. Recently in the news, there has been lots of talk around the prorogation of Parliament. Of course, any ordinary person has no idea what that means. But don’t worry – that’s why we’re here. Prorogation is the term used […]

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How to Succeed This Upcoming Semester

9th September 2019

It’s September again. The arrival of the new semester or school year can make you feel a crippling dread of things to come over the next 12 weeks. That’s why it’s important to go into the new year armed with a positive attitude and a practical plan on how you’re going to make the best […]

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Brexit: The embodiment of everything wrong

9th September 2019

‘Brexit’: the blatant jargon that has blazed our headlines not-so-graciously over the past three years. Once a foreign concept, the term is now something we are all too familiar with. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Regardless of your stance on the issue, I think we can all agree it has gotten completely out of […]

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The Peculiar Sleeping Habits of History’s Greatest

7th September 2019

For some reason, the sleeping habits of celebrities and the greatest figures throughout history really grabs our attention. Be it Margaret Thatcher sleeping for just four hours each night, or Elon Musk sleeping in the Tesla factory so he can best inspect the new models, sleeping habits are fascinating. So, without further ado, here are […]

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Is animal testing the only option?

7th September 2019

Animal testing is a controversial issue which is avoided by many for reasons such as personal guilt, lack of understanding and ignorance. It’s completely understandable to want to shut out the inhumane and cruel realities of something like animal testing, especially when you’ve been led to believe it’s the only option. Be it testing life-saving […]

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How Your Lifestyle is Causing the Amazon to Burn

6th September 2019

You’ve most likely seen it a million and one times on social media. Photos, videos, campaigns and information about the Amazon Rainforest fire. Though it was a couple of weeks ago now, yet more fires have been sparked in the rainforest. Whether this is another world crisis that you’ve desensitised yourself to, or if you’re […]

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A Year in British Tennis

6th September 2019

2018 was a pretty sore year for British tennis fans. Andy Murray’s hiatus and Johanna Konta’s fall in form meant that both men and ladies’ tennis was slightly lacklustre. For the first time since 1997, we ended the year without a British male or female tennis player in the top 20. How could this happen? […]

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