This week is the big return to work, and I'm wondering what sort of a holiday my students have had. The meal we treated them to at Nando's just before Christmas was probably as good as it got for some of them.
Having lived in Claremont, California for four months now, I find it easy to be "stuck" in our comfortable "Claremont bubble", whose tranquil cafés, ...
The New Year always brings, amongst other things, the New Years Honours List. Most of these are great - amazing figures in local communities doing amazing things, or long-suffering civil servants and high-flying diplomats being rewarded for something about 'British interests'.
I don't tend to talk about my own self-esteem issues often, if at all. I don't know if I'm the best person to give advice about it but I had this idea and I thought maybe if I could help one person, it would be worth it. Let's get started with things not to say.
New Years is a time for fresh starts and resolutions - the time of year where we all decide to try and change ourselves just a little bit for the better. Out with the old, in with the new so they say...
I haven't thought about my resolutions for the coming year yet, but I'm sure they'll be deliciously cliched and sickening. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and happy new year...
I would gladly stand for hours in the freezing cold at Westminster to protest this ban being
revoked and I'm sure I'm not alone. There is absolutely no place in 2015 for such barbaric
practice! Those who take part in the events should be down-right ashamed of themselves.
Thank you for your early Christmas present to British under 30-years-olds who want to do a Masters degree. Among others issues in your Autumn Statement the news that the Government will provide postgraduate course funding of up to £10,000 to British people from 2016 perked up my ears.
How do you put into words the awesome experience of college, and particularly college in New York? When I first moved to the city, I, along with other nervous freshmen, would tentatively venture out. We would look in awe at the fleets of yellow taxis, crane our necks at the beautiful East Village buildings and admire the outlandish confidence of its residents.
Christmas - It's meant to be about family, sharing and a whole lot of food. It's a time for relaxing, when most of us have a bit of time off work or hopefully a few worry free days. But not for everyone. Specifically I'm talking about high school students; the ones with exams anyway.
Liberals and leftists in the West are right to condemn the bigotry of the majority community, but the fundamentalism of the minority community cannot be spared from criticism. If those identifying as left and liberal fail to criticise the dangerous trends of Islamism, the right will step up for the task. That is a future no one wants and political correctness can do little to fight it.
In WIL Uganda's case, it already has. Speaking about the Leadership programme, local schoolgirl Kyakuware Perina said; "Before the programme I did not know that women are allowed to be equal to men. I have learnt about equality now and I know that this will help me to live my life without fear."
Digital currency Bitcoin is the worst performing major asset class of 2014. At the start of the year one Bitcoin bought 770 US dollars, now a Bitcoin is only worth $330 USD. Even the Russian rouble has performed better: it's only declined forty-five per cent against the dollar, whereas Bitcoin has fallen by near to 60 per cent.
Engineering is a great and rewarding career for women. I have never experienced discrimination during my career, and in fact, many of my most successful colleagues are women.
In their 10 o'clock bulletin, the BBC spent their time asking shoppers how busy it was (very, obviously) and following a family down a packed Oxford Street. If that is what's newsworthy, rather than Britain's social divide and economic progress, we should despair for sections of modern journalism.
Further, science tells us that if we really, really want to be happy, helping another, whether with friendship, a warm coat, a shelter, a meal, or a vaccine can provide us with the greatest surge of happiness of all. So once the Yule log has turned ash, volunteer, donate to a good cause, or go outside and spread seeds to the birds...