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How I became obsessed with a BNP parliamentary candidate


Before the 2017 general election, my girlfriend’s Dad and I were explaining to her the basics of political elections. The Essex county council elections were coming up and we were looking at the candidates for our ward. One of the BNP candidates was a man called Paul Borg, who lived about a 5 minute drive away from me. Not much was said about him at the time apart from his ridiculous name. The local elections came and went and my ward produced both a Conservative councillor and a Labour councillor. Paul Borg was unsuccessful in his efforts.

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The reality of racism, and the curse of the echo chamber


At the start of the year I made a vow to myself to lose weight. Two months have passed and the failure to do so was as sad as it was predictable. But if I’m anything, I’m resilient. So earlier today I took a trip into Chatham’s high street and made to my way to Poundworld to rinse their supply of cherry Tango. You see cherry Tango has a surprisingly low calorie count for such a delicious carbonated drink at 33 calories for a 330ml can. Compare that to the 139 calories in a can of Coca Cola and the benefit of cherry Tango to my diet becomes clear.

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2016 Wipe: A triumphant end to Brooker's year


Despite 2016 being a notoriously dire year in terms of global events, it will be a year Charlie Brooker will remember fondly. His science-fiction Netflix series Black Mirror released a third season in November to critical acclaim, achieving a 93% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With the first two seasons being broadcast on Channel 4, the show wasn’t widely known outside of the UK.

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