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Chart-topping chants: witty warfare or too far on the terraces?

Content warning: refers to explicit, racist and sectarian material   Much of the attraction of attending football matches, especially those outside of the Premier League bubble, is the atmosphere. Whether it be at Hibs, Hearts, Rotherham United or Shrewsbury Town, supporters attend because they genuinely love their team. That’s not to say that the 53,000 […]

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Comedy Fringe Spoken Word Theatre

‘Equal measures of fun and profundity’: Superstar review

Nicola Wren displays exactly how to avoid seeking stardom through having a famous family member whilst simultaneously relying on that fact completely. Despite preaching about the importance of forging your own path in life when faced with a famous family member, Nicola Wren cannot but help write a show based entirely on her family. Her whole life […]

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Fringe Theatre

DUCT’s Hamlet review

Packing Shakespeare’s longest play into an hour is an unenviable task. Despite the strong acting performances, what the chief abridgers at Durham University Classical Theatre have ultimately done is ensure a lot of the magic of Hamlet is lost.  Integral scenes such as that at the graveyard – where Hamlet toys with the theme of […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘A distressing insight into the British psyche’: The Nights review

Henry Naylor’s play provides a somewhat distressing insight into the British psyche, and exactly what it means to be ‘on the right side.’ Tasked with the mission of writing an article slamming the proposed return of Jihadi bride Shamima Begum, journalist Carter’s (Caitlin Thorburn) journey could not have been any more difficult or thought-provoking. Indeed […]

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Sport

A chat with Cameron Hughes: organiser of the Meadows Marathon

The Meadows Marathon is coming up on 3 March. Can you tell us a little bit more about the event? Meadows Marathon now incorporates a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and – for the first time – a Relay, all taking place at The Meadows on Sunday 3 March. We have over 1000 participants […]

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Off The Ball Sport

Gambling issues raised in sport once again as Sturridge is investigated

Despite never having placed a bet in my life, I have an astonishing knowledge of bookie’s advertising campaigns. This is not some odd pass-time that I am admitting to – my ability to quote dozens of adverts stems only from my slightly obsessive watching of football on the television. From Sky Bet’s ‘Request a Bet,’ […]

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Off The Ball Sport

McClean suffers abuse as he refuses to wear the poppy

Once again, this was the case across the football calendar over the recent Remembrance weekend. Yet despite this, over the past seven years that James McClean – now of Stoke City – has been involved in English football, the beginning of November has seen headlines less focussed on the act of remembrance, and more on […]

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Sport

Mourinho and Sterling victims of British media ‘manhunts’

Late in May of this year, English football fans were revving up for yet more years of hurt whilst mockingly claiming that ‘it’s coming home.’ It is probable that after the unexpected summer’s success you have forgotten the shenanigans that were ongoing late in May – namely that tattoo of a gun on Raheem Sterling’s […]