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The sun is barely visible on the grey skyline and I’m battling fierce wind as I move through the streets of the post-industrial wasteland near the centre of Leeds, UK. The odd train whistles by on the nearby tracks and I can hear a faint police siren in the distance, but otherwise the streets are muted.

What once stood proud as an economic hub of the Industrial Revolution is now reduced to abandoned warehouses, dishevelled canals, and a slew of unflattering street art. Things have changed round here.

I arrive at the heavy steel door of a vast, nondescript warehouse…

Here’s what happens if you tie a spliff to a balloon, smoke it in front of the police and release the evidence to fly away in an attempt to m̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶f̶u̶n̶n̶y̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t, t̶h̶w̶a̶r̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶r̶a̶c̶o̶n̶i̶a̶n̶ ̶d̶r̶u̶g̶ ̶l̶a̶w̶s, deliver an important social experiment.

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I’ve always thought that the drug laws in the UK were pretty stupid, and not just because prohibiting substances massively increases its harms to both individual users and society as a whole. Not just because they are used to systematically discriminate against and marginalise certain societal subsets.

But because they just don’t make sense: After all, you…

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A dishevelled Geordie, who looks like he’s drunk his own body weight in beer, is standing at the front of the vehicle, mic in hand, alternating between telling the same joke over and over and just plain screaming. With the driver powerless to halt him, his nonsensical drivel continues until he halts himself –by falling into the aisle and proceeding to vomit and piss himself.

Next to me sits a guy who has lost his T-shirt and shoes, while a group of girls wonder aloud how the hell they’ve managed to forget where they live. But this is not the…

It all started in January 2014. A middle-aged American, by the name of Linda Glocke, made a strong commitment to defeat ISIS in an online comment. So strong, in fact, that the internet vowed to follow Linda on her one woman crusade against the caliphate.

The comment — which was only four words long — was posted in response to an online article, originally published by KABC-TV, about the execution of two Japanese hostages. It simply read: “I will destroy ISIS.” The emotionally-charged sentiment behind the post was celebrated globally. …

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Journalism has changed. If you’re a young person thinking of pursuing this as a career, you need to know that you’re working in the Wild West now (the internet). It’s fast-paced, there are few rules and those few change all the time.

You’re better off getting clued up on social media algorithms than learning how linear television works; it’s going to be more beneficial to start your own podcast than be taught what goes into BBC radio stations.

If I was a university lecturer, this is what I’d teach the students, drawing on six years experience working in digital media.

If you’re going to Uni, pick a different course


Photo taken by the author in 2015

The cottage industry that is student dealing flourished around 2008; partly as a result of a decline in academic values within many British universities and partly due to the arrival of the student-favoured cheap stimulant mephedrone.

By 2009, reports began to surface claiming that some people actually enrol on university courses with the sole purpose of selling drugs — the student loan serves nicely as a start-up fund. By 2014, I think everyone had to admit that casual dealing amongst students had become commonplace.

I spoke with Peter*, he’s a 24-year-old Londoner who went to university in Nottingham. He is…

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“Great creativity comes from mistakes,” says Ken Scott, legendary engineer of The Beatles and producer of David Bowie. “That’s the way it should be.”

Regarded by many as one of the most significant recording industry figures in the past five decades, Scott worked with some of the biggest artists ever. The impressive list of his collaborations reads like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Pink Floyd, Elton John, Supertramp, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Procol Harum, Devo, Lou Reed, Frank Zappa and more.

He worked with Sir George Martin on some of The Beatles albums in Abbey Road before taking…

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I remember the moment that I realised that I don’t want to own a smartphone. It was 11AM on a Monday morning, everything was falling apart and I was stood outside an abandoned building that used to be a double-glazed window storage unit. It had been repurposed as an ecstasy-drenched, sweat fest.

I was exhausted, confused and high on fatigue. My limbs were frazzled, my brain reduced to an insignificant smudge; a barely recognisable blip on the horizon of what used to be reality. That was all normal.

All that was left was my equally weathered gaggle of acquaintances —…

It's because of porn, that's how they depict female orgasam there.

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