Houses boarded up, a mixture of soggy bits of paper, puke and cigarette butts carpeting the streets, people in all kinds of bad states passed out in shop fronts if they were lucky... That's the sight I was met with when I arrived at the Notting Hill Carnival in the early afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday.
The problem with feminism isn't with the idea itself, but everything that surrounds it. From the misunderstanding of what the term actually means, to the idea that it is only for women. In fact, feminism is a threat to the way things have been for centuries, one which affects the demographic I belong to particularly: the white, straight, middle-class male.
I'd never wanted anything like I wanted to be a writer. I remember spending whole days sitting around and moping about how I'd never be good enough/would never manage it/would never get to be an actual writer. I realise now that this was somewhat pathetic... but it did half lead to some very vague experiences of publishers before the competition.
Very few weeks have the same mythological status as freshers' week. You'll meet your new Best Friends Forever. You'll be out every night. You'll make stories you'll dine out on for years. You'll end up with one eyebrow. You'll have lots of excellent and sexy sex with people you've only just met. It'll be wild. It'll be great. Except that's not what freshers' week is like for most people.
Sexual assault, peer pressure and female objectification are far from humorous. Satire isn't satire when it's kicking down another group. It only creates a bad perspective for incoming students of student life and a bad image of current students, implying this is what everyone's freshers was like and therefore yours should be too.
GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.
With GCSE and A-Level results fresh in the hands of thousands of young people in the UK this week, it's important for students and their parents to be aware of the wide spectrum of available options. University will rightly continue to be a place for generations to continue their education, but it's naive to think of it as a 'one stop shop' for getting onto the career ladder.
Only 17% of graduates feel prepared for their first job. Isn't school about preparing young people for real life? ... Let's promote an education system that encourages young people to grow and assume their personality... Personality versus diplomas: who wins ?
The old myth that young people are apathetic to politics could soon be proved wrong. According to a poll by the National Union of Students (NUS), a total of 73 per cent of students are now registered to vote.
There is support for international students among the general public who both recognise the benefits they bring and believe we should make use of their skills and talent... 'International students should be allowed to stay and work in Britain after graduating from British universities, using their skills for the benefit of our economy, for at least a period of time'.
Picture this, you're out for a long day of shopping with a male companion, be it your partner or just a friend and he decides to go for a haircut. You are greeted with the request to leave 'women aren't allowed' the owner says. Are you in the 1940s? No, guess again, you're in 2014!
With Herring taking to the skies, the Virgin Atlantic flight became the unofficial 300th Fringe venue and the first one at 30,000 feet... The only downside of the experience was the thought that every other flight will never be the same after what felt like the honour of having a comedian come and perform for you in your front room.
We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.
Five months before his airport arrest, Andreas Pierides, a Cypriot student at the University of Southampton's Business School, was photographed by a fellow train passenger reading the Anarchist Cookbook on his kindle...
The scale of Gaza's humanitarian crisis has concerned human rights organisations significantly... Across the world, demonstrators are calling for an end to Israel's offensive and its policy on Gaza. A flourishing percentage of the world's population have concluded that the occupation of Palestine's an ample error and that history must be rectified.
I've been in New Orleans for just under a week and I think it's safe to say that I love it already... Almost everyone here is extremely kind and enthusiastic, for example, an RA (resident assistant) commented that they were "SO PUMPED!" to meet the new students...