Aly Dewji on: Matchpoint

I looked my opponent in the eye as the sunlight glistened on the service line. I knew he was ranked top 20 in the country, but I also knew that I was going to beat him. A slice-serve out wide, and I charged in for the volley, a quick touch and it rolled over the net. He lobbed the shot and it soared high above my head. I ran back, keeping my eye on the ball. I was not going to miss. A flat forehand zoomed down the line – and chalk flew into the air. It was over.
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Jameel Jamal on: Split Family, Split Emotions.

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Many of us endure hardship for two simple reasons: either we gain something at the end or it is merely more convenient to pretend everything is fine.

    In September 2010, I started the month with very little cash, a pile of incomplete work and a phone bill that would make my mum fume. Yet, still I was smiling. After several months, a letter slipped effortlessly through the door stating that my parents were no longer legally married. At first, it was a day of relief that we no longer had to stay a ‘complete’ family out of fear of how others would see us if we had come from a ‘broken’ home, having lived apart for quite a few months, this day was inevitable.

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“I think it’s the most exciting event in the world” (J Dwyer)

Best alternative logo (according to BBC website users) by Chris and Richard Voysey

The 2012 Games have prominently featured in the media since 2005, when London was chosen to host them. We’ve heard from Lord Coe’s committee, politicians, athletes, and the general public, but a group of people we haven’t heard as much from are Britain’s youth.


“I am very excited that this is happening in the place where I live” (Bunjaku).
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Bizhan Govindji on: e-Read all about it!

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When I was younger, new books would feature heavily on my Amazon wish list. I would read novels on the train, before I went to bed, or if I was simply bored. For me, (here come the clichés) a good book allowed me to immerse myself totally in the story, escape from this world and dive into new ones where Harvard professors run around the Vatican trying to stop terrorist explosions, schoolchildren are taught magic to defend themselves against dark wizards, and Afghani kite-fliers have their lives ripped apart by the Taliban.

Today however, the variety of entertainment that young people have access to has expanded beyond imagination. The evolution of television, gaming, and the Internet captured the interest of youth, and on the whole, books are forgotten, gathering dust in a spare room.

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Uzair Choughtai on: Is Facebook losing its ‘friends’?

The Facebook population

As much as I probably hate to admit it, I check my Facebook every day. Partly out of habit, partly because I have this odd feeling that if I don’t, then I’ll be missing out on something special. One of my friends might say something hilarious. Someone might post a cool video. Or, ALERT THE PRESS, someone might change their relationship status!

Most of my friends have a Facebook page. Some of my relatives in their 40s and 50s have a Facebook page and some of my friends grandparents have even joined! If the generational usage is increasing, how is Facebook losing its followers? (more…)

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Social Media Futures: The Virtual you

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The uncertainty surrounding the safety of our personal data on-line is often focus of much debate… how is our data being used? Who has access to it? Who owns it? Data usage is a topic that can cause anguish for social media users, as well as confusion. Particularly when the big players such as Facebook discretely pilot new services, such as the facial recognition software, without telling their users about changes to data usage first.

Social Media users have the right to be concerned about their data, but should this stop us from using networks like Facebook? Absolutely not…

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Library S.O.S

It’s a public space where you can access information, study or simply just reflect on the weekly activities. Can you imagine your local town without one? Where else can parents take their children to get 10 books every week… for free? Where else can students revise all day in a safe environment with their peers? What about that elderly man from down the road who goes to the library, just to be with other people?

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Jasen Booton on: Sustainability – Social Enterprise – So What?

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If we’re not careful we can start to use words in education that have no real meaning for children. They can become technical and bland, distant to our everyday lives – hollow and empty.

For the Y7 pupils at Witton and Westacre Middle Schools in Worcestershire, the words ‘sustainability’ and ‘social enterprise’ are not used as shallow jargon. These words evoke passionate feelings of injustice, fear, but also hope… (more…)

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Do you ‘fake it’?


The Evening Standard’s campaign on literacy states “One in four children leaves the capital’s state primaries unable to read properly. Why are they unable to read? Who is to blame? Teachers? Parents? Social demographics? What if a high percent of those who can’t read… just don’t know how? (more…)

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Oli Lowrie on: Demolition Shoreditch.

Walking through London is like walking through a canyon of sedimentary rock; you can see the different layers of cultural strata laid down over time. East London in particular, is a place flowing with culture. The beauty of Hackney is that these layers are from all over the world. Turkish, British, Jewish, Asian, Chinese, Industrial, Hippy, Rich, Poor, Grand and Scruffy all have their monuments on the pavements of the East End.

The anthropologist Marcel Mauss defined place as a “culture fossilized in time and space”. Hackney is a wonderful fossil to analyze. (more…)

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