Pictures: ‘You’re not welcome here’ say Barnstaple Trump protesters

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Around 100 people gathered in Barnstaple Square tonight to protest against the Donald Trump’s visit to Britain, “standing shoulder to shoulder to say go away Trump, you’re not welcome here.”

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Britain’s new fighter jet to star in 100-aircraft display for RAF centenary

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Britain’s new fighter jet will be at the centre of the most spectacular flypast in recent memory when the RAF celebrates its 100th anniversary this summer. It will be the debut appearance of the Lightning, and the first time the public have seen it since it arrived in the UK earlier this month.

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Hundreds of students and staff defiantly march through Sheffield demanding fair pensions

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Scenes of defiance, anger and determination erupted across Sheffield City Centre today as hundreds of students and striking lecturers marched in unity against cuts to staff pensions.

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Students, locals and lecturers rally together in defiant show of solidarity outside Firth Court

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Flares, passionate chants and dancing were on show outside Firth Court today as hundreds of students, lecturers and local people rallied together in support of the UCU strike.

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Green Party leader calls Vice Chancellor’s salary “obscene”

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Caroline Lucas has called the salary of the University’s Vice-Chancellor Keith Burnett “obscene” and supported the striking Sheffield lecturers whilst visiting the city.

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The Landmark Legal Challenge to Universal Credit System Explained

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A controversial new social security benefit, currently being rolled out across the UK, is facing a major legal challenge. But what’s the challenge all about and what impact might it have? 

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A Cabinet Reshuffle Can’t Change Careless People: A Window on Dead Modern Britain From The Failed Generation

See it published on HuffPost. This piece was promoted to the front of the Politics page Huffpost UK website, reaching millions of readers.

Most national websites offer similar advice for bloggers, centred around being specific; keeping the subject narrow. But when everyone does this, we can lose a broader perspective. You could say that’s for books and docs, but come on let’s be realistic – I’m a uni student.

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A Labour Party in pieces

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We all knew that there would be a political fall out in the event of a Brexit, but we never expected it to be this sudden and extreme. The Labour Party is crumbling before our eyes, disintegrating into chaos, and its very own leader is at the epicentre of it all.

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Jo Cox, the “wonderful woman”

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It’s easy to get carried away with the events of recent weeks, but today we were reminded of the harsh reality of the democracy that we live in. Jo Cox was only 41, elected last year as Labour MP for the North Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen. She was a wife, mother of two children and had the world at her feet. As we’ve seen today, her light burned too bright for some to handle, but some lights cannot be extinguished.

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EU Ref: Interview with Julie Girling MEP

I filmed this interview with Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, following an EU debate in North Devon.

This was published for polify.co.uk, a brand new local political engagement project, designed to reach out to all demographics, especially young people, using modern, unique, and innovative methods.

Short Film: RNLI Lifeguards

I voluntarily shot this short film for North Devon Moving Image in September 2014 to showcase the brilliant work of the work the RNLI Lifeguards do nationally. This was filmed on one morning at Croyde Beach and I also composed the music. Please give it a watch and share!

Summer feast for foodies on the North Devon coast

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North Devon’s wildest foodies are set to stage a summer feast on the rugged rocks of Morte Point this weekend.

Looking across cliff tops, beaches and valleys, foodies will tuck into a seafood stew over an open fire following a valley walk on Sunday (July 15) and revel in dessert from the heights of Bennett’s Mouth.

The ‘one-of-a-kind’ evening is a joint venture between The National Trust and successful local caterers Seadog Foods, which began in 2016, aiming to celebrate the coast and its community.

Seadog Foods has gone from strength to strength since it was established in North Devon five years ago with a street food approach, winning ‘Best of the Best’ at the 2015 British Street Food Awards and making the bill at Glastonbury and Bestival.

Sunday’s event will also feature sea shanty band Anchors Aweleigh, and foodies’ creative streaks will be unleashed in live painting and wood demos.

Peter Cousin from the National Trust said: “Seadog was the perfect partner to bring these foodie events to life as like us, they are committed to creating a sustainable future for food production.

“In North Devon, the National Trust is carefully managing their land to remain agriculturally productive and better for nature.

“We have been looking after beautiful areas across North Devon including Bennett’s Mouth and the Kipscombe, so it will be looked after forever, for everyone.

“These events will be a great occasion to celebrate these surrounds as well as the fantastic produce from the local area.”

The pair team up for another event on August 10 and 11 at Kipscombe Farm on Exmoor, with a long table barn feast, spiced with local ingredients and continuing into the evening with camping and campervan pitches.

Jim Coslett, co-manager of Seadog Foods, said: “Beth and I are really looking forward to creating a unique, intimate dining experience at these amazing secluded locations.

“We’re really happy to be working with the National Trust to showcase some of their best land and we’re confident it’ll be the ultimate foodie experience for everyone involved.”

Limited tickets are still available for Sunday’s event, beginning at 2pm in Mortehoe, for £40 by emailing seadogfoods@outlook.com.

 

Trump protest set to hit Barnstaple

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Barnstaple will join nationwide shows of defiance to Donald Trump this evening (Friday) in its very own protest against the US President’s visit.

Organised by Stand Up to Racism North Devon, the rally will be held from 5-7pm in The Square.

Nearly 250 people have said they are going or interested in the Facebook event, protesting against the President having been invited by the Government on a three-day working visit to the country.

It forms part of dozens of rallies across the country, including protests planned tonight in Exeter, Plymouth and Totnes and thousands took to the capital’s streets today.

The President arrived in the country yesterday and following a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace last night, he today met Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers and the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The working visit falls short of the state visit that was initially proposed, but it has not stopped protesters expressing their anger – with a 20ft tall ‘Trump Baby’ flying above Parliament Square today.

Dave Clinch, a member of the Stand Up to Trump group, said: “Some say the office of the president should be respected, but that does not mean you have to respect the person who is President.

“It’s appalling that he should have been invited. Today’s protests have been big so far, and anti-racists in Barnstaple will add their voice too.”

Michele Jayne, who is attending tonight, said: “North Devon is an open and tolerant community, and I march to support all the people who are marginalised by Trump.”

 

Sheffield revels in rankings success after climbing Guardian University Guide

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The University of Sheffield is celebrating as two courses were ranked as best nationally among major climbs in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Published yesterday, the bill was topped by Sheffield being named the best university in the country to study Architecture and Journalism.

The university also marked its place in the top two for Criminology and Sociology, and fourth for Engineering courses in Materials and Minerals, Building, and Town and Country Planning.

READ MORE: Sheffield SU reaches tenth year at the top

Strength in depth was evident with degrees from Dentistry to Politics, and Social Policy to Computer Science peppering the top 20 rankings.

‘Delighted’

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “I am delighted the University of Sheffield has once again been recognised for the high standards of teaching we provide for students.

Sheffield Vice Chancellor Keith Burnett said he was ‘delighted’ (Richter Frank-Jurgen, Flickr)

“A Sheffield degree is certainly challenging, but we also pride ourselves on our openness and positive student experience across the board as well as the very close links we have with external organisations.”

It comes after Sheffield Students’ Union has reached a decade as the UK’s best, and the institution was named 104th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

Burnett continued: “Whether here in the UK or overseas, graduates and employers tell me that a Sheffield degree has stood individuals in good stead for professional careers as our students go on to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the world.

“I’m delighted that this hard work and success is reflected in this Guardian ranking, and I have no doubt that a University of Sheffield degree will continue to be a hallmark of quality for graduates in the UK and beyond.”