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It's Not the Health of the High Street It's the Chemistry of Commerce

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Intelligence Squared

You ask 10 people and you will get 10 different views on the health of the high street. Then you will get others asking if the high street is still relevant any more. It's not that the debate is polarised, as much as the fact that the changes that have hit retail have been so profound and have happened in such a short space of time that we struggle to make sense of them. Data and statistics only cloud the issue further.

Beit Makhshava: A 'Thought' on the Future of European-Jewish Life and Culture

Ben Kasstan | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Ben Kasstan

Tucked away in Glämsta is an inviting retreat set amidst a sprawling forest and the Baltic Sea, owned by the Swedish-Jewish community (hyphen required). Its sense of openness made it the perfect location to host the first Beit Makhshava.

What the Great Depression Teaches Us About Ourselves

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Could it be that we are our happiest in the toughest times? That when the going gets rough, we band together and find comfort in others? One of my favourite films is Silver Linings Playbook (not just because of the bipolar element). The overall message of the film, unsurprisingly, is that if you work your hardest, you have a shot at a silver lining.

Church for the Godless

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

Jesus and I have been separated a few years now. Well, we're divorced actually. Now, I know that whenever a marriage fails it's always the other person's fault and I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I had really, really tried to make it work. In the end, it was his moody silence that finished it off for me; all those years of absence...

Even the Most Time-Stretched of Us Could - And Should - Be Able to Share a Cuppa With a Lonely Human Being

Clare Finney | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

I am 26. I met Rachel, an 86-year-old British Ghanian, through an elderly befriending scheme in Islington. We've been chatting, sipping tea or shandy and half-watching Home and Away every week for the past two years.

GOAT, Graffiti and Glen Anderson: A Collective Arts' Event Not To Be Missed

Olly MacNamee | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly MacNamee

When people think of the Arts in this here sceptr'd isle admittedly one does not immediately think too readily of Britain's Second City, Birmingham. But, that would be a great mistake and one that keeps on happening

Why Scotland Shows the Future of Politics

Adam Hamdy | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Rather than being an aberration, Scotland may prove to be a trailblazer. In the same way that it has transformed media and communication, the Internet has the potential to radically alter government. We have the tools at our disposal to hold instant national votes on important political issues.

Why I Don't Think that Depression Is a Disease

Danny McCubbin | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I would hear myself say the same old thing whenever I would go off the rails or be confined to my bedroom for days "there's nothing I can do, I have a chemical in balance, it's a disease...." I don't think that anymore and I can honestly say that I am happy.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

This Is Why You Should Get To Know Your Neighbours

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Neighbours aren't just handy for watering your plants while you're on holiday, they could also improve your health. New research suggests people w...

Festival Love, Its a Beautiful Thing!

John Mason | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Mason

Yes there was amazing music, yes there were unbelievable djs, yes the food was incredible. But for me, what made my first festival so brilliant, were these moments of 'festival love'. The sense of community that seemed to flow through and unite everyone there. We were all having the same experience.

Why the 'Clipped Wing Generation' Is Flying Higher Than Ever

Laura French | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

When people complain about the apparent loss of community and kindness, they seem to ignore the good things Generation Y have done; numerous youth-led initiatives, student-run committees in schools across the country, young people working together to create opportunity and equality for everyone.

Who's The Strangest Misfit On TV?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

This Monday sees the release of 'Community' Season 5 on DVD, seeing the antics continue amid the mismatched study group from Greendale College. Se...

It's the Taking Part That Counts

William Davie | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

Sport brings us together in a way that not much else can. It gives something solid, real and straightforward to invest our collective belief in. At the end of the day, whatever else happens, someone will win, someone will lose, and we'll either be miserable or ecstatic.

Guns, Galas and Geometry - The Night I Partied With the Freemasons

Fez Sayed | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Fez Sayed

t's funny...when the term 'Freemason' is thrown around (in my experience anyway), I hear things like 'New World Order' and 'Illuminati' roaring viciously out of people's speculative mouths. I've always been both fascinated and confused as to who they actually are...

The Place of LGBT+ Family Members and Allies at Pride

Shoshana Davidson | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shoshana Davidson

The worldwide Pride season is now in full swing, with London Pride this coming Saturday. I would be there, if I wasn't out of the country. Last year I partied in Spain, and the year before I could be found celebrating in both London and Bristol.

Living Below the Line

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

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 lives of the world's poorest, at home and abroad...

I Want to Tell You a Story...

Peter Moreton | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Moreton

Can you tell a good story? Google images search 'storytelling' and you are flooded with images of generations that went long before us, sitting close together round a fire using talent and artistic license to pass on tales from their parents and grandparents.

The Cotswolds Mystery

Mette Poynton | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

One day, all the sheep in The Cotswolds disappeared. All we know for sure, is that one of these people is responsible... but who? It's a mystery!

How Does International Development Work? We Should Make the Effort to Find Out

Matt Daw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Matt Daw

During a trip to Indonesia in 2012 I asked the staff of our local partner organisation about their experiences of the international effort in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Their work in the region was prompted by the human need created by this event, however they were one of the few international NGOs to stay active in communities in Indonesia after the initial disaster relief effort...

Parish Councils in London

Gregory Borne | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

A recent statement from the United Nations on the shape of the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals asked the question. How can we shape our citi...

Breaking the Silence - Dementia Awareness Week

Melissa Davis | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Davis

Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the Alzheimer's Society, is this week. It is an annual event designed to shed some light on a condition that is all too often often misunderstood, and to encourage anyone who feels as if they, or someone they are close to, might be suffering with symptoms to take some action.

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

The Power of the Pencil and the Whistle

Aaron Vallely | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

Why is it, that here in Ireland we allow our Government to take so much of our money and spend it in ways that not only fail to benefit us, but contribute to the economic inequality of Europe? What do we get for our taxes?

The Festival Where the Greens Gather

Zion Lights | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

The festival's tagline is 'beyond hedonism', because it's ethos is about bringing people together to tell and hear their tales, to craft a better way of living. The aim at this gathering is not to lose your head, but to gain it. So go along, and feast on the freedom - it might just change your life.