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Eurovision 2013 - Ones to Watch

Kaushik Ray | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kaushik Ray

The annual celebration of all that is kitsch, camp and quirky in European music comes to our screens this Saturday at 8pm BST, from Malmö, Sweden. We've watched both semi-finals and as many rehearsals as we can to give you a taster of what to look out for (and when to take a loo/fag/cuppa break).

Made in Chelsea - Who Are the Real Victims?

Layla Haidrani | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

Made in Chelsea is a programme that not only perpetuates the class system, but is created to make others feel inferior merely so that they can gain money in the promise that this new playsuit or new perfume will make you 'Sloane Street material.'

Needed Right Now: A 'Keep Safe' Phone-Line (KSL) to Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Britain

Hilary Burrage | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Hilary Burrage

There is no place anywhere, ever for female genital mutilation. But somehow Britain has become the 'capital of FGM' in Europe. Better news is that the UK Government has now pledged up to £35 million towards the global eradication of FGM.

To Drown or Not to Drown: The Sixteenth Century Suicide That Inspired Hamlet

Amy Licence | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Licence

I live in Canterbury. It's not the only English city overflowing with history but it is a compact little circle, with plenty of Norman, medieval and T...

The Week That Was: With Friends Like These

Carla Buzasi | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As the prime minister's only black, working-class advisor moves to a part-time role, amid suggestions he was pushed out by the Etonian clique with which David Cameron has chosen to populate Downing Street, the charges of elitism are only going to get worse. You can be celebrated for writing a hit TV show like Girls even if you get your ethnic mix off-kilter, especially if you take the criticism on the chin and don't duck the issue, but it's far harder when you're running the country.

Rethinking the UK's Foreign Policy Role

Mike Giles | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Giles

Despite the US-led invasion of Afghanistan starting back in October 2001, around 9,000 British soldiers still remain stationed in the country to this day, with a remit of training up local military forces to take over security by the end of 2014.

Visual Data Mining From Crowdsourcing: From Augmented Reality to Augmented Security?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

There is a constant deluge of images being uploaded online every second as we speak. On social networks like Facebook and Google+, and online forums like Reddit and 4chan, millions of photos are being uploaded by users who click them with the now ubiquitous smartphone cameras.

The Week That Was: The F Word

Carla Buzasi | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

No, not Farage. I think the Ukip party leader has had his fair share of headlines this past week. That other F word: feminism. For a word that's been around a good long time, it's gotten a whole lot of airtime over the past seven days. I can get quite heated on the topic. (I'm a woman who picked her university based on the fact Germaine Greer was a lecturer there.) In the past seven days there have been plenty of people, both male and female, ready to argue the toss. Personally, I subscribe to the Lena Dunham school of feminism...

Sundance London: A Diary - Days Three and Four

Greg Wetherall | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

If LFF is the Glastonbury of film festivals, then Sundance London is becoming the Latitude or Bestival. It is more intimate, cosy and it feels uniquely special. It provides an important distillation of the best of the independent scene and deserves to remain an annual event in the coming years.

It's an Election Not a Horse Race: Local Elections 2013

Jonathan Lima-Matthews | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lima-Matthews

Let's get this straight: a vote is never wasted as long as you use it. And the people who say this are wrong.

Syria: Will France Lead the Way... Again?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The French should come up with a plan, seek NATO support, and begin its operation. This would force America's hand at not wanting to be seen deserting its oldest ally....another "special relationship" one might say.

Petrol Prices are Falling, But Will We Always Be Paying Too Much for Oil?

Steve McKevitt | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Steve McKevitt

There is a widespread sense of injustice about the price we're paying for our fuel. Each increase is met with outrage and often organised opposition, while a furore greets any energy company announcing profits.

Economic and Industrial Modernization are Driving Economic Growth in Kazakhstan

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Since 1991, Kazakhstan's economic and political evolution is nothing short of remarkable. The country is now at a pivotal moment in its young history in that it is ready and eager to engage with international investors in embarking on the next step of its societal and economic modernization.

Online Poker Choking in the Grey Fog of Legislative Uncertainty in Europe

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

A lack of a unified and sensible legislative framework is actively strangling the growth of online poker industry in many EU member countries.

Why Is Social Care Facing the Deepest Cuts?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Few people realise that social care will be cut by 33% by 2015 and on current projections will be cut by 50% by 2018. This is the deepest cut to any part of the welfare state since its creation and yet it is going entirely unnoticed. How has this happened?

Would the Law Change if the UK Was to Leave the EU?

Salome Verrell | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Salome Verrell

At present EU law is supreme to UK law and this is a major sticking point for many Eurosceptics and is often used as an argument for the UK's exit from the EU. But what would the legal implications of the UK's exit from the EU actually be? Would EU law be completely rejected in favour of national law?

Ding Dong Thatcher's Gone - Should I Celebrate?

Rima Amin | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Rima Amin

I understand why people are angry by the woman who favoured functional inequalities and believed it to be a necessity for a dynamic economy as she cared little for those consequently suffering.

Keyshia Cole to Hit the UK for First Ever Tour

Bwoywonder | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

U.S R&B singer/songwriter & producer Keyshia Cole announced she will be touring the UK for the first time ever.

The Week That Was: Death and Destruction

Carla Buzasi | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Is there anything left to say about Margaret Thatcher? In a week when one woman, and one face, dominated not only the headlines, but the streets and parliament, too, it seemed everyone had an opinion on the Iron Lady even those who weren't entirely sure who she was. I was born the same year Margaret Thatcher became prime minister, which perhaps doesn't put me in the best place to judge the before and after effect of her time in office.

Peacepainting - What the World Needs to Learn From Children

Rima Amin | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK
Rima Amin

Peacepainting is an organisation that exists to remind the adult world what it means to think like a child. Using the same format, same frames and s...

Who Are the People on Benefits?

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anastasia Richardson

So who are the people on benefits, really? The answer actually seems to be most of us. 64% of families, and about 30million individual people - half the total population of the UK. The people on benefits are our friends, colleagues and neighbours, our families, ourselves.

Why Has A Flock Of Sheep Been Arrested?

PA | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

Police seized a flock of sheep after the owners continually let them roam free. A shepherd and two sheepdogs were called in by police to help round...

Do Young Women of My Generation Need to 'Lean In' More?

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

However, I have noticed that much talk surrounding "Lean[ing] In" has centred mostly on women who already in the workplace. Whilst I have nothing against this, I feel as though younger women, girls of my own generation in the UK who are still in school, are, comparatively, missing out on this exciting 'buzz'.

The Degeneration of Facebook in 10 Statuses

Leigh Clark | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Tech
Leigh Clark

In the olden days, Facebook was a fun place to find out what old friends were were up to. A place to catch up with people you'd lost touch with and somewhere you would share a picture of your cute new kitten or your adorable puppy. Unfortunately, things changed...

You Need To Hear This Featuring Emerging Icons Kalu Kalae, Twin Oaks, Seattle Yacht Club and Rum Thief

Kat Jackman | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

It's a new week and we've rounded up another bunch of amazing Emerging Icons artists with tunes that you really need to hear.