2016

6 Huge Brexit Deals Theresa May Now Has Just 2 Years To Make After Triggering Article 50

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics

With Article 50 triggered, Theresa May now has two years to carry out the most complex set of negotiations in UK history. The future of Britain’s tr...

Could Learning Foreign Language Heal The Divides Of 2016?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

So it looks like the best way to heal 2016's divides may have to involve an increase in funding to a public service. But with a government in power that yells "cut!" more passionately than Steven Spielberg, this may be an unlikely scenario.

A Personal Homage To John Berger

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Pendleton

My wife and I had only one reading at our wedding and it was from his short book. Our lives have been held together by many things, but John Berger's words are the literary resin that binds us. As we turn to face what 2017 holds in store for us - as the angels chatter distills and clarifies - the incredible legacy of Berger's writing is something magical to draw on. It can help see us through.

RIP To Celebrity Pedestalling

Kylie Barton | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK
Kylie Barton

68 celebrities died in 2016. Over 56 million people died in total. So, the RIP posts spamming our Facebook walls are for 0.00012% of the people who actually passed in 2016. Wouldn't it be better if we put all our 'mourning' energy into use, to combat some of the ills that contribute to the deaths of millions?

2016 - The Year Of Progression

Carine Bambara | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

Achieving a ban on nuclear weapon is not as hard as it sounds, as I've outlaid before; making nuclear weapons illegal would be the best start to this. This would make it illegal for any country to attain nuclear weapons by the buying, selling or transfer of them, with economic sanctions (or a harshening of sanctions) if a country goes against this.

Seven Really Great Things That Happened In 2016

Ella Kemp | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ella Kemp

In the year that voted for Brexit and Trump, the year that took David Bowie, Alan Rickman, A. A. Gill, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (and so very many more), and the year that snatched The Great British Bake Off from the BBC... no one has really been able to talk about anything else except for how bad it's been.

Unassembled Lives

Caragh Little | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

Staying overnight in IKEA strikes me as a really interesting statement on a year which a lot of people have judged to be very troubling. IKEA is a whole world of its own. The showroom offers us so many variants of everyday life at home.

Was 2016 The Worst Year Ever? Not For Most People

Chris King | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK
Chris King

The race to project our mourning the loudest on social media is unedifying and, in some cases, just part of the attention seeking done by a number of people online. Workaday suffering is drowned out by what you might call fashionable grief.

2016: A Year In Review From A Rainbow-Coloured Perspective

Timothy Graves | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Timothy Graves

Perhaps many of us will be glad to see the back of 2016. But it's important to differentiate between national/international events and the events in our own individual lives, many of which, hopefully, will be positive.

2016 Was A Good Year

Jessica Huie MBE | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK
Jessica Huie MBE

Not defined by ethnicity and history but unquestionably heavily influenced. Understanding that the story of black and white division through time is not always black and white.

An Extra Second Is Being Added To 2016, So We Can All Enjoy It A Little Longer

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Tech

Seeing as we’ve been so pleased with 2016 so far, officials have decided to add an extra second to the year, just so we can all savour it a little l...

2016: Take The Good With You

Michelle Gant | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Michelle Gant

Yes, this year has been replete with sadness, tragedy, hurt and pain. But there has also been love and joy and fun and laughter. We need to look for the light because it's there. And so, as the year draws to a close, take from it the memories that made you smile, the feelings that lifted your soul; those are the things to treasure.

An Alternative 2016 Roundup

Joanna Taylor | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joanna Taylor

Every generation has a fight on its hands and it looks like ours is going to be a tough one. The major horrors of 2016 represent some horrible and worrying trends in international politics, but we've overcome worse yet. 2016 doesn't have to be the year in which everything went wrong, but can become a turning-point from which we pull together to evince positive change.

Crazy Adventures, More World Changing Projects, And A Generally Great 2016

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

It's also been nice to raise the temperature by looking back at this year's travels, projects and favourite memories. Having noted my top ten memories, I've simply expanded them into this fun little post:

2016 Has Been a Vintage Year For Vicarious Grief

Melanie Briggs | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Melanie Briggs

I sound cynical because I am cynical. I don't buy it. The same way in that I don't post "curse of 2016" status updates about how "tragic" the deaths of actress Liz Smith and novelist Richard Adams were because they were both in their mid-nineties, and we should all be so lucky to last that long.

History Books By Women: Eight Of The Best From 2016

Amy Licence | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

It came as something of a revelation this November that the majority of recommendations in the media's annual roundup of the best history books of 2016 were written by men. In response, Twitter was flooded with the names of inspiring female historians, past and present, under the hashtag #HistoryBooksbyWomen. 2016 has seen a plethora of publications by talented women so, to redress the balance somewhat, here are my top picks of the year:

People Blaming 2016 For Everything That Had Happened Are Making My OCD Go Through The Roof

Olya Gerasimova | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olya Gerasimova

Don't whistle at home, you won't have money. Don't come back to your house if you have forgotten something, something bad will happen. Don't spill salt, you'll get into a fight. Don't wash your hair before the exam, you will forget all the knowledge.

Why Hygge Is The Word That Sums Up 2016

Ahmad Beltagui | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ahmad Beltagui

In the list of new words to enter the dictionary in 2016 - Trumpism, Brexit, post-truth - hygge seems somewhat out of place. Or does it? Like Trump and Brexit, hygge is definitely not just for Christmas. And like all of those words, a cute and friendly exterior hides unpleasant truths.

George Michael's Sudden, Sad Death Has Robbed The World Of A Great Artist And Star With A Social Conscience

Peter Tatchell | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Peter Tatchell

I first met George about 1980 when he was still a teenager and before he was famous. It was a chance meeting in a small gay disco above a pub by Manor House tube station​ in north London​. He was a great dancer and sang along to songs. He had a good voice and said he was going to be a pop star.

Thank You, George Michael: An LGBTQ+ Tribute

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

The LGBTQ+ community does indeed owe George Michael a debt of gratitude. Alongside the rest of the world, we thank him for his amazing musical legacy, for his ability to make us sing, dance and cry. However, we in the LGBTQ+ community should also be thankful to have had George Michael as one of 'our own'.

United Kingdom's Five Economic Events Of 2016

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Vikram Kumar Khosla

It's been a big year. Whether that be politically in elections and referendums or economically with big decisions being made. I look back over five aspects of 2016, where the United Kingdom's economy was impacted.

16 Things That Prove 2016 Was Peak Hipster

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Hipsters have been around for longer than twelve months, but now George Osborne has imposed a ‘hipster tax’ on our G&T, and no one wants the beard...

Rogue One - Content With Being A Beautiful Mess

Harry Crawford | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

The anticipation hasn't quite been on the same level as Force Awakens, so Rogue One was always going to be on the back foot. The decision to make it a standalone movie, free from the traditional constraints of the space opera franchise, seemed bold. But there's only one thing people care about: does Rogue One live up to, or trump, Force Awakens? Unfortunately it's not quite a black or white answer.

Seasons Greetings From I CAN

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As the yuletide season is upon us and we look to bring in a New Year very shortly, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support to ...

2015 In 2016

Damiano Sogaro | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damiano Sogaro

2016 is nearly over. And it is probably fair to say that the year that was won't make it onto many people's list of rosy yesteryears to fondly remember. But what about the stories that captured our attention in 2015; what happened to them in 2016?