UK Opinion

Random Acts Of Kindness Day, Or Week, Or Whatever...No Thanks

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Muller-Nicholson

Having an allotted window in which we're meant to up our kindness efforts only makes us look at ourselves in a negative light and consider that we're 'not kind enough' already. It might not be said out loud, but it's implied. Surely we don't need another thing to criticise ourselves for?

Why You Need To Be Painting With Your Child

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

That's the key thing about painting. It's learning. The two are inextricably linked, for children especially. Art-based activities help young minds to make sense of the world around them. They explore ideas by making shapes with tools.

Smokescreens And Stagecraft - Boris' Johnson's Latest Political Gaffe

Lorna Acqua | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Lorna Acqua

Theresa May will be left to 'dependably get on with the job at hand' free from considered objections and legitimate concerns to decisions that will affect us all. Our futures are being gambled on with little more than a cursory look and we will have only ourselves to blame if we are left with rubble after the smokescreen clears.

Missing

Viola Helen | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Viola Helen

It took one question on one of those standard, typical Oxford nights out at the sweaty, overly-packed club that is Bridge. One question to make me recognise and acknowledge that this is what is missing in my life. And this is what will always be missing.

The Kardashians Vs The Queen - What Is An Icon?

Rachel Fernie | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Fernie

Being an icon is about breaking boundaries and changing mass perceptions through actions and achievements. Surely it is insulting to scientists and medical pioneers to call Kim Kardashian an icon, when they are inventing, developing and saving lives on a daily basis.

How To Respond To Art You Don't Like

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Art is an essential part of our lives. Every person has their own complex opinions on it. In my experience, learning to react to it in a mature, nuanced way can have a powerful impact on how you interact with the world. Dislike is an underrated, yet crucial part of developing a sophisticated perspective.

Mental Health, A Modern Concern?

Lucy Fisk | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Fisk

So why then do so many of us still seem to be suffering? What is it about the world we live in today that causes so much stress that so many of us are depressed, suffering with anxiety issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders and a number of other issues all involving our mental health.

My £5 Note Problem

Afton McKeith | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Afton McKeith

Due to the outcry against the new British animal fat £5 note, some shops have been refusing the note as tender. Reports show that customers even deny it for change. Perfect Solution: Reprint the new British £5 note with pumpkin seed oil.

Speaking Out: When Did We Lose The Confidence To Raise Our Hands?

Jen Smith | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Jen Smith

When I was first asked to write this blog I went through a number of emotions. They ranged from insecurity (what do I have to say that's important enough?) to self doubt (what if the things I say are wrong?) to fear (what if people disagree with me?)

Melania And Feminism - What It Means for Our Daughters

Prudence Clarke | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Prudence Clarke

What can be done? How can feminism possibly move forward when faced with this new world order? It needs strong women to stand up and speak up. It needs mothers and fathers to tell their daughters that this is not okay...

Why 2016 Is The Year To Teach Kids About Democracy

Claire Quansah | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

So whilst we wait to witness the clear up of the mess that is 2016 and ask ourselves if all this stuff really happened, let's not forget to remind our children, democracy is good and that their one vote is always better than no vote at all.

Why Newspapers Are Wrong To Get Rid Of Photographers

Maz Deo | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Maz Deo

It was a fairly easy job for the chief photographer of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Rowland Hobson was standing in the city centre, taking a pi...

We Need to Talk About Consent

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

Consent is as simple as saying yes or no. It doesn't matter if you are single, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you accept a drink, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you smile at someone, because that doesn't mean yes.

Show Me the Unity - What Next for Hopeful Brits After Brexit?

Ella Kemp | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ella Kemp

I don't want to have to go back to France, however lucky I am told to be to have that option. I don't want to apply for a different passport, I don't want to heckle Leave supporters as they walk the streets. I don't want to hate, I don't want to be divided anymore. I want to understand. I want to understand where the unity is, I want to be shown that this is the right answer. I'm listening. I'm waiting.

To the Young People of Great Britain: I Hereby Tender My Resignation

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

In the last week, a proportion of the young people of Great Britain have demonstrated an intense arrogance and apathy, and have scapegoated the consequences of those actions on to those who are relatively blameless - whose fault was to voice their opinion that was different from ours. I hope that you understand that this is an ideology with which I no longer wish to be associated and that you can respect the difficult decision of my departure. Kind regards.....

A Letter From the Other Side: What It's Like to Be Part of the 48%

Sophie Pope | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

I am proud to be part of the 48.2%. I am proud to stand up for what I believe in, and I'm proud to be part of an age demographic in which the majority voted Remain. I am passionate enough to fight the opinions of those who don't agree with me, and to hope for more than what we have been left with in 2016. I believe in the EU, and I believe we can choose to overcome. This is what it's like in the 48.2%.

A No-Brainer EU Referendum Voting Guide to a British Fashionista

Ieva Zu | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Style
Ieva Zu

Politics, sometimes, may seem not entirely related to fashion, but voting in EU Referendum should be an ultimate 'must' to every British fashionista. As strong supporters of borderless talent exchange and European fashion, Fashion Bloc prepared a simple no-brainer guide helping to decide if you should vote #strongerin or #weakerout (no pressure).

Why Should the UK Remain in the EU?

Georgie Harris | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgie Harris

People aged 18-24 are the only age group who are apparently more likely to vote remain than leave, with 53% of those asked saying they are backing remain. This, sadly, is irrelevant however unless young people actually make it to a polling station and vote. This is our future - we need to make sure our voices aren't drowned out.

Speak Up: Where's the Diversity in the EU Referendum Debate?

Kate Delaney | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Delaney

There's more to the world than Facebook comments of course, but there's also so many voices not being heard too. And if you don't speak out, then you won't get listened too, continuing the cycle of decisions made by and for white men.

Why We Will All Be Happier When the Brexit Vote Is Done

Susanna Halonen | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Susanna Halonen

As we await for the Brexit Poll to take place on 23 June, we are living in a miserable state of uncertainty. That's why when the poll takes place and we'll get the final results, we'll all be happier regardless of the outcome.

The Night Tube

Olivia Jones | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Olivia Jones

I wouldn't like to assume what the Night Tube is going to be like but after once speaking to the ticket inspector on the high speed service from St Pancras International to Strood, I understand that the later the service, the more unpleasant the experience. He nick named that service the Vomit Comet, which I think dangerously glamourises it.

Eliminating Gender Defining Dress Codes in the Workplace

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Vana C. Koutsomitis

Employers should not be imposing dress codes that are sexualised in nature or which force women to wear feminine attire. People should only have a required uniform if it directly relates to their job. For example, a doctor may be required to wear scrubs, or a factory worker could be required to wear certain safety attire.

Female Flatulence - The Biggest Taboo?

Evelyn Rose Worman | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Evelyn Rose Worman

What is it that makes the fairer species cripple at the thought of releasing some intestinal pressure, and that this release may lead to romantic or social repercussions? "It's not that I can't fart in front of him," a friend admits over lunch when I tell her what I plan to write on. "I just know that he finds it unattractive. So I don't."

People's Opinions On Your Mental Health: There's No Need to Hide From the World

Luke Chandley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Chandley

Sometimes coming from a working class background can making opening up quite tough. My mother and father are excellent, but I do feel like in a household that has a focus on the basic amenities in life, mental health may, unfortunately, get swept under the carpet.

The Problems With Trans Exclusionary Feminism

Natasha Barrett | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Of course trans women have a different experience of womanhood to cisgender women, but excluding them from 'women's' spaces is basically denying the entire existence of their identity. How can you properly exist without being acknowledged as a real person for who you actually are?