• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Editorials Sarah Everard and the Met Police failure
    When Sarah Everard, a marketing executive living in London, a Durham University graduate; a girlfriend, friend, daughter; a human being, was abducted, raped, and murdered by a complete stranger when she was walking home one evening, the nation was shook. For days, social media was ablaze with rightly furious women posting about what had happened […]
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  • Editorials The dangers of eating disorder culture
    Almost one and a half million people in the UK are suffering from some form of eating disorder, based on reported cases alone. It is estimated that the true figure is somewhere closer to three to four million when accounting for those who do not seek treatment. Eating disorders can manifest as binge eating and […]
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  • Editorials Why should we still study for an English degree?
    For a long time, there has been a stigma against people studying for an English degree. Many people claim that the only degrees that hold value are those in fields such as science and mathematics. While many high paying jobs do exist in these fields, making them appear much more lucrative, without English degrees, a […]
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  • Editorials Epstein and Maxwell: Mysteries still unsolved
    It has now been established that the UK was another hotspot. Another hotspot for Jeffrey Epstein to procure underage girls for sex trafficking. All with the help of on-trial associate Ghislaine Maxwell. A Channel 4 News team has revealed that almost a dozen young women and girls were trafficked and abused over a decade by […]
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  • Editorials Why BMI is inefficient and archaic
    To anyone who has entered their weight onto a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator, don’t let any of it get to you. Whatever your fitness level, it is not a reliable source. BMI is a fundamentally flawed and archaic way of defining body weight – and should be ignored. The major problem with BMI is […]
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  • Editorials Covid shows governments care most about profit
    As we draw towards what we hope will be the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important to reflect upon the relationship economy and profit has had with public health over the past fifteen months. Most importantly, what does it what tells us about that same relationship in normal times? Across the world, governments […]
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  • Editorials The importance of SPF protection
    With incredible weather recently returning to the UK, many people will find themselves making the most of the sun and spending time outdoors. Will they be using SPF protection though? While you can’t argue with making the most of good weather in the UK, many people who spend large periods of time in the sun […]
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  • Editorials WHO advice for female alcohol consumption is misogynistic
    The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent ‘Alcohol Action Plan’ seeks to raise awareness of alcohol-related harm, but it has presented itself as disgustingly misogynistic in the process. WHO’s recent draft stated that drinking should be avoided entirely by “women of childbearing age”, among other groups such as pregnant women and adolescents. The premise alone suggested […]
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  • Editorials Is wild camping the answer to travel restrictions?
    With the future of travel being so unclear as a result of ongoing Coronavirus restrictions, many people have found themselves unable to take much-needed holidays. For anybody who lives in Scotland, the existence of the right to roam provides the ability to access all lands freely for recreational purposes – including wild camping. This right […]
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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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  • Editorials The importance of defibrillators
    In the aftermath of Christian Eriksen’s harrowing ordeal at the Euros, universal praise went to the medical staff on standby. Their quick thinking might well have saved a man’s life that night. However, it reminds us that cardiac arrests are a rare but real danger during sporting events and any time of life. This is […]
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  • Editorials Mastering Politics: China’s Uighur genocide
    In the news for the past few months have been stories about an ongoing genocide in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. Most of the population living in the north-western region are Uighur Muslims and they are currently the victims of horrific government-sanctioned abuse. Please note: this article features mentions of rape and torture. Who are […]
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  • Editorials Is EURO 2020 using vaccine passports a good idea?
    It has recently been revealed that for the upcoming group stages of EURO 2020, vaccine passports will be used as a means of allowing fans into Wembley for the group stages. But is this fair for most supporters? Although the initial headlines may have created concerns for younger fans who haven’t had an opportunity to […]
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  • Editorials Instagram activism and its fundamental flaw
    It’s easy to ridicule large corporations for their callous approach to social issues. Their indifference to the bigger picture is pretty obvious and the PR teams usually slap together a sanctimonious piece of virtue signalling. All for the promise of profit. Everyone in the world has talked about this kind of activism – it is […]
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  • Editorials The History of Section 28 – Britain’s Dark Side
    In 1988, the Local Government Act brought in by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government introduced Section 28 to Britain. It is one of the most controversial and deeply harmful pieces of legislation ever seen in Parliament because of what it meant for the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Section 28 prevented schools from “promoting the teaching of […]
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  • Editorials Cryptocurrency (and the price crash) explained
    Cryptocurrency as an emerging market has caused numerous headlines both positive and negative throughout its time on the scene. Recently, following weeks of all-time records for Bitcoin and other Altcoins in terms of value, the market has found itself falling steeply in value. In order to understand the recent events of the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency […]
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  • Editorials Will the reversal of China’s two-child policy be enough?
    Recently, China has announced they will be ending their controversial two-child policy, allowing Chinese couples to now have up to three children. In the announcement, the CCP stated that the new regulations would “improve China’s population structure” – but will this be the case, or has Chinese society adapted to the one-and-two-child policies? The one-child […]
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  • Editorials Diana and the press: The history and scandal
    The story of Diana, Princess of Wales exemplifies the tragedy that the media has evoked, and continues to evoke upon the lives of many. The history of Diana and her experience with the media is one of the most well known instances of mass media bullying that the world has ever seen. Diana’s own brother, […]
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  • Editorials Prince Harry is braver than he gets credit for
    Ever since Prince Harry said in a 2017 interview that he sought professional counselling, I have always found everything he does strikes a chord with me. That kind of raw, open honesty from someone in his shoes was unheard of – and it meant way more than he could have ever known. Recommended Reading: Prince […]
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  • Editorials 10 Northerners You Didn’t Know Were Northern
    The North is one amazing place to live, work, and study – but you didn’t need us to tell you that. We all know that being Northern is the best gift we could have been giving, even if our region’s achievers are oftentimes the forgotten folk. So, we’ve devised this list of ten amazing Northerners […]
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  • Editorials The gender health gap: How the medical system treats women
    As a young adult, I know that the realities of healthcare can sometimes cause failure in looking after patients. What if you found out that half of the world’s population is being failed? It’s well-established that your race, class and wealth can affect your quality of healthcare. But one of the less obvious ways, and […]
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  • Editorials Understanding the gender discussion
    Train Operator LNER has recently set twitter alight after a non-binary rail union representative complained about the gender language a conductor chose to use. Passengers were greeted with ‘good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’. LNER’s apology has caused a lot of debate, with some praising them on their response, and some calling it […]
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  • Editorials Will you miss anything about lockdown life?
    Every cloud has a silver lining. And in this pandemic era, that silver lining has arguably been the copious amount of time we’ve all had for self reflection. Lockdown life has given a lot of us time to focus on things we’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time to get around to.  […]
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  • Editorials Top 5 ways to handle exam stress
    It’s that time of year. You’ve learned what you need to have learned, the days are getting longer, the weather is getting better and here we are: consumed by exam stress. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed at the thought of doing a test right now, especially after a year of online learning. […]
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  • Editorials Helen McCrory’s most iconic roles
    Helen McCrory, the prominent big sister of Thomas Shelby in the BBC cult show Peaky Blinders, lost her battle with cancer last week. Having kept her illness secret, the 52-year-old actress appeared to battle the dreaded disease with as much determination as she did her roles on screen and stage. Comments from fellow thespians and […]
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  • Editorials What I’ve Learned in 21 Years
    In case the headline isn’t clear, let’s just say it: I’m 21 today. That’s 7,665 days, or 183,960 hours, alive on this random planet in the Milky Way. When you put it like that, 21 years seemingly doesn’t equate to much at all. But, as every person who has lived to this point will testify: […]
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  • Editorials Are single-sex schools the safest prevention of sexual harassment?
    There is a timely, outdated belief that has parents wanting their sons to go to mixed-sex schools to benefit from the civilising influence of girls, and for their daughters to go to single-sex schools, to protect them from the corrupting influence of boys. Or, as reported now, to protect them from sexual harassment. Of course, […]
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  • Editorials Is Keir Starmer doing a good job as Labour leader?
    Following the Corbyn era, the position of Labour leader was going to be difficult to fill. Low and behold Sir Keir Starmer. Starmer has noticeably reached out to former Labour voters who turned their backs on the party in 2019 by wrapping himself in a union jack. When making a speech, he will often emphasise […]
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  • Editorials Netflix vs Disney+
    Following Netflix’s recent announcement that there will be limitations set on device sharing between households, a huge question has been posed in my mind as to whether or not my Netflix subscription is actually worth it. Other services, such as Disney+, Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV have been gaining a lot of traction recently. […]
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  • Editorials Should the Royal Family be abolished?
    It comes as no surprise that the Royal Family is a controversial topic. Drama from every drop of the bloodline. Prince Andrew’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit — and crucially, the couple’s allegations that their son was subjected to racism from within the royal household— begs the question […]
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  • Editorials Netflix cracking down on password sharing
    Netflix has begun to test a feature that asks viewers whether or not they live in the same household as a Netflix account holder. This feature is intended to crack down on those who share passwords between family and friends. It is reported that some users of the streaming service have encountered a message asking […]
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