• Music Album Review: Solar Power by Lorde
    It took four years for Lorde to release a new album and Solar Power, her third, did not disappoint. Anticipation for record rose with the release of singles Solar Power, Stoned at the Nail Salon and Mood Ring, the latter released just the night before the album’s release. A celebration of nature, life and new […]
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  • Books Dolly Parton releasing first novel
    Country idol Dolly Parton has announced that she is writing her first novel. Parton will team up with novelist James Patterson, for her debut named Run, Rose, Run. There will also be a 12-track album based on the characters and plots in the book with lyrics even featuring in Run, Rose, Run. At the centre […]
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  • Politics Free school meals rise
    Statistics show that one in five children are now eligible for free school meals in the UK, impacted by the pandemic.  Since 2010, food poverty has increased drastically. Brutal Tory cuts have contributed to the rise, evidencing systemic disadvantage for poorer and vulnerable families. Now, over 1.74 million children are in need. During the pandemic, […]
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  • Editorials Period poverty increased due to pandemic
    The Royal College of Nursing estimates that around 137,000 children have skipped school due to period poverty. And the COVID-19 pandemic is causing the situation to worsen as the move to online teaching has meant that sanitary products are inaccessible for students. A survey found that since the first lockdown, more than a third of […]
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  • British Will theatre survive the pandemic?
    One of the West End’s newest releases this year is Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ musical Cinderella, a darker version of the original fairy tale featuring theatre’s best, Carrie Hope Fletcher, in the lead role. The original plans of opening in July 2020 were scuppered by the pandemic and now the show has been put back numerous […]
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  • Music Taylor Swift’s Top Five Songs
    Taylor Swift is a versatile artist with a stellar back catalogue ranging in many genres. Her country music beginnings broke records (her original Fearless is the most awarded country album of all time), her pop career elevated her to icon standing, and recent foray into indie and alternative music has proved her legend status. Recommended […]
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  • Politics Keir Starmer is unfit to lead
    Keir Starmer assumed office as Leader of the Opposition on 4 April 2020, after a tight leadership contested by Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey. This is one of the most crucial leadership contests in British political history, considering Labour’s defeat in the 2019 General Election and the general distrust in the previous Party leader, Jeremy […]
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  • Education Teaching Latin creates more class division
    Many have been in uproar at the announcement that the government will be prioritising funding for Latin teaching in state schools in a bid to reduce elitism.  Boris Johnson, an Eton-educated and Oxford Classics graduate, might think this as a great way of ensuring social mobility, but unfortunately for him, this move almost worsens the […]
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Private schools serve to reproduce division and must be abolished
    According to a new poll, almost half of English adults say that private schools harm Britain. With elite institutions like Eton College being 581 years old, the influence of private schools upon English society and the class system is inseparable. This is especially true when you consider that 44% of column journalists are privately educated […]
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  • Other Saoirse Ronan to star as Lady Macbeth
    In recent years Saoirse Ronan has established herself as a leading lady in film. Some notable highlights include her Oscar nominated roles such as Jo March in Little Women, Christine in Lady Bird and Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn. But does her lack of stage work make her casting as Lady Macbeth concerning? Absolutely not. There […]
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  • Music Album Review: Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
    Olivia Rodrigo, star of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series started 2021 with her debut single Driver’s License topping the UK charts for nine weeks, now currently the best-selling single of 2021 so far. On Friday 21st May she released her highly anticipated album SOUR. A collection of frenzy, raw, teenage heartbreak songs- its […]
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  • Environment Capitalism and the Climate: Who Will Win Out?
    A recent Sky News report has detailed that a wealthy minority of people are responsible for the majority of global air travel, with frequent leisure flights rather than the average family holiday. In the last few years, there appears to have been a surge in climate change activism: figures such as Greta Thunberg and organisations […]
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  • Editorials Reflecting on Durham’s vigil for Sarah Everard
    This past week has seen an outpouring of grief for so many victims of sexual harassment and assault. The kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard, a woman who was just trying to walk home, and who did everything that she could to keep herself safe, has incited such anguish in response to her treatment. Her […]
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