Muse have accomplished their long-term goal of hitting number one in America with the release of their latest album. Drones, the trio’s seventh studio album, features the band’s signature heavy guitar riffs, Orwellian concepts and falsetto vocals. While 2012’s The Second Law raised questions about the sustainability of life on Earth, Drones is a concept album focused […]


Have you always been logofascinated – fascinated by words? Do you one day dream of being described by as logodaedalus – someone who is cunning with words? If so, you’ll enjoy Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities, by Paul Anthony Jones, which contains 1,000 facts about words, language and etymology. The book follows the success of […]


There’s a powerful moment towards the end of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird when the court audience rises in respect as Atticus Finch walks out of the courthouse after delivering his defence. “Stand up,” the main character is told. “Your father’s passin’.” The act is celebrated because Atticus dared to defend the accused in full knowledge that the […]


British politics is witnessing a surge in the relevance of minor political parties. UKIP have gained two elected MPs. The SNP are threatening to hold the balance of power in the 2015 Election. David Cameron has proposed a seven-way TV debate between the leaders of Labour, the Lib Dems, UKIP, the Green Party, the SNP […]


Increasing frustration and apathy with the main political parties could lead to a resurgence of votes for fringe parties, according to Waleed Ghani, leader of the newly re-formed Whig party. “It goes back to last May,” he said, “with the European Elections and the local elections. I don’t think I was alone in thinking there […]

Nick Hardwick.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should be stripped of the power to oversee the workings of the Prisons watchdog to avoid potential conflicts of interests, according to outgoing Prisons Inspector Nick Hardwick. Hardwick told a Commons committee there was a major flaw in the fact his post was funded by the Ministry of Justice and appointed […]


Publishers such as Rupert Murdoch have complained that new media companies, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, represent not only a threat to their businesses, but also a threat to press freedom itself. New media receives several criticisms, from commercial gripes to concern over algorithms and the removal of content for various reasons. Despite this, […]