There are moments in family life when time seems to stand still, and for me, one of those came in the spring of 2013, when my father Tazi revealed to my mother, my brother and myself that he had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. New drugs are now coming through and one of them has made an immense difference to my father's quality of life over the last year... Every moment that abiraterone continues to work is a blessing. It has helped him maintain his professional life and continue doing the things he enjoys - so much so that at times I almost forget he has cancer, let alone one that has spread and is at an advanced stage.
It dwells on me as I stare at the Internet version of myself, I don't want to delete my past entirely... People change. People can be more than one thing. We all deserve 'the right to be forgotten' not to censor our mistakes, so our Google personas don't solely dictate who we are. I guess writing about reinvention is the easy part; it's fighting for it in reality that's the challenge.
Are you someone who hankers after food trends, lovingly, obsessively, happily, slavishly jumping on every bandwagon that comes along and chomping on whatever fashion dictates? Of the many trends we have seen over the last couple of years, high-end burgers and small sharing plates have surely been neck and neck at the head of the race to be uber-foodie.
It can be difficult to describe how invaluable student media to even the most avid newspaper reader. The unique mechanics of each university make it hard for one student to understand how their own publication works, never mind the operations of another.
As IPSO - the press' response to Leveson - opened for business this week, newspapers may be wondering whether they will be able to convince the public that it is not just a replica of its discredited predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission. No doubt IPSO will receive praise from newspapers themselves - at least initially. But will this be enough to paper over its shortcomings? Based on the public's response to the coverage of the Leveson Report and its implementation by the national press, the answer is no. It is highly unlikely that positive newspaper coverage will ever convince the public that IPSO is independent or effective.
In order to fight ISIL on the scale that is required, a coalition is needed between the West and their allies, a task that one would hope is being drafted behind the scenes at the NATO summit as we speak...
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on our battle against Isis, David Cameron's birthday wish and Tony Blair's latest award? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
Whilst we do, of course, encourage a few men to celebrate tonight's brilliant winners (Ronnie Wood and Marc Newson, we'll see you later), it's no surprise that Red's 200-strong guest list tonight is dominated by a rollcall of awesome women.
It was evident that this photo was meant to be art (whatever that means). And the fact that it was shot by one of the world's leading photographers is meant to reinforce that claim. But while it is a powerful and strong image, it also shows that this image isn't 'feminist' as Claire Cohen, writing for the Telegraph, says, or a 'victory for small breasted women'.
Leaked. Over and over, the same phrase is being employed. The photographs were leaked... Did the photos of these women suddenly find themselves on the internet in an unfortunate accident, brought about through the laws of physics and a defective containment system? Or was there something else at work here?
The press has a role to play in scandals of this type. We need them to highlight this kind of horror and help us try to understand how such sickening events can continue for so very long unhindered. But we need them to do it responsibly. Deciding that one person is to blame for a situation which has been going on for decades - and is probably going on in other areas of the country too - does them no credit.
The purpose of this relentless negativity and the tarring of the whole YES campaign is to counter the ever-growing and ever-positive pro-independence movement. The YES campaign is only able to counter the media's negative narrative due to the power of social media and hard, hard work at a grassroots level.
I had been pondering how the media - and the BBC in particular - treat Christianity both in this country and worldwide and shortly afterwards a slightly bizarre question came to me: How would the devil use the media to undermine the Christian faith?
The advert was no doubt tested and retested; focus groups will have informed the script, as will weeks of research. The woman's manner, the colour of her clothes, the type of kitchen; all will have been carefully thought through and analysed. But the execution is dire...
Our trip ended with dinner on the steps of some backstreet in beautiful Venetian Corfu town. I tried the moussaka again. A near-triumph this time, all that hanging around deepening the flavour. It was only just warm enough and of course the chips were cold.
During the miserly search for a journo job I held down a nannying job as well as poking my way through different freelance gigs. I didn't get it. I was freelancing, actively applying my training and doing it but I didn't manage to get an actual in-house job. Freelance is a schizophrenic lifestyle, symptomatic of a range of highs and gutter lows.