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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Tory candidate: Benefits Street stars should be ‘put down’

6th November 2019

It’s not every day you catch a prospective MP candidate who said that the people starring in Channel 4 TV show Benefits Street should be “put down”. Yet Conservative candidate Francesca O’Brien said this in 2014 on Facebook, it was revealed. O’Brien, who is running to be MP for Gower in South Wales, was selected […]

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UK Terror Threat Downgraded

5th November 2019

The terror threat in the United Kingdom has been downgraded to “substantial”, according to the Home Office yesterday. Although this means the UK is still at a “high level of threat” according to Home Secretary Priti Patel, it is the lowest threat level since 2014. During the course of the past five years, the threat […]

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MP to stand down due to abuse

29th October 2019

We often hear about how toxic things have become in politics. Be it Brexit, immigration, the NHS – all of these issues are highly emotive and have, without a doubt, caused tensions to run high with those holding public office. However, MP Heidi Allen has announced she is to stand down due to abuse she […]

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Zimbabwe droughts raise elephant sales

29th October 2019

After the recent droughts in Zimbabwe, over 50 elephants starved to death due to severe food shortages in national parks. The biggest drought in years has come at a bad time, with the economy of the Southern African country collapsing right before our very eyes. In the midst of it all, further controversy has surrounded […]

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Brexit extension agreed by EU

28th October 2019

It has been announced today by the European Union that the UK has been granted a further Brexit extension – 31st January 2020. EU Council President Donald Tusk said the extension is more of a “flextension”, meaning that the UK government can take us out of the EU before that deadline if they wish to […]

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Eminem Questioned over Ivanka Trump Lyrics

28th October 2019

Eminem has been questioned by the US Secret Service over some “threatening” lyrics towards Ivanka Trump. A “concerned citizen” prompted the Service agents to visit the rapper after listening to his 2017 song Framed. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has spoken out against the Trumps in the past. In 2017, he dropped a […]

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Beetle named after Greta Thunberg

28th October 2019

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been given the honour of having a newly-discovered beetle named after her. Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London officially named the beetle Nelloptodes gretae due to the 16-year-old’s “outstanding contribution” to leading the fight towards environmental reform. Although it may seem slightly offensive to some to have […]

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IS leader dead in Syria after raid

27th October 2019

It was announced today by President Trump that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself during a US-led raid in Syria. The leader of the Islamic State terrorist group detonated a suicide vest as he fled into a tunnel, chased by US military dogs. Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump said Baghdadi was a […]

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EU discusses Brexit extension

25th October 2019

Following predictably dramatic scenes in Parliament this week, EU leaders are discussing the possibility of a Brexit extension as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for a general election. EU ambassadors have come together today to consider how long to give Britain before we leave the Union. It comes after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted that Johnson’s […]

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Large firms ignoring climate change risk bankruptcy

24th October 2019

Bank of England governor Mark Carney suggests he warns that companies which are not aiming towards net zero-carbon emissions are at detrimental risk of going bankrupt due to the efforts of financial investors. Speaking with The Guardian, Carney suggested that the global efforts needed to tackle the current climate crisis could end up in a […]

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High-five for Parkinson’s first home SAFC match

23rd October 2019

Sunderland’s new boss Phil Parkinson sampled the home support of his team for the first time last night, in an impressive 5-0 win for Sunderland over Tranmere Rovers. Goals from five of Sunderland’s starting eleven showed how reassured the whole squad was to get three points. From the get-go, Sunderland were offensively minded, with striker […]

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What the Hell Were: The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

18th October 2019

Glasgow becomes the setting for the inaugural piece of writing in a series which I’ve named ‘What the Hell…’, where I will discuss some of the world’s more interesting affairs which you never knew happened, past and present. The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars happened in the 1980s around the Scottish city of Glasgow. It merely […]

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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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A Complete and Uber Disaster

14th October 2019

The nightlife in Newcastle is believed to be the best available in the UK. On any given night you can find somewhere that’s buzzing with students until the sun rises. Despite this, I have never witnessed anybody enjoy a night out so much so that they end up 100 miles from their home after an […]

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Man Hires Emotional Support Clown for Redundancy Meeting

14th October 2019

If you know you’re going to get sacked from your job, the only way to soften the blow is often to pull a spectacular leaving stunt. A New Zealand man took this to a whole new level as he chose a professional clown as his representative for his redundancy meeting. Copy writer and part-time comedian […]

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First Person Diagnosed with ‘Brexit Psychosis’

13th October 2019

A doctor has warned of the effect on mental health that a hostile political climate can have after a man was diagnosed with acute psychosis that was triggered by the EU referendum. The man, who is in his forties, found that his mental health rapidly deteriorated not long after the results of the referendum were […]

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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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Longstaff nets on debut to give Newcastle home win

8th October 2019

Newcastle United and Manchester United have been a mirror image of each other so far this season. Both teams have a former Red Devil’s legend in charge, both teams have spent money on players yet to perform, and both teams are struggling to get points on the board. Hence, their meeting last Sunday evening was […]

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Europe continue unbeaten Laver Cup streak

27th September 2019

After Europe’s recent triumph in the Solheim Cup, attention this weekend was diverted to Geneva, which hosted the third annual Laver Cup – named after the Aussie tennis legend Rod Laver. The former world Number 1 was courtside all day and night to see Team Europe and Team World battle it out over the course […]

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Migrant Camp in Dunkirk Cleared

23rd September 2019

As of last week, French police began to evacuate the Dunkirk migrant camp near the northern port of the city. Dunkirk is one of the closest French ports to England. Authorities have already attempted to clear the camp in the past in October 2018 when around 1,800 people resided there. The gymnasium there was opened […]

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Was Piers Morgan right on fat-shaming?

23rd September 2019

This week, Piers Morgan took a break from his usual antics of asking if he can identify as a neutrois penguin and spoke out in support of US comedian Bill Maher.  Maher came under scrutiny after his scathing monologue about overweight Americans on his live show Real Time with Bill Maher went viral. Well, it […]

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Sarah Thomas swims four lengths of the English Channel

22nd September 2019

Strong motivation stems from within, with individuals having different types and varying strengths. It can propel people to accomplish achievements that they never thought were possible. As Sarah Thomas was completing a 104.6-mile swim in Lake Champlain back in 2017, it “occurred to her” that there was no limit to what she could do. Soon […]

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Greta Thunberg: The Face of Our Generation

20th September 2019

If you don’t know the name Greta Thunberg, you must be living under a rock. Recently she graced the headlines after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to New York for a UN Climate summit meeting. At 16, she is enthralling the minds of millions across the globe, inspiring the School Strike for Climate Change movement […]

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Michael Owen and Alan Shearer Spat Explained

12th September 2019

Michael Owen and Alan Shearer are two of the greatest forwards of their days, with the latter being the Premier League’s all-time top goal-scorer, finding the back of the net 260 times over the course of his career. Of those 260, one hundred and forty-eight came for his home club, Newcastle United. It’s clear that […]

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MPs to force No. 10 to release texts

10th September 2019

In a shock move last night, MPs voted to force the government to release some of their no-deal planning documents and private messages from No. 10 officials. The vote came as the fifth defeat of five votes within a week for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It also followed the resignation of former Work and Pensions […]

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Missing Children and the Media

16th August 2019

With the recent disappearance of Nora Quoirin, there has been a great deal of publicity on news channels to aid the Quoirin family in their quest to find Nora. As much as such press can drastically increase the likelihood for a missing person to be found, for me it has always raised the question as […]

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McDonald’s paper straws can’t be recycled

6th August 2019

Fast food giant McDonald’s has come under fire after it was revealed that their self-proclaimed “eco-friendly” paper straws cannot be recycled. Just last year McDonald’s ditched plastic straws in aid of helping with the environmental crisis. It led the way for other companies – big and small – to scrap their plastic straws too. In […]

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Molly-Mae Online Abuse is too Far

4th August 2019

Love Island finished earlier this week and has left us with nothing to do when it hits 9pm these days. Though it seems that horrid Twitter and Instagram trolls have found a way of busying themselves – by harassing star Molly-Mae Hague who placed second in last Monday’s final. Molly-Mae, who was coupled up with […]

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Review: Cineworld Newcastle

4th August 2019

4.5/5 It’s not often you go to the cinema and actually rate the venue itself rather than the film. However, I was so impressed by Cineworld Newcastle upon Tyne in The Gate that I thought I’d give it a review. For way too long in Newcastle, we’ve been stuck with Odeon – the German cinema […]

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The Truth About Reality TV

29th July 2019

Reality TV is a massively popular genre, with shows such as Love Island attracting millions of viewers for each episode. For many, it’s rapidly becoming a tradition to spend time on an evening watching our favourite programmes. But is our fascination with reality TV as innocent as it appears? As it becomes even easier to […]

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Five tips to fight your hay fever

25th July 2019

It is estimated that hay fever affects 10 million people in England. As a hay fever sufferer, I know that there is nothing worse than seeing everyone else enjoy the glorious sunshine while your nose runs and your eyes itch. To help the 10 million that spend their summer sniffing and rubbing their eyes to […]

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Boris Johnson announced as prime minister

23rd July 2019

It was announced this morning that Boris Johnson is to be Britain’s next prime minister. Johnson, who was always tipped to win the Conservative leadership race, beat opponent Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of Tory members. During his campaign, he was endorsed by a number of high-profile Conservative MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove and […]

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FaceApp Could be Spying on You

18th July 2019

A privacy warning has been issued regarding the latest social media craze: FaceApp. The app, which allows users to submit pictures of themselves to have changed to make them look elderly, was developed in 2017 but has only just gone viral. Celebrities such as Drake and the Jonas Brothers have taken part in the craze, […]

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Watch: Naomi Campbell’s plane cleaning routine

17th July 2019

We’ve all been there before. You’re sitting on the plane waiting to go on holiday and you can just sense the grime. That fold-up tray in front of you? Dirty. The space between chairs? Vile. Those laminated sheets in case of an emergency? I wouldn’t pick them up either. That’s why Naomi Campbell’s extreme plane […]

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Trump ‘Go Home’ Comments Explained

16th July 2019

US President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. However, his latest Twitter comments have caused a stir among people and politicians alike due to their racist nature. In a three-thread tweet on Sunday, Trump said that four Congresswomen of colour who have been extremely criticial of his administration, should “go back and help fix […]

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Alan Turing to feature on £50 note

15th July 2019

The Bank of England has announced that wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to be featured on the new £50 note. Turing, who was famously portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, cracked the German Enigma code which was key to the Allies’ victory in World War Two. The mathematician was chosen from a list […]

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89-year-old returns to nightclub where she found love

14th July 2019

An 89-year-old woman has returned to the nightclub where she found love and met her husband in Nottingham. 69 years ago, Mary Edgson met her late husband Dennis at what is now the Pryzm nightclub in the university city. Mrs Edgson sat in a booth in the club listening to a special DJ play Vera […]

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Rotterdam: City of the future

10th July 2019

In recent years Architects have labelled Rotterdam as ‘the city of the future’. It is home to exciting new technological advancements and it is constantly developing new ways of living sustainably One example of Rotterdam’s innovation is the floating farm that opened earlier this year. It is a prime example of urban sustainability; The farm […]

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Tommy Robinson begs US for asylum

9th July 2019

Far-right, anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has appeared in a video asking US President Donald Trump for political asylum. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty of contempt of court for the second time last week and now faces jail. The verdict came after the EDL founder live-streamed himself confronting men accused of […]

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Putin official poses nude for Playboy, loses job

5th July 2019

A state official in Vladimir Putin’s government has allegedly been fired after she posed nude for Playboy. 27-year-old Anna Anufrieva is said to have caused “public discord” across Russia with her photos due to her position in the government’s civil service. Her photos were entered in Playboy’s Woman of the Year competition in the hope […]

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Labour MP leaves son at No. 10 amid school cuts

5th July 2019

Labour MP Jess Phillips yesterday left her son at Number 10 Downing Street during a protest about school cuts in her constituency in Birmingham. King’s Heath Primary in Birmingham told parents that due to budget cuts, they would be closing their doors to students on Friday afternoons. The decision sparked fury among parents in the […]

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Why Boris Johnson just can’t be PM

3rd July 2019

As we inch ever-closer to discovering just who will win the Conservative Party leadership race, and thus become Britain’s next prime minister, there’s something seriously bothering me. It has everything to do with the teriffying thought of Boris Johnson becoming PM. You might think that this is terrifying to me – and, I’m sure, millions […]

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Alex From Glasto: A True Legend

3rd July 2019

Glastonbury Festival is usually a place headlines are made – and this year’s festival was no exception. With artists such as The Killers, Kylie, Miley Cyrus and many more making an appearance on the legendary Pyramid Stage, Glasto made the headlines this year to say the least. But so did a young man named Alex, […]

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BNOCs: important or irrelevant?

26th June 2019

When you go to university, you expect to leave behind the pettiness of popularity and status in school. No more should there be a popular group or popular people; there’s no need for the ‘cool’ group or the important group. Or so you think. Suddenly when you go to uni, the importance of popularity can […]

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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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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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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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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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