Leeanne Boulton
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Financial marketer, freelance writer, women's rights campaigner and regional manager for Oxfam's Oxjam Music Festival.

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An Open Letter to the Muslim Community

(7) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (10:31)

I wish I had a more healing way to say it, but simply, I'm sorry.

On behalf of the ignorant racists in this country and across the world, I'm really so very sorry.

I'm horrified by the blatant racism and ignorance you've had to deal with since the Paris attacks....

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Duran Duran Lend Support to Fan-Led Music Campaign Following Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (00:16)

As a huge Eagles of Death Metal fan, and member of an online community who have spent time with the band on the recent leg of their tour across the UK, my musical family - along with the rest of the world - were rocked to the core by the...

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John Lewis - Is Huge Spend on Festive Advertising a Waste of Money?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2015 | (12:04)

The Christmas commercials have landed, and with them the moral outrage and corporate cynicism of the masses, not ironically in the lazy, easy-activism format of internet meme.

John Lewis - King of the Christmas advert, and UK stalwart's offering is one of the most anticipated of the festive season. This...

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UK Judicial System Fails Transgender Female Inmate

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2015 | (09:49)

Imagine a society in which a 26 year old transgender female, who has lived her whole entire life as a woman, and undergone 6 years of gender reconstructive surgery to finally feel emotionally content in her own skin, committed a minor crime, and was sent to one of the countries...

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Tampon Tax - It's Not Good Enough, Period

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2015 | (16:11)

What do crocodile meat, edible sugar flowers, flapjacks and helicopters all have in common? These are all items that Chancellor George Osborne and the UK Government believe are more essential than female sanitary products. You know - tampons and sanitary towels - those pesky 'luxury' hygiene products that stop half...

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How to Successfully Navigate Student Finance

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2015 | (15:25)

With the new academic year immiment, for many young people, moving away for college or university is their first experience of living alone. Navigating this new found freedom, budgeting successfully and being in control financially can prove tricky.

Whilst schools and universities have got better in providing valuable financial...

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Top Tips for 'Aspiring' Writers

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (02:19)

I'm often asked if I have any nuggets of wisdom for aspiring writers.

Being me; terrible at stringing sentences together verbally, and often angsty about my work, I tend to deflect, self-deprecatingly, and redirect the question back into the conversation.

But really that's a cop-out and probably more than...

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The Breakfast Myth and Other Modern Approaches to Diet and Exercise

(1) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (15:29)

I've struggled with my weight all my life. I vaguely recall being perfectly content with my figure for about three weeks in 1996, but like many women, I've perpetually and unsuccessfully been on a diet and looking for the next health and fitness miracle that will get me into a...

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Is Contentment an Inside Job? How to Successfully Navigate Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted 13 August 2015 | (12:10)

It appears to be the year of the celebrity divorce. The latest shocker of the season comes in the form of golden couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale , who are splitting after 13 years of marriage and three children. The upset and high emotion of the relationship...

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'Make Do and Mend' - Just Another Trend?

(2) Comments | Posted 13 August 2015 | (00:00)

We're living in cookie cutter times. We all wear the same clothes, mass-produced for the same stores, we drive samey-samey, personality-free cars and are we're slaves to our smartphones that are virtually identical in terms of functionality and aesthetic. Very little is unique anymore. Restore to factory settings.


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D is for Diversity?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (17:02)

I won't be content until I can say with absolute certainty that D stands for Diversity. Too often, it still stands for Discrimination, inequality for people with Disabilities, represents the DD cup-sizes of the (god forbid) #curvy girls, or the challenges faced within the No More Page 3...

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Something in the Air?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (02:15)

I've been noticing something in the air recently. Something a little dark. And it seems to be affecting women like me.

Women, who whilst using the word 'together' might be a bit of a stretch, do seem to have pretty decent lives. A nice home, 2.4 kids, good jobs, great...

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Things I Wish I'd Known About Money in My Twenties

(0) Comments | Posted 9 June 2015 | (00:00)

Younger people are becoming increasingly financially savvy. Growing up in recession, being online 24/7 and doing their research before making decisions, not just financial ones has been an empowering thing for this generation of twenty somethings.

It wasn't so when I was that age. In my mid twenties I...

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I Want It All, and I Want It Now

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2015 | (15:25)

I've never been able to pass up an adventure or the opportunity to try something new.

In the last few years this has led me to (amongst other things) skydiving, sitting on a live daytime telly sofa, white with stage fright, organising a (very successful) multi-venue music festival in addition...

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It's on Us?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2015 | (11:11)

There's no getting away from the fact that we are living in an increasingly material world.

As a marketer, I often worry about how my profession as a whole fans the flame of the ugly world of consumerism, driving wants and desires for things we don't need,...

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In New Scottish Music We Trust

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (19:31)

All eyes were on Austin, Texas last week for the 29th South by South West (SXSW) - the largest and most prestigious music industry conference and festival in the world.

Each year, Creative Scotland - a public body that supports the arts and creative industries in Scotland - selects...

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Oxjam Music Festival Boosted by Rise in Social Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2014 | (14:10)

I've been working with Oxjam Music Festival this year. Last weekend, UK wide volunteer teams' hard work culminated in Oxjam closing festival season in 60 towns and cities across the country. The Oxjam Glasgow Takeover featured four packed stages, a venue dedicated to showcasing up and coming youth musicians, the...

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Living Below the Line: Day Two

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (12:12)

Today is Day 2 of Living below the line. Yesterday's food came in at an astounding 61p, which I can't quite believe is possible.

Day 1 menu

B: Tea cake (from 15p reduced pack of 6) with jam: 5p
L: Two slice reduced bread and cheese: 7p

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Living Below the Line

(1) Comments | Posted 29 June 2014 | (21:36)

Myself and my regional team are joining thousands of people across the world by taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge. For 5 days, we will be living on £1 a day for food and drink, with the aim of raising funds for Oxfam, to help improve the...

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Starting a Family? Start Saving Soon

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2011 | (23:00)

Whilst undoubtedly a bundle of joy, babies also require a bundle of cash. Common purchases before the arrival of a baby include a buggy, car seat and clothes which cost expectant parents an average of £2,700 before their child's first birthday. And to fund this extra expense, it should come...

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