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JK Rowling is Essential for the Future of New Writers

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (13:44)

By Abby Moss

In my opinion, there are two sure fire litmus tests for two distinct types of people. The first is for self-important wankers. This test is: are they rude to waiting staff? If the answer is yes, you're dealing with a bonafide dick head. The second test...

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'I Was Scared I Was a Paedophile': 17 Years Living With Intrusive Thoughts And Pure OCD

(5) Comments | Posted 9 January 2014 | (15:45)

By J. Grant

The thought of jumping in front of a train as it approaches. The thought of putting your hand in a blender. The thought of murdering your baby. The unswerving thought that you definitely have Aids. Even the thought of abusing a child. We all get...

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Don't Let Christmas Ads Trick You Into Thinking Advertising Can Be Art

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (15:37)

By Charles Chasty

No one likes adverts. They may make you chuckle occasionally, but really you're just humouring them until Downton Abbey takes over. I hadn't even begun to think of them as a form of art until I saw the new John Lewis Christmas advert earlier today. It...

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Sorry Paxman, Here's Why I Don't Vote

(112) Comments | Posted 27 October 2013 | (23:00)

By Eve Sharp

What would I do with a ballot paper? Practice the art of origami, or maybe draw a crude stick man cartoon? Anything, really, but actually vote with it.

Does that mean I'm an angry youth hell-bent on anarchy or a lazy student, too drunk or asleep...

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"Are You Fully Gay?" And Other Things You Shouldn't Ask a Gay Person

(35) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (00:00)

by Jamie Mountain

No one can deny that gay rights in the UK have come a long way since the decriminalisation of homosexuality over 50 years ago. Hell, come this time next year, I will be able to legally marry any person I choose - regardless of sex -...

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Feminism Doesn't Need a Rebrand

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (12:04)

By Tali Kord

In its November issue, Elle magazine has ceremoniously decided to rebrand feminism. The successful fashion and lifestyle publication has taken it upon itself to re-familiarize young audiences with feminism, a movement so often misrepresented in the media and in popular culture that it's resulted in the...

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Football Clubs Aren't Doing Enough to Combat Homophobia

(6) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (00:00)

By Tom Walters

Football: The beautiful game. A sport so intertwined with our national psyche that it's almost a mirror image of the mood of the nation. From the carnival of the years surrounding Euro '96 and the renewed sense of optimism matched with New Labour's sweep into...

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Kimmel's Twerk Video Hoax: An Epic Fail for Journalism

(1) Comments | Posted 12 September 2013 | (14:53)

by Amy Coles

Conspiracy theories have been circling the web ever since a video surfaced six days ago of a girl whose exuberant twerking routine results in her accidently setting herself alight. As many suspected, the video was confirmed to be a hoax on Monday night when

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A Better Way to Boycott the Winter Olympics

(8) Comments | Posted 23 August 2013 | (00:00)

By Mo Cheriet

Russia has long been a place where homosexuality has been considered unacceptable. In June this year, a law was passed that prohibits the spread of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" to children. In other words, it is illegal to tell children that it's okay to...

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Ten Things You Never Knew About Ed Miliband

(40) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (00:00)

by Ian Horrocks

Everybody knows Ed Miliband is the union-backed, rather goofy looking, leader of the Labour Party.

But here's 10 things you didn't know about our possible future prime minister and overlord...


Ed doesn't vote much for a politician: Miliband doesn't turn up to...

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Misogyny Is the Music Industry's Ultimate Marketing Tool

(2) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (11:10)

by Katie Lathan

I don't remember the last time that I bought a tangible single or album. This is probably against some kind of music-lover law, but it's also entirely demonstrative of the internet age in which we live. If I can have the instant gratification of listening to...

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Why Women Are Vanishing From Blockbuster Movies

(3) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (00:00)

by Emmy Griffiths

When I decided to write about women in cinema, I hoped I'd be writing a jolly 'girl power' piece, pulling up heroines such a Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hayley Stark in Hard Candy and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games...

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Peter Jackson Is Transforming Into the Next George Lucas

(6) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (00:00)

By Gabriel Buttigieg

Filmmakers never get a break, do they? They spend years struggling in obscurity to improve their craft and gain some kind of recognition, but when fame finally comes, what happens? Well, admittedly, bags of money and simpering adulation. But after that they're only ever a Jar...

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Why Sex Apps are Pointless, Unsexy and a Waste of Time

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (13:49)

By Jess Reid

We're living in a funny old age. Much like every generation of teens and twenty-somethings before us, we're pretty convinced that we've invented sex. Despite our natural reverence for the past, we look back on our parents era, and their parents, and so on, as quaint. These...

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The UK's Plan to Block Porn Is Completely Pointless

(30) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (00:00)

by Tope Fabunmi

The government are demonizing porn again. Rather than leaving it to parents and schools to create some bizarre moral narrative about the internet being a place of heinous danger and incurable disease, ISPs in the UK will be regulated with porn filters by 2014. In...

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Christian Domestic Discipline: Spanking in the Name of the Lord

(147) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (00:00)

by Luke Hurst

Ever thought a marriage set strictly within the boundaries of Christian scripture sounded a bit dry? Think again. Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD) is the practice of ensuring a Christian relationship is being conducted exactly the way God demands in the scripture: namely through a husband spanking...

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Is Kanye West Comparing Himself to Jesus? Well, I Am

(4) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (00:00)

By Sam Smith

As I'm sure you've heard or seen projected on the side of a building, Kanye West's next solo album is titled Yeezus, which follows his beautiful, dark, wacky, indulgent, adjective, adjective, adjective fantasy in 2010. Now, we all know that Kanye is just a little bit...

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Why Stephen Fry's Suicide Attempt Is a Lesson for Us All

(22) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (00:00)

By Jess Reid

If there's one thing that historically us Brits don't like to talk about, it's 'feelings'. Contrary to our therapy-loving American brethren and our passionate European neighbours, we are a stereotypically stoic nation. The mind-numbingly overused and hideously omnipresent "keep calm and carry on" lark, before it became...

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Why Oxbridge Admissions Point to the North/South Divide

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2013 | (11:59)

by Tom Walters

An article appeared earlier on this week in the Guardian that reported a depressing but predictable statistic. That there were more Oxbridge applications accepted from Surrey than the whole of the North-East and Wales combined. Lets just repeat that to make it gratifyingly significant. Surrey,...

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Do Young People Care About Politics?

(11) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (00:00)

by Tom Walters

As the coalition government tortures itself with an ongoing conveyor belt of poor decisions, internal squabbling and defections to that Ukip lot, are young people beginning to lose interest in politics? Or, with so much to divide us, from immigration, welfare, taxation to that...

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