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Mortal Engines Book Review

Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk world, trampled by moving cities. Following Darwin’s basic theories of animal eat animal, or in this case ‘city eat city’. Its protagonist: Tom, has his world shattered when he sees a hooded assassin attack his hero Thaddeus Valentine. Desperately wanting to be recognised by Valentine, Tom gives chase after the assassin. The attempted …

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SkySaga Game Review

SkySAGA, many will say, is similar to the world phenomenon Minecraft, thus making some players want to play it and in contrast some not. However, this doesn’t set it apart from the amazing gaming world as the graphics and the effort put into this game is one of the best I’ve seen for a game which is only in alpha! Moreover, …

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Salt vs Sugar – What is the Worst Thing We Consume?

Salt is often linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. We think that reducing our salt consumption will help us avoid these health risks. However, there may be a different substance that plays a more significant role in these health issues – sugar. A study published in BMJ Open Heart argues that sugar consumption is significantly worse for blood pressure, hypertension and …

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Is Apple Taking Over The World?

This sounds like a ridiculous idea but if you think about it, it really isn’t that crazy after all. Recently there have been a number of scandals surrounding the global superpower that dominates our daily lives. One of these has been the fact that they recently released the figure that their revenue is at an awe-inspiring $170,000,000,000 which is an …

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The Lie Tree – Book Review

★★★★★ The Lie Tree is set in the age of discovery of the world of sciences and evolution – the early 19th century. Frances Hardinge portrays a world of mystery and lies through the eyes of Faith Sunderly, a teenage daughter to the enigmatic Reverend Erasmus. In a period of male superiority women are thought of being stupid in the …

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Room 101 Writing Competition Winner – Posh Crisps

Crisps. A nice snack or something to have in your sandwiches. But now we are seeing a rise in what I like to call ‘posh crisps’.These are crisps that are very expensive and have names like ‘sea salt and cider vinegar’ just to describe the simple flavour of salt and vinegar, but all in all they just taste like your …

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#Morewomen – Elle Magazine’s campaign comes to DHSB

After reading Elle magazine’s article on the #morewomen campaign I felt compelled to bring it to the attention of form group 10P. The campaign follows on from HEFORSHE movement last year, where a number of celebrities endorsed the message delivered by Emma Watson at the UN. Advocating the need for men to fight for women’s rights as well women, her …

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Black History Month In Sport

February 2016 is Black History Month in the USA and Canada, and is a perfect time to have a look back at 5 of the greatest African-American sportsmen in history. Sit back and enjoy… The first man I will look at is Michael Jordan, who made the NBA famous the world over for its fast action and supremely skilled players. …

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2016: The Superbowl at 50

112 million. The population of the UK and Kenya added together. The probability of being crushed by a vending machine. The amount of sales Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has. The amount of revenue Wreck it Ralph made ,in US Dollars. And the amount of people who watched Superbowl 50 this year. However, that is not the record. In …

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The Lie Tree – Book Review

★★★★★ The Lie Tree is set in the age of discovery of the world of sciences and evolution – the early 19th century. Frances Hardinge portrays a world of mystery and lies through the eyes of Faith Sunderly, a teenage daughter to the enigmatic Reverend Erasmus. In a period of male superiority women are thought of being stupid in the …

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Black History Month In Sport

February 2016 is Black History Month in the USA and Canada, and is a perfect time to have a look back at 5 of the greatest African-American sportsmen in history. Sit back and enjoy… The first man I will look at is Michael Jordan, who made the NBA famous the world over for its fast action and supremely skilled players. …

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My Favourite Bond Film – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

*This review is spoiler-free* ‘So which is your favourite?’, asks a hapless relative at the dinner table. Heads will roll. It’s an age old question – that of the best James Bond film. It’s the second most likely cause of a ruined evening after a family game of Monopoly. There is no right answer . . . unless you count …

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Star Wars Battlefront Review

   Star Wars Battlefront Review ★★ As a fan of the original Battlefront games on the Playstation 2 I was extremely excited for the release of this game, the idea of playing on all the familiar planets from the beloved Star Wars franchise was something to look forward to after years of repetitive shooters such as Call of Duty. The …

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Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

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Spectre Review

Spectre Review ★★★ Leaving the cinema I could not help but feel disappointed at the latest release in the fluctuating quality of James Bond films since Daniel Craig’s debut. Director Sam Mendes, who also directed the critically acclaimed Skyfall in 2012 has attempted to repeat what many considered the pinnacle of the series. However this attempt has relied upon a …

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Macbeth Review

Macbeth Review ★★★★★ Practical newcomer director Justin Kurzel has managed to astound critics and casual viewers alike with his rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic. Do not be fooled this film still uses the old English dialect but is orchestrated in such a way that allows the audience to insinuate it’s true meaning. As the film poetically displays a tyrannical ruler …

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The Iliad – The Story of Stories

History is an eternal story. It has existed throughout all of humanity. In a way, it is part of our very nature to tell the story of our ancestors. One of the earliest known scripture is the story of a great war to prove that the ancestors of one of history’s greatest empires (Macedonia) were the greatest group of people …

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The Martian – Review

The Martian Review ★★★★★ After reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian” only a few weeks prior to the film’s release I was excited for Ridley Scott’s (Blade Runner and Alien) adaptation of an original idea that I hoped to revitalise Hollywood’s recent attempts at remaking old movie franchises. I was not disappointed as I left the cinema feeling satisfied with a …

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Expanding your Musical Palette

A students time typically revising (or actively trying to avoid it) with a multitude of streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music available to them, means that there has been no better time to broaden your harmonious horizons. Here are some songs that’ll help you concentrate and some that’ll help you unwind: Songs to Study To: These will help you relax from …

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Mortal Engines Book Review

Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk world, trampled by moving cities. Following Darwin’s basic theories of animal eat animal, or in this case ‘city eat city’. Its protagonist: Tom, has his world shattered when he sees a hooded assassin attack his hero Thaddeus Valentine. Desperately wanting to be recognised by Valentine, Tom gives chase after the assassin. The attempted …

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The British Voting System – in Need of Reform?

As many of you will be aware, May 7th saw the Conservative win the most unexpected majority, opening the door to another five years of a Tory government. But is the system by which the British people voted them in really up to the job? At the moment we operate a First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system. This means …

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Salt vs Sugar – What is the Worst Thing We Consume?

Salt is often linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. We think that reducing our salt consumption will help us avoid these health risks. However, there may be a different substance that plays a more significant role in these health issues – sugar. A study published in BMJ Open Heart argues that sugar consumption is significantly worse for blood pressure, hypertension and …

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UK Flooding – Who’s To Blame?

Recent events have seen some of the worst flooding in Britain in living memory. But who is to blame? It is easy to turn to the government with our problems, and this disaster has had the same effect. But is a lack of investment in flood defence really the reason for all of the flooding? And if not, what is? …

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Mortal Engines Book Review

Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk world, trampled by moving cities. Following Darwin’s basic theories of animal eat animal, or in this case ‘city eat city’. Its protagonist: Tom, has his world shattered when he sees a hooded assassin attack his hero Thaddeus Valentine. Desperately wanting to be recognised by Valentine, Tom gives chase after the assassin. The attempted …

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SkySaga Game Review

SkySAGA, many will say, is similar to the world phenomenon Minecraft, thus making some players want to play it and in contrast some not. However, this doesn’t set it apart from the amazing gaming world as the graphics and the effort put into this game is one of the best I’ve seen for a game which is only in alpha! Moreover, …

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Salt vs Sugar – What is the Worst Thing We Consume?

Salt is often linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. We think that reducing our salt consumption will help us avoid these health risks. However, there may be a different substance that plays a more significant role in these health issues – sugar. A study published in BMJ Open Heart argues that sugar consumption is significantly worse for blood pressure, hypertension and …

View Post

Is Apple Taking Over The World?

This sounds like a ridiculous idea but if you think about it, it really isn’t that crazy after all. Recently there have been a number of scandals surrounding the global superpower that dominates our daily lives. One of these has been the fact that they recently released the figure that their revenue is at an awe-inspiring $170,000,000,000 which is an …

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The Lie Tree – Book Review

★★★★★ The Lie Tree is set in the age of discovery of the world of sciences and evolution – the early 19th century. Frances Hardinge portrays a world of mystery and lies through the eyes of Faith Sunderly, a teenage daughter to the enigmatic Reverend Erasmus. In a period of male superiority women are thought of being stupid in the …

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Room 101 Writing Competition Winner – Posh Crisps

Crisps. A nice snack or something to have in your sandwiches. But now we are seeing a rise in what I like to call ‘posh crisps’.These are crisps that are very expensive and have names like ‘sea salt and cider vinegar’ just to describe the simple flavour of salt and vinegar, but all in all they just taste like your …

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#Morewomen – Elle Magazine’s campaign comes to DHSB

After reading Elle magazine’s article on the #morewomen campaign I felt compelled to bring it to the attention of form group 10P. The campaign follows on from HEFORSHE movement last year, where a number of celebrities endorsed the message delivered by Emma Watson at the UN. Advocating the need for men to fight for women’s rights as well women, her …

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Black History Month In Sport

February 2016 is Black History Month in the USA and Canada, and is a perfect time to have a look back at 5 of the greatest African-American sportsmen in history. Sit back and enjoy… The first man I will look at is Michael Jordan, who made the NBA famous the world over for its fast action and supremely skilled players. …

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2016: The Superbowl at 50

112 million. The population of the UK and Kenya added together. The probability of being crushed by a vending machine. The amount of sales Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has. The amount of revenue Wreck it Ralph made ,in US Dollars. And the amount of people who watched Superbowl 50 this year. However, that is not the record. In …

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The Lie Tree – Book Review

★★★★★ The Lie Tree is set in the age of discovery of the world of sciences and evolution – the early 19th century. Frances Hardinge portrays a world of mystery and lies through the eyes of Faith Sunderly, a teenage daughter to the enigmatic Reverend Erasmus. In a period of male superiority women are thought of being stupid in the …

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My Favourite Bond Film – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

*This review is spoiler-free* ‘So which is your favourite?’, asks a hapless relative at the dinner table. Heads will roll. It’s an age old question – that of the best James Bond film. It’s the second most likely cause of a ruined evening after a family game of Monopoly. There is no right answer . . . unless you count …

View Post

Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

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Spectre Review

Spectre Review ★★★ Leaving the cinema I could not help but feel disappointed at the latest release in the fluctuating quality of James Bond films since Daniel Craig’s debut. Director Sam Mendes, who also directed the critically acclaimed Skyfall in 2012 has attempted to repeat what many considered the pinnacle of the series. However this attempt has relied upon a …

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Macbeth Review

Macbeth Review ★★★★★ Practical newcomer director Justin Kurzel has managed to astound critics and casual viewers alike with his rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic. Do not be fooled this film still uses the old English dialect but is orchestrated in such a way that allows the audience to insinuate it’s true meaning. As the film poetically displays a tyrannical ruler …

View Post

The Martian – Review

The Martian Review ★★★★★ After reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian” only a few weeks prior to the film’s release I was excited for Ridley Scott’s (Blade Runner and Alien) adaptation of an original idea that I hoped to revitalise Hollywood’s recent attempts at remaking old movie franchises. I was not disappointed as I left the cinema feeling satisfied with a …

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Five Films You Really Ought to See

While Hollywood blockbusters catch the attention of audiences nowadays, there are still those rare glimpses into the media abyss that shine bright. Here are five films which may have sneaked under the radar…. Children of Men (2006)- While few have seen Alfonso Cuaróns cinematographic masterpiece, this films offers tension that many modern horrors films lack and while this does not offer any …

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Pitch Perfect 2 Review

Upon hearing there was a sequel to the film about acapella singing I was excited but also apprehensive. Sequels can either be really good or just plain awful. There seems to be no in between. Shrek, die hard and dirty dancing to name a few (I mean did you even know there was a sequel to dirty dancing?) The film opens with a …

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Before you start reading this, I warn you, if you haven’t seen this film yet and plan on doing so stop reading here. Just as we thought superhero films couldn’t get any better, Joss Whedon pulls another magical show out of the hat. Age of Ultron is the direct sequel of The Avengers (2012) and all the usual suspects come …

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Jurassic World – First Thoughts

  The trailer for Jurassic World has only been out for a few weeks, and you can already see just how popular this film is going to be. It will be the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, the first one having been released in 1993 (Jurassic Park), where a new themed island is overrun by the dinosaurs themselves. Four years later …

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SkySaga Game Review

SkySAGA, many will say, is similar to the world phenomenon Minecraft, thus making some players want to play it and in contrast some not. However, this doesn’t set it apart from the amazing gaming world as the graphics and the effort put into this game is one of the best I’ve seen for a game which is only in alpha! Moreover, …

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Star Wars Battlefront Review

   Star Wars Battlefront Review ★★ As a fan of the original Battlefront games on the Playstation 2 I was extremely excited for the release of this game, the idea of playing on all the familiar planets from the beloved Star Wars franchise was something to look forward to after years of repetitive shooters such as Call of Duty. The …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 8 Winner

DHSB Curriculum Enrichment Week 2015   Curriculum enrichment week; it’s like Curriculum challenge week but fun. It’s an experience to say the least, without lessons and school, nor being grilled for not doing homework. It was a welcome relief from the previous exam week that we slogged through. But I digress; let’s get to the real juicy meat of the …

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Star Wars Battlefront 3 – How Gaming Has Joined the Dark Side

As someone who grew up in the PS2 era, I have played some good games. But my favourite has been Star Wars Battlefront 2; a game with so many options and so many ways to play. It’s immersive in its game play and simple in its mission, to put a big ol’ smile on your face! The reason I bring …

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If Germany Had Won The Second World War

The Christmas period was an opportunity for me to surf the realms of Amazon Prime for something to watch. Quite by accident, I came across The TV series “The man in the high castle”. It is a TV series based on the book by Philip K. Dick. The book is about the world in which Nazi Germany and the axis power took over the …

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Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

View Post

The Iliad – The Story of Stories

History is an eternal story. It has existed throughout all of humanity. In a way, it is part of our very nature to tell the story of our ancestors. One of the earliest known scripture is the story of a great war to prove that the ancestors of one of history’s greatest empires (Macedonia) were the greatest group of people …

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The War that Defined a Nation

This year marks 150 years since the end of the bloodiest conflict ever fought by the United States of America; the war that has made Abraham Lincoln one of the most famous presidents of the USA ever. A conflict which claimed more American lives than Vietnam, the American Revolution, WW1 and WW2 combined. A war in which there were 680,000 to 800,000 American dead, wounded or …

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When I Went to Court – The Trial of Mohammed Khubaib

‘I’m not sure, but we take phones, if you like,’ the waitress at All Bar One, Ludgate Hill replied when I asked where I could find a locker shop. Unwilling to search further, I sheepishly handed over my mobile and walked out. It’s not often I hand over personal belonings to utter strangers, but today was no ordinary day. I …

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Clark v. TripAdvisor – The Beginning of the End for Net Anonymity?

The highest court in the land is about to hear a case that could set a landmark precedent for how your information is handled by online firms. Last year, the Scottish Court of Session heard the case of Clark and another v. TripAdvisor L.L.C.. The claimants, Martin and Jacqui Clark, sued the defendants, TripAdvisor L.L.C., to compel them to reveal …

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Healthcare Around the World

Hospital doctors in the UK and India The authors are two aspiring medics who have experienced life at hospital wards in India and the UK. Afterwards, they exchanged stories. Now they share them with you. India ‘After spending a week at the paediatrics ward in an Indian hospital, I can safely say that there was never a moment of silence. …

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Expanding your Musical Palette

A students time typically revising (or actively trying to avoid it) with a multitude of streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music available to them, means that there has been no better time to broaden your harmonious horizons. Here are some songs that’ll help you concentrate and some that’ll help you unwind: Songs to Study To: These will help you relax from …

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Adam Harper Interview (Part Two)

In part two, we explore hip-hop and ideas of the far East in music The Internet has opened up the possibilities for listening to esoteric or obscure music; you often don’t even have to pay anything, whether it’s free songs on BandCamp, YouTube or illegal downloads. “In a world where you can simply just take a sample and click on …

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An Interview With Musicologist Adam Harper

In part one of two, the musicologist and writer talks about the limits of lo-fi and a new future for music, haunted by the past Adam Harper tells me on Skype that he is currently working for Hearing Landscapes Critically, “a musicological research network about where geography and music meet and ideas of place and landscape in it” (“a bit …

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Paul McCartney at the O2 – Macca Shows He’s Still Got It

If you had been singing every day for over 50 years, your voice would be a tad dry by the age of 72. As I entered the O2 Arena on the 23rd of May, that thought was stuck at the back of my mind. A string of criticism surrounding his Olympic and Diamond Jubilee performances had made me nervous that …

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Is Apple Taking Over The World?

This sounds like a ridiculous idea but if you think about it, it really isn’t that crazy after all. Recently there have been a number of scandals surrounding the global superpower that dominates our daily lives. One of these has been the fact that they recently released the figure that their revenue is at an awe-inspiring $170,000,000,000 which is an …

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#Morewomen – Elle Magazine’s campaign comes to DHSB

After reading Elle magazine’s article on the #morewomen campaign I felt compelled to bring it to the attention of form group 10P. The campaign follows on from HEFORSHE movement last year, where a number of celebrities endorsed the message delivered by Emma Watson at the UN. Advocating the need for men to fight for women’s rights as well women, her …

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UK Flooding – Who’s To Blame?

Recent events have seen some of the worst flooding in Britain in living memory. But who is to blame? It is easy to turn to the government with our problems, and this disaster has had the same effect. But is a lack of investment in flood defence really the reason for all of the flooding? And if not, what is? …

View Post

Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

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Is Russia a Threat to European Security?

In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea. To the West, Russia’s aggression is a threat to international law and state sovereignty and the Crimean Crisis is not the only justification for this sentiment. Russia’s invasion of Georgia, their backing of Assad, their aiding of Iran’s nuclear programme, their cyber attacks on Estonia, Putin’s imprisonment and killing of dissidents and his quote …

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Jeremy Corbyn – a new direction for the Labour Party

The labour elections which have resulted in Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next figurehead have been a hot topic in the past couple of weeks. There has been great debate as to whether he is what Labour needs to take them on the journey to success or on the road to failure. Many consider Corbyn to be a disastrous happening in …

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Jeremy Corbyn – Leading Labour to Failure Since Saturday

Labour has finally voted, and for anyone with a brain it’s bad news… Jeremy Corbyn has become a household name over the last few months, and now he is to lead the opposition party to its already decided downfall. Whether you have heard of him because of his completely unrealistic promises to abolish tuition fees with money raised from cracking down …

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The British Voting System – in Need of Reform?

As many of you will be aware, May 7th saw the Conservative win the most unexpected majority, opening the door to another five years of a Tory government. But is the system by which the British people voted them in really up to the job? At the moment we operate a First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system. This means …

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The Military – Britain’s Biggest Waste of Money?

If one decides to take a seat and reflect on what makes Britain British (sorry for the Cameron paraphrasing), the military is quite possibly one of the first things that springs to mind. However in a recession as big as the one we are in at the moment, can our country possibly afford it? Although many people will try to tell …

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Room 101 Writing Competition Winner – Posh Crisps

Crisps. A nice snack or something to have in your sandwiches. But now we are seeing a rise in what I like to call ‘posh crisps’.These are crisps that are very expensive and have names like ‘sea salt and cider vinegar’ just to describe the simple flavour of salt and vinegar, but all in all they just taste like your …

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#Morewomen – Elle Magazine’s campaign comes to DHSB

After reading Elle magazine’s article on the #morewomen campaign I felt compelled to bring it to the attention of form group 10P. The campaign follows on from HEFORSHE movement last year, where a number of celebrities endorsed the message delivered by Emma Watson at the UN. Advocating the need for men to fight for women’s rights as well women, her …

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Takeover Day 2015

Today saw the children’s commissioner’s Takeover Day arrive at DHSB. A number of students undertook a variety of different roles within the DHSB community. The students went all out to make the day a success, including one student marching up and down Mutley Plain one day prior to the event looking for a specific tweed blazer with brown leather elbow …

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Wifi Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

Imagine WiFi as a physical net that covers the planet. This net contains so much information about life that you practically live in it. However in the case of this web breaking, and there are people, organisations or even, hold your breath, whole nations disconnected, can you empathize their severe loss of entertainment, social communication and research abilities everyone. Without WiFi you will no longer …

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When We Met … Xolelwa and Nick – Education in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Xolelwa, from South Africa, and Nick, from Zimbabwe, visited DHSB recently on exchange as part of our International Links programme. Billy Kingdon and Joe Weeks met them in the Learning Commons to talk about their thoughts on our differing education systems. First on our agenda was lesson delivery. Lessons in South Africa, Xolelwa told us, are 35 minutes long and very …

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DHSB Sports Day 2015

1000 pupils. 100 teachers. 30 events. 30 winners. 1 champion. This was Sports Day 2015…. After much delay and a lot of bad weather, Sports Day went ahead just a few weeks ago, 2 months later than its initial scheduling in July last school year. This meant that everybody would be competing as the year below them, e.g U13s competed …

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Are Our Students Unprepared for University?

The library at DHSB is not a library any more, but instead a comfy, cosy, beanbag-full ‘learning commons’. It is more of a child’s play area. It has so many comforting features that attract year sevens like moths to a lamp. This so-called ‘swarming’ stops any other pupil from being able to listen to themselves think. Worse still, we have armed some of these …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 7 Winner

Bushcraft – The Last Night We were all gathered under the yurt, drinking hot chocolate and eating marshmallows by the ominous red glow of the campfire. We had got used to the ash and the smoke by now, we had sat around it for 4 days and our clothes were reeking of smouldering wood. Stuart, our camp leader, got us …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 8 Winner

DHSB Curriculum Enrichment Week 2015   Curriculum enrichment week; it’s like Curriculum challenge week but fun. It’s an experience to say the least, without lessons and school, nor being grilled for not doing homework. It was a welcome relief from the previous exam week that we slogged through. But I digress; let’s get to the real juicy meat of the …

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SkySaga Game Review

SkySAGA, many will say, is similar to the world phenomenon Minecraft, thus making some players want to play it and in contrast some not. However, this doesn’t set it apart from the amazing gaming world as the graphics and the effort put into this game is one of the best I’ve seen for a game which is only in alpha! Moreover, …

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Salt vs Sugar – What is the Worst Thing We Consume?

Salt is often linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. We think that reducing our salt consumption will help us avoid these health risks. However, there may be a different substance that plays a more significant role in these health issues – sugar. A study published in BMJ Open Heart argues that sugar consumption is significantly worse for blood pressure, hypertension and …

View Post

Is Apple Taking Over The World?

This sounds like a ridiculous idea but if you think about it, it really isn’t that crazy after all. Recently there have been a number of scandals surrounding the global superpower that dominates our daily lives. One of these has been the fact that they recently released the figure that their revenue is at an awe-inspiring $170,000,000,000 which is an …

View Post

Star Wars Battlefront Review

   Star Wars Battlefront Review ★★ As a fan of the original Battlefront games on the Playstation 2 I was extremely excited for the release of this game, the idea of playing on all the familiar planets from the beloved Star Wars franchise was something to look forward to after years of repetitive shooters such as Call of Duty. The …

View Post

Wifi Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

Imagine WiFi as a physical net that covers the planet. This net contains so much information about life that you practically live in it. However in the case of this web breaking, and there are people, organisations or even, hold your breath, whole nations disconnected, can you empathize their severe loss of entertainment, social communication and research abilities everyone. Without WiFi you will no longer …

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An Interview With Musicologist Adam Harper

In part one of two, the musicologist and writer talks about the limits of lo-fi and a new future for music, haunted by the past Adam Harper tells me on Skype that he is currently working for Hearing Landscapes Critically, “a musicological research network about where geography and music meet and ideas of place and landscape in it” (“a bit …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 8 Winner

DHSB Curriculum Enrichment Week 2015   Curriculum enrichment week; it’s like Curriculum challenge week but fun. It’s an experience to say the least, without lessons and school, nor being grilled for not doing homework. It was a welcome relief from the previous exam week that we slogged through. But I digress; let’s get to the real juicy meat of the …

View Post

Star Wars Battlefront 3 – How Gaming Has Joined the Dark Side

As someone who grew up in the PS2 era, I have played some good games. But my favourite has been Star Wars Battlefront 2; a game with so many options and so many ways to play. It’s immersive in its game play and simple in its mission, to put a big ol’ smile on your face! The reason I bring …

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Bees – Are They Becoming Extinct?

If bees became extinct it would be a disaster for us. The ecosystem would be adversely affected and our diet would be limited, but you’ll be pleased to know that humanity would survive! Unfortunately bees have lots of threats. These threats come in many forms such as: Pectasides Mites Bacteria Fungi Pesticides pose many problems to bees as lots of …

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Healthcare Around the World

Hospital doctors in the UK and India The authors are two aspiring medics who have experienced life at hospital wards in India and the UK. Afterwards, they exchanged stories. Now they share them with you. India ‘After spending a week at the paediatrics ward in an Indian hospital, I can safely say that there was never a moment of silence. …

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SkySaga Game Review

SkySAGA, many will say, is similar to the world phenomenon Minecraft, thus making some players want to play it and in contrast some not. However, this doesn’t set it apart from the amazing gaming world as the graphics and the effort put into this game is one of the best I’ve seen for a game which is only in alpha! Moreover, …

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Salt vs Sugar – What is the Worst Thing We Consume?

Salt is often linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. We think that reducing our salt consumption will help us avoid these health risks. However, there may be a different substance that plays a more significant role in these health issues – sugar. A study published in BMJ Open Heart argues that sugar consumption is significantly worse for blood pressure, hypertension and …

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Is Apple Taking Over The World?

This sounds like a ridiculous idea but if you think about it, it really isn’t that crazy after all. Recently there have been a number of scandals surrounding the global superpower that dominates our daily lives. One of these has been the fact that they recently released the figure that their revenue is at an awe-inspiring $170,000,000,000 which is an …

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Star Wars Battlefront Review

   Star Wars Battlefront Review ★★ As a fan of the original Battlefront games on the Playstation 2 I was extremely excited for the release of this game, the idea of playing on all the familiar planets from the beloved Star Wars franchise was something to look forward to after years of repetitive shooters such as Call of Duty. The …

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Wifi Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

Imagine WiFi as a physical net that covers the planet. This net contains so much information about life that you practically live in it. However in the case of this web breaking, and there are people, organisations or even, hold your breath, whole nations disconnected, can you empathize their severe loss of entertainment, social communication and research abilities everyone. Without WiFi you will no longer …

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An Interview With Musicologist Adam Harper

In part one of two, the musicologist and writer talks about the limits of lo-fi and a new future for music, haunted by the past Adam Harper tells me on Skype that he is currently working for Hearing Landscapes Critically, “a musicological research network about where geography and music meet and ideas of place and landscape in it” (“a bit …

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DHSB CEW Writing Competition – Year 8 Winner

DHSB Curriculum Enrichment Week 2015   Curriculum enrichment week; it’s like Curriculum challenge week but fun. It’s an experience to say the least, without lessons and school, nor being grilled for not doing homework. It was a welcome relief from the previous exam week that we slogged through. But I digress; let’s get to the real juicy meat of the …

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Star Wars Battlefront 3 – How Gaming Has Joined the Dark Side

As someone who grew up in the PS2 era, I have played some good games. But my favourite has been Star Wars Battlefront 2; a game with so many options and so many ways to play. It’s immersive in its game play and simple in its mission, to put a big ol’ smile on your face! The reason I bring …

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Bees – Are They Becoming Extinct?

If bees became extinct it would be a disaster for us. The ecosystem would be adversely affected and our diet would be limited, but you’ll be pleased to know that humanity would survive! Unfortunately bees have lots of threats. These threats come in many forms such as: Pectasides Mites Bacteria Fungi Pesticides pose many problems to bees as lots of …

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Healthcare Around the World

Hospital doctors in the UK and India The authors are two aspiring medics who have experienced life at hospital wards in India and the UK. Afterwards, they exchanged stories. Now they share them with you. India ‘After spending a week at the paediatrics ward in an Indian hospital, I can safely say that there was never a moment of silence. …

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Black History Month In Sport

February 2016 is Black History Month in the USA and Canada, and is a perfect time to have a look back at 5 of the greatest African-American sportsmen in history. Sit back and enjoy… The first man I will look at is Michael Jordan, who made the NBA famous the world over for its fast action and supremely skilled players. …

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2016: The Superbowl at 50

112 million. The population of the UK and Kenya added together. The probability of being crushed by a vending machine. The amount of sales Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has. The amount of revenue Wreck it Ralph made ,in US Dollars. And the amount of people who watched Superbowl 50 this year. However, that is not the record. In …

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Lionel Messi: The Best Ever?

“Well, well, well” you might say, sat in your living room with the radio on, “he’s done it again…” The fact of the matter is that Lionel Messi, Barcelona and Argentina number 10, has won yet another Ballon d’Or. In fact, it’s his fifth. To put that into perspective, that is two more than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and …

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Mourinho: A Look Back at the Chelsea Years

Well, the day finally came. Roman Abramovich has this week sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for failing to do his job. A new manager is in, the club is still in peril, but Mourinho is on an aeroplane, or a desert island somewhere, with £40 million pounds in his bank account. But why was he sacked? And why do the …

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Jonah Lomu- A Look Back

The rugby world is in mourning. It is in mourning because one of its greatest all time players has died at the age of 40. He scored 37 international tries in his career for New Zealand, and he still holds the record for the youngest player ever to start for them, at the age of just 19. His skill and …

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Rugby World Cup 2015 Review

2,439 points scored. 48 matches. 271 tries. 224 penalties. 1 winner. This was the Rugby World Cup 2015. Some will say they are the greatest ever, others the greatest of the decade. But wherever they go from here in World Rugby, the All Blacks will be considered greats. Their 34-17 victory over  Australia in this year’s final was certainly an …

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Lewis Hamilton- Britain’s Greatest F1 Driver?

This weekend was one of the greatest in Lewis Hamilton’s life, as he won his 3rd F1 world title in style at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The Brit now becomes the joint 5th most successful driver ever, one of five others to win three titles. In addition, Hamilton becomes the joint most successful from the UK, along with Jackie Stewart. …

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Rugby League Grand Final Review

It is the biggest prize in English rugby. It sees the two best teams of the year, second and first in the premiership, battle it out in an awesome match for the ultimate title in English rugby… the Super League Grand Final. Started in 1998, the Grand Final is the ultimate match for any rugby player. Hosted in Old Trafford, …

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DHSB Sports Day 2015

1000 pupils. 100 teachers. 30 events. 30 winners. 1 champion. This was Sports Day 2015…. After much delay and a lot of bad weather, Sports Day went ahead just a few weeks ago, 2 months later than its initial scheduling in July last school year. This meant that everybody would be competing as the year below them, e.g U13s competed …

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Take Care, Not Antibiotics

Bacteria are amongst the oldest living things in this planet. They are the smallest thing we consider to be life and can be found everywhere. Most bacteria are actually harmless. Your body hosts trillions of bacteria that help you to survive. However, some bacteria can invade your body, spread quickly and cause diseases that can sometimes kill you. Millions of people died due …

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Mortal Engines Book Review

Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk world, trampled by moving cities. Following Darwin’s basic theories of animal eat animal, or in this case ‘city eat city’. Its protagonist: Tom, has his world shattered when he sees a hooded assassin attack his hero Thaddeus Valentine. Desperately wanting to be recognised by Valentine, Tom gives chase after the assassin. The attempted …

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SkySaga Game Review

SkySAGA, many will say, is similar to the world phenomenon Minecraft, thus making some players want to play it and in contrast some not. However, this doesn’t set it apart from the amazing gaming world as the graphics and the effort put into this game is one of the best I’ve seen for a game which is only in alpha! Moreover, …

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2016: The Superbowl at 50

112 million. The population of the UK and Kenya added together. The probability of being crushed by a vending machine. The amount of sales Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has. The amount of revenue Wreck it Ralph made ,in US Dollars. And the amount of people who watched Superbowl 50 this year. However, that is not the record. In …

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Mourinho: A Look Back at the Chelsea Years

Well, the day finally came. Roman Abramovich has this week sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for failing to do his job. A new manager is in, the club is still in peril, but Mourinho is on an aeroplane, or a desert island somewhere, with £40 million pounds in his bank account. But why was he sacked? And why do the …

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Star Wars Battlefront Review

   Star Wars Battlefront Review ★★ As a fan of the original Battlefront games on the Playstation 2 I was extremely excited for the release of this game, the idea of playing on all the familiar planets from the beloved Star Wars franchise was something to look forward to after years of repetitive shooters such as Call of Duty. The …

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Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

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Macbeth Review

Macbeth Review ★★★★★ Practical newcomer director Justin Kurzel has managed to astound critics and casual viewers alike with his rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic. Do not be fooled this film still uses the old English dialect but is orchestrated in such a way that allows the audience to insinuate it’s true meaning. As the film poetically displays a tyrannical ruler …

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Jonah Lomu- A Look Back

The rugby world is in mourning. It is in mourning because one of its greatest all time players has died at the age of 40. He scored 37 international tries in his career for New Zealand, and he still holds the record for the youngest player ever to start for them, at the age of just 19. His skill and …

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Room 101 Writing Competition Winner – Posh Crisps

Crisps. A nice snack or something to have in your sandwiches. But now we are seeing a rise in what I like to call ‘posh crisps’.These are crisps that are very expensive and have names like ‘sea salt and cider vinegar’ just to describe the simple flavour of salt and vinegar, but all in all they just taste like your …

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