Midweek Blues

16th August 2017

From crisps to Helen Mirren dragging Ivanka Trump’s take on feminism, it’s a Midweek Blues mash-up! To start, you ever read something so wrong you exhale like a dolphin that’s just been made to pick up four cards in a row in Uno? Well, someone decided to stir the proverbial Twitter outrage pot with their […]

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The Only Thing That Matters

15th August 2017

It’s been an odd few days. Nazi discourse in 2017, people defending the death of a woman in cold blood due to stupid people with archaic (and frankly abhorrent and disgusting views) and people being b**ps in general. Honestly, I can’t believe I have had to do this twice in one year. So, here’s the […]

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Poor Ratings For Life of Kylie

15th August 2017

It’s long overdue but it looks like we’re all finally getting sick of the Kardashian/Jenner family as Kylie Jenner’s new show flops massively. Kylie, who is now the richest of all the Kardashian/Jenners, decided to create her own spin-off Keeping Up With The Kardashians show called Life of Kylie that followed her own daily activities. […]

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The Nuances and Disparities Of Justice

12th August 2017

The British justice system is widely regarded as being either too harsh and wrongly focused or too soft, depending on who you ask. To what extent should the punishment fit the crime? And what form should the punishment take? British laws outline a number of offences that are judged to be worthy of a lifetime […]

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The History And the Experience

9th August 2017

Warkworth Castle – the product of around 500 years of Northumbrian history – sits perched atop a naturally defensible spur of land in the form of a tight meander on the River Coquet, which bypasses the castle on three of its side and floods into the North Sea about two miles east at Amble. The […]

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What words make you laugh?

9th August 2017

Language is a deep and complicated matter- especially the English language with its nonsensical grammar rules and baffling idioms that are the bane of many non-native speakers’ lives. Sometimes though, the study of the English language can be thoroughly humorous particularly when researching to find the funniest English word. In order to find out, the […]

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How to Relax in the Summer Holidays

8th August 2017

Summer is a great time for students. It’s supposed to mean no work for six weeks, sunshine and sleep. AKA: heaven. However, with six weeks to kill, sometimes summer seems a bit of a drag and for the workaholics among us, relaxing is an alien concept. Sometimes we could do with someone to teach us […]

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Make forehead spots a thing of the past

8th August 2017

You know those tiny little flesh-coloured bumps that aren’t really spots but still kinda are? Well, all they are is clogged pores and you’ll be pleased to know there are a million ways to resolve this to get smooth skin. They are most common on your forehead and chin and both genders can suffer from […]

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The Arriva Teen Card : Perfect Imperfection

8th August 2017

Here in Tyne and Wear we have a number of well known generous travel schemes to help keep young people on the move, such as Nexus’s Pop Card and Metrosaver or Go North East’s offer of single journeys for a pound or an all day ticket for £3.75. However, one scheme that slips under the […]

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Best 80’s Films

3rd August 2017

When people think 80’s, ‘cinematic masterpieces’ is rarely the first phrase which jumps to mind. For some film philistines, I dare to say that 80’s films are probably written off before they’ve even been given a chance. Here I, a 16 year old girl who happens to have a keen interest in the cinema of […]

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Cannabis doesn’t mean a degree

3rd August 2017

There’s a sort of urban myth among students that cannabis can somehow help you to learn and pass exams. Everyone knows someone who knows a person whose cousin’s friend got 12 A*s and 3 distinctions because they sat their exams while off their head on some kind of drug- usually cannabis. Well according to new […]

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“Tragic” and “Terrifying” Empty Bus Seats

3rd August 2017

An anti-immigrant Norwegian Facebook group ‘Fatherland First’ mistook some empty bus seats (below) as women in burqas. The seats were described as ‘tragic’ and ‘terrifying’. The 13,000 members of the group pondered on whether the offending empty seats could be carrying explosives or weapons underneath their clothes. ‘Get them out of our county – frightening […]

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House of Cards Review

1st August 2017

5/5 Netflix’s original series have been taking the world by storm over the past few years from Orange is the New Black to, most recently, 13 Reasons Why. House of Cards is one of those original series – and one that goes far beyond the excellence of the others. Political dramas usually have a one-series run with three hour-long episodes. […]

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Paris Hilton: Twitter Take-over

31st July 2017

She can sing, she can act and she can understand and create abstract internet humour. Is there anything Paris Hilton can’t do? For reasons probably only known to Paris, she has started posting memes using iconic pictures of herself from the last decade and they are all fabulous. Here are some of her tweets and a strong […]

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Top of the Lake: China Girl

27th July 2017

The second series of Jane Campion’s Top of The Lake (Subtitled ‘China Girl’) will begin tonight on BBC 2, having first premiered at the Cannes film festival in May of this year, only the second TV series to do so. The whole series will be available from ten o’clock tonight on BBC Iplayer. This series, […]

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Midweek Blues

26th July 2017

You may or may not have heard, but last week a certain game came out on Steam, made by a group of devs, overseen by Game Grumps manager Vernon Shaw. The dating sim, entitled Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, has created quite the hubbub on all of the sites including Tumblr, and Twitter. It […]

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A Female Doctor? What’s the Fuss?

21st July 2017

As is by now well known to most people, the next Doctor Who is to be played by Jodie Whittaker, who is, of course, a woman. The news has seen generally positive reactions, with only a small number opposed to the casting move. For example, Peter Davison, the fifth reincarnation of the Doctor, although having […]

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Burn the Feminist!

20th July 2017

The BBC has published a list of its 96 highest earners, only a third of which are female. There has been, surprisingly, a great deal of surprise about the content of the list, which revealed the top seven highest earners were all male, and only two of the top 14 earners were female. It’s almost […]

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Midweek Blues

19th July 2017

It’s not all doom and gloom. Reddit users were delighted this week after being treated to a certain photo. An image uploaded by user BreakingGarrick showed a young woman on a train helping a younger guy tie his necktie properly. The post has gained 49,000 up votes after just 24 hours online, which is kind […]

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Mental Health: Funding and Legislation Concerns

12th July 2017

Funding for mental health services and mental health issues generally came into the spotlight during the recent general election campaign. Each party included reference to mental health policies in their manifesto, and it appears to be an issue not only of growing concern but also one people have an increased awareness of. It is vital, […]

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Midweek Blues

12th July 2017

One day, they’ll be together. You ever have those friends you just can’t quite meet up with? Their schedule is a bit frantic, and their free time collides with your work time, or you have other plans? Well imagine that but on a 3-year basis. One couple, who met on Tinder back in 2014, has […]

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A Guide to: Uni Open Days

10th July 2017

With the summer now under way and exams put behind us (until August, that is), universities around the UK are opening their doors and inviting as many 16-and-17-year-olds as they can to come and visit. For someone with no experience of universities whatsoever until Year 12, I totally understand all of the confusion, apprehension and […]

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Dover: the Worst Town in Britain

6th July 2017

I tried to think of a pun out of the White Cliffs of Dover song. Nothing came of it. Imagine having your town described as the worst town in Britain. Just imagine this for a moment. You wake up, it’s a lovely sunny day, and you flick on the news or go to your preferred […]

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KFC are on the Ball

5th July 2017

In case you missed it, KFC are incredibly well-versed when it comes to social media and marketing. From their famous stories meme contribution: To their current ad for their Chicken and Rice boxes, starring former Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor. Have a watch below: The scene obviously mimics the iconic Game […]

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Midweek Blues

5th July 2017

Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been going viral for the wrong reasons (or the right, depending on if you hate him or not). Currently, only 39% of Americans think he’s actually doing a good job as POTUS. And frankly, we can see why. Any given day he has done something horrible […]

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UCAS Fairs: Are they Worth it?

1st July 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year for those of us applying to university for 2018 entry. The UCAS fairs are here and as I attended my first one just the other day and had no idea what to expect (I was just told to order a ticket and get the bus there basically), I hope […]

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329,970 Rust Copies Have Been Refunded

29th June 2017

Wow. Facepunch Studios developer Gary Newman has released refund stats, showing just how many people have refunded the game. The 329,970 refunded keys equate to just over $4 million. Added sales stats to our backend today. These are Rust's real Steam Refund figures. pic.twitter.com/IhjUsJUN9N — Garry Newman (@garrynewman) June 28, 2017 It sounds like a […]

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Midweek Blues

28th June 2017

We’d all do it, let’s not beat around the bush. It’s no secret that the rail fares in Britain are without a doubt borderline extortionate. I remember having to go to Berwick for the day and ending up paying £25 for a return. Doesn’t sound like a lot, however 15-year-old Alex was incredibly cross. And […]

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Plane

14th June 2017

People don’t realise how big of a deal concerts are. When was the last time you were at a gig and wondered how they got that there? How do they transport all of that equipment, and all the people required to use that equipment across the world in a matter of days sometimes? Well, it […]

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Times are Changing

13th June 2017

After Mr. President Orange pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord last week, calling it ‘very unfair to the United States’, artists known as Claire&Max have created a visualisation of what would happen if the world ignores the 2°C temperature rise. It’s… rather haunting. Entitled Two °C, it shows some of New York’s iconic streets […]

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Your Dreams Explained

13th June 2017

Whenever you dream about something at night, it’s more often than not your subconscious mind’s way of trying to tell you something about your emotional or spiritual well being and many people find it helpful to use dream dictionaries or interpretations to help them make sense of what their brain is communicating. For most people, […]

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20 Miscellaneous Writing Prompts

13th June 2017

The summer holidays are coming up which means there’s endless amounts of time to write and maybe even crack on with that novel or blog you’ve been putting off. To give you some inspiration or ideas, here are 20 uncategorised writing prompts for you to use in anyway you want. 1- You dream about a […]

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Plus-Sized Models Good for Mental Health

8th June 2017

Who would’ve thought? Oh wait, everyone. As if that needed to be said. Yep, according to researchers at the Florida State University, women experience a boost in their psychological health after seeing realistic body shapes and sizes, rather than underweight models. The researchers recruited 49 women, all wanting to lose weight. These women were then […]

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Don’t Mess with the Future

8th June 2017

Seriously, look what happened to The Terminator. As you are probably well aware, today is voting day for the UK. Where we’ll chose between the pool of parties that have put forward their ideas, and cases for why they should lead. But let’s be real: there are only two parties that actually matter. Those led […]

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Midweek Blues

7th June 2017

You know, for all the pressure and debating and fighting, I quite like election season. Some quality things happen that otherwise wouldn’t. Corbyn ate a Pringle, which everyone went mad for, one of our very own writers got the political equivalent of a shoutout at Corbyn’s public talk on Sunday, and, well, Theresa May made […]

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You Have to Love the UK

6th June 2017

You know, it’s been an odd few weeks. Two attacks in such a short space of time is enough to get anyone a bit down. But you know what? We aren’t about that. If something happens to us, we take it in our stride and make something out of it. We combat problems with the […]

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Politics: Two for One Takeaway

1st June 2017

Theresa May, while she spouts the idea of a ‘strong and stable’ Britain, seems to be doing everything she can to prove otherwise. While the debate was going on last night, she decided to do the only sensible thing. Wander around people’s houses all afternoon in the hopes of catching someone who could stand to […]

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(Late) Midweek Blues

1st June 2017

Another week, another meme. It’s almost a schedule that Mr. President Orange will say something dumb, and the entirety of rational people on the internet will take the opportunity to take the mick. This week: We have no idea what it means. No one does. We’re all perplexed here. Is it secret code for something? […]

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Grammar Check: Persons vs People

29th May 2017

English grammar is hard and more so when we have two different words for “people” that no one really knows the difference between. Whether it’s for your own personal learning or revision for an English exam, you may be looking up some of those abstract grammar terms to try and make sense of them. Well […]

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Why Did That Sea Lion React Like That?

29th May 2017

For the last week or so, the thing that’s been taking over the Internet is that video of a little girl being snatched and dragged under water by a sea lion. You’ll probably already know that she, thankfully, was rescued immediately by a man that jumped straight in after her. If you haven’t seen the […]

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Fidget Spinners Are Just Toys

16th May 2017

There are very few things in life that give me an urge to delete every single one of my social media accounts but all of these fidget spinner videos have brought me close. These fidget toys have completely taken over the internet and they’ve reached that stage in the children’s product life cycle where they’re […]

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People are Dumb

15th May 2017

There are a lot of connotations when it comes to alcohol and bathing. Wine in a bubble bath, cider in a shower when you’re feeling emotionally crippled. But it turns out, we were doing it wrong! Yes everyone, we’ve done it all wrong all this time. Two Swedish companies have shown us how to do […]

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Midweek Blues

10th May 2017

I mean it’s cute, but it’s also terrifying. Just to mention, no one got hurt, everyone’s fine, the bear is also fine, don’t call PETA. How terrifying would it be, for example, if you were spending a lovely Monday afternoon just making some brownies, to look to your right, and see a giant freaking bear […]

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Midweek Blues

3rd May 2017

People are losing their minds. Remember way back when, at the Trump Inauguration? The Wotsit himself turned to his wife Melania, and she beamed at his as he turned. But as he faced forward again… well: Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump's built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump pic.twitter.com/XiNd2jiLUF — Andy Ostroy […]

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Midweek Blues

26th April 2017

Flashbacks incoming. About a month ago, we ran a story about a really cool charity, who give ill children the means to explore new worlds, build and create and just forget about the world for a bit, by donating game stations to hospitals. Each of the stations comes with a few games, a console and some […]

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Player Pacifists Diablo II

20th April 2017

Occasionally on this blog, we showcase some of the finer feats in gaming. From beating a boss without dodging to recreating a popular game trailer in modern CG, we’ve covered some pretty neat stuff. But occasionally we get something like this, which completely changes the game. (HA. Pun). If you’re any sort of gamer you […]

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Midweek Blues

19th April 2017

I cried. Swedish furniture company IKEA, have donated $300 and 10 cat-sized beds to the Etobicoke Humane Society, in Ontario, Canada. The cats are obviously adorable, however, it means a lot more to the workers and felines in the shelter. Look at them! In a Facebook post, the shelter said: “Our floors are easy to […]

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A Lil’ Pick Me Up

18th April 2017

It’s got to be said, a lot of the time, show hosts can be a little bit insufferable, but sometimes, just sometimes, they make you grin. And keep grinning. Giggle almost. Well, in case you didn’t know, James Corden hosts a Late Late Show, and often does a thing called Drop the Mic, where he […]

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20 Daring Writing Prompts

17th April 2017

For this collection of writing prompts, the theme will be all about risky and emotional pieces of writing. They’ll be ideal for anyone wanting to write a more revealing and challenging article, story or blog post. Write from the POV of someone who has made you feel angry/upset. Discuss something that you really struggle with […]

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Fallout 4 Mod Spotlight

16th April 2017

Long-time, no mods, am I right? Having recently downloaded Fallout 4 again, after culling my mod list to oblivion, I found it only right that I then have a good look at some of the best of the best that’s out on the Nexus. So, this week, we’re going to be looking at two things, […]

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