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Student grants cut after government 'overspending'

Oct
29

Grants for university students are having to be cut by the government from next year, after they had reportedly made an overspending blunder.

Although poorer students are unlikely to be effected, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) said they found a financial deficit of £200m.

Despite the DIUS improving student financial grants this year, according to BBC News the upper limit to receive a student grant will be lowered from £60,000 to £50,020 next year.

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Brand resigns from Radio 2

Oct
29

Breaking News:  (Wednesday 29th October, 18:02 GMT)

Russell Brand has resigned from BBC Radio 2, following prank call remarks made to actor Andrew Sachs on Brand's radio programme.

Earlier, co-host Jonathan Ross - who had made prank calls to Sachs on his answerphone alongside Brand - was suspended from the BBC with Brand, and the pair's scheduled BBC Radio 2 programmes have been cancelled.

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Good book for the essay

Oct
29

For anyone looking for another book to reference for the essay, The Invention of Journalism by Jean K. Chalaby has been helpful for me so far. It's pretty dense but the whole book revolves around the period from 1850 onwards so there's a lot of good quotable bits, particularly in the Third Part.

And the last chapter contains some interesting theories on the function of journalism, in particular the 'magic mirror' effect.

Don't let the intoduction put you off reading this book, I didn't know half the words in there but I found some good facts in the rest of the book.

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Firefox is in the building

Oct
27

The mysterious powers that run IT have finally allowed us to install Firefox on the newsroom PCs. So if you want to give Internet Explorer the elbow, you'll find it on the list under Start->All programs.

Ian

Posted By Ian Reeves read more

Alonso Brings the Curtain Down on Fortress Stamford Bridge

Oct
26

Chelsea fans knew that this day would come eventually, but probably would have picked a different opponent to lose their 86 match home unbeaten league record to. 

In the end, the reality is that Xabi Alonso’s 10th minute deflected shot gave Liverpool all three points and in the process sent them clear the top of the Premier League and inflicted upon Luiz Felipe Scolari his first defeat as Chelsea manager.

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The top rock songs/ballads

Oct
26

Here are just 137 of my favourite rock songs and (rock) ballads. Apart from the first one, the rest are in no particular order.

Please feel free to debate/disagree, discuss and add to the list etc. To be honest, I could have added hundreds more.

Are these good choices? Could they be better? Do they inspire you? Do you have instances, images in your head when you think of, or sing them? Are these the types of songs which can entertain a nation, compared to what the current music scene offers today?

Posted By stuartwilson read more

Clocks

Oct
26

Whoever is in charge of the site for this week needs to put the clock back as the time is still ahead an hour :)

Posted By KathrynCain read more

Recalled books

Oct
26

I realise that everyone's trying to get hold of the books that we need for our essay, and have therefore been reserving books from the library. The two books that have been recalled of mine are not going to be taken back until a couple of weeks after our essay has been completed. So sorry to whoever wanted them...

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Media blackout?

Oct
26

At this point, I have no idea how and why are several newspapers/sources not covering this:

http://www.interfax.com/3/439860/news.aspx

Posted By jaakpardi read more

'It's Been 14 Years...'

Oct
25

‘Of silence, its been 14 years of pain, It's been 14 years that are gone forever, And I'll never have again…’

The lyrics above are taken from the Guns N’ Roses track ‘14 Years’ and sum up quite aptly what die-hard GNR fans have experienced waiting for Axl Rose to unleash his oft-delayed album, Chinese Democracy.

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