UK Society

Inclusion Comes From Within

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have always had a more individualistic view of inclusion. By this, I mean I believe only I can decide if I wish to be included into society. I always had a naivety to what I could and could not do, and I can honestly say that I have always found a way of doing anything that I put my mind to doing.

A Defence for our Television Addiction

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Greenhalgh

The door creaks open and you emerge, still grasping the duvet that you have failed to part from for days. It's stained, ridden with crumbs and stinks like stale beer. With your square eyed comrades following cautiously behind you, your eyes strain to adjust to the new world.

Do People Really Have a Right Not to Experience Stress?

Simon Stevens | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

What I mean is I believe that some people assume it is the responsibility of the government and other bodies to eliminate factors in people's lives that cause them stress, where stress can be seen as the emotional and often physical effects of difficult situations.

Putting the Sanctuary Back Into the Quiet Carriage

Chris Owen | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Owen

Yes, I'm speaking out in public - although mainly because I'm too chicken to turn to my side and actually tell the three hipsters on my right to shut up, and enquiring whether they think the 'quiet please' signs have a hidden clause stating "unless you're wearing a beanie and trousers which finish mid-shin".

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Generation

Beth Britton | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Children often notice more than adults give them credit for. If a relative is living with dementia, there may be a need to explain to a child about particular symptoms or why that person can no longer do something that they used to do.

Ofsted Criticism Shows Growing Importance of Anti-Radicalisation Provision for Our Young People

Charlie Rigby | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Ofsted has received criticism from two committees of MPs this week, who have slammed its failure to highlight the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal and the 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham schools, after allegations of attempted takeovers by individuals looking to impose a view of radical Islam on the students.

Is It Right to Estrange Yourself From a Family Member?

Becca Bland | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

The hard reality is that for the many people who do the walking away, breaking out and living alone is often safer than the culture of abuse that came before it. Exposure to an antagonistic or rejecting 'close' relationship has a negative impact on physical and mental wellbeing, which is a fact that has been well researched and documented.

How To Make Friends With The Opposition

Jasmine Irving | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

Whilst I can spend a lot of my life being serious and campaigning for what I believe in with unfaltering conviction, I can also spend a couple of weeks or months with the people who I guess technically I campaign against and actually make friends with them.

The New Cambrian Explosion

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

Within the Coral Reef, a number of pioneers are already spearheading the growth of platform-driven ecosystems, as seen with cloud technology, indicating the way to a new model of large-scale, cross-boundary innovation.

What Will Driverless Cars Do to Our Society?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech
Eleanor Moss

Whilst Volvo envisions us all owning our own car, just like we do now, Google and other companies envision using driverless vehicles as a form of public transport, using Uber-like technology to hail a vehicle directly to our location.

Incidents Like the Paris Metro Are Shocking, but Casual Racism Is Alive and Kicking

Becky Read | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Becky Read

I appreciate the use of 'black' as a descriptive term in some circumstances, for example if you were trying to point out my boyfriend in a room full of Chinese people. I don't appreciate it when used in the context of explaining why people might be more afraid of him than someone who was just big.

Awkward? Let's End It Now!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I found the statistics really shocking, but mostly as they seem to be totally opposite to my own experience. I was born disabled, and became a wheelchair user at the age of fifteen, yet I can honestly say I have never had any trouble making friends, being invited to social situations or finding love.

Should We Be Seeing Fewer Disturbing Images of Conflict?

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Ben Greenhalgh

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to untangle the motivation behind the broadcasting and sharing of such extreme violence. Is it to shake us free from western complacency? Or, is it simply to be the first to have something to say at the local bar among the Facebook-ers and Tweeters championing fashionable global concerns?

Why Stay-At-Home Dads Need Companionship and Not 'Fathers For Justice'

David Ready | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Dads often suffer a crisis of masculinity, particularly stay-at-home dads who rely on their partner as the breadwinner, finding themselves reluctant to ask for money from the partner, which goes against their natural instinct as a male, to be able to provide, to be self-sufficient and a role model to their child.

Being Black and Brown in Britain

Joshua Virasami | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Racism, the point where power meets prejudice, is something we shy away from discussing in Britain, but it is a lived reality for millions on a day-to-day basis, a one-way stream of continued offense on varying scales.

There Is A Future For Religion In A Tolerant, Open Society

Esther Hayden | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Esther Hayden

Tolerance or diversity is not something that can be learnt through school textbooks, social media posts or the media, it should be something that people are actively seeking knowledge about if they want a just society.

London Is a Melting Pot of Cultures, We Should Keep it This Way

David Ready | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

To be British is to be multicultural and accept inclusion within British society. Furthermore, stronger leadership is needed within communities to undermine extremism and promote change and integration into the wider London community.

Safer, Greener, Faster, Cheaper: A Daft Punk Perspective on the Future of Mobility

Jack R. Miles | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Jack R. Miles

We are now arguably at the dawn of the next big moment in the history of mobility, driven by several factors. But what do these factors mean for the future of consumer mobility?

Herself.com

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Feminism has risen to the forefront of many people's minds this year, in no small part thanks to Emma Watson's inspiring UN speech. But one of my favourite things to appear recently is Caitlin Stasey's new website, herself.com.

British Young Men Face a Dim Future If We Don't Change Our Society

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Mazzei

By excluding and ignoring young men, we are damaging our society as a whole. We should be moving towards a more equal society and not obsessed with the past. It is about time we move past gender and begin to look at people for who they are. Until women are willing to do this as equally as men should, there will always be an imbalance which damages our society.

Life at 75

Beth Britton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Mum has recently celebrated her 75th birthday, and while many writers often fail to put the voice of older people at the forefront of their writing, I wanted to go some way to redressing that balance by finding out directly from my mum what life is really like at 75.

Sea Changers - Can Literature Change the World?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

On a cold November night I fought my way through the twisting lanes of Brighton to the Fisherman's Vestry, part of the beautiful St Paul's Church, to take part in an intimate literary event which aimed to explore the connections between creative writing and campaigning.

The Darker Side of Success

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rafael Euba

There is nothing wrong with having "a dream", of course. The incentive of a final goal may help us focus and cope with some of the trials that life throws at us. But the narrative of life is often fractured and essentially unpredictable, so living with the only purpose of arriving in a particular predesigned place is a bad strategy.

Please Stop Framing Disability as Just a Welfare Issue

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I am tired of reading how outrageous it is that a person with this or that impairment label is found 'fit for work', especially when it is often someone with a lesser level of impairment, that casts a dark shadow of how society perceives the ability of people with higher support needs.

The New Narcissists!

Judith Owen | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Judith Owen

Is it me, or are we in the Western World, becoming the New Narcissists? I'm not referring to some 80s pop movement here, and by 'we' I mean me, and all the me's who see our smartphones as our BFF's and think nothing of bringing our tawdry private lives into public places.