Author: charlottejayne

Know your limits

Congratulations new students. Welcome to some of the best years of your lives; three, four, five or more years studying in an amazing city with culture and experiences in every direction. The expectation will be that you are going to experience most of this culture in your first week; Fresher’s Week. Events happen every day and every night, often into the early hours of the morning. On campus events, and bar crawls in town will have you busy for hours on end; you’ll lose track of time as you make new friends and dance the night away. But there...

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Be sure, get vaccinated

Fresher’s week is upon us. That means so is the big move. For weeks you will have been preparing for this next step; that bottom drawer will now be being called into use. New pots, plates, bowls and cutlery. New bed linens, pillows, soaps, shampoos and towels. But what you won’t have packed, is the insurance that you are safe from some of the most dangerous infections and illnesses. The advice offered by Public Health England is that all students heading off to university should be protected against strains of the meningococcal bacteria (MenACWY), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus...

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Mental Health Awareness Week – never be afraid to talk

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May). The focus this year is understanding stress, and the impacts that it can have on the lives of those dealing with it. Stress can induce insomnia, loss of appetite, lack of concentration, and lead to many other damaging side effects that will almost definitely be a detriment to the potential of all students during this already hectic exam period. Mental health has always been something that we need to be paying more attention to. The lack of education on mental health and well-being in schools makes awareness weeks,...

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Self-driving cars: dangers of the future

Technology develops more rapidly than the British weather changes, it seems. With new phones out every few months, new laptops, new visual reality devices filling the shelves, it was only a matter of time before the auto industry decided to join the money making party. There have been leaps forward already, with the introduction of in car cameras, and age-old parking sensors, but Uber have finally taken the next step; self-driving cars. Yes, that’s right, a multiple tonne metal box with only a computer programme controlling it has already been let onto the roads of the American city, Pittsburgh....

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The Grand National? The Grand Disgrace.

Locked up, made to run for miles, given a strict diet, a strict routine. Whipped, torn away from family, kept in isolation, then made to perform in front of a loud and aggressive audience. Sounds like abuse, doesn’t it? Well, welcome to the harrowing reality of the Grand National horse race. A disturbingly well loved British tradition, each year thousands of people venture to Aintree Racecourse, only 20 minutes north of Liverpool, to watch the races, with a record breaking attendance for Opening Day 2018, at 35,581. They arrive in their thousands, dressed in their most expensive, most eye-catching,...

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