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Lewis Shepherd

Freelance journalist and writer

Lewis Shepherd is a freelance journalist and writer originally from South Wales who currently resides in the North of England following the completion of his journalism degree at the University of Chester. After working in marketing for a brief period he has had work published online, in magazines and newspapers covering a variety of different topics such as film, television, music, LGBT rights, travel, health, technology and gaming.

What About Skinny People?

Someone will probably think I'm over reacting, but when you are constantly told day in and day out that you need to put weight on, and people look at you like you purposely starve yourself, it does get irritating; and I'm sure there are larger people out there who feel the same about people staring and talking about them.
03/07/2013 11:55 BST

Generation Y Bother

Many young people now feel as though they have been let down and lied to about their futures, so feel as though there's no point trying any more, and yes some may feel that menial work is below them, but this is a minority.
21/03/2013 15:14 GMT

Self Scan Kind of Life

Even though the high street may die a death, machines powered by us will probably run the shops that remain open. But this technique of doing things ourselves appears to be running into other areas of our lives.
14/03/2013 15:10 GMT

The Ever Changing Teenage Tech Problem

If 3G were to cut out completely I wonder how teenagers would communicate? After all without free WI-FI that group of teenagers I saw would have just been sat on a bench, not talking to each other. Oh the joy.
07/03/2013 15:09 GMT

When Procrastination Turns Into Laziness

With more and more people being out of work for much longer periods of time, and by having nothing to do its looks as though the inability to get many people into work is breeding a generation of experienced laziness as their main skill, not because they are lazy but because it's the only thing they now know how to do.
27/02/2013 14:09 GMT

Dying for an Appointment

It is a sad state of affairs that many people who are unwell and may in fact have a more serious underlying condition have to wait weeks on end to see their GP, by which time it could be too late.
21/02/2013 17:30 GMT

A Pirate's Life for Me?

It appears that the film companies, and the cinemas for that matter have no idea just how extortionate these prices are (or maybe they do.) It feels like they don't realise that most people can't afford the prices they are charging in order to go to the cinema, therefore more and more people are turning to a 'life of crime' in order to obtain films to get some release from the hardships of day to day life.
12/02/2013 13:31 GMT

No, You Cannot Borrow a Cigarette

The biggest annoyance of a smoker is the social smoker. Yes we have all encountered them at some point during our smoking life, a non-smoker who has had too much to drink and thinks they will look 'cool' with a ciggie hanging out of their mouth.
03/02/2013 15:47 GMT

Did Disney Predict the Future of the Human Race?

Maybe we won't end up in a spaceship hovering above the earth in the way that <em>Wall-E</em> foretold but sitting in isolation communicating and doing everything via an Internet connection, like the morbidly obese in the animated hit, could become a dreaded reality if we aren't careful.
18/01/2013 11:18 GMT

Saying Goodbye to the Festive Devil

It's now the middle of January, which means that we've been in the New Year now for two weeks and if you're like me then you've been breathing a sigh of relief as you start to get back into your regular routine, as you've waved goodbye to that festive devil that is otherwise known as Christmas.
14/01/2013 16:43 GMT

Has Reality TV Turned Us Into Audition Daters?

It appears that the days of meeting and dating are gone and the generation of dating auditions has begun, well it probably begun quite some time ago to be fair. The internet does play a large part in this with the huge rise in internet dating websites that now means it's easier to find a date.
19/12/2012 15:54 GMT

Just Leave it for the Cleaners

It's a phrase most people would have heard on a daily basis at work, school, college or university. We all know the process; someone drops a piece of rubbish or leaves a stain or in some cases just flat out cannot be bothered to take their empty sandwich packet to the bin, so of course we will just leave it for the cleaners to deal with.
16/12/2012 11:07 GMT

Is Unpaid Work Building a Wall Around the Creative Industries?

For those who want to work in television, radio, PR or as journalists, they all have to undergo the same routine. For many recent graduates out there wanting to forge a career in their chosen industry doing this type of unpaid work, in some cases for up to 12 months, just isn't practical as it's just not financially viable.
07/12/2012 11:39 GMT

Is a Minimum Price Really a Good Idea?

With the announcement that the government is proposing a minimum price on alcohol in England and Wales in order to tackle problem drinking, and in turn reduce the levels of alcohol related crime and ill health you have to wonder, is it actually a good idea?
30/11/2012 12:43 GMT

The Problem with the Benefit System

Over the years I've been guilty myself of indulging in one of these rants about those on benefits, but more recently I have found myself without any form of support from working or through the benefit system.
23/11/2012 12:16 GMT

The Hypocrisy of Pornography

I may be wrong but in the same way it is perceived that women may think they have to act and perform a certain way during sex because of porn, then surely the same principal can be applied to naïve or impressionable gay men, which in this case could prove dangerous
14/11/2012 17:31 GMT

Is an Emotional Affair Technically Cheating?

So when we actually sit down and think about it, even though we aren't ripping someone's clothes off and throwing them around the bedroom, by sitting with them in the nearest coffee shop or bar we begin to become emotional dependant on them and by default this is cheating.
28/10/2012 11:32 GMT