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Breaking Away From Expectations

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Our society is built around expectations. Expectations as to how we look, how we behave, the type of job we should have, the type of person we should marry, the trajectory our life should take. Often these aren't even conscience thoughts about a person, just things we naturally assume to be the case. But why?

What Is Your Personal Version Two?

Jack Kershaw | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

Last week I got engaged to be married to Gemma, the love of my life. I'm not saying this as an invite to an engagement party, nor am I fishing for presents. The reasons I'm mentioning it is because it links to one of the secrets of my success.

Five Incredible Things That Motherhood Has Taught Me (That I Wish I Knew Before)

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

My family has always been filled with an extraordinary amount of love... but becoming a mummy helped me to see that LOVE is number one when it comes to impacting a life. Love is simply awesome. It is a safety net for the human soul.

Suicide Is Painless, Things I Saw in the Woods Today

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

That famous line from the theme song from MASH, the popular TV show where American medics satirised their lives in the firing line in Vietnam. As a child I remember being enthralled by the words of that song and the concept that indeed, suicide could be painless.

The World Is Bigger Than Us, Things I Saw in the Woods Today, on Biodynamic Farming

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Samantha van Dalen

There is a saying in Latin- a language I continue to vainly attempt to learn. Utendum est aetate; cito pede labitur aetas. We should make use of time for time slips quickly by. - Ovid.

We Need to Talk...

Charlotte Kitley | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Kitley

Many assume I must be angry to be facing a premature death, questioning why did this have to happen to me? I am not angry, it's not a case of why me, but why not me? Cancer is often indiscriminate. I didn't smoke, take drugs or drink excessively. Yet I still have it in my lungs and liver.

If Trees Could Give Off Wi-Fi Signals

Mudabbir Khalid | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Mudabbir Khalid

We are connected to this world in more ways than imaginable, in the ground and in the air; everything is made up of the basic building blocks of life, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Trees are one of these givers of life, and how humans and trees correspond to give each other life is one of the most fundamental, yet essential aspects of ecology that much of the world lets slip from their minds...

One Day in the Life, Food Chain, Anchor Yourself

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Samantha van Dalen

Albertina- this gentle pensioner had recently lost two grandchildren- one in a road accident and the other from a heart attack. She had just returned from comforting her daughter who is 'coping' with the loss of her two children. Albertina is teaching herself French to take her mind off her lost grand kids...

To Pay Interns in Parliament, We Must Change Attitudes on Expenses

Bart Williams | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Unpaid internships, especially those in Westminster, have been the focus of much attention over recent years. The image of MPs enjoying huge expenses allowances while their office interns sweat it out for their lunch is one banded around by some areas of the media and campaign groups alike.

Judgement Day!

Sophia Davis | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Sophia Davis

Life is like a memory box. You choose what you put in, you choose what you take out. Are you going to fill it with things that make you smile, or things that make you sad?

Embracing Individuality

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Embrace what makes you unique. Passion is a great quality in a person, so don't hide the things you enjoy, the things you are passionate about. Dye your hair an unusual colour. Get that tattoo. Go see your favourite band live. Take up that hobby you've been curious about. Act like a freak.

The Pursuit of Happiness...

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Sad news this week of two City bankers who committed suicide, both in the prime of their lives. We have all visited that dark place where we have contemplated whether life continues to be worth living. Just this week, a friend send me a plaintive message that read something like this: 'life, job, love, all suck'.

Sod Saying "Yes" to Life- I'm Knackered

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

If you're not used to it, saying no feels really shitty at first. Like you're letting people down, somehow not engaging with life as much as you should be. FOMO - "fear of missing out" - plays a huge part in this.

Book Review: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Kate Lawson | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Lawson

From a series of constantly updated photographs with anecdotes beneath them, posted across his Tumblr and Facebook pages, as well as his official website, HumansOfNewYork - photographer Brandon Stanton is now as familiar to the visual landscape of the place they call "The Big Apple".

Water Found In Stardust, And That Means Life Might Not Be Rare After All

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have found evidence of water in distant stardust, and that might have huge implications for how we think about life. A team at the Unive...

A Friendly Reminder to Everyone About the People Who Serve You Every Day

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

I've processed everything through the till as I was trained to do. I counted the change out twice. It is absolutely unknown to me what this man seems to be having a problem with and yet he decides to stand there, a heaving queue behind him, and mocks me for a further five minutes in a moment that was truly overwhelming. It's only my first day.

The Long and Winding Road, Things I Saw in the Woods Today

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A favourite song of mine and for me the best interpretation of this ultra romantic tune is by George Michael. I used to joke about George being a bit accident prone on my radio show and must say that his ordeals, trials and tribulations in life have added a large dash of pathos to his style of singing.

The Spotlight Hits You

Catriona Weir | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Catriona Weir

I am so scared. I am terrified that I will fail. Those are the two sentences I am afraid to say out loud. I am terrified to admit that I don't think I'm good enough. It is a daunting thought... can I actually do this? I'm I strong enough, am I smart enough; do I have enough guts and get go to go and get my dreams?

'You Don't Know You're Born' and Other Tales of the Hopeless Youth of Today

Kristina Egan | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kristina Egan

The world's a very different and connected place now, the old tried and tested methods from 'the day' aren't going to work for us. Massive changes, like the tech revolution, have happened so quickly in a short space of time that no one knows what the hell is going on or quite how to navigate it safely into the future.

All Around the World, We're All the Same

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

None of us can save another human being. Each of us has a responsibility to save ourselves. No one is to blame when the easiest option becomes the best option. Life is hard. Life is cruel.

Life's a Beach

Leila Monks | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Monks

Life's a Beach. No really it is. Each grain of sand is a moment. Slipping through your fingers - some moments you wish you could hold onto forever.

Student Tabloid Journalism

Hesham Mashhour | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hesham Mashhour

"By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community". So said Oscar Wilde and, thanks to the efforts of The Tab, these words sadly now seem to ring true.

Poorna Bell

What Do The Contents Of A Person's Fridge Say About Them?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Our favourite part in MTV Cribs (come on, we've all been hungover enough to have watched it at least once) is when the Z-lister celebrity opens their ...

What They Don't Tell You About Being a Straight-A Student

Julian Tan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

So if you're in school or at university, don't pursue academic pinnacles for what they are, but rather pursue what they are a product of. You can always learn what is in a textbook tomorrow, but to learn to be hardworking, disciplined, resourceful and persistent requires a longer time and it might be too late to learn these things if you do not learn them as a student. Because there is little use for a straight-A student if all he has are his As.

Enthusiasm: Enough to Land the Job?

Alex Shebar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Shebar

I'm 27 and have started feeling like I know what I'm doing with life (some days). But whatever I've gotten the chance to do, it's because I've been passionate about it. If you're doing something you hate, stop doing it, or find a way to stop hating it.