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The Skinhead Movement: Origins and Misconceptions

Article written by Guest Writer Jenny Woo There are many different facets and interpretations of what the skinhead movement is and what it means. The very concept of “skinhead” seems paradoxical. Skinhead is a subculture born out of multiculturalism (the adoption of Caribbean music and style by white British youth in the 1960s) and then later connected to right-wing extremism. Today the subculture is associated with everything from first wave Jamaican ska to melodic oi!, to politically motivated anarcho-communist and also to racist hardcore music. It’s not difficult to see how those outside of the skinhead scene, let alone those who are involved in it, come up with a million different interpretations and ideas of what it is and what it could be. ...

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British Newspapers and Infantile Reporting

Only around 20% of adults in Britain read newspapers. Of those who do, over 60% read the Big 5 daily nationals – The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express. This article illustrates how infantile, bias and ludicrous most of these papers are and how troubling this can be to a democracy. The press in every country has an incredible influence on how people think and vote. Mainstream impartial and nonpartisan press is difficult to find. The British newspaper industry illustrates this point elegantly. On the 7th of May 2015, millions of Britons voted in the UK general election which saw the Conservative Party win their second successive election. They received 36.8% of all votes, over 11 million, but more importantly ...

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Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Part III

This is the final part of the conversation I had in February with my friend Fil. Fil has been living and teaching in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) since September 2012. He has almost completed his nine month contract teaching oil industry trainees in one of the world’s most industrial cities. In this final part he explains what he had learnt about Saudi culture; from the role of women in Saudi society to the political changes which are taking place within KSA. When Fil arrived in KSA he wasn’t given any form of cultural training and had to learn the hard way. Luckily he met many people willing to help such as his colleagues and a few of his students. ...

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The Welsh Language: Living with Welsh and its future

Most people I meet find the fact that I speak Welsh intriguing. If they’re British they tend to ask me to pronounce the longest place name in Europe; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Others ask me to say a few words and then compare it to Elvish from Lord of the Rings. It might sound similar but Elvish isn’t Welsh In this post I want to describe my relationship to the Welsh language and share my opinions of the importance of the language to the country. Firstly I must explain where I come from and a little about the community I lived in for the first eighteen years of my life. I grew up in a little village called Rhosybol on the island of Anglesey, or in ...

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The Civilian Experience: War Through The Eyes Of A Welshwoman

This is the first part in a series of articles about the long and eventful life of one very special lady. As a conscripted Land Girl in the Women’s Land Army during the Second World War, she worked alongside German and Italian prisoners in the fields of rural Britain. She held her own against confident and sure US servicemen and was at first irritated to hear about the end of the war. Gladys, born on the 30th of April 1921, lives in North Wales and has been kind enough to share with me a little about her life and the times she’s lived through. The vividness of her descriptions of events gone by is very impressive when considering how much time ...

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Memories of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983)

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Argentina has seen some major changes over the last four decades since the death of Juan Domingo Perón in 1974. To try to better understand these changes I have interviewed some of the people I have met whilst living in Buenos Aires. I wanted to talk about how ordinary people’s lives have been shaped by events over the last 40 years. Over the span of a week I talked to seven people between the ages of twenty-three and fifty-five.

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Football Violence In Argentina

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Football is the most popular sport in Argentina. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) was formed in 1893 and today governs over 3,000 football clubs. The two most famous clubs are Boca Juniors and River Plate; two of nine Buenos Aires football clubs currently playing in the top two national divisions.

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Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Part III

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This is the final part of the conversation I had in February with my friend Fil. Fil has been living and teaching in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) since September 2012. He has almost completed his nine month contract teaching oil industry trainees in one of the world’s most industrial cities. In this final part he explains what he had learnt about Saudi culture; from the role of women in Saudi society to the political changes which are taking place within KSA.

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Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Part II

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Fil has been living and teaching in the city of Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since September 2012. He has a unique teaching position, teaching young oil industry trainees, whereas most teachers in Saudi Arabia teach at the many universities in such cities as Riyadh and Jeddah.

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Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Part I

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When you enter the world of teaching English as a foreign language, the possibilities of places to teach and live are countless; you can teach and live in almost every country in the world. In Europe the two most popular cities are Prague, Czech Republic and Barcelona, Spain. One of the most popular countries in Asia is South Korea but many also go to China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan. A new popular destination today is also the Middle East.

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Teaching English in South Korea: The Practicalities

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Teaching English abroad can provide fantastic experiences and stories. You glimpse into the country’s culture, its customs and meet many different people. Having taught in three different countries I have met countless English teachers who have taught all over the world. One friend I met whilst teaching in Spain was Gavin.

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Fear the Government that Fears Your Gun

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On December 14th 2012 the second deadliest school shooting in US history took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut. The shooting has prompted a renewed and on-going debate about gun control and has increased the levels of fear and paranoia that exist in the US.

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School Shootings and Gun Control in the US

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On December 14th 2012 the second deadliest school shooting in US history took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, Connecticut. After killing his mother, 20 year old Adam Lanza shot twenty children and six adult staff members before committing suicide. His primary weapon of choice was the Bushmaster AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle.

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Life in Rural Wales: 1945 to present day

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North Wales endured the Second World War with very little hardship unlike other parts of Britain. As detailed in Part I in this series, the people of rural Anglesey, North Wales did not suffer much in terms of German aerial bombardments or food rationing. Many men and women were employed in the agricultural industry alongside our lady, Gladys.

Around 100 men from Amlwch died during the war, some never returned home having been lost at sea or buried where they had fallen in far off places such as Italy, France and Burma. Fortunately, Gladys did not lose anyone from her immediate family or circle of close friends.

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