UK Recovery

In One Speech, Ed Miliband Has Done More for Small Business Than This Government Has in Three Years

Simon Danczuk | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

Labour understands that the people who go out and work long, hard hours to build up a business and create wealth and value to communities are not simply Treasury cash cows. They need help and support. The Tories have long forgotten this.

Orthorexia Nervosa in Recovery: It's Time to Talk

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There's something really wrong with me, isn't there? It's not normal to live like this, is it? Words I'd been too afraid to speak, a kaleidoscope of thoughts that had been free-wheeling around my head formless for so long-now clicking into place with frightening clarity.

Dream Your Way to Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Don't let anyone laugh at your dreams. Or let them tell you they can't become a reality. Sick or well. People used to laugh at me all the time, which is fine, some of my dreams seemed fairly ridiculous.

Carney's Forward Guidance Falling on Deaf Ears So Far

Jeremy Cook | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

The issue that I've raised the most in the past year or so is not inflation, but the difference between inflation and wage settlements. Especially with the decrease in the savings ratio of late, as people attempt to keep their lifestyle going by raiding savings pots, price increases and their relation to wages are key to the survival of the recovery. Without one, we cannot have the other.

Quarterly Inflation Report Will Be the Litmus Test for UK's Fledgling Economic Recovery

Jeremy Cook | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Next week is a big week for the new Governor of the Bank of England, and the UK economy as a whole. Wednesday at 09.30 will see Carney take the stage, the pound take a dive and the nation will hold its breath. By the end of Carney's first Quarterly Inflation Report we should have a much better idea of what we can expect next.

‘Osborne's Jobless Recovery'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Politics

Unemployment risks remaining stubbornly at around 2.5 million people over the next few years, leading economists have warned. Forecasters predicte...

From Despair to Hair: The Hidden Link Between Emotional Abuse and Home Beauty Remedies

Bidisha | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bidisha

The thing that makes me sad is the despair and fear I see in my own eyes and body language. Sometimes I think I look exactly like what I am: a 35 year old woman who did not survive an abusive relationship. The thought of being found sexually attractive fills me with horror and the sheer terror that I might be set up to be knocked down again.

Latest Sales Numbers Confirm That UK Is Very Much a Nation of Shoppers, Rather Than Shopkeepers

Jeremy Cook | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

This week's sales numbers showed a slight increase in retail sales and did well to improve on the 2.1% increase made in May. Notes and noises from the retail sector have been encouraging of late. Data from the British Retail Consortium has begun to shown an increase in sales volumes, whilst consumer confidence has moved to the highest level since October 2010.

Who is the Addict? Part Two

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage. This time, I wish the address the second question - a far more difficult question than the first.

Wedding Season - A Sober Affair?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

A wedding can be many things depending on whereabouts you are on the sliding scale of alcohol abuse-to-alcoholism. If you're abusing it to the point people haven't really picked up on yet, then it's a great excuse to drink in a dysfunctional way with people who don't have alcohol problems... If you're at the stage where you suspect you have a problem and everyone around you shares that suspicion, then its stressful.

Carney Will Be Hoping His 'Lucky Streak' Continues

Jeremy Cook | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Monday saw the highest reading for the UK manufacturing PMI in two years, and it was the 3rd consecutive time that the sector had beat analyst's expectations. The crucial new orders component that tends to suggest whether demand will be continual, as opposed to stop/start, also rose to the highest level since February 2011.

What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

So I use the term 'addict' to describe a certain type of person. Many object to this designation. For one, there is stigma attached to it. Practically everyone you know has been carried away at some point by some poison - exercise, love, sex, gambling, tobacco, coffee, food, booze, dope, work - some object that everyone is (or has been) an addict. Hence, according to some, the label is meaningless.

Improving Labour Market Gives UK Recovery Real Momentum

Jeremy Cook | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Today's unemployment numbers are not strong enough to definitely say the recovery is well on its way, but the figures are encouraging.

The Mythical 'Rock Bottom' of Alcoholism

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When did you hit "rock bottom"? Tell me your "rock bottom" story. There is not a chance you've made it through even the first tentative steps of recovery from alcoholism without hearing both of these sentences. Which is a real shame given what a pile of sh*t they both are.

NHS and Government Have No Policy on Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Health Department and NHS have no policy about the ever increasing alcohol epidemic beyond repeating "something must be done" and making sure that nothing gets in the way of the drinks companies maximising their profits.

Women More Prone to Mental Health Problems Than Men

Reno Charlton | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Reno Charlton

Psychological disorders are between 20 and 40 percent more common in women, who are under increasing pressure to look after the family, keep the house in order, and go out and earn an income.

Alcoholic Children: Britain's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We have created a nation of children who have grown up around massive alcohol consumption. Huge. For at least the past eight years social networking has made it irrelevant whether it takes place in their own home or not. Everyone has a platform to share learned behaviour with susceptible peers.

Breaking the Kafkaesque Cycle of Addiction

Will Self | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Will Self

You don't need to have suffered from addictive illness (although it undoubtedly helps) to understand that abstinence-based recovery is the only method that really works - in the sense of bringing the individual completely face-to-face with the underlying psychological problems that cause him or her to use drugs and alcohol in the first place. Nor do you need to be an addict (although, once again, in indisputably helps), to know that the current Kafkaesque condition of our prisons is a direct result of addiction treatments that are really nothing of the sort.

Make Sobriety Your B*tch

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Making sobriety your b*tch means you get to be in charge. No, you do not drink. No, you do not think about it. Do not entertain it as option. Your body is not going to go renegade and pour itself a drink. Become obsessed with sobriety. Why is it such a strange suggestion?

Class A Myth-Making

Seth Freedman | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK
Seth Freedman

Despite using cocaine every night for the final three of my six years working in the City, I only once traded high - and, after an horrific eight hours getting increasingly jumpy and disconcerted, quickly learned never to do it again.

Gold - A Safe Haven From Collapse, But Not Much Else

Jeremy Cook | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Gold offers no yield. There is no reward for holding it other than the smug feeling that you are protected from any potential economic Armageddon that's on the horizon. If you believe that's on the cards, then go right ahead and back up the truck and load up on the yellow metal until you're heart's content. Otherwise, you're best to leave it well alone.

UK Should be Aware of 'Lost Decades' in Japan and Find a New Plan for Growth

Jeremy Cook | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

I wrote a global outlook piece at the end of last year, where I tipped 2013 to be "the year of the slow grind". Following today's latest set of economic predictions, it seems that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is coming round to that way of thinking.

Don't Admit You Have a Drinking Problem

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We've got it all backwards. Horribly backwards. And its killing us. This awful catch 22 situation. If we wait to admit and accept we have a drinking problem in our society? We are waiting for end-stage alcoholism. Or alcoholic Alzheimer's. Or being arrested. Or being injured horribly.

Creating Hope Out of Your Depression

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

When I told people I was going to go around the country and talk to dozens of people about their depression, the common response was "Oh, that sounds really depressing." But it was actually the opposite. The remarkable courage and creativity that people - dealing with depression and striving to get better - demonstrated, showed me the human spirit at its best.

The Problem With Pretty-Girl Alcoholics

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Nobody likes a pretty-girl drunk. That's a deal-breaker right here. A pretty-girl who is a little bit tipsy? Cute. A pretty-girl a little unsteady on her feet? A bit giggly? Charming. But a pretty-girl who is a messy, sloppy, belligerent drunk receives twice the vitriol reserved for even the most unsavoury of drunken characters. It offends us, seeing this pretty girl displaying her internal ugliness for all to see. It's like taking a shop window display and covering it in garbage. Nobody wants to see that. Keep your window displays clean and bright.