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Ben Clarke

16-year-old student at Regent House Grammar School

I'm a 16-year-old student at Regent House Grammar School in Northern Ireland, who loves to write articles with what I hope is seen as an entertaining sense of humour. When I'm not enjoying long walks on the beach and having fun, my main hobbies are writing (both articles and prose) and playing 5 a side football. In the future I hope to major in Economics or a related field at a college in the USA, as the style of education and the country in general is so appealing to me (and has been since I first visited eight years ago)!

Learning From Budget Cuts

BUDGET CUTS. The headline has been blasted on the front pages of every newspaper (apart from the tabloids obviously, who opted for more cultured titles such as 'BUDGET CUTS MORE DIFFICULT TO EXPERIENCE THAN THIS VIDEO OF A PREGNANT HAMSTER' and 'PAGE 3 GIRLS USE QUOTES BY PLATO AND ARISTOTLE TO DESRIBE GEORGE OSBOURNE').
11/12/2014 06:32 GMT

Halloween Was Better in the (Not So) Old Days

Though I'm running the risk of sounding like a person a lot older and more disillusioned with the state of this new-fangled world than myself, I will say it, HALLOWEEN IS NOT AS SCARY AS IT WAS BACK IN THE DAY! And by 'back in the day', I mean the day of the S Club 7 and constant Kenan and Kel around 10 years ago. You know what I mean though.
31/10/2014 11:12 GMT

'Quitting' Is Perfectly Normal

I've been called a quitter. By friends, by parents... by a resentful drum teacher whose sole motive appeared to be to drain the money from my parents' bank account like a balding, middle aged vacuum. However, I strongly disagree with them...
29/09/2014 13:34 BST

Why I'm Proud of My Parents, But Not My Country

I may not always be proud of Northern Ireland, but I will never cease to be proud of my family for the qualities I need to live in a country of religious divide without prejudice.
16/09/2014 10:17 BST