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This Week in History: 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first country to grant women’s suffrage

Women in New Zealand achieved suffrage in 1893 – far earlier than any other liberal democracy. This day in 1893 marked a watershed moment in the history of women’s rights. This small, self-governing colony setting an example that would soon be followed by nations around the globe. That the change occurred when it did was […]

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The unexpected power of the meme

Anyone with any internet presence whatsoever will know how fast memes evolve, likely noticing their progression into the absurd. The philosopher Albert Camus believed that individuals need to embrace the absurd condition of human existence, whilst rebelling against it through a continued search for life’s meaning. In many ways, is that not what this online […]

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How to cut costs during ‘Welcome Week’

Welcome week can be brutal on your bank account, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the spending opportunities thrown at you. Here are a few quick tips on how to save your money during Freshers: Get a Freshers’ Week Wristband: ‘Welcome Week’ is teeming with events and nights out, which though amazing fun, […]

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Does ditching coal come at too high a price?

The majority of scientists and politicians agree that one of the most urgent issues we face globally is that of climate change. They profess that putting an end to coal production by the first half of the 2030s is both essential and achievable, economically and technologically. The world needs to bring down greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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UK laptop ban: practical move or political ploy?

The UK has recently announced a new ban on certain electronic devices, including tablets, laptops and anything larger than a mobile phone from being carried in hand luggage. This ban applies to flights coming into Britain from a selection of Middle Eastern and North African countries, namely Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey. […]

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UK response divided over Westminster attack

A terror attack carried out by a man identified as Khalid Masood caused the deaths of four individuals and left over fifty injured as he ploughed down pedestrians along Westminster Bridge. He was then shot and killed outside the Palwace by a close protection officer of Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon. To many, this horrific […]

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Why do millennials go wild for daring decorations?

Golden pineapples, huge and exotic tapestries, and walls covered in miles of fairy lights. These are just some of the increasingly recurring decoration choices present in many millennials’ homes. These reappearing interior design themes may seem to err on the side of kooky for some, but there may well be a deeper reason for these […]

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This Week in History: 11 March 1985, Gorbachev becomes leader of the USSR

Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 11 March 1985, making him the de facto leader of the USSR. On his ascension the Soviet Union appeared to be faltering, losing its grip as a superpower. The economy was in turmoil, Soviet forces were entangled in Afghanistan and, of […]