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New Year's Resolutions for Women

Fran Hall | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hall

Inspired by the letter to Santa from all women, I've taken the liberty of writing a list of New Year's resolutions for women.

Why Are We Not Drilling Gender Equality Into UK School Children?

Fran Hall | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Fran Hall

Not only do we need to teach history so that it does not repeat itself, we need to teach children to constantly reaffirm their beliefs and constantly challenge their surroundings, otherwise sexism and stereotyping sadly continue to exist and new forms can emerge.

Stop Trying to Make Andy Murray Smile

Matthew Handley | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Handley

The British sports fan is like a child beauty pageant mom, thrusting our not overly-pretty little girl in front of the baying flashbulbs when she'd much rather just be getting on with being a kid.

Higgs-Consistent Particle Discovered at LHC

Théo Le Bret | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Tech
Théo Le Bret

Yesterday was, for many physicists (and physics students), as a friend put it, "a bit like Christmas", and I think it is safe to bet that quite a few at CERN woke up today with a very Christmassy hangover. But, now that the party is over, a question arises (as often on the morning after): what exactly did happen yesterday?

Spain May Be 'Boring', But They're the Greatest International Side Of All Time

Matthew Handley | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Handley

Call them 'boring' if you want, but this Spanish side is the greatest the world has ever seen. And the scary thing is, they're not even done yet...

Racism, Autocracy and Roy Hodgson: Welcome to Euro 2012

Matthew Handley | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Handley

A ball has yet to be kicked, and already Euro 2012 has become the most controversial football tournament in recent memory.

How Can We Get More Women in the Boardroom?

Fran Hall | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK
Fran Hall

Walk into a company boardroom in the UK and you will find members likely to be ageing, white, straight, middle class and, most notably for my arguments here, overwhelmingly male.

Give All State School Students Debating Lessons, Says Twigg

PA | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

State school pupils should be given lessons in debating and interview techniques to improve their speaking skills, the shadow education secretary said...

England's Squad Selection: If I Were a Roy

Matthew Handley | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Handley

I'm willing Hodgson's side to prove me wrong, and like Denmark and Greece before them confound all expectations and march to European glory; unfortunately however, this squad selection doesn't give me much hope.

Is the Matriarchal Woman a Regressive or Progressive Figure for Feminism? A Comparison Between the UK and Jamaica

Fran Hall | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hall

On a recent trip to Jamaica I was struck by the strong presence of the women there. Mothers and grandmothers in particular appear to be the backbone of society and are held up with great respect. This got me thinking about matriarchy, and the role it has to play within feminism and gender equality.

Why 'Squeaky Bum Time' is Manchester United's Best Friend

Matthew Handley | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Handley

For fans of Manchester United, last night's 2-0 win away at Blackburn was a cause for delirious joy, taking their team five points clear at the top of the table. For everyone else it was a cause for grudging admiration and jealousy of a side that, despite being incredibly average at points this season has an unparalleled ability to produce results.

When It's Right to Punish Football Clubs for Their Fans' Behaviour

Matthew Handley | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Handley

On Friday, the Egyptian football team al-Masry were suspended from competition for two seasons. The ban was the national football authority's response to the explosive riots in which 74 people lost their lives following the side's February match against Cairo rivals al-Ahly.

A Plea for Sane Immigration Policies on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Kyle Victor | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK Politics
Kyle Victor

It seems to me that, in a manner somewhat evocative of the Incredible Hulk, politicians in both America and the United Kingdom suddenly mutate from passably normal humans into furious and destructive ogres whenever they discuss the matter of immigration.

Are Mathematics Responsible for the Financial Crisis?

Théo Le Bret | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK
Théo Le Bret

In the recent economic crisis, many of the failures of the system have been attributed to the systematic trading of increasingly elaborate "derivative...

Everton FC: My Complicated Relationship With a Complicated Club

Matthew Handley | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK
Matthew Handley

I'll be up-front with you. I'm a Liverpool FC fan; that's why perhaps writing an article about our cross-Stanley park rivals, Everton, on the day of the Merseyside Derby, may not be the greatest idea.

Near-Zero Tolerance for Trooper Teachers

Sachin Patel | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sachin Patel

There's been a lot of attention paid to the Phoenix Free School in Oldham, for instance, which will be run by a group of ex-servicemen when it opens in 2013, with a focus on discipline and zero-tolerance for bullies and other malfeasants.

Why We Should Not Trivialise 'First World' Gender Inequality

Fran Hall | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Fran Hall

Increasingly often I have days where my usual concerns begin to appear trivial. International Women's day last week was one of those days. So called 'first world' female problems, such as VAT on tampons, reforming maternity leave, men still opening doors for women, are put into perspective when across the world women are frequently denied so many basic human rights.

Why Abramovich Was Wrong To Sack AVB

Matthew Handley | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK
Matthew Handley

It's a saddening indictment of the state of football today that someone who could've been a new 'Special One' was never given the chance to shine at Stamford Bridge.

What Winning the Carling Cup Would Mean to Liverpool

Matthew Handley | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK
Matthew Handley

Liverpool FC's second period under Kenny Dalglish has thus far mimicked the relationship between a petrol-head and his first car; it's stopped and started, sometimes cruising and looking like reaching top speed, only to stutter to a stop with tedious inevitability, but in spite of this, he still loves the old girl.

Why Is There Such Ignorance of Gender Discrimination?

Fran Hall | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK
Fran Hall

In my previous post I was opposing being referred to as an angry feminist and the effects this can have on the movement. On the contrary, at least referring to someone as an angry feminist implies some awareness and dialogue with the doctrine.

Woody Allen Presents... Entropy!

Théo Le Bret | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Tech
Théo Le Bret

Since the Large Hadron Collider has been closed for a while, and experiments concerning the search for the Higg's and other hot topics such as the "faster than light neutrinos" (there is still no firm evidence as to the validity of the results, hence the quotes) are not due to start again until March, in the meantime I would like to take advantage of the break to talk briefly about one of physics most interesting concepts: entropy!

Obama Should Use 'Culture War' Issues to his Advantage in 2012

Kyle Victor | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK Politics
Kyle Victor

Here's my prediction: social issues will matter in the 2012 Presidential election. By that I mean that the candidate who can best control the public narrative surrounding the inevitable debates America will have about divisive socio-cultural issues between now and November will significantly improve their chances of winning the White House.

Fabio Capello's England: An Obituary

Matthew Handley | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK
Matthew Handley

The record will show that Fabio Capello, with a win percentage of 66.7%, is one of England's most successful managers ever. For anyone who has followed the national side over the last four years, those figures serve to mask what has been a reign characterised by mismanagement, disappointment and controversy.

The Vicious Cycle of the Angry Feminist

Fran Hall | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK
Fran Hall

I am not the first feminist blogger to write about the 'f' word and the hostile reaction it can receive. I am with Sarah Waters on this one ('Surely t...

'Satisfactory' Has No Place in Schools

Sachin Patel | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sachin Patel

It is right that schools are competitive environments because a school is a microcosm of real society. A debating tournament is not won by the fastest or the strongest or the man who grafts.