Whenever someone asks where I’m from and I tell them “London”, it’s met with some kind of admiration, as if I’ve done something impressive by being born and raised in the capital. I found this so often in a previous job, where I worked with people who had travelled from all over Europe and beyond … Continue reading End Of The Affair: Falling Out Of Love With London
Everybody loves some kind of a scandal - especially a scandal involving the rich and famous. Leaked photos, text messages nobody was ever meant to see, rumours of an affair, an embarrassing arrest after a brawl at a night club. These are things which we all, to some extent, take an element of enjoyment in … Continue reading Why There’s A Lot Wrong With The Internet’s Reaction To Brangelina’s Split
The media’s tendency to photoshop images is not something which goes unnoticed anymore. Whether it be the slimming of a waist or the lightening of a skin-tone, several magazine covers, billboards and photo shoots have come under scrutiny for airbrushing and image manipulation in the past decade. However, with over 10,000 photo-related apps available and … Continue reading Living Through Filters: How Social Media Is Making Us Our Own Worst Enemy
In the last decade, the amount of Reality TV on our screens has increased dramatically. For as long as I can remember, it has featured in every British household. But lately, it seems that the innocent first and second waives of 'infotainment' and 'docu-soaps' have been completely taken over by a third wave of 'reality game … Continue reading Does reality TV allow its ‘stars’ to cut corners in to more competitive industries?
In September, not a single mental health bed was available in the entirety of England, in neither public or private hospitals. With over 2,000 beds being scrapped since 2011 in this country alone, the mental health service continues to face the brunt of NHS cuts. Mental illness is accountable for 23% of ill health in the … Continue reading Britain’s mental health service – the cuts continue
I'm sure many of us have seen the link to Frances Ryan's article from The Guardian floating around Facebook today - an article in which she claims that permitting actors to portray people with disabilities is us "applauding cripping up". If you are yet to read it, the article can be found here. I have … Continue reading My response to Frances Ryan’s article in The Guardian: “We wouldn’t accept actors blacking up, so why applaud ‘cripping up’?”
So, I have never been an avid circus fan. I cannot clown, nor can I juggle or do impressive balancing acts or contortions with my body whilst dangling from a piece of material hanging from the ceiling. And the only other memory I have of the circus is a rather disturbing one I like to … Continue reading La Soirée’s Spiegeltent (!!!)