Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Reality of Internet Dating

The Reality of ‘Hook Up’ apps:

In 2013 the reported crimes (in England and Wales) of any dating apps were 55; according to the Freedom of Information Act. The number spiked to 204 in 2014, only to jump again to 412 in 2015. The amount of people who use dating apps is rising every day and with that rises the risk. The most common reports that police get are violent or sexual crimes, which includes grooming, rapes, and the sexual exploitation of children.

The dangers of using apps like Tinder are horrific, as Angela Jay learnt. Angela was savagely attacked by a man she met on Tinder, he stabbed and doused in petrol. Allegedly, he had gone to her home before and waited her for her to arrive from work before his attack. The 28 year old doctor was attacked as she ended their brief relationship, which Paul Lambert (the attacker) was not happy about. He blew up her phone with threatening and abusive messages, such as “You’re are not safe in that house… I have some of the house keys.” Angela actually had a restraining order on the man, yet that meant nothing to him. After she was stabbed repeatedly, she dragged her body to the neighbour’s house.  He tried to flee but was caught on the highway. The strangest thing is that it was most out of character for Lambert, which comes to show how the internet shows a different side to people, one you would never imagine.

This is only one of the many stories that show a different side to dating apps. All you see are the ‘success stories’ of how someone found their ‘soul mate’ on Tinder, yet the reality of it all may be harder to grasp, as it is much, much worse.







Anthony against Klitschko?

Anthony Joshua’s fight against Eric Molina was a breeze for Joshua. It was a hard hitting brawl between two beasts where Joshua came out on top. After three rounds, Joshua knocked out Molina.

Molina must of been looking for Anthony Joshua not to turn up fit and catch him off guard with a knock out punch, but sadly for Molina, Joshua brought the fight to him. With Joshua clean sweeping Molina, is Klitschko next to face Joshua?

Joshua says money will never get to his head with the quotes “Fighters can lose their way after tasting a bit of success but it’s not about the money, it’s about class,” and “It’s about morals, how much you conduct yourself. Glitz and glamour doesn’t come into it. I don’t live in luxury, I’m still at home with my mum!”

So will Joshua get Kiltschko or will he have to go through someone else?

By Fernley


Are we living in an alternate universe?

We could be living in another universe

Do you happen to know the song ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen? If so, just sing the end line of the song.

Did you happen to sing, ‘We are the champions of the world’? Well, that’s not how the song ends. This is one example of the Mandela Effect.

The Mandela effect was discovered by Fionna Broom in 2010. The “Mandela Effect” is what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality. The Mandela effect is the theory that as well as parallel universes existing we switch between them all the time without realising.

Ask yourself these 3 simple question:

  • What does Darth Vader say to Luke when he reveals he is he father?
  • In Snow White, is the famous line “Mirror mirror on the Wall”?
  • Febreeze or Febreze?


Here are the answers:

  • “Luke, I am your father.”
  • No, it’s “magic mirror on the wall”.
  • Febreze


Did you get them right?

There are many other explanations to suggest there isn’t a Mandela effect and that we are not living in an alternate universe.

For example, humans love repetition and it is psychologically proven to enchant the brain. This can explain why so many people remember the end as ‘We are the champions of the world’.

Another explanation is that certain famous phrases would have been passed down centuries so people might have recited the phrases incorrectly meaning everyone  remembers it a particular way. For example “Mirror mirror on the wall” is the phrase that most people of the past 3 decades use but older people remember it as the original, “Magic mirror on the wall”.

What do you believe? Do you think we’re living in an alternate universe?

By Ines


Can music affect concentration?

A study was done at the Imperial College and the Royal College of Music to examine whether listening to music influenced concentration whilst doing a task.

Families often have arguments over whether children should be allowed to listen to music whilst revising and music has often been used in professional settings such as operating theatre. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, involved playing music into participant’s ears whilst they attempted to play the board game ‘Operation’ – where players have to remove pieces with tweezers without setting off a buzzer. The 350 people had to carry out the tasks whilst being played AC/DC, Mozart and then the background music of an operating theatre.

Whilst women weren’t effected by any of the music played the men seemed to have a higher level performance when listening to Mozart. However this was only the case for people who enjoyed listening to classical music and after this was considered there appeared to be no change in their performance.

The research teams could not come up with an explanation as to why women were less affected but suggested it might be a greater susceptibility among men to “auditory stress” – where sensitivity is affected by “loud or discordant music”.

Dr Daisy Fancourt, leader author of the research, regarded the study using the board game ‘Operation’ as “tongue in cheek” but that it was a component of wider research into how music could change people’s performance, including in settings such as operating theatres.

However questions were raised about whether different types of music could influence the effectiveness of how teams worked. “This study suggests that for men who are operating or playing a board game, rock music may be a bad idea,” Dr Fancourt said.

By Finnerty

Man steals $1m on ‘Game of War’ and spends it

A Californian man, Kevin Lee Co, misused $4.8m and spent $1m of it on the app, Game of War. From about May 2008 to March 2015, he engaged in a scheme to defraud almost $5 million from his employer Holt.

Kevin abused the authority to conduct hundreds of unauthorised credit card transactions on the company’s account, to change and fraud many records regarding the credit account and to mislead the bank that held the credit account when it made inquiries about his suspicious transactions.

As part of a plea agreement Kevin Lee Co, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

In total, he must pay Holt (also the owner of Game of War) $4,542,236.08 in compensation, and he potentially faces 20 years in prison according to the plea agreement documents.

by Ben – Correspondent for the Science and Technology section

Boxing Day Shopping Ban

On Monday afternoon, at Westminster Hall, the government debated on whether shops should be open on Boxing Day, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. A petition online that brought the matter to the MPs attention gained over 138,000 signatures; it stated:

“Retail workers work extremely hard during the Christmas run up and only get the one day”

Although thisFile:Shoppers on Dundas, near Yonge.jpg is understandable, many disagree as it is an opportunity to buy items with a large discount and generates lots of business and profit for all companies.

The speakers opposing the ban proposed that Boxing Day is a time when most families have time to shop for late gifts or new tech. However, Helen Jones, the MP supporting the petition and leading the debate, said:

“What I’ve not seen is anything to convince me that Boxing Day generates extra trade, as opposed to just moving it to another day”.

Others agreeing with her stated the days including and surrounding Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but if retail staff have to work, the main purpose of the holidays cannot be fulfilled.

While many disagree with the proposition of banning shops opening on the 26th December, the arguments put forward were very convincing and the matter may appear in parliamentary debates next year to more success.

– Autumn

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