Forest fire breaks out on Southampton Common

A small forest fire broke out on the Southampton Common today late in the afternoon. Spectators looked on as fire-fighters tackled the blaze located at the edge of one of the commons large open fields. The fire, which is suspected to have been started by a disposable barbecue, could be seen from across the common where many families were enjoying the sunshine on the UK’s … Continue reading Forest fire breaks out on Southampton Common

IT crowd in space? Graham Linehan’s new comedy “The Cloud” looks out of this world

Remember the IT crowd? Wasn’t that a great show? There wasn’t really anything on British (or international) screens that seemed to understand internet humour in quite the same way. It was unique, funny and well written, and now it’s over forever. But it looks like Graham Linehan, the writer and director of the series, as well as Father Ted is working on something new. The … Continue reading IT crowd in space? Graham Linehan’s new comedy “The Cloud” looks out of this world

Dutch students receive rent free accommodation in nursing homes

The Netherlands, it seems, are leading by example and bringing the older and younger generations together through a new ‘intergenerational’ project which allows students to live rent free in spare retirement home rooms. Dani Cox reports. Six students from the universities of Saxion and Windesheim have taken up the opportunity and are now living side by side with 160 pensioners in the Humanitas Retirement Home in … Continue reading Dutch students receive rent free accommodation in nursing homes

Mumford & Sons return after a 2 year hiatus with a new sound and Reading & Leeds headline spots

Earlier this year it was announced that British folk rock band, Mumford & Sons, would be headlining at Leeds & Reading, one of the most popular rock, alternative and indie festivals in the UK.

My first thought at hearing this was, really? Nothing against the four piece, they just seemed like an unlikely choice. The boys had been on a hiatus since September 2013 and have only recently come back on the scene with their new single ‘Believe’.

Previous Leeds & Reading head-liners include artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, The Strokes and Guns ‘N’ Roses. Arguably all much bigger names than this years headline act.

That’s not to say Mumford & Sons are unpopular, quite the contrary. The group have masses of followers both in the UK and the US, which is saying something as breaking the US as an English band is not the easiest of things to do to say the least.

But will they really work as a headline band for a festival which draws in over 160,000 people each year between the two sites? That remains to be seen.

The boys will kick off the festival on Friday 28th August in Reading and will then play the next day in Leeds. Their third album, Wilder Mind, is set to be released in May and the lead single ‘Believe’ has received a generally positive response, ranking 4th on Billboard’s ‘Hot Rock Songs’ list for 28th March.

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Throwback Thursday: top ten songs turning 10 years old

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Some of the most memorable songs, certainly from my teenage years anyway, are going into double digits this year as they celebrate their tenth birthdays.

Stereophonics, Gorillaz, Mcfly, Arctic Monkeys and 2Pac all had number 1’s in 2005, and other classics such as Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since you’ve been gone’ are all now a decade old.

Feeling old yet? Dani Cox looks at some of the most memorable tracks from ten years ago:

Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

Kanye has been in the spotlight quite a lot in recent years, and not necessarily for his music. In fact after being announced as the headline act for Saturday this year at Glastonbury, a petition has racked up 60,000 signatures in just two days to prevent the rapper from performing at the festival at all.

But in 2005, good old Kanye killed with this track which has sold over 3 million copies in the US alone. Sure he’s disrespectful, big headed and interrupts other artists while they’re trying to accept awards but occasionally he does bring us decent music.

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Student life: North VS South

Newcastle University, University of Cambridge
Newcastle University, University of Cambridge

Choosing which uni to go to can be a tiresome and daunting task. With 91 to choose from, where do you start? And what exactly do you look for?

For me, one of the first things I looked at, (other than the course and university reputation obviously), was the night life.

Because let’s face it, even if you don’t drink, at some point in your student life you are going to enter a club, or at the very least a pub.

I decided on Southampton Solent university even though that meant moving across the country.

Plenty of people move from north to south or vice versa each year for university.

But is there really much of a difference between student life in the north and south of England?

According to students past and present from both areas, there are. So what are they?

The top five brought to our attention were: Cost, personalities, weather, pastimes and dialect.

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A new mobile phone app has been created for Alzheimer patients in a bid to combat memory loss

Originally posted on All Things Music:
We spend our whole lives creating memories, surrounding ourselves with people we love. But what happens if you wake up one day and it’s all gone? Everything and everyone you ever knew, forgotten. That’s the world facing about 5.4 million people across the globe suffering with Alzheimer’s.  A new mobile phone app from Sweden is aiming to bring personalised… Continue reading A new mobile phone app has been created for Alzheimer patients in a bid to combat memory loss