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I’ve spent the summer doing my absolute best to avoid the startling problems that have become evident with my dissertation, by spending an awful lot of time watching TED videos (www.ted.com – seriously excellent stuff) and reading similarly inspiring books. This has caused me to be uplifted and then crash harder than the diet of vending machine corn syrup snacks I spent most of July living on causes me to. There’s something about finishing a book which really challenges your assumptions, helps sharpen your aim and uplift you that can really, really depress the hell out of you. Something, I…

As a third year now I’ve been a peer guide twice. I believe that peer guiding is one of the extra-curricular activities that has taught me the most during my time at Bangor University. I’ve always thought of myself as quite a loud and extrovert character; no doubt there are people reading this nodding in agreement. During my own Freshers’ Week my peer guides did such a good job that I felt as though we should all be compelled to take up the cudgels in our second year. And so, as my time arrived, I collected my purple t-shirt. My…

Police in Birmingham have unveiled and ceased plans to commit acts of terrorism which were believed to be of a greater scale than that of the 7/7 bombings. Three men of the Birmingham area, Irfan Khalid, and Ashik Ali, both aged 27,  and Ifan Naseer, 31, are currently facing trial under the belief that they conspired to commit the string of suicide bombings across the UK. Believed to have targeted eight individual places, the trio’s plan would have caused more damage than that of 7/7, and stuck a more profound chord with the populace of Britain. Police believe Ifan Naseer…

The Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd last week presented local volunteer group Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012 at Bangor University. The distinguishedl ceremony, hosted by His Honour Huw Morgan Daniel, saw the Bangor University’s Students’ Union group bestowed with an exclusive commemorative crystal alongside a certificate signed by Her Majesty, in recognition of their outstanding contribution. Helen Munro, Student Volunteering Bangor University’s SVB said: “The volunteers are incredibly proud to have received this accolade which endorses the time they give and the sacrifices they sometimes make in order to enrich the lives of other,…

Monster Energy Drink is currently being investigated by US officials as it has been reportedly linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the heavily-caffeinated drink, which has three times the amount of caffeine that 240ml of Red Bull has and seven times the amount that a regular 340ml cola has. Allegations have been made that people have had conflicting reactions after consuming the beverage. However, whilst the FDA investigate these allegations – which date back to 2004 – the agency have warned that the reports do not consequently prove…

An explosion hit the Syrian capital as President Bashar al Assad was beginning peace talks with UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The number of dead and wounded is currently unclear. The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports ten dead and dozens wounded, while pro-government television reported seven dead and fifteen wounded. Many newspapers report thirteen dead and dozens wounded, but the source of these figures is unclear. A reporter at the scene revealed how there was blood on the street, on the walls and on the pavement. Several shop windows were shattered and at least four cars burned…

The Main Arts building of Bangor University was evacuated this morning. The fire alarm sounded at around 10am, disrupting a number of lectures around the building. Both students and staff were evacuated from the building quickly by the University’s security staff and asked to stand far away from the building on the opposite side of the road, in front of the Hen Goleg building. The fire service were called to the scene and are still in the building according to Ashleigh Garnett, a 23 year old Law student, outside Main Arts. It is unclear, at this time, whether  it was…

Olympic Ceremony performer to play gig in Bangor Academi this December It wouldn’t be an unfair slight on Bangor’s recent history with music to suggest that itís struggled to attract notable acts to visit. However, a growing number of caveats have appeared in the last three years that dispute such a contention; in May 2010, Radio One’s Big Weekend was held in Bangor; internationally acclaimed opera singer, Bryn Terfel, performed in the universityís Pritchard-Jones Hall late May of this year and recent Summer Balls have welcomed well-known artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Feeder and Maxïmo Park. Frank Turner has recently…

Bangor High Street could be home to a three-storey hotel should the application be successful. The plans were submitted by Copley Square Ltd to turn Bangor’s current DVLA offices into a hotel.  It would see a change of use of the offices into a hotel and then a three-storey extension to the building. The DVLA offices will close in November 2013 seeing 12 jobs lost but with the option for the staff to move to the Swansea office. It is thought that the conversion into a hotel would provide a number of full-time and part-time jobs for the local community.…

A Bangor University graduate will be attempting to cycle from Cardiff to Paris in aid of Shelter Cymru next month. Diana Miller will be leaving the Welsh capital on 23rd September for her journey. The trip will take her four days if she cycles around 90 miles per day. Diana will be meeting up with other cyclists attempting the trip in aid of the charity also. Her trip will raise money for Shelter Cymru who help people in Wales to find a home and keep it. Diana has been volunteering for the charity since 2009, taking part in a number…

Just a few years ago there was a lot of uncertainty over whether Jaguar Land Rover would even survive, a sharp contrast to 2012 then in which the company has seen it’s best ever sales. Largely due to it’s expansion into China, Jaguar Land Rover have seen a 29% sales increase from last year with a total of 314,433 vehicles sold. The Range Rover Sport is still the company’s biggest seller with the most recently launched Evoque jumping into second place. The recently facelifted XF remains Jaguar’s best selling model. As previously mentioned, China is where the biggest sales increases…

The Olympic Torch entered the streets of Bangor at 17:39 yesterday, to legions of cheers from students, and locals, who lined the footpaths. It’s arrival was part of a five day tour of Wales, which included travelling through major areas such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Anglesey, before being carried up Snowdon, and progressing into England today. It was carried into the city by sixty one year old Malcolm Jones from Tremadog, a keen mountain runner who has completed all 37 Snowdon Mountain International Races since they began in 1975. Many Bangor University staff and students also became torch bearers…

If after the exams and highly anticipated summer ball, you’re hanging around Bangor for a little longer you might be wondering if there is anything to get up to. Well you’ll be happy to hear that the 3rd annual Bangor CARNIVAL is rolling into town on Saturday 9th June and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. After the protests in Bangor three years ago about the lack of pride and sense of community in the area, a group of residents took it upon themselves to create this event for everyone to enjoy. The day will start with…

As I write this, I am 3000 words away from the end of my degree. A degree that I have reluctantly struggled through because when I filled in my UCAS form 4 years ago, I barely knew myself let alone what I wanted to do with my life. If you could go back, what would you tell yourself? Not to worry about missing your old school friends? To appreciate having meals cooked for you while you’re still at home? To pick different halls or to pick a different university altogether? I would tell myself not to listen to anyone who…

The FBI defines eco-terrorism as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property…for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.” Unlike actual terrorists, ecoterrorists attack money, not people. They are known for burning down buildings that contribute to pollution, destruction of a natural area or promote urbanisation. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF), established in Brighton in 1992, was the first organisation to be labelled “eco-terrorists” when an American cell burned down a ski resort in Colorado costing the owners $12m. Elf claimed afterwards that “of clearcuts will…

An appeal is being made by the family of an A-level student who went missing Wednesday 25th April 2012. Beloved brother and son Matthew Williams, 18, from Bangor, was last seen by his parents Dennis and Susan Williams as he left their home on Caernarfon Road on the Wednesday to get a McDonalds from the nearby outlet, and later told them he was going to visit a friend’s house nearby. Matthew’s mum Susan, 42, became concerned when she discovered that Matthew, who volunteers at an old people’s home, was not in his room Thursday morning when she went in there,…

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