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Is Santa Claus Dangerous?

From a very young age, it is a very common thing that children are told by their parents the wonderful tale of the so-called magical Father Christmas. He is a described to be a large and jolly man, who wears a red and white suit. Every year he is thought to come down the chimney to give them the things their hearts most desire. So, from an extremely vulnerable and gullible age, children are being lied to.» >

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Has Reading become boring?

I’ll begin with a potentially controversial statement: Reading is boring. A drab, redbrick residential, middle-class commuter town. Nice train station. Good shopping. That’s about it. On the surface. But something’s bubbling up underneath.

Do you ever find yourself sitting around in Park Bar, like every other night, bored of basic MNQ and Union nights, craving something… more? Sure, there’s stuff going on, there are always nights out, but what Reading needs is a proper, tangible music scene.» >

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Do your part to help save the Environment!

The Blue Planet Effect is taking the world by storm. It brings all communities together to tackle our dependency on single use plastic. Thanks to the increase of awareness that various documentaries, social media posts and news articles are spreading, the global impact of plastic on the environment is becoming vital common knowledge. We now know that plastics do not break down, but instead break up into smaller fragments that exist in the environment for a scary amount of time.» >

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Should Trick or Treating be banned?

The idea of Halloween, as we know it now, stemmed from a Celtic festival which marked the turn of the season and the end of summer. This was the time of year most associated with human death. As time went on, the tradition of Halloween spread to America. The Americans started to borrow from the Irish and English traditions and began to get all dressed up in scary costumes and go from door to door asking for food or money, a practice that has now become known as “trick-or-treat”.» >

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Mental Health Awareness Week

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The Mental Health Foundation supports people with Mental Health by devoting a week of recognition to those who suffer by raising awareness for diseases and conditions which affect people’s day-to-day lives, often to the extent that they no longer wish to look forward.

Students are a huge sector of the number of sufferers, as University provokes huge waves of fear, stress, and emotion. The Children’s Society(2008) assert that 70% of young people who experience mental health problems ‘have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age’, and The Mental Health Foundation says ‘mental health and behavioural problems (e.g.» >

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How To Join The Spark Newspaper and Digital Teams

The Spark Newspaper

Reading University Campus Newspaper, The Spark Newspaper, prints once per month and is put together from start to finish by students.

We are looking for new and returning students to join the team as writers, photographers, illustrators, designers and editors.

Contribute To The Newspaper / Website

We are on the hunt for writers, photographers and illustrators to join our team. Please sign up to our free membership list here and select which mailing list you would like to join.» >

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Whiteknights Receives Green Flag Award for Eighth Year Running

Green Whiteknights

The university’s largest of its five worldwide campuses, Whiteknights, has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award again this year, following a vote as one of the best green spaces in the UK.

2018 marks the eighth consecutive year that Whiteknights Campus has received the award, thanks to the long-standing effort and hard work that the university’s maintenance and management teams have put into ensuring that Whiteknights is the natural haven that it is today.» >

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