11 Longreads You Need In Your Life Right Now

    The best longform reporting, feature stories, and personal essays from BuzzFeed UK over the last month.

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    1. Meet The Loud, Fearless, And Feminist Women Of London's Women's Wrestling Scene – Alicia Melville-Smith

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    In the wake of the popularity of Netflix series GLOW, which tells the story of the formation of a female wrestling group in the 1980s, BuzzFeed News set out to discover what the real world of women's wrestling was like.

    2. This Is What People Displaced By The Grenfell Fire Are Going Through Now – Fiona Rutherford

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    Anxiety attacks, sleepless nights, and missing home: BuzzFeed News spoke to people trying to rebuild their lives four weeks on from the inferno.

    3. Here's What It's Like To Meet Your Online Friends IRL – Hannah Woodhead

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    Online I created a persona based on the person I wanted to be. It was a better version of me; it didn’t have all the ugly bits. But I’ve since learned it’s the ugly bits that make us interesting.

    4. Here’s What The Key Players Of The Junior Doctors Dispute Are Doing A Year On – Laura Silver

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    One year after the end of a long and bitter dispute over the junior doctors’ contract, the final batch of staff are about to be moved on to it. But those who battled against it are still pushing for change in the NHS.

    5. Two Funerals And A Funeral – Rebecca Hendin

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    It's said that life comes at you in threes. Sometimes death does too.

    6. This Is What It Was Like To Go To Jail In England Just For Being Gay – Patrick Strudwick

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    Fifty years after homosexuality was partially decriminalised, Keith Biddlecombe tells BuzzFeed News about what happened when he was sent to prison in the 1950s, and the devastating tragedy that unfolded as a result.

    7. Stuck Between A Fence And A Hard Place — Caroline O'Donoghue

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    I can't free a stuck ram, but maybe I can try to untangle myself a bit.

    8. This Man Is Trying To Win Back His Hereditary Seat In The House Of Lords In Britain’s Most Exclusive Election – Alex Spence

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    A small group of aristocrats will this week award another aristocrat the right to sit in the UK’s upper house and participate in crucial Brexit debates. Hugh Somerleyton wants it to be him.

    9. Seven Rules for Being Alone – Eli Goldstone

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    Loneliness can be combated using this one weird trick: Hang clean laundry up.

    10. This Is Why Prisoners Are Deliberately Reoffending After They Leave Jail – Patrick Smith

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    With prisons in crisis and probation services unable to cope with demand, prisoners are routinely leaving jail with nowhere to live and no prospect of employment. BuzzFeed News hears their stories and asks how this can happen in the 21st century.

    11. This Woman Wants To Change The Way You Think About Halal Food – Aisha Gani

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    Meet the woman changing the Halal food game online.

    Chelsey Pippin is commissioning editor for features at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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    Louise Ridley is a News Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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