How To Stop Caring About What Others Think

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

I don't know why we feel that we have a right to say cruel things to others, but just this week I've had teenage girls express their heartache that their parents 'weren't bothered' when they told them they'd got the highest marks possible in their mock exams.

Why Do Women Judge Each Other And How Do We Stop?

Emma Wood | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Wood

We've all encountered women who are judgemental. I've heard friends say that 'girls are mean' and 'women are bitchy,' and talk of run-ins with other women that left them emotionally or socially devastated. This is baffling to hear. It is 2017 after all, right?

Short Circuit

Amelia Carruthers | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amelia Carruthers

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to catch 'Short Circuit' on the very last day of the exhibition. Short Circuit is a reassessment of the archetypal...

What does Digital R&D Mean in the Arts? What's The Value in the Arts Economy?

Leila Johnston | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Tech
Leila Johnston

But there's another economy which does reward work which is exploratory in and of itself. "R&D in the arts" seems to be quite a new thing, inspired by the digital model, but not motivated by financial revenue. I worry about the arts taking on the mantle, because R&D and innovation are terms with such an overwhelming direction built in to them

The Critic Within

Kamontip Evans | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed, there are so many things we can get annoyed with: traffic noise, your partner leaving a news...

Facing Your Worst Critic Plus That Damn 'F' Word

Cat Elliott | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Elliott

At the moment I am getting ready (physically and mentally) to head off to Bali for a month in September to do my Yoga Teacher Training. Half of me is overwhelmed with excitement and butterflies, and the other half of me is crippled with fear.

Why You Should (Mostly) Ignore Your Critics

Katie Portman | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

When I said I was going to be a journalist one day, I was told that I was foolish and that it was never going to happen. But yet it did. When I signed up to a modelling agency at 18 but didn't quite make the cut, I was told that this particular ambition was probably over. Only for me to become a cover girl in my thirties.

Save Ulster From Obloquy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Cartoon by Ian Knox. On May 22 2015 Ireland voted YES. Overwhelming, both as a spectacle and an act, all but one Irish county endorsed the plebiscite...

If You Don't Like Criticism, Don't Put Your Stuff Online

Jody Thompson | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jody Thompson

Everyone has the ability to be a critic, yet no one seems to likes criticism. In this instance, the author of a self-published book responded in the worst way possible to a bit of negativity online, with the hysterical statement that a one star review amounts to defamation.

Criticism Is Not as Simple as the Block Function on Twitter

Tami Mir | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK
Tami Mir

During this week, I read some tweets on personal criticism, Hilary Clinton, her years in politics and how she takes the criticism directed towards her. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt's advice "Take criticism personal but not seriously, and grow a skin as thick as a rhinoceros."

Keep Your Ego in Check

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

Ego enables us to see shortcomings and weaknesses in others, but not in ourselves. And when we do see our weaknesses, ego hides them and claims to the world that we have none. How do you know when your ego is at work? If you feel insulted, if a criticism hurts, if you get defensive, lose confidence.... it's your ego reacting!

Women Role-Models In Film And TV

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Esther Hayden

For those of you who have not seen True Detectives, the series starts in 1995 in Louisiana at a time when only 2% of police officers in the whole of the US were women. Indeed as befits the time much of the writing focuses on life through the eyes of the two lead male detectives so in fact I don't think it is surprising there is not a lot of focus on strong female role models.

The Courage to Be Creative

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Creativity is ultimately personal. When being creative, you are making something unique and new. You may have taken inspiration from other sources, but the end product is uniquely your own. Humans are constantly being innovative and inventive, and everyone is capable of this in their own way...

Crunch Time for Criticism

Ben Mirza | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

In recent years, film critics have been the most pessimistic when it comes to the general public's change in attitudes towards traditional arts journalism.

In Defence of the Critic

Marianka Swain | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Marianka Swain

Conversely, whether in print or online, critics with experience, expertise and a sense of responsibility should be championed. Those guiding voices make an essential contribution, with respected critical approbation translating into financial backing for many institutions and projects, and new voices handed a megaphone.

Teaching Children: Criticism or Praise?

Charlotte Tomlinson | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Tomlinson

When I think back to the times when I have been the happiest and have achieved the most as a young person, it was always because an adult believed in me. I knew this without it needing to be spoken, and I automatically raised my game. It felt magical in a way.

Herbert Defends F1 Stewards

Todd McCandless | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Is there a way of creating consistency and efficacy in the stewardship of Formula One without paying for permanent stewards?

Interviewing the Critics - Gaby Soutar, Restaurant Reviewer for The Scotsman

Andrew Learmonth | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Learmonth

This is the first in a planned series of very short interviews with reviewers and the reviewed. I'll talk to the professionals, the amateurs and the people somewhere in between.

On Telling Life Where to Stick Its Stupid Lemons

Alistair Coleman | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Comedy
Alistair Coleman

My last column for Huffington Post, on the possibility that close-harmony singing business Rock Choir™ might actually be a cult (it isn't, just in case you were wondering) was a first for me. It signalled the first time that somebody has actually reached out to me through the technological marvel that is Twitter and told me that I am not funny. Everyone's entitled to their opinion.

The Rapprochement Between Pop Music and High Culture

Tanjil Rashid | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Tanjil Rashid

"Pop and thought don't go together," a BBC controller once said, resisting the introduction of pop music to his schedules. That battle was won a long time ago, but the sentiment behind it lingers still; pop music lacks the esteem accorded to other art.

Tintin: The Question is Whether I'll Beat the Kids to the Bookshop Tomorrow.

Rupert Duffy | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Rupert Duffy

As a 10 year old at a birthday party, a carefully sculpted cowlick and trousers tucked into socks was testament to how much I liked Tintin.

Give the Saudis a Break

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Ziad Abu-Saud

Saudi Arabia gets a lot of stick from Muslims in general. Whether religious, social, or economic, one is never hard pressed to find criticisms from believers facing the Meccan direction. And although many criticisms have justified grounds, on the following issue, I would like to stand in Saudi's defence.