UK Society

Life at 75

Beth Britton | Posted 27.11.2014 | 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 19.11.2014 | 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 13.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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.

The Greatest Trick of All Time

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Hamdy

Whether it's campaigners receiving death threats, an actress being harassed for hours in New York, mass kidnappings, genital mutilation, unequal pay, or a programmer receiving death threats over a false allegation of attempted media influence, women seem to get a raw deal in life. It's puzzling that there are so many guys out there that still have such a warped view of what it means to be a man.

Becoming an Empowered Care Consumer

Beth Britton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Beth Britton

None of this will come as any great surprise. Following on from the scandals of Mid-Staffs, Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View and others, the public are now largely conditioned to hearing about problems in health and social care services. There arguably remain more good news stories than bad ones, but of course the gravity of bad news travels far further.

Don't Call Me 'Millenial'

Green Futures | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Green Futures

So here we are, the millennial generation. Those that had our first snog, beer, or fag as the world quaked in the shadow of the millennium bug...

Messy Science, and Why Everyone Benefits From Showing the Mess

Anais Rassat | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech
Anais Rassat

If scientists entertain the myth that giant leaps are the everyday happening of science, science funders will expect extraordinary claims in return for funding, and everyone will be disappointed with that game.

What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But 'Posh' Is Starting to Hurt Me

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

In the media recently there has been, as their always is, people brandishing the 'public school' iron, tarnishing those of us who went to public school. The media is turning our education into a negative.

Bailing Out the Food Banks

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Food bank use is rising almost as quickly as executive pay. If something isn't done to correct the worsening structural inequality in the economy, the government may find itself called upon to bail out the food banks and provide basic nutrition to people living in one of the richest nations in the world.

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

Learning About Feminism: My Mum and Laurie Penny

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ioan Marc Jones

My mum seemed to embody what I believed to be the stereotypically oppressed woman. In my youthful naivety, I assumed that nine to five employment was the sole source of female empowerment and that my mum had therefore abandoned any claim to feminism. I told her all this, of course, and she proceeded to correct my assumptions.

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs The Climate

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 26.11.2014 | 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 22.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 16.11.2014 | 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 16.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 01.11.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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 22.10.2014 | 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.