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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …