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So I'm missing Easter for the first time


I always knew that coming to university would change my life. It represented a lot of firsts for me: the first time I’d ever had to cook for myself, the first time I’d ever had to do my own washing, the first time I have ever had to change my bed sheets (for those of you still struggling with this challenge, here’s a handy guide). But it never occurred to me that I may miss out on family traditions.

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My television rollercoaster


So, I was going to write this blog post almost a month ago when the John Lewis advert first came out, but, you know, things happen, deadlines approached… ok no I just couldn’t be bothered. However! I have found the time today in between writing my essay and organising interviews for my TV package to sit down and actually write.

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Why grammar schools are a good idea


Britain’s grammar schools are shining examples of what children can aspire to achieve and work towards. Yet there are people out there who wholeheartedly disagree with the very concept of them, and that’s fine, but I feel it’s my duty to defend the way I was educated.

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Why do I do it to myself?


Now that we are four days into the new year it seems only right that I dampen the mood and bring people’s high spirits back down to Earth. For many, the new year is a new start. “New Year, New Me” may well be the most commonly and in fact, incorrectly used phrase in the history of the English language. Why does the new year mean you will be any more motivated to succeed than you were last year? As an Arsenal fan, I know that this is folly.

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