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Swipe apps are just another way to meet people

Making new friends can be a daunting prospect, but the new app Hey Vina may make the entire experience a whole lot easier, at least if you are a woman. Newly created by developers in San Francisco, the app has been dubbed ‘Tinder for girl friends’, and aims to help women find other female friends, […]

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Photoshopping school photos sets unattainable standards

Adolescence is invariably an awkward and uncomfortable phase of life. Gangly limbs and acne are the bane of many pupil’s school career, and school photos become a painful reminder of these gawky days. However, this could soon be a thing of the past, as the school photography firm Cardwell and Simons have recently announced that […]

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Elites must be held accountable for deceptive tax handlings

Last week the New York Times released tax records indicating that Donald Trump could have been avoiding tax for twenty years. The records show that in 1995 Trump declared a $196 million loss, a figure so large that it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 […]

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The legacy of the queer community must be recognised

Throughout history, the queer community has been marginalised, persecuted and overlooked. Queer figures are regularly omitted from the history books. However, Historic England has recently announced that six “historic LGBT venues” are being recognised for reflecting Britain’s “queer history”. This recognition, in the form of the iconic blue plaques, will include landmarks such as Oscar […]

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Losing Bake Off is a sign of a crumbling BBC

The recent news that the BBC lost the rights to the iconic TV programme The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) shocked the nation to its core, as it was revealed that the show would move to Channel 4 instead. The drama then continued to unfold, as first Mel and Sue, the charismatic presenting duo, and […]

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Reflecting on my semester abroad: Montpellier

Before going on my year abroad (Erasmus in Montpellier, France) I was constantly told that it would be the best year of my life. The university painted images of international students with many French friends, speaking nothing but French, becoming fluent, and leading a busy and happy life, drinking wine and soaking up the sunshine. […]

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‘This Girl Can’: calling women ‘girls’ is patronising and infantilising

Last week the Edinburgh University Sports Union ran a campaign encouraging women to be active, celebrating female sporting and athletic achievement. The name of the campaign was ‘This Edinburgh Girl Can’. Whilst the underlying sentiment is undeniably a positive one, the use of “girl” to describe young women is intensely problematic, and indicative of a […]

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It is wrong to censor extra-marital dating websites

In a world where dating has become digitalised, the stigma surrounding casual hook-ups and ‘sex-apps’ such as Tinder has been greatly reduced. The landscape of romance has changed dramatically in recent years, and it is with this in mind that the notion of extra-marital dating websites needs to be viewed. In France, significant controversy and […]