Alba in Inglaterra: Why do English people drink so much?

Spanish Erasmus student Alba Asenjo investigates English people’s love of alcohol.

During a recent journalism class, many different subjects were discussed, but there was one that particularly stuck in some classmates’ minds: the alcohol-related problems between English people.

As the teacher of the class approached each student, listening to their radio feature ideas, I heard various questions related to the subject: “Is what you just said about alcohol real?”, “does it affect women much more than men?”, “what exactly is cirrhosis?”

Talking with this same teacher, I told him that it surprised me that English people didn’t see alcohol as a problem. He replied to me that they did and “how could you say such a thing?” But although he tried to convince me, he couldn’t change what I have already seen. Continue reading “Alba in Inglaterra: Why do English people drink so much?”

We spoke to the winners at last Friday’s SSU election results night

Naomi returns as President, Sam returns as VP Welfare and Community, and Solent Students’ Union welcomes Jasmine and Charlotte to the team. We spoke to the winners at last Friday’s election results night.

Naomi Oiku won in impressive fashion, picking up 998 votes, meaning there was no need to go to a second round, which is usually the case with the single transferable vote (STV) system used during the elections. She will remain as President when the next academic year begins this autumn.

She was understandably surprised by the emphatic nature of her victory. “I don’t know what to think, because I thought it was going to be a knockout round. I didn’t think I was going to win straight away. It was a shock.

“Thank you so much for taking the time to vote. I really appreciate it. I really do. It’s so good that so many students were active with voting. It’s raised more awareness about the Students’ Union and about getting involved, so that’s really good.”

Naomi wants to crack on with her campaign to reduce graduation fees and to bring in free gown hire and the use of student photographers during graduation week.

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Legend and Common’s Oscar speech strikes a civil rights chord


Last night’s Oscars saw musicians John Legend and Common win the award for Best Original Song after they composed and performed on the soundtrack for Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma,’ which documented the struggles of the civil rights movement. Lewis Shaw writes.

But whilst the song is a powerful one, it was their acceptance speech that rattled cages around the world.

I learnt a lot from their acceptance (their real names are John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn?!) but the main brunt can be summarised in a quote from Mr. Legend’s half:

“We wrote this song for a film based on events that happened 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. […] We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real: we live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than under slavery in 1850.”

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The tax on tampons: a bloody outrage

Tens of thousands of people across the UK have signed a petition to put an end to the taxation on sanitary products, Annabel Dry reports.

The petition,‘Stop taxing periods. Period’ was created by Laura Coryton last year to raise awareness of the five per cent tax rate placed on tampons and sanitary towels.

Sanitary products are currently being taxed because HM Revenue and Customs classify them as “non-essential, luxury” items.

Laura argues: “Sanitary products control and manage menstruation. They are essential because without them, those who menstruate would have no way of pursuing a normal, flexible, public or private life and would be at risk of jeopardising their health.

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Marvel reach deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into cinematic universe

A deal has been reached with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will see Marvel Studios brought into the amazing world of Spider-Man.

Under the terms of the deal Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Sony Pictures will then release the next instalment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise in the summer of 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and Sony Pictures’ Amy Pascal.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

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Is citizens’ right to protest under threat?

The right to stage demonstrations in Britain may be under threat, after climate change activists were told they must “pay to protest”.

The Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC) were told that they must fork out for a private firm to oversee a protest march in London next month that could attract up to 20,000 people.

In previous years the Metropolitan police facilitated the temporary closure of roads along agreed routes.

A Met spokesman told the Guardian: “In previous years the MPS may have undertaken this role but following a review of what services we provide, we have stopped doing this.”

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