UK Recovery

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.

Following Your Heart Is the Only Right Path

Liberty Forrest | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

What is it you really want to do? Push away any thought that has anything to do with what someone else needs, wants or expects from you and look only at your desire. Just allow yourself that, at least. Shove away the 'shoulds', and most of all ignore the fear. Just look at what you really want and enjoy how delicious it feels to immerse yourself in it.

Why Kick It Out Is My Valentine

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

In the year or so that I've been an Ambassador for Kick it Out I've seen them reach out to people of all ages, from incredibly challenging socio-economic backgrounds. I've seen them give hope.

George Osborne's Narrative of Recovery: Just Another By-Product in the Manufacture of Consent

Daniel Woods | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Woods

After figures showed the UK economy returning to growth, a recalcitrant was quick to presume vindication of his economic strategy, and he hasn't looked back since. Osborne is emboldened to the extent, that he opines all doubts over his approach have been conclusively proved wrong.

My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Alcoholism is not something any of us would choose to deliberately, consciously pursue as a lifestyle. But whether we persuade ourselves into it, or are hooked from day one, the fact remains that it is still behaviour. Not affliction.

Vince Rains On George's Parade In Gloomy Economic Recovery Warning

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has broken ranks to warn George Osborne that Britain's economic recovery could prove "short-lived", despite new figures showing that Brita...

Osborne Gets Some Great Economic News

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has received a massive boost this week as the International Monetary Fund sharply upgraded its growth forecast for the UK. As expec...

Divorce Recovery Time and Why You Can't Cheat the Clock

Maria Chiorando | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Chiorando

The worst thing is the backsliding. It happens, and you just have to accept it. This is apparently one of the things that hits a lot of people the hardest: you're chugging along doing fine, and then it kicks you in the guts, as visceral as it is emotional. It's a cruel intrusion into your belief that you were doing well, and stirs up all kind of worries...

UK To Replace Germany As Europe's Top Economy By 2030

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.12.2013 | UK

Britain will leapfrog Germany and France to be Europe's top economy within two decades, according to a new report. The think tank Centre for Econom...

UK Economy To Fully Recover Next Year (Finally!)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain is finally set to leave behind the economic downturn next year as its economy soars past its pre-recession peak, the British Chambers of Comme...

Your Pay Won't Be Back To Normal For Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Politics

Annual wage rises will not return to their historic norm of around 2% for a couple of years, the head of the UK's official fiscal watchdog has told MP...

Recovery? Numbers You Won't Hear The Chancellor Mention

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics

The chancellor George Osborne will rise to the despatch box after 11am on Thursday to present his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons - and to th...

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

Bulgarians at the Gates

Boyan S. Benev | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Boyan S. Benev

Our absolute focus must be on nurturing and fuelling this recovery based on lessons learnt from the past. Any distraction from a laser-sharp focus on recovery is at best a set-back and at worst a threat to sustaining the momentum necessary to get us, and keep us, out of danger.

Why Alcohol Awareness Week Does More Harm Than Good

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The people of the North East do not need Alcohol Awareness. Or drinking statistics. Or minimum unit pricing. Or weaker alcohol strengths. We do not need a gaggle of experts to discuss what is best for us. We do not need yet more segregation. To be told alcoholism is a disease, a mental illness.

Economic Recovery That Suits Some and Ignores the Rest

Phil Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

There is little doubt in my mind that the stronger economic news shows the economy is on the move but its current trajectory is to a recovery that suits some and ignores the rest...

The Recovery Delusion

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

The numbers that proclaim recovery are of course GDP: that profoundly irrational statistic that sees more growth in disaster relief than disaster prevention, that grows with war and floods but never measures educational attainment or physical health. With a data point that skewed, it's no wonder our current bad news is trumpeted as good news.