UK Society

Why I Got Rid of My Smartphone

Chris Rooney | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Tech
Chris Rooney

I sold my iPhone and purchased a cheap Nokia. I needed to sever my link to the omniscient, omnipresent super robot in the clouds. The Internet is everywhere, and nowhere, a huge swirling mass of voices, looking for attention. I was considering this when I embarked on my first phone-less commute.

Disability History: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Paul M. Davies | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul M. Davies

By recognising that people with disabilities were active in determining their own futures in the past, we can begin to challenge current ideas about people with disabilities which reduce them to being viewed as passive or helpless.

The Bigotry of Our Medieval Society

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Everyone should have the same rights (I'm especially thinking of the marriage laws here), and be allowed to love who they want. In fact, "be allowed" isn't the right term here. No one has to give heterosexuals permission to love, so why do homosexuals need it?

Tweet to Highlight How Film Posters Can Glamourise Guns

John Slinger | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Slinger

If enough people take up the challenge, we might collectively achieve some "crowd-research" which might be useful to those who research the influence of depictions of guns and gun violence. Either way, it might stimulate much-needed debate about the casual normalisation of violence in our society.Whilst we hear much debate about whether gun violence in films or computer games can propel young men or boys (for they are almost always male) to commit mass murder or violence, we rarely hear about the effect of images on film posters.

Time to Get Serious...

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Russell Brand told us it was time for a revolution. And we can see the logic to his reasoning. People are suffering as never before, through no desire or fault of their own. And when the Appeal Court twice in one week have deemed government action illegal - over aspects of the NHS privatisation and on Workfare - it could seem that now is as good a time as any to revolt.

Books for an Autumn of Inspiration

Mark Perryman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Perryman

Looking out across the terrain of mainstream politics, here are some books to provide dreams of a better tomorrow.

Debutantes 2.0

Josa Young | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Josa Young

Borne up on a wave of white frocks and tiaras, the Queen Charlotte Ball has sailed back into town. It was always a bit of a mash-up - there is no continuing tradition from George III holding a birthday ball for his wife Queen Charlotte.

The Hyperreal Resurrection of the New Messiah, Tommy Robinson

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Things have been a little hyperreal of late. It all started three weeks ago with the Damscene conversion of Tommy Robinson and his decision to quit the English Defence League (EDL).

We Must Expect More From Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I think one of my biggest frustrations with society in terms of disability is the naturally low expectations the public has for what disabled people can and indeed should achieve. While everyone talks about the equality of disabled people, the reality is we are perceived as inferior beings.

Lord of the Mums

Steph Weller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Weller

The yummy mummies are out in force and they're here to form a circle with their clique. They hang out where you want to take your child at every group, swimming club and play centre around. Crikey! I'm grateful to be working because if I was a stay-at-home mum my self-esteem just may hit an all-time low.

Students Benefit Us All - It's Time to Recognise That

Mark Allan | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Allan

As Freshers' Weeks get underway across the country, it's all too often a negative picture that's portrayed of young people who seem keener on partying than they are on knuckling down to study. This is a reputation that's outdated and unfair; today's students have so much to offer the country at large and the local communities in which they live.

We Can and Must Do Better Than This: How to Get the Rich to Give More

John Nickson | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
John Nickson

I intended to write a book to promote giving but the donors I spoke to are so engaged with tackling problems and determined to change life for the better, that they have given us a template for living as well as giving. These are people who are not daunted by difficulty and who demonstrate that it is possible to make a difference.

Birmingham Met Wrong to Ban the Veil

Shane Chowen | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shane Chowen

I am shocked by the recent decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to put in place a policy that would ban students, staff and visitors who wear the veil. The college has said this is to ensure a "safe and welcoming" environment - but for who? Although maybe I shouldn't be so shocked. This is not the first time Birmingham Met has found itself in hot water obsessing over what it's staff and students wear.

Welcome to the World of Tomorrow - You Decide

Mik Scarlet | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Recently the press and media have focused on the myriad of issues that are of particular interest and concern to disabled people in the UK.

A Community Worth Living in

Beth Britton | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Welcome to a dementia friendly community. You may well be thinking, "How does this benefit me? I don't have dementia, I don't know anyone with dementia, why do I need to contribute to living in a dementia friendly community?" Stop right there, because dementia friendly communities benefit everyone.

Random Act of Kindness

Josefa Pete | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josefa Pete

Like ferocious seagulls, these women picked at the motives of the business woman, deplored her actions and rolled their eyes at her character. Within minutes they tore down any integrity and compassion that this random act of kindness may have had. I was speechless and now had completely lost my appetite.

Is Your Dopamine in the Driving Seat?

Beth Burgess | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

A brain chemical called dopamine may be responsible for more of your choices than you think. This much-misunderstood neurotransmitter, whose original function was to ensure our survival, has been somewhat hijacked by the modern world, meaning that more of us are likely to fall prey to addiction and other unwanted behaviours.

Why Can't Disabled People Be Positive?

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

We are either heroic paralympians or more likely miserable benefit claimants living a life comparable to being in a Victorian work house. But disabled people are three dimensional characters who have plenty to offer society, plenty of wonderful experiences to enjoy, and can lead amazing lives in a way that is just normal.

The Intellectual Truth About Racism

Grant Feller | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Smart people are just as racist as their less intelligent peers - they're just better at concealing their prejudice, according to a University of Michigan report.

High Stakes Battle for High Street Bookies

Seth Freedman | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK
Seth Freedman

Bookmakers across Britain are joining forces to combat the scourge of problem gambling, or so the script goes at least. The formation of the P3 Group is seen by more cynical observers as just the latest, desperate attempt by the bookies to stave off a growing avalanche of pressure to better police the gambling industry.

See Me, Not My Age

Beth Britton | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

It is perhaps no wonder that I often read comments from younger people vehemently arguing against getting older. They don't want to lose their money, independence, purpose or standard of living, nor do they want to need care or be the recipient of poor care. For all of us who possess youth rather than experience the time to change this culture is now.

Society Should Let People Go About Their Business Without Fear

Danielle Lowe | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The reality is, whatever we are scared of and whatever the solution might be, we shouldn't force ourselves to do it and carry on regardless. Sometimes we need to look for alternatives or a way to discuss our fears and find somebody that is willing to help you resolve them.

The Month of Ramadan and its' Lasting Impact

Shohana Khan | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

Today Muslims live in a society where consciousness of God is predominantly relegated to the private sphere, where religion usually is placed. Making the actions of life, family to work, social interactions to politics; aspects for individuals to decide how best to do, assuming their individual moral quality will drive them to do good.

Politics, Volunteering, Journalism: How Do I Change the World?

Natasha Clark | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
Natasha Clark

A new poll has found that Americans think that the best way to make a positive change in society is through volunteering and charities, not politics, which they see as a 'waste of time' as they cannot get anything done.

The Customer Is Never Right

Chris Godfrey | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Godfrey

Tesco today announced that it would be providing customers who forgo their pleases and thank-yous with double club card points. Not to be outdone Morr...