Reece Goodall

General Election 2017: Predictions

In a move that came as a surprise to many, PM Theresa May called a snap General Election, scheduled for June 8th. Here are some of the possible outcomes, and their likely implications.   May victory and hard Brexit At the beginning of the year May revealed her Brexit plan, which...
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Posted May. 22, 2017

Doctor Who – Oxygen

Doctor Who has long presented space as a bastion of adventure and excitement, with strange turns around every corner. When penning this episode, Steven Moffat gave one instruction to Jamie Mathieson (who, after ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ and ‘Flatline,’ is establishing himself as one of the series’ best writers)...
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Posted May. 16, 2017

Should we forgive the Lib Dems? – Reece Goodall

It’s time for another general election and, despite what some politicians are eager to say, the big defining issue of this vote will be Brexit. Students are far more likely to have voted Remain than they are to have Leave, and many of them would be very happy if they...
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Posted May. 14, 2017

Science explained: Ransomware and the NHS cyber-attack

On Friday, a situation was declared in the UK as it was hit by a large-scale cyber-attack. 45 NHS organisations in England and Scotland were affected, with our shores being only one of the 99 countries targeted – telecoms companies and gas providers were shut down in Spain, Renault in...
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Posted May. 13, 2017

The secret to a good night’s sleep is in our genes

It’s that time of year when students have one thing on their mind – the dreaded e-word! In their focus to cram however, sleep can often wind up neglected, even though it is so crucial to our wellbeing. Scientists have conducted experiments into sleep deprivation, in which volunteers endured up...
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Posted May. 8, 2017

Doctor Who – Knock Knock

This week, we returned to the present for the type of old-fashioned haunted house tale that the BBC does really well. It’s another quality episode from this run of Doctor Who, dialling down on the scale but boasting an excellent guest turn.    Bill is house-hunting with a group of...
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Posted May. 7, 2017

French Presidential Election: Macron and Le Pen advance

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have won the first round of the French presidential election. There will be a second vote on May 7, and the winner will become the next President of France. This unconventional election has seen four frontrunners vying for the presidency – Macron, Le Pen,...
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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads

People always tout the BBC as the jewel in the crown of British television, but somewhere it has really failed to make a mark is period crime drama. ITV really brings home the bacon here – we had years of Agatha Christie adaptations, and the broadcaster has now turned to...
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Posted Apr. 21, 2017

Trump and Travel Bans

Say what you like about Donald Trump, but I don’t think anyone could argue he isn’t polarising. The biggest and most polarising act of his presidency so far was the executive order to place a travel ban on the US borders. What was the substance of the order? All refugees...
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Posted Apr. 20, 2017