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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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Midweek Blues

12th April 2017

I’m not going to lie to you, people, I’ve got nothing this week. So here are some cute animals to keep you going through the rest of the week. I swear I’ll be more committed next week. But this week has been manic. From the diabolical Pepsi ad, to Sean Spicer, to United Airlines all […]

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20 Comedy Writing Prompts

10th April 2017

This new instalment of writing prompts is really more aimed at bloggers who write about their personal lives and experiences. Feel free to use some of these prompts or change some up a little bit to give your blog followers a bit of a laugh. Write about something that made you cringe. Describe what you […]

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(Late) Midweek Blues

6th April 2017

Due to some rather late nights and a terrible sleeping pattern it completely slipped my mind that yesterday was in fact a Wednesday, and we missed the Blues story. I know you’re all shocked and I do apologise. But I had an idea. What do we do when we sleep? We dream. And when we […]

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20 Weird Writing Prompts

5th April 2017

We’re always looking for ways to help out other aspiring writers so please enjoy and use our next instalment of writing prompts. This time, the theme is anything that could prompt a really weird and creepy piece of writing. 1- You’re at a funeral of a friend of a friend and you notice that all […]

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Actual Helpful Advice for University Open Days

5th April 2017

It’s just about coming up to that time of year where thousands of A-level students will be visiting different cities and universities all over the UK to try and make the difficult decision of choosing who you’re going to give £9,000 a year to for a degree. There are a million things to take into […]

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Review: BBC In Our Time Podcasts

5th April 2017

Anyone with an interest in the world and its unusual functions as well as current affairs and how they came to be will find something they love in BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time podcasts. Melvyn Bragg (who may actually have the best job in the world) hosts the programmes where experts (usually academics from some of […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

3rd April 2017

True friendship Happy Monday, folks. On a nice spring morning I thought I’d talk about something that gives me the same feeling as this wonderful season does: true friendship. Yes, that’s right, true friendship can make you feel fresh, happy and warm as if you’ve just come out of the dark cave that is winter. […]

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B**p Paying for Tampons

30th March 2017

Seriously. Viagra isn’t taxed and tampons are. The heck, people? It has been revealed that girls miss or skip classes due to not being able to afford sanitary items like tampons and pads. It has also been shown that it is primarily low-income families that are affected. The Education Secretary, when asked in Parliament, said […]

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Midweek Blues

29th March 2017

Sometimes some people just don’t get it, do they? This week, Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley and writer for the show Lauren Morelli tied the knot on the shoe that is life-long commitment, and people were simply swooning over it. @mefeater WOW they look gorgeous — auntie yonce ✨ (@99sAndThe2000s) March 26, […]

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And Now, Something Really Chill

28th March 2017

Y’know what sucks about hospitals? The lack of things to do, staring at the ceiling, bored. Especially for children’s wards – think of how boring it must be for younger people in a hospital. TV costs money, and there’s never anything on worth watching. So the solution? Donating consoles. Children at the Seattle Children’s Hospital […]

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Of Bots and Boars

28th March 2017

Cast your mind back six years. A nuclear meltdown at the plant in Fukushima was triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. It destroyed over one million buildings, and 18,000 people died. A further 100, 000 people were forced to evacuate, and an estimated 600 tonnes of toxic fuel was leaked during the incident. […]

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Student Hacks: How to Avoid Needing to Iron

26th March 2017

In amongst lectures, homework and parties there is barely enough time to cook a nutritious meal let alone waste an extra thirty minutes a week ironing. Besides, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at somebody and thought, “Omg, how creased is that shirt?”. However, some occasions call for un-creased clothes so here are some simple […]

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#NotMyRodrick

26th March 2017

So the Internet isn’t taking well to the new Rodrick in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. The role used to be played by Devon Bostick who had a bit of an emo/bad boy vibe to him, but now, Charlie Wright will be taking over as Greg Heffley’s maniac older brother. If you have […]

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Review: Red Nose Day Actually

25th March 2017

It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. Since it’s release in 2003, we’ve been pining to know how our favourites got on. The worst gift-wrapper ever? The Portuguese wife-to-be? The Prime Minister? Of course, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Love Actually‘s epilogue was aired live on BBC One last night as a […]

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Red Nose Day: What’s the Craic?

23rd March 2017

So, it’s almost Red Nose Day, where a large number of people will make a fool out of themselves for charity, all day long. You’ve probably already seen the famous Noses pop up in stores, and all proceeds go to Comic Relief. Viewers this year can expect a pretty well buffed line-up of stars, from […]

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Midweek Blues

22nd March 2017

A busker who was recently banned from Facebook for uploading a cover of an Ed Sheeran song said she was shocked to have received a reply from the artist himself, apologising for the block. Charlotte Campbell, a 27-year-old busker and solo artist, put a teaser up for her next cover, then was blocked for three […]

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Uuuuugh Why?

21st March 2017

The Big Bang Theory will be returning for another two seasons, reports Deadline. The main stars of the incredibly popular (yet also incredibly unfunny) show will all be returning. Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki and Kunal Nayyar, have all signed on for another 48 episodes of the show. This will take the […]

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My Hero

21st March 2017

Not all heroes wear capes. This one just happens to fight fires. It’s a fair assumption to say that of the entire firefighting service of the US, very few are Hispanic. A fair assumption to say again that there are very few Hispanic Muslims. That’s why Twitter user Rahma (@mexicaen) has been gaining traction over […]

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The Worst People on Facebook

20th March 2017

Look, we all have ‘em; we all have ‘em on social media, so let’s just lay them all out shall we? Fitness freaks – These people make us sick. They spend 95% of their time at the gym, running, exercising. Yoga. Eugh. These are arguably some of the most narcissistic people you could ever meet, […]

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What Even?

15th March 2017

Remember International Women’s Day last week? That whole thing? Celebrating women for dealing with things like discrimination, sexism, and misogyny on a daily basis, and celebrating women who consistently rise above us all because they’re so great? That whole thing? Well:   Yep. The public platform, meant to be a way to talk about opportunities, […]

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Midweek Blues

15th March 2017

Probably one of the more uplifting BBC blunders in the past few years. In case you didn’t know, a recent interview with Professor Robert Kelly on the BBC was interrupted by some rather excitable guests. His two children, and his rather flustered wife, Jung-a Kim. Honestly? Best thing to happen on live TV for ages. […]

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You Are What You Wear

14th March 2017

Honestly, I did not know this. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has said women’s fashion choices are having a negative impact on their health. Things like skinny jeans, hoodies, and even cross body bags are causing damage to back muscles and legs too. Chiropractor Tim Hutchful said that he is “always surprised” at how many […]

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Are Career Meetings Really Necessary For Students?

11th March 2017

The conversation went like this: “What would you like to do in the future?” “I know exactly where I want to be in the future,” I replied, before proceeding to reveal my plans to reach that position. “Here’s a useful website for you.” “Yeah, I’ve seen this one before.” She then offered up a sort […]

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Midweek Blues

8th March 2017

This guy wins Tinder. He just wins. Natalia, a Tinder user, screenshotted a particular Tinder profile yesterday, and literally overnight it has blown up in terms of retweets and likes and shares or whatever it is the kids use. how is tinder free pic.twitter.com/aovc5ciwIV — natalia (@rllynatalia) March 6, 2017 Safe to say people were […]

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Why Are Some People Left-Handed?

6th March 2017

Left-handers have never really had an easy time in this right-handed world. Historically, they’ve been persecuted for years and compared to the Devil, who is apparently left-handed himself. It was always unclear why some people are left-handed but scientists think they might have worked it out. According to research, it’s much less to do with […]

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The Internet’s Best ‘What in Tarnation’ Memes

4th March 2017

What better way to make a mockery of a famous cowboy catchphrase is there than to turn it into a meme? For the last two or three weeks, Twitter, Instagram and all other social network sites have been flooded with this great memes and some of them are just brilliant. We’ve found our favourites and […]

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‘Sex, Drugs and Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone’

2nd March 2017

BBC documentaries have always been highly regarded. Most recently we’ve seen Levine on Love, Reggie Yates Extreme Russia and Drugs Map of Britain, and all have demonstrated how BBC Three have managed to maintain their reputation despite being moved to iPlayer. Sex, Drugs and Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone is yet another gritty, […]

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Midweek Blues

1st March 2017

I feel physically ill. Let’s cut straight to the point. It was revealed yesterday that Trump, the President of the United States, the guy in the White House, the big cheese (what, he’s orange enough?), likes his steak well done. With ketchup. I think we can guess the reaction, can’t we? This is not a […]

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NASA’s Seven New Planets

27th February 2017

Whether it be by memes, tweets or news articles, everyone has heard about the seven new habitable planets that NASA has discovered. The planets are being referred to as TRAPPIST-1 and what’s exciting about them is that they seem to resemble our own solar system. They orbit a star the size of Jupiter in the […]

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Taboo Season Finale

24th February 2017

Tonight is the finale of Tom Hardy’s BBC drama Taboo. Over seven episodes we have followed James Delaney in his quest against the infamous East India Company, as he spins plates with the British monarchy and American spies. It’s been a series of ups and downs, both within the narrative and the quality, but those […]

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Midweek Blues

22nd February 2017

This is a bit weird. Ever have a spare horse just lying around? Need to get rid of it fast? Well, Anna Fitzpatrick might have the hook-up you need. i have so many followup questions. pic.twitter.com/pAUgLREQVC — Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz) February 20, 2017 You read that right. Big, small, strange(?), and regular. This odd fellow […]

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The part of US history we don’t talk about

21st February 2017

The history of the United States of America is widely studied both in the US and in Britain. To be fair, we probably learn more about the US’s history than our own, despite the government’s attempts to quash this by stopping all American literature being studied at GCSE level. But in our extensive cover of […]

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Trump Shouts about ‘Fake News’ as Entirety of Congress Resigns

18th February 2017

The entirety of the Trump administration has resigned, leaving Donald Trump as the first ever President to have to run America absolutely on his own. Trump has said “It’s fine, I’m doing fine. I am absolutely in the best position possible to do this… the news will say I can’t, but I built a business […]

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Handshake Defence

16th February 2017

We do not recommend you try to assault the President of the United States when shaking hands with him. Unless you want to deal with the FBI guys who follow him around. We all know about dear delusional Donald’s handshaking obsession. No better way to assert his dominance than a big, strong, handshake from those […]

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An Ode to Couples

14th February 2017

Yes, ’tis the day when couples rejoice, and single people take advantage of the chocolate on sale. We’ve come up with a little list of various couples you may encounter, should you happen upon them out and about, or Lord forbid you agreed to double date. Let’s do this. Flashy – Flashing lights, expensive gifts […]

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Cheapskate Valentine’s Ideas

13th February 2017

Especially when you’re at school or college, money isn’t always something most people can afford to be reckless with, but that doesn’t mean that your Valentine’s Day can’t be amazing and romantic. Here are some cheap or free date ideas that will leave you with memories instead of an angry letter from your bank. Just […]

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Dear Mr President

11th February 2017

Dear Mr President, I fear, Mr Trump, we have gotten off on the wrong foot. I know I’ve said some terrible things about you in the past, but I would like to take this opportunity to offer my apologies. I was blinded by fake news, and my weak and ignorant female brain was unable to […]

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Valentine’s Lament

11th February 2017

This year, as is the case every year, there shall be a 14th of February. There is absolutely nothing anyone can do about this, and similarly there is almost nothing anyone can do about the fact this also happens to be Valentine’s day. Frankly, I abhor Valentine’s day, and shan’t make any bones about it. […]

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Our Favourite ‘-ism’ Words

9th February 2017

The ‘-ism’ words dominate world affairs. From racism, sexism and fascism to satanism, communism and ecotourism, we hear these words a lot – maybe too much – but in the grand scheme of ‘-isms’ we don’t actually know their family very well at all. There’s around 2,100 ‘-ism’ words in the English language compared to […]

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Midweek Blues

8th February 2017

When you don’t know whether to laugh or cry you have to do both. Who would have thought Trump signing official White House bills would have become a meme. I’m not sure if that was sarcastic or not. Basically, some guy on the internet decided to Photoshop various drawings onto the bill that Trump held […]

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A Vista of Bridges Over the Tyne – Part 2: The Millennium Bridge

6th February 2017

Way back when in December 2016 (a distant memory, I know) I published an article looking back at the history of Newcastle (and Gateshead’s) iconic Tyne Bridge with a view to lusting over the Tyne’s other remarkable bridges for the following weeks. I should’ve known though that – as it always does – life would […]

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Coal Could Be Phased Out Within Our Lifetime

6th February 2017

At long last, we finally have some great news about the environment. Scientists have predicted that by 2050, the use of coal could be completely eradicated and instead, replaced by renewable energy sources such as solar power. Coal is so harmful to the environment because when burned, it releases CO2 which is the largest contributing […]

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kim Woodburn

6th February 2017

Thanks to Celebrity Big Brother and her own hot temper, Kim Woodburn has been very relevant for the past few weeks and not a day has gone by where the “Adulterer Remix” hasn’t come up on our Facebook timeline. If you didn’t know who Kim was before Big Brother (or I’m a Celeb a few […]

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Anticlimaxes

5th February 2017

The Godfather is widely heralded as one of the greatest films ever made. It was for a time the highest grossing film ever made; it won an Oscar for best picture; it’s been called one of the most influential films in American cinematic history and perhaps the most influential ‘gangster’ film ever. Generally, everyone loves […]

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