• Opinion, Politics

    Opinion: Euro-Vision of a Better Future

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    By Ben Townsend The mammoth final twist of the award-winning comic book (and film, but I’ll ignore that) Watchmen (spoiler alert) is revealed when surprise villain, Ozymandias, enacts his master plan. Powerless, the team of heroes watch as he drops a bioengineered monster on top of New York, destroying the city and killing everybody within it. Ozy’s…

  • Travel

    Travel: The King of Common Sense

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    By Ben Townsend Before going away, I made sure not to pack anything into my thirty-litre rucksack that was remotely expensive, sentimental, or worthy of stealing. Yet, during those innocent stages of planning and preparation, I was still naive to the fact that my situation regarding the care of my belongings, or, perhaps, lack thereof,…

  • News, Politics

    Corruption vs Democracy – Who poisoned the well?

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    By Ben Townsend Studies suggest that cases of corruption are increasing in the United States, whilst democracy is failing. But the land of the free is not alone. Across the world, similar trends are appearing. Is there a correlation? And if so, who is to blame?  The past two years for American politics have been…

  • Opinion, Politics

    Opinion: Why we need to understand the ‘nonsense’ of economics

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    By Ben Townsend After a few drinks last Christmas, I entered into the annual “festive fracas”, an obligatory political stand-off at the dinner table that often blurs the line between diplomatic and grossly offensive. My foggy memory recalls tackling issues with a friend of the family such as untrustworthy newspapers, authoritarian television licenses, and costly…

  • News

    Farewell Trevor: The world’s loneliest duck dies

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    Tragedy has hit the Pacific island of Niue. In a heart-wrenching turn of events, a local duck famous for being the only inhabitant of his kind was killed by a pack of stray dogs last week, next to the roadside puddle he called home. Trevor the mallard, named after Trevor Mallard, an MP for New Zealand,…




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