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Help! Loom Bands Have Taken Over the World

Carina Maggar | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

Tiny neon-coloured rubber bands; 'looms' are a little girls' ultimate delight. Worn as bracelets, key rings, charms or necklaces they're available in a range of eye-watering neon colours and are like, totally accessible with your outfit of the day.

Prodding the Sleeping Giant- Keeping the Rise of Cycling Rolling

Alec James | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Sport
Alec James

The public's incredible reaction to the Tour de France which finished on Sunday may have surprised some, but its legacy through quality cycling provision in Britain must be a surprise to no-one.

Is the 'Made in Britain' label driving the 'march of the makers'?

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

"I want Britain to be the place international businesses go to, not the place they leave. Let it be heard clearly around the world - from Shanghai to ...

The UN Wants to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030 - Let's Make Sure It's Up to the Task

Ian Richards | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Ending extreme poverty or getting an agreement to reduce climate change means creating complex trade-offs between the interests of countries, companies and citizens and civil society. It involves detailed forecasts, legal texts and new ideas that will galvanise negotiators to agreement. It means putting the UN back in a position of international leadership.

The Costa Concordia Is About To Embark On Its Final Voyage

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK

The rusted remains of the Costa Concordia are almost ready to be towed from its watery resting place of two-and-a-half years. The doomed liner is ...

Palestine: Something Must Be Done, But What and By Whom?

Gregor Cubie | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

As Israeli military operations reignited in Gaza on July 8, the familiar indignant echo of "something must be done" rang out around the liberal and non-interventionist quarters of the Western world in a show of solidarity with the trampled Palestinian people that, while admirable, all too often fails to delineate exactly to whom the appeals for reason should be addressed.

The High Court and the Unfair Detention of Asylum Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

They are locked up for days or weeks without access to a lawyer, not knowing what is happening... They receive the decision the next day. The refusal rate is 99%... "I was lucky... Many more have not been lucky. And justice should not depend on luck."

South Sudan Is Locked in a Cycle of Violence

Elizabeth Ashamu Deng | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng

On 9 July, South Sudan will mark three years as an independent state. But the growing pains of the world's newest country are evident as millions are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. Amnesty International's Elizabeth Ashamu Deng looks at some of the problems facing South Sudan today.

Over 3.2million UK SMEs Are Ignoring Mobile - And Will Lose Over £50bn in the Next 12 Months

Daniele Pelleri | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Daniele Pelleri

There are about 4.9 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK: a huge and lively ecosystem corresponding to 99.9 % of private sector busin...

Things You'll Miss About Student Life

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Leimon

You now wander past costume shops and realise that events nowadays rarely require costumes for no good reason... At this post-graduate stage of your life having at least three bottle openers in any given handbag is seen as excessive rather than handy... You're a grown up now.

Without Safe Water or a Toilet It's No Fun Being a Girl

Samantha Barks | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Samantha Barks

Being a teenager is difficult enough without having to also cope with the impacts of drinking dirty water and not having somewhere to go to the toilet or manage your period. I know now why WaterAid's work is so vital.

This Week I Ate...Barnyard

William Sitwell | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The walls are clad in corrugated iron. There's rustic wooden panelling too. The staff wear checked shirts and have beards (which come to think of it is rather more Shoreditch than Northamptonshire). The food is also a kind of mythologised offering. I mean where else would you put 'lard on toast' on the menu?

Improvise Your Way Through Life

Lynne Parker | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

I cannot actually remember where this particular bit of advice began and believe it to be deep rooted in my childhood somewhere. It is very simple - 'improvise your way through life'. I remember my late father saying things like 'You hum it and I'll sing it' when I came to him with a challenge. This was his way of reiterating the art of improvisation and no task was ever too large.

Katie Hopkins; the Worst of Middle Class Britain

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Hopkins claimed that a child's name was an indicator of social class... tattoos are graffiti and those with tattoos will never be high achievers... She tweeted a cake in the form of an assault rifle, commenting it was the perfect thing for Muslims to eat when breaking their fast.

'Home Is Where the Hurt Is' for Care Leavers at Risk of Homelessness

Javed Khan | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

The world can feel like a scary place for any young person striding out on their own for the first time. Thrust into a world of greatly increased responsibility, the transition to adulthood is a challenging time. For most young people there is a support network to help them through this period. They fall back on the support of their family and friends; they learn and adapt. However, for young people leaving the care system this support is sadly often limited or non-existent. All too frequently they are left to fend for themselves without the necessary skills or even a suitable place to live.

Art Dealers Are Trying To Make A Killing On 'Worthless' Rolf Harris Art

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Ghouls are trying to cash in on Rolf Harris' convictions for sex offences by snapping up his paintings at all-time-low prices in the hope they later r...

Sea Air and Simplicity in St Mawes, Cornwall

Caroline Sylger Jones | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Sylger Jones

An unassuming seaside village on the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall, St Mawes reminds me of my childhood. I go there regularly to pick up shells and sea glass from the pebbly beaches, paddle in the sea, walk along the coastal path, have picnics and stare for hours at the changing colours of the ocean.

Book Review: Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam by Innes Bowen

Faisal Hanif | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Faisal Hanif

The author has called it a "labour of love". Seven years of painstaking research and interviews all done alongside a full-time role at BBC Radio. The result of it all should prompt future generations as well as those alive today to show a debt of gratitude to Innes Bowen...

I Support Leo Andrade-Martinez, a Mother Fighting to Bring Her Severely Autistic Son Home

Jo Worgan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Leo Andrade-Martinez is a mother of 3 from Islington, London and 16 months ago her world was turned upside down when her son, Stephen 19 who has severe autism was placed into a psychiatric unit at St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from their Islington home.

9 Reasons Why Canada Is Better Than Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Happy Canada Day, Canadians! While you get hopped up on Labbatt's and McCain oven chips, we're celebrating it in the most British way possible: by put...

Wedding Photography Myths or How Not to Brief Your Wedding Photographer

Laura Babb | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Babb

There's a LOT of information around about the sort of questions to ask your wedding photographer, what to tell them and how to make sure they get the shots you want.

Across the World, Girls' Lives Are Being Wasted in a Cycle of Violence and Poverty - What You Can Do to Help

Hugh Dennis | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Hugh Dennis

I was horrified to hear about the recent attacks in the coastal town of Mpeketoni - it just highlights how vulnerable poor communities are in the country and, in particular, women and girls. With the ongoing plight of the 300 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria and the horrific killings of two teenage girls in India and now Pakistan, never before has there been a greater time, to raise funds and awareness to put a stop to such cruel practices and to safeguard the lives and education of girls across the developing world.

Social investment - Simpler Than You Think

Helen Stephenson | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Helen Stephenson

As a concept, social investment can be hard to get your head around. For the UK Government however it has quickly become a credible and important way of helping charities and social enterprises increase their impact in communities, helping them to grow and support more people in need. The concept is simple.

Tradition or Travesty: China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival - I Say 'NoToDogMeat'

Julia de Cadenet | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Julia de Cadenet

As a dog lover I cannot imagine anything worse than my best friend used for food - and the thought of her being beaten, hung, skinned, blowtorched or even boiled alive leaves me frozen and distressed. Imagine then an entire festival devoted to eating dog as part of a trade where such methods are commonplace. This is not a myth created to shock - it's a fact.

WATCH: One Woman, 17 British Accents

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Siobhan Thompson, we salute you. With our bowler hats, umbrellas and sporrons. For your guide to the accents of the British Isles - including the cele...