Crazy Rich Asians: Henry Golding on becoming a leading man in his first film

Henry Golding's first job as an actor just happened to be as leading man in a giant Hollywood romcom. So far, the film's made over $160m (£128m) worldwide, and been loved by critics - it's got a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its plotline is pretty much summed up by the title: Crazy Rich Asians. … Continue reading Crazy Rich Asians: Henry Golding on becoming a leading man in his first film

Moss Side: A history of the Manchester neighbourhood

A shooting in Manchester's Moss Side area which injured 10 people is being investigated by the police as attempted murder. Moss Side has historically had a reputation for being a neighbourhood of gangs and gun crime - a characterisation historian Dr Charlotte Wildman describes as "unfair". But it's not always had that reputation and, in recent years, … Continue reading Moss Side: A history of the Manchester neighbourhood

Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?

The USA has said it will impose new sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of two people in Salisbury. Sergei Skripal was a former Russian double agent living in the UK. Along with his daughter Yulia, he was left seriously ill after being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in March. The UK blames Russia, but the … Continue reading Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?

Climate change: What could be wiped out by temperature rise

Scientists have described the serious concept of "Hothouse Earth". An international team of researchers suggest that global warming will have severe consequences for the planet. They paint a picture of boiling hot climates and towering seas in years to come if temperatures rise by just 2C. That means it could turn some of the planet's natural … Continue reading Climate change: What could be wiped out by temperature rise

Football transfer news: How announcements got extravagant

Has the football transfer announcement got out of hand? With clubs becoming more and more desperate to make an impact on social media, gone are the days where a player forced a smile, held up a shirt and shook the manager's hand. Now, we're getting elaborate videos - akin to film trailers - before the … Continue reading Football transfer news: How announcements got extravagant

World Cup 2018: French social media’s reaction to being World Champions

It may still hurt if you're an England fan who thought it should have been the Three Lions playing on Sunday night. But France ended up World Cup winners, beating Croatia 4-2, and celebrated in biblical rains. There were parties in the streets, parties in the parks and parties in the bars. And it didn't take … Continue reading World Cup 2018: French social media’s reaction to being World Champions

World Cup 2018: What happened the last time England reached the semi-final

Did you hear? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup. The last time England were in this position was back in 1990, so this is the first semi-final many people have seen in their lifetimes. The vast majority of the current squad weren't even born at the time. Read the full story on … Continue reading World Cup 2018: What happened the last time England reached the semi-final

World Cup 2018: How Three Lions is still the definitive England song after 22 years

"Football's coming home!" It's the chant that makes a resurgence every time England are in a major tournament. You would have heard it sung it in the streets, seen the memes, even Alan Shearer was chanting it on the BBC on Match of the Day after England's penalty delighton Tuesday. For the past few years, the song Three … Continue reading World Cup 2018: How Three Lions is still the definitive England song after 22 years

XXXTentacion and the problem of separating art from its artist

By Imran Rahman-Jones and Sinead Garvan XXXTentacion has scored his highest position in the UK's Official Chart, with his track Sad climbing up to number five. The 20-year-old was shot dead in his car in Florida on 18 June. Radio 1 didn't play XXXTentacion on its Official Chart Show, even though he currently has three songs in … Continue reading XXXTentacion and the problem of separating art from its artist

BDE: What is big dick energy and who really has it?

Welcome to the internet in 2018 - which has already given us people eating laundry detergent, a man asking if a butterfly was a pigeon and an audio version of #TheDress (it said "yanny", by the way). It's now given rise to the newest and weirdest and most important question so far: Who has "big dick energy"? By the way, physical endowment has … Continue reading BDE: What is big dick energy and who really has it?