UK Opinion

The Courage to Be Creative

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Creativity is ultimately personal. When being creative, you are making something unique and new. You may have taken inspiration from other sources, but the end product is uniquely your own. Humans are constantly being innovative and inventive, and everyone is capable of this in their own way...

Why The Grand Budapest Hotel Was Only a Three Star Movie

Rob Leane | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Although I know I'm in the minority, I felt that this film needed more gags, better use of supporting characters and less slow-moving hanging around. I couldn't help feeling like Anderson must have been told one too many times that he was a genius, and decided to just follow his instincts rather than filmmaking logic as a result...

Katie Hopkins' Risible Quip About Clutha Vaults Crash Is Fault of Amoral Profit-Driven Media

Michael MacLennan | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK
Michael MacLennan

In the event of somebody such as Katie Hopkins saying something utterly indefensible, it ought to be noted that those organisations funding her career as a defender of outrageous opinion has the option to simply stop. No explanation would even be needed. They could all just stop, if they could take their eye off profit margins and think about their own ethical standpoint.

Why I Need Feminism

Paul M. Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Feminism shouldn't be a gendered concern. By this I mean that feminism shouldn't be something that only women care about. As a man, I don't profess to need feminism as much as my female friends. I'm not the one being held back because of my gender, or having obscenities thrown at me in the streets...

The Past... But Here Comes My Superhero!

Catriona Weir | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Catriona Weir

It's funny how one situation can bring back memories of something painful... I've had this happen over the last few months, it's been hard to not ge...

Comment Is Free, Anger Is Optional

Nick Jones | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Nick Jones

Why do people get so worked up on online forums? Posting your views on the comment space at the foot of web articles is a recent phenomenon, something which has only emerged in the last few years as the mainstream media has responded to the influence of social media and encouraged people to share their views at every opportunity.

An Inside Job: Perceptions From a Simulated Universe

Chris Malla | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

There's no definite proof that we are in a simulation, but additionally there's a lack of evidence to contrast the theory. With more and more evidence appearing out of the Bonn experiments, it's looking exceedingly likely that the simulation theory may become part of mainstream debate over the coming years.

Tell Us What You Think

Chris Mayo | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Mayo

Twitter of course breeds opinions faster than Nick Ferrari on a Waltzer. I no longer need to stand on the top of an African mountain to "find myself", I can quite easily log onto my 'interactions' to find that someone anonymously thinks I look like Ed Sheeran with AIDS.

Why This Article Must Not Be About That Thing Everyone's Talking About

Michael MacLennan | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Michael MacLennan

That thing that happened earlier in the week had so many layers to it that you could scarcely have imagined when you first came across. Well, I guess...

The University Challenge: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Holly Whittaker | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whittaker

Whether you decide to go to university or not: you will have fun, you will meet people and make friends, and you will learn. Just make sure it is on your terms - and know that you do have the support around you, whatever you decide.

Has Anyone Noticed How Everything Is Being Turned Into a List?

Nick Jones | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Nick Jones

This repetitive use of the same format is the product of a wider problem facing the media in the internet age. There's simply too much space to fill these days, and journalists are being forced to turn around content much faster than ever before

Big Brother - Week 6 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

For the first time this series, I'm genuinely gutted with this week's eviction outcome. Another twist that took place last week has essentially backfired again, leading to the eviction of the alpha-male in the house.

Here's to the Journalist from a Blogger

John Sargeant | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
John Sargeant

In some ways us bloggers are parasites feeding off the labours of others then giving our spin on it to suit either our opinions and those that may follow us - in under 800 words. How we do this is not governed by any particular media code of ethics.

Big Brother - Week 3 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

As the weeks go by I feel as though the number of housemates I can safely say "I like" are rapidly decreasing. This week appears to have been a key turning point when it comes to my opinions of a number of them.

Katie Hopkins Views on 'This Morning' Belong in a Time Before Television

Michelle Gleaves | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Gleaves

If Hopkins had her own way we would revert back to the Victorian era where no-one is allowed to mingle outside of their own class. God forbid one of her own kids married someone from a poorer background!

Can NI21 Change The Face of Northern Irish Politics?

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

For a majority, the so-called political 'silent majority' can be a pretty lonely place sometimes. For anyone with any knowledge of Northern Irish life, it goes without saying that this time of year can be a dire state of affairs...

Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Pokémon: A Parental Tale of Teenagers

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

My boys are sixteen, but I still think they are four. Last Friday morning, they were discussing cricket scores and 'A' level options and I kid you not, by 2AM the following morning, they had discovered sex and booze and rock 'n' roll, or whatever the equivalent of rock 'n' roll is nowadays.

Big Brother 14 Launch Night Review

Matthew Davies | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

After Thursday night's joke of a launch night, quite frankly I've seen enough to realise that what used to be THE best reality TV show around, has rel...

Caterham F1 Right-Size Their Expectations for 2013

Todd McCandless | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Expectations are always difficult things. Whether it is in your job, at home or on the track. Teams often feel positive about their chances and the results they'd like to see from their hard work and to those ends, they tend to offer positive thoughts regarding their expected results.

If Olympic Cyclists Aren't Safe, Are Any of Us?

Ayesha Khan | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ayesha Khan

Although it's a sad fact that every cyclist has to expect to be involved in the odd incident now and then, many have undoubtedly been shocked to see these cycling heroes knocked from their saddles.

Cold Tires, 15 Points, a Title and a Gearbox Change

Todd McCandless | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

It all comes down to 15 points.

Perez Has a Score to Settle at Monaco

Todd McCandless | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Sergio Perez was having a drive of his life a year ago in Monaco. I was stunned at his pace around the principality and commented quite strongly how his performance made me a fan and showed a true sign of a man who will be a contender...then he hit the wall.

Is Alonso Obscuring Ferrari's Bigger Issues?

Todd McCandless | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Is it tires? Is it aerodynamics? The short answer...it's both. Ferrari may have an aerodynamic focus, like all teams, and a real struggle managing the new Pirelli tires, like all teams, but perhaps the biggest delta in performance is what is happening behind the scenes in Maranello that is creating the lack of pace and Fry says this has to change.

Goodbye Ceefax

Sam Sheppard | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Tech
Sam Sheppard

I have not used Ceefax in at least 10 years, and after today, I never will be able to again because it is going away. To make an inside joke, if you were to go to page 606 now, you would find it to be completely blank, a fact that has somewhat unnerved me.

Formula One's Social Media Plan

Todd McCandless | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK
Todd McCandless

As we head into the 2012 Formula One season, I wanted to share with you some thoughts I had about the series and it's burgeoning social media, as well...