UK Life

When Trying to Be Productive Can Harm Productivity

Grace Olivia Parry | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Olivia Parry

Have you ever tried forcing something in life? Something unrelated to productivity levels, in this instance? What happens? My guess is, like pretty much every time, it fails. Things can only happen in life if we truly want them to. If we start to follow a path lined with uncertainly, it's never going to work out.

Three Lessons Playing the Piano Has Taught Me About Maths And Life

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Many skills we learn in and out of school do not translate very well to other aspects of life. However, for me, playing the piano seems to be the exce...

Break Up 101

Makeda Phillips | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Makeda Phillips

We've all been there and felt the numbing ache in pit of our stomach when a relationship comes to an end. Whether or not you knew deep down it wasn't meant to be or whether you were the person who ended things, it rarely makes a difference. You're sad, you're hurt and you're also committed to making the next few months the most painful, and memorable, for yourself.

Council 'Misses Whole Reason Park Runs Are Free' By Insisting On Charge

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

A parish council has been condemned for putting money over health after insisting on charging for a weekly fun run. Dame Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe...

My 100-day 'I Love Life' Project and What I Learned

Emma Fulu | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Fulu

Every day for 100 days I shared a photograph (or video) through social media with the hashtag #ilovelife. A photograph that captured an experience, a moment, a thing, an event, that brought me joy or love or wisdom or peace.

Twenty Lessons I Learned in My Twenties

Claire Jopson | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Jopson

Remember when you used to make your Mum hide around the corner whilst she waited to collect you from the cinema? Now, she's the friend you go to the cinema with. Oh, how times have changed.

Your Power Is Sourced From Your Struggle

Tasha Okeke | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

That's the thing I realised this morning as I came to the end of my 4 mile run this morning. Currently in training for the Varsity 10K which present...

This Homeless Man Is About To Be Repaid For A Selfless Act Of Kindness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

A crowd-funder set up by a young woman after she was helped by a homeless man while stranded in late-night London smashed its target on Tuesday. Nicol...

Who Else Still Secretly Keeps a Diary?

Chloe Cox | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

Those were just a few of the reasons for why I personally choose to keep a diary. I'm sure other people have better, more logical motives but I would still totally recommend it. It's definitely a worthwhile thing to do, and the best part about it is there's no binding contract. You can write in it as constantly or as infrequently as you want. It's your diary, your life! Be proud; I intend to keep a diary for the rest of my life!

Is Marriage Taken Too Lightly?

Esther Dark | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

Life is challenging and at times frightening: the love and support of a marriage partner is empowering and the marriage journey sensational. Whatever life throws at me, I know that I have the commitment and love of my best friend with me the whole way and he has mine.

In Defence of London

Laura Maisey | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

London is a reflection on our own willingness to embrace opportunity. If we can see other alternatives but dismiss them then continue to moan about the choices we have made, then London is not the problem. We are.

The Secret Life of a Vicar's Daughter: #The10Amendments

Chloe Cox | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

I'm Chloe, 18, and the daughter of a vicar. I thought I was used to the questions people asked me when I was a kid, but now I'm at Uni I have to explain everything all over again. So to save repeating myself, here's what you need to know...

A Reunion With Happiness: Time for Me to Step Out of Football Retirement

Andrew Robinson | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Sport
Andrew Robinson

I crave to be on a football field once again. Since finishing college and entering the big wide world of work over 12 years ago, it slowly dawned o...

If You Died Tomorrow, How Would You Look Back on Your Life?

Mandy Riches | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

Our time here is short. Stating the bleeding obvious but time, once lost, is gone forever. Why then do we sometimes treat it with such disrespect? Why do we put things off until we retire, or until next year, or trudge through the weekdays, yearning for the weekend?

Living in London: The 18 Month Itch

Krissie Rogers | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Krissie Rogers

It's not like London's flaws haven't always been there, it's just I hadn't noticed them during the honeymoon phase. But that doesn't mean the end for me and the Big Smoke - finding and accepting the UK's vibrant capital as one big contradiction full of stark contrasts and daily personal tests, makes it easier to manage my love-hate relationship.

Life Lessons

Gracie Francesca | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gracie Francesca

I've learned a lot about who I am, especially in the last year or so and I wanted to just be upfront about certain situations and lessons life has taught me. I am my own worst enemy and although I'm pretty confident, I struggle with acceptance and shame (I hate feeling exposed). Hindsight is a wonderful thing and upon reflection over the last few months, here are my 10 Important Life Lessons.

Travelling Alone: It Doesn't Have to Be Lonely

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

For those who have an overzealous presence on social media, the opportunity for constant interaction and an accessible point of contact can help dispel any glimmer of feeling cut off from the world no matter where you are.

Have You Forgotten Who You Are?

Maggie Currie | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Do you feel that you, and other people, have forgotten who you really are? Do you feel you are just someone's parent/partner/carer/sibling? Do you want to find your own identity again and boost your confidence?

I Want to Be Loved, Not Loathed

Paul Marshall | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

Earlier this year, TFL ran a high profile advertising campaign with the concept of 'Share the Road'. Out of interest, how's that working out for you? Because it sure as heck isn't working out where I'm concerned.

Can We Choose Our Lives or Are We Dyed in The Wool?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

Are we born a certain way or are we a compilation of our experiences that lock us into who we are? Can we choose who we want to be and then become it or are we determined by our genes and our family dynamics?

Life on a Treadmill

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Madeleine Thompson

Is it comforting that we do the same things year in year out? Do we do them because it is important to humans to find a common ground? Or do we do the same things because we fear not doing them?

When the Sponge Finger Chooses You

Jude Coy | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

It was the week before Christmas. Whilst everyone else was getting ready for the festive season, scoffing mince pies and adorning themselves in Christmas jumpers and cheap sparkly tinsel, we were sitting in an NHS consulting room watching and feeling the bottom fall out of our world. Our picture perfect future crumbling into dust.

I Am Forgetting to Live

Maliha Reza | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

I hope both you and I read this in a few years and realise we learnt how to live in our own ways. I hope we learn more every day and I hope memories that we made become (in time) something we come to treasure rather than despise.

Leaning in to Life and Love

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Walking along the Tube platform I noticed an elderly couple. The woman was on the train, and, through the open doors, she was holding the hands of a man. They were gazing at each other. The emotion in both their faces was palpable. Something was being said between them, unspoken.

The Plastic Bag 'Dilemma'

Sacha Knop | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Sacha Knop

It's been a few weeks since we need to pay for our plastic bags in the UK and it's amazing how much of a topic it's been... literally everywhere. I don't think most people realized how far the plastic bag had made its way into our lives. I don't think I did.