UK Society

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs The Climate

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Klein's fundamental argument is simple: in order to prevent global warming, we need an ideological shift away from neo-liberalism towards a fairer, greener and more egalitarian form of society

Disablism Amongst Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

There is always going to be disablism among disabled people because new comers will always find it hard to acclimatise to the world of disability, especially when the difference between impairment and disability is not understood.

Alternative Way of Life - The Key to Happiness ?

Marion Bretagne | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marion Bretagne

The farm was composed of a family of three. Dimitri, the father, a charismatic Greek man in his sixties, Kathrin, the mother, a thirty-year old German woman and their six year-old son Theo, born at home without doctors, trilingual since birth and Vegan since... pro-creation.

Cute... But Wrong!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Personality Disorders Unfairly Judged?

Danny Bowman | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Leighton Meesters character becomes obsessed and controlling over Minka Kelly's character and she is described to have a personality disorder. The way it was portrayed many argue was wrong and far from the truth, with it showing further use of stigmatising footage against mental illness.

Owen Jones Conspires Against The Establishment

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Owen Jones uses an impressive amount of official government data to present what some critics have predictably deemed a conspiracy theory. Such an obvious and flattering denunciation only proves what we already know: Jones has the establishment clutching at their golden little straws.

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

Have Some Manners, Please

Sian Elvin | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What kind of world do we live in now that no one bothers to tell another human being to have a nice day? ... Good manners can make someone's day, so let's all just give it a go. I'm sure we'll feel much better about ourselves as a result, and the world will probably be much nicer.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Artificial Womb and the Human Society: When Science Will Create New Grow-Homes for Babies

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

With church and religion being always against any form of interference in the natural course of childbirth, especially using science, it remains to be seen whether the doors will open for Ectogenesis or if they will be sealed shut. In any case, Science has already found its path now.

The Cult of Celebrity

Rae Mullins | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

We have created a culture that, on mass, rejects spiritual belief yet deifies the famous. Our new, modern day religion is the focal point of many people's lives. A whopping 11.7 million people trawl through the celebrity gossip pages of the Mail Online every day!

What's in a Degree?

Emily Perry | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Perry

I find myself on the hunt for a new opportunity. Refreshingly I can share this because, unlike many of my jobseeking counterparts, my current employer is fully supportive of my decision to return to my communications specialism having successfully delivered my three year plan as a generalist.

Why Being a Parent Isn't the Greatest Gift of All

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

Think about some of the films and TV series you watch, the books you read. There's often one lesson we're expected to come away with: children are the greatest gift of all. Work means nothing. Ambition means nothing. As long as you have children, that's all that matters.

Exploring Retirement - The Gap Between Dreams and Reality

Beth Britton | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

In the working population, the word retirement generally conjures up wistful thoughts of long lie-ins, lazy days, unlimited opportunities to pursue hobbies and the chance to finally get around to doing all of the things that you've never quite had time for. Is that really the reality of retirement though, and what can my 30-something generation expect in later life?

What Makes a Fair Society?

Simon Marriott | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Simon Marriott

We must not hand over our future to someone else to look after. It's essential we ourselves are well informed on the question of what a free, tolerant, democratic society might be and are able to change our own lives and communities for the better. The question of what makes a fair society belongs to us all.

Understanding the Yin and Yang of Our Technology-Driven Society

Hamid Habib | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Hamid Habib

It's not inaccurate to say that while British consumers have fallen head-over-heels in love with technology, they also fear what it is doing to them... consumer technologies often create contrary forces between positive and negative; a sort of Yin-Yang in our relationship with them.

The Always-On Generation Isn't So Bad

Lucy Cooper | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Cooper

Connectedness, as the merging and integration of technology, people, global communities, is 'the real world' today... what young generation hasn't had their own paradigm shift to content with over the years - the sexual revolution, post-war modernism, woman's rights, gay rights, the structure of the workplace, informality, the changing structure of the family unit...

Food and Romance: How Are the Two Connected and What Does It Mean For Our Relationships?

Brett Harding | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Food and sex; sex and food - there's no getting away from the fact that these two basic human needs are intrinsically linked. From Valentine's Day, where advertisers go crazy selling us aphrodisiac chocolates in heart-shaped boxes, to that special first meal where you spend hours preparing for a partner with the promise of what might follow afterwards.

Is Toxic Culture Syndrome Stagnating Social Mobility?

Emily Perry | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Emily Perry

Employers don't just give people a job, they give them the chance to change their life. This is a huge responsibility, just like balancing the books, turning over a profit and succeeding. It's time we recognised this and all did our bit to ensure we don't let the water become toxic.

How Can You Live Without Social Media?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Martyn Stewart

I wouldn't hide behind a tree or a parked car to follow my ex-girlfriends every move? Nor would I invite every person I meet in a nightclub, to view my daughter's baby pictures. I don't stroll casually down the street screaming at the top of my lungs 'Well done me!' in regards to my personal achievements as I have no desire to be considered conceited or narcissistic.

The 'Patronising' Gene

Simon Stevens | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

One of the biggest things disabled people have to endure is patronising people. Whether it's a pat on the head or their assumptions we are stupid and/or harmless, disabled people are often the most susceptible targets for the patronising.

Trend: Image Manipulation or Poor Self-image?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

It has been decades since Photoshop has been around. And, what essentially took ages to 'achieve' with a picture, now takes seconds, all thanks to this genie called photoshop. Image manipulation today has become a norm. It's not just restricted to advertisements or corporates touching-up their product shoots. Like wind and atmosphere, it has now touched every corner of the digital world.

Why Does Society Diagnose You as Terminally Single?

Madison Taylor | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Why is it, that in our community, we feel that being single is a punishment, undesirable; and basically means you're a hideous leper? This is what I tell my mother constantly, as more than once a week she asks if I am seeing someone.

Feeling Lost? You May be Part of Generation Somewhere Else

Clare Fisher | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Fisher

Around the time you graduated, the economy sunk into a depression so moody that it wouldn't roll out of bed to answer your calls - no matter how loudly you flagged up your Qualifications and (unpaid) Experience.