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Why Every Eye Clinic in the UK Should Have Access to a Sight Loss Adviser

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

It changes your life when you are told 'You are losing your sight and there's nothing more we can do'. Imagine hearing this news and then being left to get on with your everyday life without any extra support.

Why Would Amazon's First Smartphone Have Six Cameras?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Excited about the iPhone 6? You might want to wait. If 3D screens and Amazon Prime are your thing, you might actually want to wait for something else:...

If Churches Paid Taxes

Sophie Turton | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Sophie Turton

In a world where money is power, any organisation that makes that much profit - whether it's a church or not - needs to be held accountable somehow. The absence of data, especially in comparison to the Church of England's detailed accounts, poses the question - what is the US Catholic Church hiding? And at what point are world governments going to start holding them to account as they do with every other massive institution?

Robin Hood 2.0: A New Hope for Cancer Patients?

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Dr Penny Woods

It is estimated that more than 60,000 people will die from this dreadful disease over the next 30 years unless new treatments are discovered. Yet research into meso - the only thing that is likely to find those treatments - is shamefully underfunded, receiving a fraction of the investment received by diseases that kill similar number of people, such as skin cancer.

David Cameron Wants to Make You Happy

Andy Parsons | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Andy Parsons

David Cameron said when he came to power he wanted to improve people's happiness - that government policy was to be more focused on those things that make life worthwhile. To this end, the Cabinet Office has recently revealed which jobs in the UK give us the most satisfaction. Top of the list, of 274 job titles, is vicar; bottom of the list, is pub landlord. It is perhaps a surprise that these two jobs should be at opposite ends of the table given that they share many similarities: they both have dwindling regulars, both dish out wine and nibbles and if you spend a long time in either's establishment, you can think imaginary people are talking to you.

India Five Weeks From a New Promise

Jeremy Cook | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

The figures of this election are mind-boggling. By the time that the election is over, as many as 815million votes could have been cast between six national parties - the main two being the Indian National Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party - and around 50 separate individual state parties with voting taking place at more than 925,000 voting stations.

Why We Should Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day

Alan Wyllie | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

May Day has been a traditional holiday for the UK stretching back hundreds of years evolving from the Celtic festival of Beltane into a celebration of workers and worker's rights throughout the world.

How to Solve a Problem Like Maria

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Less than a quarter of Britons trust MPs. This worrying fact was published in an IPSOS/Mori poll in December 2013. If you polled the same people today, that figure would be below a fifth, thanks to the renewed scandal Maria Miller has brought to the Commons.

Support for Children in the UK on Their Own Is Needed Now

Matthew Reed | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

By providing children with a guardian in law, the government could guarantee that any child who arrives in the UK on their own would have one trusted adult in their life who has their best interests at heart. Someone who understands the complicated system they will have to face...

The Little Girl That Nobody Wanted

Rosie Waterland | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Waterland

I'm sorry that when the DOCS ladies dropped us off at Grandma's, you weren't allowed to stay because you were too much for her to cope with. I can't imagine how awful it must have been to watch your sisters get smaller and smaller in the distance as you were driven away in a car you didn't recognise.

Len McCluskey Is Right to Threaten Miliband With Disaffiliation From Labour

Salman Shaheen | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Time after time, the once and never "Red Ed" goes out of his way to prove just how right-wing he is. He's signed up to Conservative spending plans, he's backed the welfare cap, he's supported workfare and he's backed the mantra of austerity. It's little wonder the unions are getting anxious about Labour's rightward drift.

Its Footsie Again!

Bwoywonder | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Footsie, one half of the Newham Generals and a music veteran with his name firmly etched in the Grime hall of fame, released his latest EP King Original 3. We grabbed an interview with the artist slash producer to see how far his beloved genre has come and speak on new fans he hopes to win with his latest offering...

For Sea Shepherd - A Vindication

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

We have been opposing the Japanese whaling fleets in the Southern Ocean since 2002 and we have undertaken ten campaigns with numerous ships and more than a thousand volunteers to non-violently intervene against what we have always insisted is illegal whaling. Japan filed suit against Sea Shepherd USA in the U.S. courts and had Sea Shepherd and myself charged with numerous counts of contempt for which we were found not guilty. Japanese whalers destroyed a Sea Shepherd vessel and injured numerous Sea Shepherd crew-members.

The Power of Thank You - Whether You Want a Job, or Whether You Want a Lover

Bill Coles | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bill Coles

Thank You letter doesn't need to be much longer than two sentences. If it's some great screed over two pages saying "Thank you, thank you, thank you," then it gets a bit saccharine. Starts to cloy. Like having to swallow a whole mouthful of Old Nurse's Fudge.

Global Tax Reform Needs Sense and Sensibility

Alex Malley | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Malley

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a large multinational enterprise in possession of large global earnings, must be in want of a 'Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich' tax arrangement.

London Live - the London-Only Mandate Is Clear

Stefano Hatfield | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Stefano Hatfield

If you've read the London Evening Standard recently, or seen any of the weekend media you can hardly fail to have noticed that this evening sees the launch of London Live, the first 24 hour a day, seven day a week general entertainment channel devoted exclusively to the capital.

Until More Disabled People Are in Position of Authority, We Will Not Reach Equality

Julie Fernandez | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Julie Fernandez

It is wonderful to see how much more confident young disabled people are today as they expect equality and rightly so. But in reality, these young people are not out and about in society yet. As a disabled adult, it is very hard to get a job, and very hard to access benefits. In fact, I would say that many disabled people in the UK still feel like second-class citizens. I am still shocked that for many people I meet, I am the first disabled person that they know. And often they start out with lots of negative stereotypes. I think that although we are definitely in a better position than we were twenty years ago, we are still fighting society's attitudes towards us.

Earth Hour: It's a Pretty Cool Planet We Live On, But It's Just That - One Planet

Dougie Poynter | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dougie Poynter

We all need to do our bit to look after it. It's not always easy being green but there's loads of things we can all do to do our bit. To show my support for the planet this Saturday I'll be heading down to London's Southbank Centre to take part in WWF's annual event Earth Hour.

Why There Is Reason for Hope in the Battle Against Alcohol Abuse

Jean-François van Boxmeer | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Jean-François van Boxmeer

To achieve a sustainable change in attitude towards alcohol consumption, brewers need to also address this challenge by using their brands to promote moderate drinking behaviour - consumers relate to brands and are often fiercely loyal to them, so that is where we need to take this battle.

Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!

Adrien Maseri | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrien Maseri

Do university students actually care about climate change? And are they doing anything to stop it? Concerned by apparent contradiction in the behavior of my student colleagues, I took the initiative to address the issue and carried out research to try and understand students' reaction to the statement, "Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!".

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

Davies Report Highlights Boardroom Progress for Women But Important Gaps Remain

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
Geraldine Gallacher

The workplace remains a heavily male-dominated environment and we all must continue to strive for a workplace that gives women a level playing field.

What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The Muslim community is far from perfect, but our misrepresentation as ‎squabbling men who need reforming through those who have themselves rejected the faith is ‎palpably absurd. Who speaks for Muslims? How about the myriad Muslims doing the hard graft on ‎the ground.‎

A Voice of Hope for India's Unprivileged

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

MUMBAI -- Popular narratives about India typically divide the country into two neat halves. An aspirational urban middle class, whose command of English has seen the country surge as an IT superpower, and a wretched underclass, living in poverty, in remote rural expanses, cut-off from the very technologies that has India making the headlines from Bangalore to the Bay Area.

A Story About Power Told in the Future Tense

Neil Simpson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Simpson

'Britain' is increasingly evaporating as a concept. It's no longer a set of coherent ideals inhabited by tangible institutions and characters. Instead it's become more of a marketing device filled with vapid catch-all phrases.