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Languishing in language learning: are we losing out?

Statistics show that fewer young people are opting to study languages in the UK. English is widely taught and spoken throughout Europe, but is this an excuse for people to stop learning foreign languages? The British Council’s Language Trends report of 2016 showed that the take up of languages at GCSE level in the UK […]

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Civil partnership controversy: is the law discriminatory?

A heterosexual couple’s recent struggle to secure a civil partnership has forced the judiciary to reassess the appropriateness of marriage as a form of legal union in the 21st century. On Tuesday, 21 February, the court of appeal ruled against Rebecca Steinfeld (35) and Charles Keidan (40), who launched the case in 2014. However, although […]

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Social media gets voices heard, for better or worse

Social media offers anybody and everybody the opportunity to voice their opinions. Yet is it always a tool to be celebrated? On February 2 in East Croydon, a woman was hit by a train, sparking a series of insensitive tweets. People posted about how this incident had inconvenienced their days; one post went as far […]

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Unoccupied urban buildings and their potential for the homeless

The recent activity of squatters in a central London property has drawn attention to the fact that, whilst there are increasing numbers of homeless people, there are also many empty buildings. On 23 January squatters occupied an empty £15m central London apartment and opened the property up as a temporary shelter for homeless people. The […]

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One step closer to a cashless, digitised world

With Australia’s announcement that it is to make passports obsolete by 2020, the realisation of a paperless, cashless society becomes ever more feasible. Last Sunday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australia plan to introduce an identification system at their borders to replace passports. The system will use facial recognition and finger scanners to identify […]