Sean O'Meara
Sean is a blogger, animal lover and owner of Essential Content, a content marketing consultancy in Manchester.

Entries by Sean O'Meara

#ilooklikeanengineer Is Great, but One in Five Women Still Expect to be Patronised at Work

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2015 | (14:46)

The #ilooklikeanengineer hashtag may be 'destroying the tech nerd stereotype' as we speak, but 1 in 5 women still expect to encounter patronising male colleagues should they have the temerity to enter a so-called 'man's' profession, such as marine engineering or even brewing.

If you haven't seen it, the hashtag...

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In About 30 Days Things Might Get a Lot Worse for Private Tenants

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2015 | (12:20)

You know how renting your home can be soul-crushingly awful? Like when you complain to your landlord that your home is actually uninhabitable and the council agrees and instead of fixing the problem the landlord revenge evicts you?

Or how you've got a 1 in 2 chance of...

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Nine Ways Renting Repeatedly Steals Your Dignity and Punishes Your Soul

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2015 | (17:04)

Private tenants will have more electoral influence in the upcoming General Election than at any point in history. According to campaign group Generation Rent, there are 86 parliamentary seats in which the sitting MP has the vote of fewer than 35% of the tenant population. That's actually a lot...

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Where Are All the Women? Does Engineering Need an Image Overhaul to Attract Top Talent?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (14:43)

By 2022, the UK will need at least 1.82 million engineers, scientists and technology professionals, according to Dame Prof. Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. As it stands, fewer than 130,000 of those will be women.

There's a definite engineering skills gap. But more worryingly, there's a...

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Want Real Pay Equality? Then it's Time We Stopped Over-tipping Women

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (13:31)

Tipping is a complicated custom. Leave a tip in Japan and you're likely to offend, do so in Argentina and you could actually be breaking the law, but fail to leave a tip in the United States and you can expect the cold shoulder on exit.

But even when you...

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Dapper Laughs Was an Unfunny, Sexist Cretin, But We're Letting People Off With Far Worse

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2014 | (15:16)

We're good at selective outrage in this country, aren't we? I'm just as glad as you are that Dapper Laughs is off the TV, but it's hardly the moral victory we're making it out to be.

The backlash against Dapper has been entirely justified. Likewise, the campaign to...

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Hidden in Plain Sight - The Symmetry Between Movember and Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (21:34)

It's approaching the middle of Movember and the desensitisation to unexpected moustaches has set in. Each year, it happens a bit faster. The first one or two you see make you wince, then you remember why that otherwise compliant looking male has a Dickensian affectation of virility atop...

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Dog Adoption Month Stats Show We've Run Out of Excuses for Neglecting Our Pets

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2014 | (17:56)

Almost three quarters (72%) of UK animal rescue centres are reporting an increase in the number of neglect cases they see, according to research conducted by the UK's largest dog adoption website,

The study, conducted in partnership with Co-operative Insurance as part of

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Does a Dedicated ISA Make Peer to Business Lending More Appealing?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2014 | (23:00)

We've already got ISAs for cash and ISAs for shares and now the Government is considering a third type; an ISA for peer-to-peer and peer-to-business lenders. In his most recent budget, George Osborne announced he is considering making available an ISA for peer-to-peer lenders, so the interest they...

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FAO All Politicians - Please Stop Talking about 'Hardworking Families'

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (17:17)

I'll admit it. I'll go on record and say that I wouldn't consider myself to be hardworking. If future employers or future clients are reading this, then I'm sorry, but I'm not going to lie. I am many things, but I am not one of David Cameron's hardworking people. And...

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River Island Jumps on the Poverty Porn Bandwagon with Ridiculous T-Shirt

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (14:15)

River Island has removed a t-shirt from its website after heavy criticism on social media for the crass and insensitive slogan it bore. However, their "Homeless - New York City" t-shirt, which features a picture of a tent and is described by the store as "a quirky talking point," remains...

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PIP Implant Boss Jailed, but We're Still Taking Huge Risks With Cosmetic Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (13:25)

Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) - the firm at the centre of a 2011 global health scare - was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to four years in jail this week. PIP sold faulty breast implants, 42,000 of which were used in procedures on British...

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Old People Don't Need Strangers at their Funerals, they Need their Bins Bringing In

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (13:40)

After the roaring media back-slap-athon that followed the funeral of Harold Jellicoe Percival, the 99-year-old who'd served in the RAF and died earlier this month, we can now turn our attention away from old people and back to sexy, interesting young people. We've done our bit, after all.


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Facebook, Economics and GlaxoSmithKline - Why 2013 is Not a Good Time to Have Psoriasis

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2013 | (16:58)

August was Psoriasis Month and if ever a medical condition needed an awareness month, it's psoriasis - especially now, in 2013 - when sufferers are having a harder time than ever before.

There's never an optimum time to be covered in itchy, flaky, beacons of auto-immune over activity,...

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Seven Things You're Paying Too Much for

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (12:32)

Cheaper doesn't always mean better value, but there are certain areas of your life where a fairly rudimentary change in attitude could save you money. Often, it's just a refusal to pick up new consumer habits that prevents us from paying less. So when free broadband, free computer...

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Why Sandie Shaw's Posh Bashing Misses the Point

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (13:40)

Sandie Shaw, who chairs the very worthwhile Featured Artists Coalition, told the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the end of March that finance "was the biggest barrier for emerging artists," adding that the best music "comes from challenging backgrounds."

She's half-right about the...

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Is This the Most Hateful Job Advert Ever?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (10:16)

If you currently work in or aspire to work in media, music, fashion, arts or any competitive creative industry, you're most likely used to people expecting your labour for free. For freelancers it's called working "on spec," for people seeking in-house roles, your golden opportunity to work for free comes...

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Whiplash Claim Crackdown - Why That Minimum Speed Idea Was Oddly Suspicious

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2012 | (15:40)

The government this week announced that it would introduce independent medical panels to assess potentially fraudulent whiplash claims. This is a distinct improvement on the idea that floated just before February's insurance industry summit; a minimum collision speed threshold of 15 mph.

While such a threshold would have...

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How Does it Feel to Get Scammed? Horrible, but I'm Glad it Happened

(0) Comments | Posted 7 December 2012 | (15:32)

In February this year, I was the victim of a humiliatingly rudimentary scam. In fact, saying scam probably lends what happened to me an undeserved kudos, as if the scammer was a snappily dressed confidence trickster who stole my heart before stealing my savings. What I fell for...

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It's Expensive Being Poor - The Punitive Nature of Poverty

(18) Comments | Posted 26 November 2012 | (23:00)

In 1999, T.V Smith, founder of the pioneering punk band The Adverts, sang "And I pay more for my food 'cause the supermarket's too far... It's expensive being poor because everything costs more." He had a point.

In America there's a name for the collection of inconveniences and expense associated...

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