Stigma Remains as Sierra Leone Begins Road To Recovery

Larissa Schneider | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Larissa Schneider

"Our challenge was really to educate the communities when it comes to hygiene practices, to help prevent further spread of Ebola", says Bob. "I think it was a real eye-opener for everybody involved.

For the Love of Family Across the Many Miles

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

My sister was officially in labour. It was a little surreal since I just rolled over and continued to snooze, conscious of the pain she was about to endure and the chaotic hub of emotion about to let fly, but geographically and mentally I couldn't have felt further away. Winnipeg, CA - 3,630 miles away from Dublin city.

Will Children Really Ditch the iPad for Chess?

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

How many times do we see parents look over at their kids with heads down on devices and hear them say, with both relief and guilt, "what did we do before iPads?". The tablet obsession may have had its day though according to recent reports.

A Shade More Successful

Jonathan Lea | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Sport
Jonathan Lea

Here's a question. You're going to an interview, or perhaps having to address some very important people with your ideas and views; what colour do you wear? What colour of clothing will subconsciously command more respect for you? Well, it's probably going to be blue.

Reflections on a Trinity of Referenda

David Browne | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

With the 'Trinity of Referenda' now over in Oxford, it is worth considering what the two campaigns, and the results, ultimately showed about the Oxford student politics.

Why We Should Save Subfusc in Oxford

David Browne | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The idea that this is simply making subfusc optional rather than a de facto abolition is to miss the point somewhat.

Three Scottish Traditions for New Year

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

As 2014 draws to an end, all eyes are on how to see off the old year and bring in 2015 with plenty of cheer...

How Do Japanese Celebrate Holidays?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

How do Japanese celebrate holidays? New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan.Since 1873 Japanese have been celebrating New Year according to the Gregorian calendar on January 1 of each year, although some parts of Japan, such as Okinawa, still celebrate it according to the Chinese calendar.

Better a Christmas Tree Than a St George's Cross

Jemma Wayne | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Jemma Wayne

Politicians do a disservice to the public to pretend otherwise. It is possible to celebrate difference while encouraging cohesion, but that is not by - out of fear or misplaced respect - ignoring the symbols that divide. It is possible to laud tolerance while criticizing those (flag-wavers?) who undermine it.

Nine Ways to Drink Like a Cuban

BarChick | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to cocktails the Cubans have been doing it right for years; The Mojito, The Daiquiri and The Cuba Libre each originated here, the hailed home of rum. Cuban bartenders were once hands-down the most celebrated in the world and their influence stretched far and wide. Feeling nostalgic? No need, Cuba's drinking culture lives on and it's just a cool as when it began.

Ireland's Gay Matchmaking Festival: The Outing, Lisdoonvarna, October 3-6

Peter McGuire | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter McGuire

The word "tradition" is so often misunderstood to mean the dragging heels of a conservative past, whereas modern traditions actually include our calendar customs such as Halloween and April Fools, our music and dance, our games and sports, almost all the foods we eat, the stories we tell, and so much more.

Cooking for President Obama Was Food for Thought

Chef Damian Trejo | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chef Damian Trejo

Obviously, security needs to be impossibly high, when food and the world's most powerful man are concerned. There are even rumours of the White House's Chef Andrew being Obama's official food taster at public dinners, although I didn't see evidence of this when cooking for him.

Breaking Away From Expectations

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Our society is built around expectations. Expectations as to how we look, how we behave, the type of job we should have, the type of person we should marry, the trajectory our life should take. Often these aren't even conscience thoughts about a person, just things we naturally assume to be the case. But why?

Blurred Lines

Martyn Stewart | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Stewart

In a nutshell, it seemed to me that the women wanted to live a traditional life but have unrestricted leeway enabling them to be independent whenever or wherever they decide, regardless of any prior situation, circumstances or statements to the contrary.

Don't Be Afraid of Change: Don't Fix It If It's Not Broken!

Kamran Assadi | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamran Assadi

Change is a common process that happens throughout all our lives. It's necessary and important - it has to happen, regardless of what we think. Sometimes, we have no say on what changes and how it does that. It's easier to accept it and change with it.

Six Overrated British Christmas Traditions

Caterina Soave | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caterina Soave

As Christmas 2013 draws to a close, it must be said that I have plenty to be thankful for: my family are in fine health, I am generally happy, plus I got One Direction's calendar for the upcoming year. However, as the inevitable Christmas Day argument ensued, I began to ponder other annual occurrences that most families experience specifically during the festive season...

A Genealogy Must: Carrying on Your Family Traditions

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Even though our children and grandchildren are all over a thousand miles away, their special gifts went winging their way to them so they all could celebrate St. Nicholas Day in style...and I am happy to report that there was no need for us to buy any coal!

Why Aren't You Married Yet?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Why has my marital status become a kind of illness for which everyone either feels sympathy or annoyance because of the impression that I am not taking responsibility for my life?

A Weird History of Xmas, Part III - Bizarre British Traditions!

Greg Jenner | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home
Greg Jenner

In the 17th Century, the Christmas Mince Pies (yes, more meat...) were famous for having a little baby Jesus on the crust, which sounds rather nice, but was a horrifying act of blasphemous cannibalism in the eyes of Oliver Cromwell. It should be said, Olly was not a miserabilist most of the time, but he did feel Christmas was meant to be a period of holy reverence. Accordingly, he did away with it all, and even ordered the confiscation of Christmas dinners from people's tables. Strangely, attending church was also prohibited on Jesus' birthday, which seems a bit weird, even by his standards.

A Spanish Addition to the Nativity

Giulia Zecchini | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Giulia Zecchini

So if you feel like adding a humoristic touch to your Christmas nativity, look no further than the Spanish Christmas markets, from Plaza Mayor to the Royal Palace, you will find a Cagador in every stall!

Look to the Future But Never Forget to Remember the Past

Ana Tzarev | Posted 12.01.2013 | Home
Ana Tzarev

This month, Europe remembers its fallen soldiers lost during a century and a half of terrible conflict. Not long ago, the millions who watched the remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph in London saw for the last time veterans of the First World War, their numbers dwindling and faces receding into history

Bride Napping: Romanian Wedding Day Tradition Takes Off (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

While British brides and grooms are tested by their friends on their Hen and Stag night, Romanian wedding guests prefer to wait until the couple has t...

It's Time to Slay St George's Day

Greg Jenner | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK
Greg Jenner

Hi, my name's Greg, and I'm embarrassed to be English... Now, before you say anything, it's not just because of Piers Morgan. Alas, Britain is a union under threat, and if Scotland withdraws in 2014 then that union will likely collapse. Under such circumstances, I will be forced to call myself English. This will cause me acute concern, partially because Americans will confuse me Hugh Grant, but mostly because of this... I am ashamed of the St George's Cross flag. I'll pause there, so you can fetch the kindling for my pyre...

Elves and Other Folk

Viki Imrie | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Viki Imrie

Some important things to remember when visiting Iceland: never throw a stone in case you hit an elf, don't knit on the doorstep or you might lengthen the winter and don't be seduced by a small man trying to teach you magic.