World Cup 2018: How will social media affect the England squad?

By Imran Rahman-Jones and Ben Mundy "You're detached from the outside world. You're out of your comfort zone. You've got to occupy yourself." That's how Rio Ferdinand describes the England camp at a World Cup. It presents a challenge to the squad - how do they stay focused and motivated for a month without any … Continue reading World Cup 2018: How will social media affect the England squad?

Northern and Midlands trainee teachers ‘told to change their accents’

By Will Chalk & Imran Rahman-Jones What's the right way to pronounce "grass"? It's the never-ending debate you have with your mates from other parts of the country. But a linguist says that trainee teachers with northern or Midlands accents are being told to change their accents and "adopt southern pronunciation". Click here to read … Continue reading Northern and Midlands trainee teachers ‘told to change their accents’

Equal marriage in Northern Ireland: ‘We’re asking to be treated with dignity’

"We're not asking for the world here," says Stephen Donnan. "We're asking for a simple change in the law to let us be treated with dignity. I think once people realise that, then minds start to change." Stephen's talking about the campaign to introduce gay marriage into the only UK country where it's not allowed: … Continue reading Equal marriage in Northern Ireland: ‘We’re asking to be treated with dignity’

The strange times TV shows have ‘predicted’ the future

A man escaped from prison in Peru by drugging his twin brother and leaving him in his place - in a story that's straight out of US TV show Arrested Development. It's not the first time a TV show - or even just Arrested Development - have been imitated by real life. Read the full article at … Continue reading The strange times TV shows have ‘predicted’ the future

Why music venue closures ‘make all of our lives poorer’

"They can be some of the best shows. You have everyone packed in... It's often the most intimate and standout experience on a tour." That's how artist Isaac Gracie describes playing small venues around the UK - and it's a feeling many in the audience recognise too. But the UK is at risk of losing … Continue reading Why music venue closures ‘make all of our lives poorer’