• Editorials Summer travelling along North Coast 500
    With the continued complications of travel as a result of the ongoing pandemic, many people will likely be seeking alternative holidays this year. One suggestion which might be good for many people is Scotland’s North Coast 500. What is the North Coast 500? The NC500 is a tourist route starting at Inverness Castle which takes […]
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  • Editorials Should social media accounts require ID?
    A petition created by Katie Price put forward the idea of requiring verified ID to open a social media account, after her family suffered “the worst kind of abuse towards [her] disabled son” Harvey. Over 600,000 people supported the petition, whose proposal gathered further approval after the abhorrent racial abuse suffered by footballers following the […]
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  • News Turkey wildfires explained
    Wildfires often have a devastating impact on communities and towns when they reach the stage of being fully out of control. Unfortunately, this has been the case in Turkey. In terms of the scale of the recent events, the Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister has stated that 53 forest fires have been separately recorded in […]
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  • News German gymnastics women’s team change uniforms
    Germany’s women gymnastics team have changed their uniforms in protest against the sexualisation of women in the sport. Rather than wear the traditional swimsuit-cut leotards, they have been wearing full-coverage bodysuits. The gymnasts competed at the European Championships in these bodysuits, with Sarah Voss explaining that they wanted young girls to feel safe in the […]
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  • Editorials Is Covid vocabulary changing our attitude?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a shift in the vocabulary used to describe the Covid-19 pandemic. On 24 July, Health Secretary Sajid Javid was met with swift criticism after he tweeted (and later deleted) that people should “learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus.” News outlets have also begun […]
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  • Editorials Unemployment devastation hitting young men
    A recent study has found that 40% of unemployed Brits suffer from depression, which is double the amount for the unemployed. As a consequence of unemployment, mental health has suffered. The once thriving industrial towns have been ravaged of their workforce as society moves away from manual labour. Now, mainly men under 45 are left […]
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  • Editorials Ten Things You Didn’t Know About South Korea
    South Korea has enjoyed a rapid and prosperous ascent to one of the world’s leading countries. That being said, there are still many interesting and unique aspects to its culture. Let’s go through ten of them here today. If you want a job in South Korea, best to have a clean-shaven face. Beards are not […]
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  • Editorials Jamaica and the case for reparations
    Reparations. A controversial topic when discussing post-colonialism. The conversation around whether former colonial powers should pay back former colonies was brought back into the spotlight when, last week, Jamaica formally demanded monetary reparations from the United Kingdom over slavery. Olivia Grange, the Jamaican Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, told Reuters: “We are hoping for […]
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  • Movies Palm Springs: Time-looping but different
    I often find it hard to get excited about new films these days. With many filmmakers having an interest in recycling and reusing past ideas and concepts, repackaging them as best they can, it’s hard to get into a film without a sense of Déjà vu. So when Palm Springs was announced, it was hard […]
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  • News Mental health: Third of children denied care
    More than a third of children referred to mental health services last year were turned away. Around 73,000 of 195,000 patients were closed before treatment even began in the year 2020-21, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the Labour Party. It is likely that these figures actually understate the number of children […]
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  • Reviews Doctor Who: Every Revival Episode Rated (Series Four)
    The final season for showrunner Russell T Davies and the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Series Four is arguably the most acclaimed, iconic, and beloved season of television the show has ever produced. So loved was this era that five special episodes were produced throughout 2009 to pay tribute to their final days. All these episodes […]
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  • health Women’s vaccine symptoms ignored
    As more women get their vaccines, most notably in the 18-29 age bracket, the common side effects experienced differ to those identified by vaccine providers. A change in periods, breast pain, and even breast cancer symptoms have been some of the serious side effects that women are facing – but with no warning. The lack […]
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  • Movies Film Review: Bo Burnham: Inside
    Bo Burnham is in many ways a perfect figure to usher in this new wave of pandemic performance art. He is a figure of millennial endeavour, being a musical comedian who got his start on YouTube over a decade ago. One of the original internet content creators, a type of job spearheaded by this generation, […]
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  • Books Book Review: Ace of Spades
     Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. This book was an unexpected buy, but the premise of the book had me hooked. A Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars-type thriller but with two black leads who are LGBTQ? Sign me up! In fact, the plot is so much more than I could’ve hoped for. I can see […]
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  • Editorials Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Japan
    With the Tokyo Olympics underway in Japan, there is no better time to look at the country and explore some facts which you may not know about the country. 10. Vending machines Japan is home to 5 million vending machines. These machines contain all sorts of things including hot soup and alcoholic beverages. 9. Population […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    The Olympics are well underway, with surprises left, right and centre. Here we’ll have a look at the most prominent stories as well as what’s happening outside in the world of sport. Olympics The USA leads the medal charge with 30 so far but China’s twelve gold medals mean they take the glory in the […]
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  • Editorials Why I’m Still Wearing a Mask
    Last Monday, the long-awaited “freedom day” came to pass, and all Covid-19 restrictions on social contact were lifted in England. Many are cheering on the elimination of the requirement to wear masks indoors, with mask policies now being in the hands of venues and individuals rather than the government. But for many, including myself, “freedom […]
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  • News Trafficking victims found in cannabis factory
    Scattered cooking pots. Matted covers clustered all over the floor. Cardboard for beds and full bottles of urine. This is what was discovered by Catalan police when rescuing sex trafficking victims inside a cannabis production facility. This horrific and bizarre crime scene has happened under the noses of mainstream media. Eight people have been arrested […]
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  • Environment A threat to the African ecosystems
    With all the recent calamities in the ocean, you would expect companies to be acting with more caution when it comes to oil drilling affairs. BP, however, is planning to establish a new drilling operation on the edge of the world’s largest cold-water coral reef. You’d think alarm bells would be ringing immediately as a […]
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  • Music Streaming services scamming musicians
    A recent inquiry commissioned by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has found that the current music streaming services model is in need of a “complete reset”. Currently, both established and up-and-coming artists have found themselves facing little to no return on the work they put out, with some artists receiving as little […]
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  • News Why have rape convictions fallen?
    Last week, it was revealed that rape convictions have fallen to their lowest ever in England and Wales. Authorities have been accused of decriminalising sexual assault as official statistics show that prosecutions have fallen to 1.4% in England and Wales over the last year. This is a record low for convictions since records began. Police […]
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  • Reviews The Handmaid’s Tale: Worth the Watch?
    The Handmaid’s Tale is currently airing its fourth series on Channel 4. The Emmy award-winning show first aired in 2017 and has hooked audiences since. Based on the classic book by Margaret Atwood, the show looks at a dystopian, theocratic America, now called Gilead, where fertile women are forced to become ‘handmaids’ – to carry […]
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  • Editorials What is critical race theory?
    Recently, critical race theory has started to crop up in headlines from California to Canberra. Of course, in the last year, race has become a much more prominent topic of conversation in the Western world. So, what is critical race theory – sometimes known as CRT – and why has it been gaining so much […]
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  • Politics Boris Johnson’s Parliament poverty lie
    Boris Johnson told Parliament recently that “fewer households are living in poverty compared to ten years ago”. This is a drastically incorrect statement given the reality that poverty has actually risen in the past ten years. This isn’t the first time that Johnson has been used misleading statistics in political debates, and considering his government’s […]
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  • Reviews Doctor Who: Every Revival Episode Rated (Series Three)
    If series one was the season that got me into Doctor Who, series three is what made me love it. Some of the episodes here genuinely changed my life. The Tenth Doctors stories become darker, more inventive and more entertaining as he is pushed to new extremes. Does it still hold up? Let’s find out. […]
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  • TV Top Five Comedy TV Shows
    With so many comedy TV shows out there, it’s often hard to find the perfect gems. This list aims to give you a fantastic selection of different comedy TV shows to binge on. 5. Arrested Development A show you have likely heard of, Arrested Development, is one of the funniest comedy shows centred on a […]
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  • Editorials Lockdown: The Damage on Children
    A study conducted by University College London has concluded that the harm of lockdown school closures extends to children, with the most common illness being anxiety. Around 60% of boys and 47% of girls are said to be the major casualties. It has long been known that lockdown has had a tremendous impact on mental […]
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  • Editorials Legend Robin Williams’ 70th birthday
    Actor, comedian, and writer Robin Williams would have been 70 today. The star of many blockbusters was a childhood hero of many, starring in the likes of Mrs Doubtfire, Flubber and Jumanji which have entertained millions over the years. After Mrs Doubtfire filming, Lisa Jakub who played Williams’ eldest daughter, received a letter from her school […]
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  • Movies What’s Coming to Cinemas?
    Cinemas are back in full swing and it is summer season. There is a slate of upcoming blockbusters that are sure to spark interest among many who have been away from the big screen for a long time now. Let’s have a look over what is set to come out in the next few weeks. […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    With the Euros now over, our attention turns to other summer sports. The main headlines for the next few weeks will be dominated by the Olympic games but that doesn’t mean the world of sport, from Formula One to boxing, will not be dramatic in different ways. Football Football’s Team GB women began their Olympic […]
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  • Reviews TV Review: Loki
    Marvel Studios’ third TV show of 2021, Loki, had the likes of WandaVision to live up to, and it certainly did not disappoint.  This series stars Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, and Owen Wilson. The show takes place after the time changing events in New York 2012, as seen in Avengers: Endgame where Loki steals […]
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  • Education Are the impending grades fair?
    Students across the country are concerned that they will not receive fair GCSE and A Level grades this summer. Rather than taking exams, students have been assessed by their teachers, based on a range of evidence including mock exams, coursework, and in-class tests using questions by exam boards. According to a poll by the Social […]
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  • Editorials Are elite universities the best place?
    With COVID disrupting our daily lives and routines, work-from-home becoming standard, and universities remaining online, it’s the education sector that has arguably had to adapt the most to this new way of life. Considering last year’s A-Level results fiasco, where state-school kids missed their university offers due to Gavin Williamson’s algorithm, universities like Oxford and […]
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  • Sport Should the Olympics go ahead?
    The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting event on the planet. Across the globe, millions of people tune in to watch the most elite athletes compete in the most prestigious competition. With the recent state of emergency announced in host city Japan, should the Olympics still go ahead? This is certainly a tough situation for […]
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  • TV Love Island: The Story So Far
    It’s that time of year again where the sun is boiling hot, we spend days in the sun, and get back in the house, sat before the TV at 9pm, ready to watch Love Island. The show has returned to our screens after a Covid-related hiatus, but this series has been a bit of a […]
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  • News Wetherspoons financial woes but who really suffers?
    For years, Wetherspoons has been a staple of British pub culture. For many people, the cheap food and drink is hard to resist especially in expensive areas of the country. With recent calls to boycott the brand over its treatment of staff, has Wetherspoons taken a hit? The initial calls for boycotts against Wetherspoons began […]
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  • News Cat food recall as deadly disease spreads
    If you’ve recently visited a supermarket, you may have noticed that areas of the store stocking cat food products appear quite bare. This lack of stock is not due to supply shortages, but rather a far more serious issue. Across the country, there has been a serious rise in cases of cats tragically being inflicted […]
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  • Environment Canada in Crisis
    It’s common knowledge that the planet is currently undergoing serious climate change as a result of global warming. While many argue about the real impact of global warming, the recent heat dome in Canada has proven the severity of the issue. The heat dome which has formed over Canada has caused absolutely insane levels of […]
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  • Movies Film Review: Black Widow
    The most recent addition to the renowned Marvel Cinematic Universe is the 2021 Black Widow film, which certainly does not divert from the extremely high expectation that comes with each instalment of anything associated with Marvel. Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz star in the film that follows the hit Captain America: […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    England fought valiantly to the end but it was Italy who took the spoils. Even without this, it was a massive week in sports and a disappointment for the Lions. Let’s have a look to see what else has happened. Football Three players from England have been represented in UEFA’s official Team of the Tournament. […]
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  • Editorials Doctor Who: Every Revival Episode Rated (Series Two)
    David Tennant’s first series continues the strong impact made by the first. We see the Doctor and Rose go into even more extreme dangers here. Series Two is notable for its massive fluctuations in quality between episodes. A handful here many consider classics while others are notable for their infamous poor reception. Let’s see how […]
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  • Editorials The British Army must be held to account
    It’s been about 60 years since the Troubles began in Northern Ireland, with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 bringing much of the tension to an end. A sectarian conflict, arguably lasting centuries; its foundation on the colonisation and exploitation of Ireland since the Tudor period. A nation of six counties still occupied by Britain, […]
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  • Editorials Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Australia
    As one of the most popular and sought-out destinations in the entire world, we thought it would be appropriate to share with you ten of the best facts about the land down under, Australia. 91% of Australia is covered by vegetation. That’s nearly seven million square miles. This also means Australia is very sparse in […]
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  • News UK hairdressers to learn how to cut and style Afro hair
    In the UK, black people will know that they can’t just walk into any hairdresser in town and have their hair done. It is a common experience that most black people can relate to. There can be a look of fear and intimidation on stylists’ faces when confronted with an Afro or textured hair. Thankfully, […]
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  • Education Should the government ban mobile phones in schools?
    The government are always pushing reforms into education in England, the most recent of which is to tackle the use of mobile phones in schools. The principal aim of the government is to keep the devices out of classrooms. This reform, however, is not backed by all educational professionals as some argue against the ban […]
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  • News Deprived school funding has moved to wealthy areas
    A National Audit Office report has found that school funding for the most disadvantaged areas of England has fallen, while funding for the most affluent areas has increased. The report found that the average per pupil funding in the most deprived fifth of schools fell by 1.2% between 2017-18 and 2020-21. In contrast, this funding […]
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  • Editorials Is a four day working week the future?
    For most people living in the UK, it’s hard to avoid working the typical 9-5 working week. Even as working roles have changed over time, the notion of a five-day working week has remained consistent and true. While most people continue to work these traditional hours, a recent study conducted in Iceland has potentially showcased […]
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  • Editorials Football didn’t come home, but racism did
    Unfortunately, football did not come home at the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. Well done to Italy for a game well played. However, England fans are famously terrible losers and so racism ensued. Rather than congratulate the men’s team on making it to the final and playing their best, what followed was a barrage of […]
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