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[27 Oct 2010 | One Comment ]
It’s All Geek To Me

Ben Whittle examines what it means to be a Science Enthusiast (or ‘Geek’).

Standing proudly in attractive South Kensington, between the Natural History Museum and Imperial College, is the Science Museum, a building which has long been one of my favourite places to visit in London, ever since I was a child, and it was where I spent several happy hours last Monday. I realise that statement will raise some amused eyebrows and places me in a select group which some people would call ‘science-enthusiasts’, but which most others would more bluntly call ‘geeks’. This latter group is actually wrong as the term ‘geek’ is primarily defined as a person obsessed with computing (which I am not, despite using dictionary.com to find that definition) but I understand the point they’re trying to make: liking science is un-cool and going to a museum dedicated to it, when you are not forced to, is not going to win you any friends.

[21 Apr 2010 | Comments Off ]
Fighting Talk

Laura Bulbeck isn’t impressed by the constant political bickering …

As May 6 looms closer, propaganda, speeches and of course great, vaguely retro-looking TV debates are everywhere. Party leaders have hopped on their tour buses, like rock stars, to travel the country. Yet the main thing I seem to have…

[31 Mar 2010 | 13 Comments ]
English Literature Is Not A Real Subject

Stevie Martin on the pros and cons of the ‘joke’ degree.

You can be the sort of person who walks into a glass door and spills Cheerios over someone’s lactose-intolerant terrier, causing it to maul the newborn baby lying in an adjacent room whilst still being able to receive a respectable degree in English Literature. The view of those who study the creative arts as vacant and lazy…

[8 Feb 2010 | One Comment ]
Online and Unreal

Paul Powell-Blake takes a straightforward, direct and no-holds-barred look at how the internet has affected the gay scene…

From coming out of the closet through to cruising gay websites for local sexual encounters, there is no denying that the internet has not only revolutionised the way the world as a whole connects, but has revolutionised and perhaps re-invented the queer world. For any…

[7 Feb 2010 | 6 Comments ]
The Postmodern Fascist Movement

Chris Wright tackles the latest round in the BNP-DUS debacle…

Facebook groups have proliferated, emails have been sent – I feel somehow compelled to contribute to these keyboard recriminations on the subject of the second DUS cancelled invitation to the BNP.
The stirring sound of ‘Rule Britannia’ blaring from a BNP truck outside the library the other day reminded me of the phone-call I made to a local BNP activist a couple of years ago: he had…

[12 Jan 2010 | One Comment ]
Sporting Event Violence

Tom Walker on how the recent Togo assault is just another reminder of an ongoing saga…

The machine gun attack on the Togo football team bus, killing three and wounding two, is the latest miserable day to record in the heavily blemished diary of world sport. Hostility has frequently found its way into the newspapers via sporting events and the genuine possibility that Emmanuel Adebayor, a Premiership…

[24 Dec 2009 | Comments Off ]
So, what are you going to do when you Graduate?

James Dunn looks forward to turkey, trimming and potential unemployment…

Students across the country have been heading home this week through the snow, filling the trains and buses with black bin bags full of laundry. We may look to be full of Yuletide joy, but the outlook for students this Christmas, and for 2010, is as bleak as the inevitable sprouts on Christmas Day.

With unemployment..

[2 Dec 2009 | 12 Comments ]
A Durham Graduate: Six Months On

Michael Ashby left Durham six months ago with a First Class Honours and imparts some knowledge to this years finalists…

After years of expensive education, a car full of books and anticipation, I’m an expert on Shakespeare and that’s a hell of a lot, but the world don’t need scholars as much as I thought”. Jamie Cullum.
He may not be the world’s greatest singer but he does make a good point. Jamie Cullum released his Twentysomething in October 2003. Three years later in 2006, with the last few A-Level Hamlet quotations slipping from my mind, I made the terrifying, exciting journey to University. Even then Cullum’s lyrics rang true, so much so that they even made it on to…

[14 Nov 2009 | 17 Comments ]
Sickening Superficiality Exploiting Suggestible Minds

Tom Walker implores you to run from The Hills…

“In order to create an apple pie from scratch,” Carl Sagan memorably remarks in his breathtaking Cosmos series, “one must first create a universe.” If time since the big bang was compressed into a year, I learned from the same programme, Homo sapiens wasn’t even conceived of until 23:54 on 31st December. On and on, a young me sat amazed, learning the incomprehensibility of a googolplex, what atoms consist of…

[8 Nov 2009 | 7 Comments ]
Watch What You’re Thinking…

Stevie Martin reads about a recent technological advancement and panics slightly.

Forget the glaring headlines, it’s much more interesting to focus on the tiny paragraph-long mini stories found in the Times. Some are less illuminating than others (Man is enraged when Paper Maché Sculpture is Accidentally Destroyed by Landlord) but the other day, sandwiched between something about car theft, and knife crime (probably) there was a piece which definitely deserved a higher word count….

[6 Nov 2009 | 11 Comments ]
The Curse of the iPhone

It’s all very well having an iPhone, but Sam Eagers wishes you’d stop going on about it…

Since 2007 a device has been released into the general population that is starting to affect its users. The Apple iPhone is the name of this new threat, and it is much more deadly than swine flu. All of you will have heard of this hellish creation, but many will not fully understand the impact..

[2 Nov 2009 | 7 Comments ]
The Right Is Wrong

George Twigg disagrees with the recent handling of Nick Griffin on Question Time…

Any television station that will broadcast two-and-a-half hours of Strictly Come Dancing at a time whilst leaving The Wire in the graveyard slot deserves more than its fair share of criticism. However, regarding the controversial appearance of Nick Griffin on Question Time last week, I will happily defend the Corporation. Inviting the fascist BNP onto…

[22 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments ]
It’s Cold. Wear Clothes.

Sophie Camp is annoyed not only at the crap weather, but at the way in which Durham students tend to ignore said crap weather.

This week, as the mornings turn from crisp sunny hours to a sludgy, grey mass of frigid air, you start to realise that the winter is coming in. Slowly but surely we’ll be slipping on patches of frost, wearing mittens to bed, and ditching 9am lectures for remaining snuggly in bed. Thoughts will now be turning to…

[3 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments ]
Closure of the DSU Shop: Sophie Rants

New regular columnist Sophie Camp is certainly not apathetic.

Fellow Durham students, whether you are bright-eyed fresherlings or the most cynical fourth year of them all, we are all going to be witness to an historical event in the recent years of the Durham Student Union. The sound of….

[3 Oct 2009 | One Comment ]
Just Bring It… Okay?

Lulu Trask , member of the Durham University Cheerleading Squad rails against the vacuous Cheerleader stereotype..

When I googled ‘cheerleading’, each result defined cheerleading as a sport. Even Wikipedia, the lecturers nightmare and the students best friend defines it as such, whilst at the same time stating that “Cheerleading has not yet been recognised as a sport in the UK”. So why is it that something requiring not only athletic talent…