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the situation in syria

the situation in syria

Briefly, what is the Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis, and who’s fighting who?   In a week’s time, the Syrian Civil War will have been raging for eight years. In that time, up to 1/2 a million Syrians have been killed amidst the fighting. […]

technology meets OCD therapy

technology meets OCD therapy

For the past 7 years I’ve experienced and suffered with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on an on-and-off basis. It’s come and gone in various strengths, flaring up at times of heightened stress and anxiety (mostly during exam periods or stressful situations). I’ll link here to a previous […]

we need to talk about skinny shaming

we need to talk about skinny shaming

I’m fed up. Fed up with being called anorexic, of being told to eat more, of having my health questioned and of hearing friends’ mums and family members ask, ‘Gosh you’re thin, you are eating, aren’t you?’ In a society where we are increasingly accepting […]

General Election ’17 – The DUP: who are they and what do they stand for?

General Election ’17 – The DUP: who are they and what do they stand for?

On Friday 9th June the British public woke to the strong possibility of a coalition government between the Conservative party and the Democratic Unionist Party, a shock result that has left the British political system floundering. Not only did the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn […]

the not-so-chic reality of the modelling industry

the not-so-chic reality of the modelling industry

     The modelling industry has never been a stranger to criticism. From the days of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, to Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley, scandals have been rife throughout the industry at all levels. Sadly, there seems to have been little satisfactory progress. Whilst […]

it’s that time of year…

it’s that time of year…

  New Year’s resolutions are about as controversial as Marmite. Whilst I love Marmite, overall I’m mostly pretty disdainful of the idea of New Year’s resolutions, of the whole concept of having to wait to ring in a new year to do something to better […]

how many more rapists and racists will we protect before something changes?

how many more rapists and racists will we protect before something changes?

In October 2015, in the small, predominantly white, north-western US state of Idaho, a racially motivated case of sexual assault caught national headlines. In the locker room following football training, John R.K. Howard, Tanner Ward and a third 16-year-old boy lured their mentally disabled, black teammate into […]

Social Media – it’s as real as you make it

Social Media – it’s as real as you make it

  Our generation will go down in history as the ones who launched, and first began to capitalise on, social media, and those following us will be the first to grow up from birth with social media being hugely prevalent in their lives. Sites like […]

it’s okay not to be okay

it’s okay not to be okay

  It’s incredibly difficult sometimes to ask for help, or to admit that we aren’t, actually, okay. Most of the time when it comes to our physical health, whilst we may not enjoy it, we are relatively comfortable with going to the doctors or asking a […]

The outcome of the Brock Turner case terrifies me.

The outcome of the Brock Turner case terrifies me.

  In March 2016, a former college student, Brock Turner, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault that occurred against a woman in January 2015, yet sentenced to six months in county jail and probation. He got six months jail time for a […]