Selfies and the Search for Personal Identity

Paul Blanchard | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

What I don't do is take selfies just to illustrate how gorgeous I am. Mainly because I'm not gorgeous but also because it just seems a bit pointless. I mean, who cares? And everyone knows that you don't really look like the primped, posed, toned selfies you take in the bathroom mirror!

On Language and Nationalism: A Letter to Wales

Leigh Jones | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

To my dearest Wales, Cymru, cartref. I use the word "cartref", Welsh for home, despite not having lived there for six years or more. Somehow one's heart is always located deep in one's roots.

Fair Trade Insights for Fairtrade Fortnight - What Do Consumers Think About Brands With a Fair Trade Ethos?

Jack R. Miles | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Jack R. Miles

As we're approaching the conclusion of Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 24th February to 9th March, it feels appropriate to look in detail at what fair trade means for brands and consumers today.

To Thine Own Selfie Be True

Caragh Little | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

The selfie is so last year perhaps, but it's hardly a new concept: it's today's equivalent of the artist's self-portrait, in the same way that instagramming your lunch is just the current version of still life. Humankind has always tried to bear reality through gazing into its own identity.

Of Bagpipes and Burns - Scottish Stereotypes

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Every country and culture has stereotypes that go alongside it, some truer than others. Scotland of course, is no different. However, what I have noticed is that while Scotland is part of the UK British stereotypes tend to be more closely associated with the English portion of the country. It is a common mistake to think of the U.K. and England synonymously, when this is not true. As a Scot, I have no objection to being called British, but I am certainly not English.

Josh: Against the Grain (Hunger in District 131)

Tahreem Arshad | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tahreem Arshad

I often get asked what Pakistan is like. There's a lot of interest in this country, for obvious reasons: Taliban terrorizing, drones blasting, Osama lurking, law and order dissipating, Malala emerging...etc.

The Bigotry of Our Medieval Society

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Everyone should have the same rights (I'm especially thinking of the marriage laws here), and be allowed to love who they want. In fact, "be allowed" isn't the right term here. No one has to give heterosexuals permission to love, so why do homosexuals need it?

What's in It for You?

Jilly Forster | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jilly Forster

A common characteristic of individuals who are successful as business leaders, teachers, parents, spouses, or healthcare professionals is their ability to be empathetic. Empathy builds connection, eases one's stress and allows others to know that they are not alone in the world.

Why You Deserve Everything You Get

Jamie Flexman | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Flexman

Next time you feel the need to publically pour out your emotions, whether it's to a friend or God forbid, the internet. Stop and have a think about whether you could have done anything different and ask yourself if you are partly to blame for the situation.

A London Politico's View of Birmingham, its New Library and the Source of Milk

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

I declare that as of today Birmingham will be the home of this London politico: no ifs, no buts. And to Birmingham being my home, I intend to visit its new library very soon with the express intention of finding out once and for all exactly where milk does indeed come from.

Beyond Mental Health Labels Through a New View of You

Tony Lobl | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Dr Allen Frances warned that in the world of mental health care a label "can begin in a moment and live on for the rest of your life". It was vital, he said, that the labelling of mental health challenges was always undertaken very responsibly.

Full Circle: A Journey to Acceptance

Gwennan Thomas | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gwennan Thomas

It is not uncommon in my world to be approached about being a woman who is bald. I can't be defensive, annoyed or upset about this. Lets be honest, I'm a woman in my mid-thirties, who happens to be completely hair-free. People will be intrigued and want to know why I don't have any hair, especially children who are naturally more inquisitive.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Sara Sheridan | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I have to admit to a certain amount of confusion of late. I was asked recently by a friend 'what' I considered myself. I live in Scotland and here, in the run up to the referendum on independence next autumn, most people are trying to figure out, in essence, if they're more Scottish than British or vice versa.

Taking a Healthy Look "Beyond the Genes"

Tony Lobl | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Over several decades I've found that identifying ourselves in terms of such spiritual qualities can be liberating. It can loosen the grip of the conviction life is primarily shaped by material factors and bring out a sense of health, rather than sickness, being the divine default.

Us & Them: Some Lessons From the Ancient Greeks

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

What are we? English? Welsh? British? Are we bothered? Most of the time our "identity", national, religious or whatever, probably isn't at the top of our list of concerns. But sometimes circumstances come along which make us less secure in ourselves, less able to take our place in the world quite so much for granted.

Social Identity Is Coming: Are You Ready?

Geoff Webb | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Tech
Geoff Webb

Using a social identity to access web sites, life could be made easier for individuals. They could browse the internet, purchasing goods and using services very quickly without having to find passwords, or request resets constantly.

Don't Let a Disease Define You

Elaine Benton | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When diagnosed with a disease such as Parkinson's that literally takes over your life and changes everything you could possibly think of, it's hard not to be enveloped by the enormity of the situation. However, don't lose your identity and let a disease define who you are.

Blame Bad Policy, Not the Technology

Raconteur Media | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Tech
Raconteur Media

High costs, along with time-consuming testing and technology, have made DNA analysis inaccessible to many law enforcement agencies to date. But emerging standalone sample-to-answer products, such as IntegenX'S RapidHIT 200 system, claim to offer the answer.

Who Am I?

Silla Leu | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Silla Leu

Last week I watched The Breakfast Club. In the beginning principal Vernon asks the gang to write an essay about who they think they are. Now I'm going to tell you who I am or who I think I am.

'Race' and Adoption Crusades in 21st Century Britain

Professor Ravinder Barn | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ravinder Barn

The 'race' and adoption reforms put forward by Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, in England are undoubtedly an ideological crusade - not unlike the ideology around the elimination of religion in the former Soviet Union.

It's Life Jim, but Not as We Knew It...

Geoff Mulgan | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Tech
Geoff Mulgan

The once science fiction notion of hyper-connectivity - where we are all constantly connected to social networks and other bubbling streams of digital data - has rapidly becoming a widespread reality.

Am I My Avatar?

Kate Harrad | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Tech
Kate Harrad

Foresight suggests that we have no 'identity' as such; we have multiple identities - social, religious, ethnic, national, and so on - which together make up the self: and whichever identity we might think is most relevant to us at any given moment can change. When a toddler is pushing banana into my ear on the sofa, that's a different facet of me than the person I am in a meeting at work.

Label Me!

A.J. Higginson | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

Are you gay or are you straight? Are you bisexual or are you a lesbian? Are you femme or are you butch? Are you fat or are you thin? Why is it that we are so preoccupied with labels or ticking the right boxes, that we forget about the individual behind the tag? Just who are we?

The Diary Of A Nobody

Caragh Little | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It began as a discussion of the benefits of wearing a fleece in the icy weather. 'It saves money on the central heating, I suppose... wearing fleeces....

The Real Fraud Risk

John Lord | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech
John Lord

Think about it for a second. A Smartphone is something people carry everywhere and look at more often than their loved ones. It contains increasingly large amounts of personal information about its owner, their families and their financial arrangements.