Entries by Carla Buzasi from 01/2012

The Week That Was

| Posted 01.07.2012 | UK

You'd have been forgiven for thinking The Sun had taken over the national press this week what with all the column inches devoted to British women's breasts... As thousands of women counted down the days and hours to discover the official line on the potential ticking time-bombs sitting within their bodies, arguments raged over whether it was fair the tax payer foot the bill for the removal of the PIP implants and in amongst it all we appeared to gloss over the more important issue at hand: why so many thousands of women, year after year, feel compelled to have surgery in the first place.

The Week That Was: A Case for Positive Discrimination

| Posted 01.14.2012 | UK Politics

As a general rule, I've always been against positive discrimination, and not just because anything with the word 'discrimination' in its make-up seems to be a bad thing. My opinion wasn't so much that minority or discriminated groups didn't need a helping hand, but I hated the idea that it could ever be questioned whether someone got a job simply to fill a quota. Well, I've changed my mind. And, in part, I blame Kira Cochrane.

The Week That Was: Tragedy and Shipwreck

| Posted 01.21.2012 | UK

The world turned its attention to Italy once again this week, but for a change it wasn't the country's precarious finances or shady politics making headlines. On 13 January, as its passengers enjoyed dinner and drinks, the cruise ship Costa Concordia made its way past the Tuscan coast, sailing too close to a reef off the island of Giglio as it did so, scraping an ultimately disastrous gash in its side.

The Week That Was: Cash and Chicken Nuggets

| Posted 01.28.2012 | UK

Everything in moderation, isn't that how the saying goes? If a week can be summarised by its headlines, this week it was everything in moderation except bonuses and fast-food. The remuneration packages offered to Britain's fat cats are hardly a new topic of contention, but RBS chief executive Stephen Hester has become something of a poster child for the subject, making the announcement of his annual bonus a must-debate topic whichever side of the argument you fall and a juicy bone for our politicians to fight over.