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In its current incarnation Beacons is a relatively new name on the UK festival scene. Yet by enlisting an eclectic set of acts from the worlds of bass and electronic, indie, and hip-hop, this Yorkshire festival has gathered a good reputation fast. As old Yorkshire stalwart Leeds Festival continues to extort temperamental 16 year-old kids – with prices a year’s worth of newspaper deliveries couldn’t afford – Beacons is also putting accessibility...

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The Art of Making Friends

Jeff Mo on the how to make and maintain friendships Three of us were on the train from Cambridge back to London one Saturday afternoon, analysing and reminiscing over the very eventful past twenty-four hours.  We had spent the night dancing, playing croquet, and giving ourselves fake backstories, and spent the morning recovering from the night before.  Midway through the journey, one of my...

The pride of the Irish

Amelia Thomson on the origins of St Patrick’s Day Last weekend saw the mass celebration of St Patrick’s day. These festivities take place all around the world and are, for the most part it seems, an opportunity to wear green, drink beer and attempt to do really bad Irish accents. But what is the greater significance behind Ireland’s patron saint and national apostle? Supposedly born in the late fourth century St Patrick is credited with spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. In folklore he is said to have driven snakes from Ireland however this is most likely a metaphor for his expulsion of pagan ideas from the country. The reason for celebrating this day on the 17th March is not fully known. Some suggest it was the day of St Patrick’s death whereas others merely believe it...

With a little help from my plan

Anna Gallinat on how to plan without over-thinking They say: “A tidy house is a tidy mind.” Agreed. My addition would be: A tidy mind is a tidy study rhythm. And to achieve my tidy mind, I have to plan, to organize, and to make lists. In the long run, it helps me...

Relieving the pressure

Jiayi Fan on avoiding overwhelming pressure and anxiety Every time before finals, I try to comfort myself in the same way: “You have been a student for years, and you know how to manage your time to be prepared and get through it.” Unfortunately, self-comfort is...

Kenya’s new President brings backs fears from the past

Uhuru Kenyatta

Usually, election days are glorious days for peace and democracy. In Kenya however, during the past election week nobody dared to celebrate. Memories from the disastrous vote in 2007, where tribal clashes...

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Good and Bad Borrowing

The state of Britain’s economy is the one issue which, above all others, will decide the outcome of the next general election. Has austerity worked? Can Labour be trusted with the economy? Are the Conservatives competent and progressive enough to run Britain? Has the Liberal Democrats’ contribution in government been positive or negative? Is there a viable ‘Plan B’ and what does it involve? Voters’ answers to these questions might well be the decisive factor in deciding who is prime minister after 2015. However, there is one question of importance that seems to have been broadly ignored. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats often suggest that Labour’s strategy is to borrow more. This is true, in a sense, or at least it was in 2010: Labour planned to half the deficit over...

SU Elections: They’re on their way

It is nearly that time of the year again. That time when Houghton Street comes to life and students are buzzing with excitement. Well, that may be slightly overambitious. What I’m talking about of course, is the Student Union elections. The...

The merits of Article 17

Property, and the right to it, has been used as a justification for many of the worst excesses of human society. Inequality, war, and the hideous mark on Western civilisation that was slavery have all been defended on the grounds that...

Avigdor Lieberman: Game Over?

He was Benjamin Netanyahu’s foreign minister, political partner and eventually part of an electoral alliance to secure a majority in the Israeli Knesset. He has inspired both admiration and ferocious condemnation for his perceived anti-Arab...

The real invincibles

Hockey

  It is said that true champions possess a desire, a dream and a vision. Many wouldn’t believe that a university like LSE would have any, let alone 11. But we’re LSEWHC 1sts. Oiled cogs in a...

Tennis: The History Boys?

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That’s right LSE. Pull back the curtain of our Uni’s scintillating academic reputation and nefarious political alliances and you will also find some of the hardest-working and most talented student...

Fellowship of the King

James Foley on LSE Chess Club’s weekend of playing and partying.  The LSESU Chess Club achieved a phenomenal result at this year’s British Universities’ Chess Association (BUCA) Championships reaching...

Don’t Managers Have Form?

Decline is a concept many football fans struggle to come to terms with. One of the most oft-peddled (and annoying) clichés in the game is “form is temporary, class is permanent”, which is frequently...

The need to respect the Falklanders’ verdict

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Despite lying dormant as an international concern for over 30 years, the ownership of the Falklands/Malvinas Islands has become a hot topic once again. In January, Argentinian President  Cristina Kirchner...

Radioactive wolves and asbestos

Executive Editor Liam Brown analyses where LSE can still improve I can picture it, walking down Houghton Street with my son or daughter in about twenty or thirty years time exclaiming “when I was your age, this is where I had my lectures” or “that building wasn’t here back in the good ‘ol days!”...

A wake-up call for misfiring Labour

Rayhan Uddin on an urgent new role for those on the British left With the death of their beloved leader Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan public are being forced to consider the future of their country, and...

Where next for the British Economy?

Matt Pennill insists that the government must cut spending and taxes to promote growth “I used to think if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the president or the pope or a .400 baseball...