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Month: March 2015

Glass vs Farage: “Farage won the battle for a story which followed.”

The events on Sunday 22 March, that saw UKIP leader Nigel Farage hounded out of his local pub by protesters, highlight perfectly the almost surreal position of UK politics today, as well as the role of the press in shaping public opinion. Conflicting accounts from the day’s events mean, at times, it is difficult to separate truth from stories created by the protesters and UKIP. The following events can be dissected from the slanderous accounts on both sides and provide a general picture of what occurred: Activist Dan Glass, who in 2008 superglued himself to Gordon Brown, lead his…

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Remarkable Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

A spin on Nigella’s classic recipe… Ingredients: Cupcakes 250 grams plain flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (sifted) 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 100 grams soft unsalted butter 200 grams caster sugar 1 tablespoon red food colouring 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 large eggs 175 ml buttermilk 1 teaspoon cider vinegar Cream Cheese Icing 500 grams icing sugar 125 grams cream cheese 125 grams soft unsalted butter 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (or lemon juice) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Method: Cupcakes 1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and line your tins. 2. Mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. 3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth then add the food colouring and vanilla extract. 4….

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The story behind the ‘pulled’ Batgirl cover

The new cover of Batgirl #41 has caused a massive stir in the comic book world recently. The cover was to be published alongside 24 other variant covers in June 2015 in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Joker. The artists rendition, as featured above, has been pulled by DC after the artist himself, Rafael Albuquerque, requested for it not to be used because of the outrage that erupted from fans on Twitter. There are many theories as to why this variant cover was pulled from being printed, however, I believe the main reason is due to its…

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£12 million railway investment will shorten Canterbury commuters’ journeys

Network Rail and the Regional Growth Fund, managed by Kent County Council and provided by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, is investing £12 million into improving the high speed train line HS1. Improvements will involve extensive road works across the city’s railway lines in future years, but improvements are predicted to cut up to 10 minutes off Canterbury commuters’ journeys. Transport chiefs and politicians believe this investment will benefit East Kent and reduce journey times between Ramsgate and London. Richard Dean at Southeastern said: “We’ve worked in partnership with Network Rail and Kent County Council to deliver…

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Six Nations Super Saturday Round-Up

After a highly dramatic Six Nations championship which saw four teams in with a chance of winning the title, Patrick Kamalu runs through what happened on Super Saturday. The annual Six Nations Championship was retained by Ireland on what proved to be a fretful conclusion to the tournament (21 March 2024). England were top of the table on points difference going into the final day and Wales, who were the first team to play that day against Italy, needed to win by a minimum margin of 26 points to stand a chance of claiming the title. The match ended…

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