UK Recovery

Working For Yourself? The Recession May Have Hit You Hardest

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Self-employed Britons have been worst hit by the recession, as their income has fallen by £2,000 on average, according to analysis published by Labou...

How Often Do You Use the 'C' Word?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Those changes will empower you. Those words will put you back in control of your life. There isn't a nameless "something" out there trying to keep you from being able to do something; it's right there inside yourself in that horrible little "C" word. Only you can make it disappear and put yourself back in the driver's seat.

Scottish Investment Giant Still Has Major Issues With Independence

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics

Standard Life has said it is still in the dark over "material issues" surrounding Scottish independence - six months after issuing a plea for further ...

Are Ya Bad? Or Are Ya Bad Bad?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby pointed out once that there may be people reading this who are trying to understand what someone who is depressed is going through, why they are acting the way they are, and I hope I've been able to give you some insight into that. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, this is how it manifests.

Asa Bennett

Mission Accomplished? 11 Problems Osborne Would Prefer You Ignored

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has thanked the "hard work of the British people" as official figures out today showed that Britain's economy has fully recovered from ...

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

Is There Only One Road to Recovery?

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

After reading about Robin Williams re admitting himself to rehab I was reminded of the journey I have taken as a recovering crack cocaine addict.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Asking for Help IS Okay

Maria Senise | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

The other day, I showed my middle school students in my Girls' Lifestyle Camp a few clips from the show So You Think You Can Dance. I thought it was important for the girls to see these dancers who followed their passions and dreams through hard work and dedication despite the obstacles and difficulties.

Taking Fear by the Hand

Emma Campbell | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

It's really not a walk in the park, this recovery business. It's cartwheels one minute and free falling back down to earth the next. So, what do I do with comments like that? How do I file them away so that I can sleep at night? I keep busy.

Should I Get Sober Online?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There is nothing scarier or more liberating than people typing out verbatim everything we have ever felt about our drinking. Even the stuff we won't say out loud. Especially the stuff we don't say out loud. Because if we didn't say it then how do they know?

Why a Nutritionist Is NOT the Answer to Orthorexia Nervosa

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

As I respect the passion and dedication most nutritionists have for their work, there are also those who are doing it because it is a tool to make a living from their own Orthorexia. The irony is that once you are free from Orthorexia, the Orthorexic nutritionists are easy to spot.

Ukip Depresses Me, Says Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has aimed a vicious attack at Ukip, branding the party "deeply pessimistic, depressing [and] anti-business". The Chancellor will lau...

Why Do Children Drink More in the North East?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Kids are bored. Drinking is cheap. Cheaper than anything else on offer around them leisure-wise by far. And it's sad. Because it wouldn't cost the earth. If kids want to knock about a coffee shop of an evening in London then they can. Because they are open past six o'clock. Why can't we do that for our young people in the North East?

Love Does Not Conquer All

Liberty Forrest | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I've been down the aisle more times than I care to consider, and I've got an equal number of divorce papers. So who the hell am I to talk about relationships? Well, I'm happy to say I've learned an awful lot about the truth of them, both good and not-so-good, and how they impact our lives and decisions.

Richest 1% Doing Best Out Of Osborne's Recovery

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics

The richest 1% have been the biggest winners out of the UK's economic recovery that has so far come about under George Osborne's chancellorship, accor...

Recession May Be Over - Here's 9 Awkward Facts Osborne Would Prefer You Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to get a massive political boost as new figures suggest that the economy is nearly back to where it was in 2008, showing a full ...

This Idiots Guide to Asking for Help in Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Fully functioning body. Getting to paid to be on the telly. Wearing pretty dresses. Living hundreds of miles from where all the poorliness took place. Yes I was definitely back to my old self. I was definitely fine now. Except my dad seemed to disagree.

There's Another Kind of Death and Resurrection That Has Nothing to Do With Religion

Liberty Forrest | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Liberty Forrest

I know because I've done it. I've resurrected myself from some pretty horrific situations. Re-invented myself many times. Started fresh. Changed so much about myself and my life, I find it difficult to recognise who I used to be.

Here's How Long It'll Take For You To 'Really Feel' The Recovery (GRAPH)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has admitted that it would "take time" for Britons to "really feel" the economic recovery as the improving state of the economy graduall...

The Birthday Wall of Grief

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Did you know about the wall of grief? The wall of grief is weird. It's a part of recovery no one talks about because it really is so odd. In recovery grief is an absolute f*cker. Basically for every bit of big, significant progress made, grief sits just around the corner, waiting.

Er, George, How Are You Going To Pay For That £5bn In Budget Giveaways?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne pledged nearly £5 billion in tax giveaways in his Budget without specifying how exactly he will pay for it, an influential economic th...

Can We All Stop Whining Like B*tches About the Difference Between Recovering and Recovered?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There are few thing that make me want to swallow my own face with boredom more than the ridiculous, totally unnecessary, inane whining that goes on in recovery circles between those who describe themselves as a 'recovering' alcoholic, and those who call themselves 'recovered'.

Size Does Matter in Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Width in sobriety is new friends, fresh places, activities and perspectives. People who are very newly sober but have worked this out will not drink again. There a direct correlation between people who embrace a full sober life, (and this concept of width) and successful sobriety.

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Kat Pugh | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Ever since I developed an eating disorder I have been haunted by the start of term or Lent or any of these times as opportunities to start a new leaf and remove from lifestyle any unhealthy bingeing that had been dominating life. Yes, the anorexia was utilising this as an opportunity to persevere into dangerous territory.