So, whilst I was already very thankful for my mum - who has been therefore me through everything I can possibly remember - I feel like I appreciate her a little more now. And it makes me miss her, because, whilst she is only a phone call away if I need some moral support, I no longer have her around to help with those really little things in life.
We have always been taught that varicose veins are caused by the valves in the veins failing, allowing blood to fall the one wrong way down the vein... causing varicose veins and worse. If the problem is not corrected, blood clots, ankle swelling, skin damage and even leg ulcers can ensue. So why do these valves fail? And why do some people suffer with the condition and not others?
Hundreds of people shout mercilessly at a single outcast person until they have removed that particular item of clothing. It's almost as if the American student population aren't aware that people's choice of clothes do not necessarily match, through the random and arbitrary association of color, their actual views, opinions and sporting inclinations.
In March this year, it was reported that a number of students and lecturers had come out in criticism of the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy, arguing that it was "open to discriminatory interpretations" and that it unfairly singled out the risk of Islamist extremism as a threat.