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The Schools Consent Project

Emily McFadden | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Emily McFadden

I attended training recently with The Schools Consent Project. I'll be going into schools as a volunteer lawyer to present workshops on the issue of c...

Britain's Dangerous and Ignored Special Relationship With Oman

Mark Curtis | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

By retaining faith in repressive pro-Western leaders in the region, backing them to the hilt, supplying them with arms and using their territory to militarily intervene in the region, Britain is continuing its long-standing Middle East policy... It really is time that British journalists find out where Oman is on the map and highlight what their country is actually doing there.

Who Says Girls Aren't 'Meant' to Like Science?

Dr Sam Giles | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Sam Giles

I always knew that I would be a scientist. As a child I loved exploring the world around me; I was fascinated by fossils and had a voracious appetite for any science books, documentaries or experiments.

Plastic Bags and the Ecological Revolution at Hand

Julian Vigo | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

A report published in the journal Science in 2015 estimates that about eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in global waters each year:  "We calcu...

Best of the Edinburgh Fest for a Weekend Visit

Heather Irish | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Irish

Today the world's biggest art festival hits Edinburgh's gardens and closes for three weeks! The city's population doubles in size as people from all over the world flock to the streets and the various festival venues. The streets are filled with performances and exhibitions, actors arrive at bars in their outfits post performance and bars and clubs are open late - 3 am and 5 am.

Everybody Wants Some!!

Harry Crawford | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

I can't personally fault Linklater et al. Everybody Wants Some!! made me nostalgic, and others will feel the same. It rides on the Boyhood realist wave to great effect too. But if you don't want to reminisce... what's the point? To think this is a standalone film is the failure. If it was part of a bigger picture, a trilogy maybe, you could see loads of promise.

The Tyranny of the Seemingly Urgent: Why the Media Neglects International Development

Alistair Burnett | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

George Monbiot - the environment commentator - wrote a recent cri de coeur on the failure of the media - by which I think he meant most mainstream out...

The BFG

Harry Crawford | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

There's no John Williams score to rave about, but Mark Rylance follows up his Oscar-winning performance in Bridge of Spies with his charming take on the title character, and with Ruby Barnhill's steadfast Sophie in hot pursuit it's hard not to see the appeal of this colourful movie for all the family. It hits hard at the niche market and stays put.

Victoria

Harry Crawford | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Morality and mortality have never seemed so aggressively real. First hour aside, this European hit has few rivals, technically or aesthetically. What else: it's a classic in the making, even if it is reserved for a cathartic thriller.

The Legend of Tarzan

Harry Crawford | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Forget Disney, forget Phil Collins and forget coherency. Yates's take will leave hearts swooning for the leading couple, but if it's not a catwalk you're after, or melodrama, then you might as well pretend this film never existed. This is for teenage girls who can handle a little angst.

Eddie the Eagle

Harry Crawford | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

I like the nod the film gives to Cool Runnings. Of course, this film has a lot to owe that and is in many ways the spiritual sequel. But you've got to commit to the good vibes otherwise you're going to want to faceplant the floor.

RVHD2: The UK's Newest Fatal Rabbit Disease

Jo Hinde | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Jo Hinde

This article aims to give a general overview of the current RVHD2 situation in the UK including information for veterinary professionals and owners re...

We Should Challenge Our Political Perspectives On Truth It Is Not Nearly As Relevant As We Would Like To Believe

Toby Jai | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Jai

Who do we believe? Which expert is right? Who's forecast will prove most reliable? If your anything like me you find yourself asking these questions r...

Brexit Means Brexit - But Did We Know What We Were Doing?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

They say practise makes perfect. Certainly, I find the more I practise the piano, the better I get (albeit painstakingly slowly). And I have found wa...

Could Education Learn Something From the Brexit Vote?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

A referendum - such as Britain's recent EU vote - says a lot about how people reach decisions. Most striking is the correlation between how people voted and their overall level of education. Those educated to a higher level tended to be against leaving; those with lower education tended to vote in favour of leaving. But do not jump to conclusions: there is a bigger picture here.

Is Classic Rock Still a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Just a Ramblin' Man?

Jez Fielder | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jez Fielder

With The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Heart back in the billboard album top 10, I started to wonder if there is a secret to rock n roll longevity. So I took my hair and my sunscreen along to this year's Ramblin' Man Fair to find out.

School's Out For Summer - Now What?

Julian Vigo | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

For those with children this week marks the end of the school year which brings much excitement to children around the country, but economic worry to ...

How One FGM Survivor Is Empowering Others Who've Experienced Sexual Violence

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

“It almost kills you. From my experience, I almost died and I was out of it for about two days,” Jay K-Frederick tells The Huffington Post UK. At...

On Leslie Jones and Racism as Usual: Another Chapter of Twitter Depravity

Julian Vigo | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Julian Vigo

It is hardly surprising that Black Lives Matter is a cultural and social imperative after the slew of media reports of black men and women being gunne...

Scotland Is Not Leaving the UK Anytime Soon

Johnny Luk | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Johnny Luk

There have been a lot of jitters lately about Scotland being on the verge of jumping out of the UK since the Brexit vote. You hear it with Nicola Sturgeon, the steely Scottish First Minister, announced almost immediately that a second referendum 'must be, and is, on the table.' You see it from the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, dashing to Scotland with a commitment to the union. The surge of SNP memberships helps to stoke the flames...

Three Weeks Since Brexit... From a Distance

Jonny Freeman | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jonny Freeman

Yes, bad things have happened, we might not agree with a lot of decisions that have been made - but we must not forget the real change, solidarity, strength and courage that's also been seen in events in recent history. This current phase in politics is also a time for positivity and boldness, not just scepticism.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

Maternal Hoo-ha

Katherine Press | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katherine Press

Every time a female politician begins a statement with "as a mother" I tend to switch off. It's a patronising and lazy way to give yourself authority on a subject. "As a mother" doesn't mean anything other than you may know your own offspring quite well...

What Have the Immigrants Ever Done for Us

Njambi McGrath | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Njambi McGrath

So other than avocadoes, hummus, kebabs, bus drivers, nurses, doctors, traffic wardens, cleaners, childcare, football, Eurovision, taxi drivers, scam emails, Bollywood, paving, yoga, tennis, rhythm, KFC, McDonalds, back stabbing knives, less racism, carnival, clean toilets, curry, money, telemarketers, what have the immigrants ever done for us? Nothing.

Those Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Trans Person

Ugla Stefanía (Owl) | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ugla Stefanía (Owl)

Ask yourselves whether you would be comfortable answering such questions. I also urge you to take it further than just ask questions - be curious, care about these issues and see how you can help. Educate yourselves and help educate others. Because we need allies in this fight and you might just be that ally if you care enough.