Weekly Suggestions

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- day to night look - how your makeup changes from a day face to a night face (what products you use for each etc)
- what's your current skincare regime
- from last week: tips to make your make-up go further - how do you make it last (think storage, application, tools etc)
- beauty successes and failures - any horror stories? what to do/not to do with certain products e.g. how to avoid slug eyebrows, cakey foundation etc
- any beauty idols? could be celebrity or beauty blogger - try and recreate your favourite look of theirs

Lauren Wise


  • April Book of the Month: Write up about the book that you think deserves to be this month's Book of the Month.
  • Creative writing. As it's poetry month we'd love to feature some of your poems! Send them to books@kettlemag.co.uk
  • Careers for readers: Some of the best jobs bookworms will excel at.
  • Second hand vs new books: What's your favourite way to buy books? Write up a list of the pros and cons of each.
  • Reviews! Anything you've read, old or new, that you want to give your opinion on.


  • The cost of a cuppa could be going up :o!! Typhoo’s boss has suggested that he may have to raise the price of Typhoo tea to combat the rising costs as a result of the Brexit vote. What do you make of this Kettlers?!
  • Opinion: Should Phillip Green have his knighthood removed? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • The European Union and Canada have finally signed a free trade deal, called CETA. What is it, and could a deal like Ceta be the answer to Brexit?
  • Opinion: Why Brexit will be good or seriously bad for the UK economy. 
Lucy Skoulding
  1. New Feature: Culture & Me - it would be great to start a new feature whereby you write about a recent cultural activity, event, or experience you have done, been to, or had. What did you think about it, what happened, would you do it again? 
  2. Opinion: Jude Law is set to play Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2. What do you think about this?
  3. Listicle: your favourite radio shows. If you're into radio, what do you love listening to and why?
  4. News: Bana Alabed, a 7 year old Syrian girl, is going to have her memoir published after she got a global Twitter following by tweeting from Aleppo. It would be great to cover this story. 
  5. Review: a theatre or dance show you have seen recently
  6. How does your university celebrate different cultures?

So much could fit into the Culture section, so please write your own piece if you have an idea. Email me on culture@kettlemag.co.uk or message me on Facebook (Lucy Imogen Skoulding) if you have any questions or want to chat about ideas.  


Current Affairs
Shauna Crossan
  • Trump claiming he can "solve" North Korea. 3/5/7 reasons you should not threaten North Korea
  •  Ireland faces huge losses over Brexit - what other countries are losing out because of it and why?
  • Businesses taking part in April Fool's Day - pick the best ones from around the world
  • Landslide killed "44 children" in Colombia. How has this happened, what will happen from here etc?
  • Benefits cuts are happening this week. Who will be affected most? What cuts are being imposed?
Alex Jolly
  • Lack of mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim remastered on PS4
  • Review of Windscape (key available)
  • Review of Seasons After Fall (key available)
  • Opinion piece "Are consoles holding back gaming?"
Laura Brown
Liam Taft

Opinion piece: Do video reviews make for better film criticism? There's lots of debate surrounding this, based on the idea that a review should come in the form of the medium it's discussing. 

News/Opinion: MTV has stripped gender restrictions for movie and TV awards. What does this mean for the future of awards season?

News/Opinion: Carrie Fisher is set to appear in Star Wars 9 using digital 'ghosting' technology. Discuss the ethics of this technique - is it morally right to digitally resurrect an actor?

Review: I Am Not Your Negro (civil rights documentary)

News/Opinion: The Weinsteins have appealed against an R rating for 3 Generations, due to transgender characters. Discuss the history of transgender/LGBTQ+ age ratings and its controversy.

Food & Drink
  • BBQs- Now Spring has sprung, have you had the opportunity to have a BBQ? What foods/ drinks did you get to try out?
  • Tesco and Asda have lots of offers on wine at the moment with 25% off 6 bottles at Tesco and 6 bottles for £25 at Asda. Have you tried any of them? What was your favourite?
  • Hot Cross Buns- Another 'Marmite' style food, what do you think of them? Love them or hate them, justify your opinion on them!
  • Easter Eggs- Where are you getting your bargain eggs from this year? Any unusual gifts/ recipes for Easter?
  • Reviews- As always, reviews of anything food/ drink based are great!
Tom Earnshaw

1) FEATURE/OPINION: Could England emulate Chelsea's domestic successes by continuing to deploy a back three?

2) FEATURE: Best of the golden oldies. 3 years on from Jermain Defoe's last England cap, he returned in style with a quality goal vs Lithuania. Think it's worth having a look at other players still performing at a high level well after what people assume are the "peak" years for footballers.

3) FEATURE: What is going on with the Netherlands? Another defeat - this time away to Bulgaria - leaves their WC qualifying campaign on the brink of disaster. This comes only 3 years after Louis van Gaal guided them to a third place finish at the last World Cup.

4) REVIEW: Guide to your club's season. This Guardian piece has a nice format that could be followed https://www.theguardian.com/…/premier-league-fans-verdicts-…

5) OPINION: Jesse Lingard has received a lot of press for his Drake inspired celebration vs Middlesborough last week. A piece on how we should embrace our footballers' showing their personality would be welcome - too often stars are said to be disconnected from ordinary people.

Millie Finn

1. The wrong film just got announced as the winner of the award when it was actually another film! An embarassing moments piece and how best to cope with embrassing situations...


2. Five thoughts we have all had on 2017 so far which are totally unrelated to the most important topics. An escapist article, something frivolous to make us laugh in times of crisis and doubt E.G. how february hasn't felt like an entire month, but the longest Monday ever...


3. The best ways to set yourself up for a Netflix binge (what snacks are appropiate for the right genre of film, how to get yourself through a new series marathon and how to cope when it's over)


4. One of your opinions considered really unpopular by your friends. Whether it be that avocados are amazing when everyone else hates them, or that you really just don't get why everyone fancies Ryan Reynolds etc. Justify your opinion on something frivolous! 


5. Top 5 favourite and frivolous things about being British? (Use www.verybritishproblems.com for inspiration and twitter account @SoVeryBritish )

  • Spring is finally here - what is your favourite thing about this season?
  • Should we give up our privacy (re Whatsapp) just becasue some murderous twa goes on a killing spree in Wesminster?
  • There was a big protest in London this weekend. Why was there not coverage of this on the news?
  • Tim Farron - what is the point of this man and his party?

If you fancy any of these suggestions, or if you have any other ideas for an article of health/fitness/nutrition/mental health, please get in touch!

  •  The danger of Crash Cleansing: Why we should avoid fad diets in the new year
  • Super foods of 2017: Avocado, Sweet potato, cauliflower rice… How can we incorporate these superfoods into our diets?
  • Are you drinking enough water? Why is 75% of the population dehydrated?
  • *NEW FEATURE* Mental Health 101

A space for you to share personal experiences, provide tips and tricks and bust myths surrounding mental health issues.

  • *NEW FEATURE* My Health and Fitness….

A chance for our editors to share their top tips to staying fit and healthy. Article will be in a Q & A format so message me if you want to get involved!

*The usual features...*

  • Kettle Tries….

A review of a trial of any new sport/diet/supplement/medication you have tried. (I’m currently writing one on my experience trying Yoga for the first time).


  • Not so embarrassing bodies:


Choose an ailment/invisible illness that is usually a cause of embarrassment and eradicate the stigma attached I’m writing one at the moment about my lack of sense of smell (it’s true!) Anything similar please share your ideas.

  • My Fitness Journey:

Share your own personal story about how you got into fitness, the impact it had and where you are now compared to where you were. I’ve just finished one about how I got into exercise at the beginning of summer and how this helped my mental health also.




Why is homelessness a theme in LGBT Youths? What is being done about it?
- LGBT people make up 24% of the homeless youth population in the UK (Albert Kennedy Trust)
- Include possible solutions/charities to help.

Why should we respect people still in the 'closet'? Why is it so wrong to out people?
- personal experiences
- have you or someomne you know ever been outed?

What is the asterisk about? - trans*

Interview/Q+A - I have asked on Twitter and people I know personally but if anybody is part of the LGBT+ community please contact me as I'd love to do a Q+A on your experiences!

Potential weekly feature: key term with definition and perhaps an example of somebody in the media who indentifies as it! Week 1 suggestion: asexuality.

Email me on abigail.porter@hotmail.co.uk!


Will C4 have to relocate? What would be the implications for content and broadcasting in general if it did?

Are Britons becoming more news aware? A new report from Hitwise suggests more of us are reading online news than ever before

Should Murdoch be allowed to have complete control of Sky? Ed Miliband and Vince Cable think otherwise. 

Misinformation is no longer just a problem in the US election. French papers have begun to step up their fact checking efforts ahead of the presidential vote. 

What are the threats to UK media plurality?

Any qs or to grab one of these / suggest another piece you want to write email me

  • Live music venues are increasingly being put under threat thanks to planning laws and new developments. Thoughts?
  • OPINION: Is there still a place for live music in the digital age?
  • NEWS: Google are reportedly planning to acquire Spotify.
  • Band/Artist of the Week.
  • Reviews!
William Sancroft

The fall-out from the snap general election announcement yesterday and what it means for Labour and the SNP

Trumps 5 policy u-turns in two days (NATO, China)

North Korea's nuclear testing and subsequent U.S. naval presence in the Korean peninsula

The EU are set to withdraw their medical and banking agencies from London before rejecting early trade talks. Known as the Crown Jewels the U.K. will be losing over a thousand jobs. (General report) https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/15/britain-set-to-lose-eu-crown-jewels?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The Sun columnist Kelvin Mackenzie was suspended by the publication. The mayor of Liverpool called the piece racist and prehistoric. Should there be a review by IPSO towards the tabloid newspaper printing generic and racial content?

  • SpaceX: What's the story behind the SpaceX rocket explosion? What does this mean for the future of the space industry?
  • Female astronauts: In the aftermath of Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station, what are 5/7/9 female astronauts that everyone should be aware of?
  • Paris Climate Deal: In a breakthrough moment, both the US and China have agreed to ratify the Paris climate deal- why is this being hailed as a key moment in the battle against climate change?
  • Bee Extinction: Species of bee are being added to the endangered list. Why is this happening and what will the consequences actually be if the world loses the bumblebee?


Sex & Relationships

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  • New Year New Relationship: How you know when it's time to move on.
  • Reducing your 'friends list': Why we should get rid of the people we don't know and don't talk to on our social media to make it a better experience.
  • Trying something new: Sex Toys, a beginners guide to whats out there and what you should try.
  • Finding someone new: A low down on the best dating websites and apps out there for finding friends and something more.
  • Period sex: There has been a lot of talk on the internet recently about period sex. What are the benefits of it and why should you give it a go?
Social Media
Olivia Peace

This week's suggestions!

  • Are interviews with club managers becoming more and more awkward? Is the way interviewers are treated fair? Watch this one from Pep Guardiola: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbq7slAixfI OPINION

  • What's going on in the world of cycling? Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson just gave Britain 2nd place in Hong Kong in the inaugral women's madison race at the World Cycling Championships. OVERVIEW

  • A photopiece on the World Surf League - Filipe Toledo scored a perfect 10. Overview of how surfing is scored and what the tournament concerns. (Could be a Twitter response thing too, as well as photos)

  • The Sun used the image of Seamus Coleman's horrific broken leg as it's main blown up image on the back page on Saturday's paper - an opinion piece over whether this was a decision made in poor taste or whether it's important to show these images.

  • Listicle 5/7/10 examples of some of the most influential people in sport.


Any other queries, message me at sports@kettlemag.co.uk

Student Life

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Cristiana Frunza



- The masculine shirt: how to wear it. We want to see 3 ideas of how to wear his shirt.

- Coachella - who were the best dressed?!

- The Festival trend: key pieces

- Vetements x Levi's - the two brands came together to create the hottest pair of jeans... we wanna know all about it!

- Best shoes for working out - summer is nearly here and we're starting to go to the gym more... so what are the best shoes for working out?


Tayler Finnegan

PREVIEW: A new trailer for Orange is the New Black season 5 has been released. What can we expect from the ladies at Litchfield this year?

REVIEW: The final chapter of Broadchurch airs tomorrow night. What happened, and was it the satisfactory close we were all hoping for?

REVIEW: The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who aired on Saturday. What do you think of the new companion?

OPINION: Another Doctor Who-themed suggestion: Kris Marshall is rumored to be the new Doctor; do you think he's up to the job? Who would be your choice?

OPINION: With the Easter weekend drawing to a close, give us your choices for the best TV picks to catch up on. 

As always, reviews of anything you’ve been watching - or any other TV articles - are welcome!

  • The history of Nasa's black female scientists

  • Public toilets. Why are there never enough for women? If anyone would like to investigate the history of these you’ll probably find the answer!

  • Women in the Workforce: Women with success in perceived ‘masculine’ jobs.

  • The most inspiring female adventurers/explorers.

  • Where are all the female artists from history? Nelli’s Biblical paintings are not in any of the major galleries.


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Victoria Blake

World weekly article suggestions

New World section suggestions!
1. Geert Wilders lost the election, and Mark Rutte is the president. Is Netherlands better off? 
2. Article 50 was triggered a few weeks ago. How goes it?
3.http://www.independent.co.uk/…/elephants-westfield-shopping… How do you think we can end poaching?
Any theories on this? Possibly interview an expert?
5.http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39588453 Are you sleeping less too? have you fixed your phone habits? give tips on how to fix the phone issue