The recent attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has, so far, left twelve people dead and many more seriously injured. Though the identity and motives of the perpetrators remains unknown to the general public, this is yet another suspected terror attack, an attempt to shatter peace and cause as much heartbreak as possible. There...Read More
One could argue that, even in these modern times, both men and women are either misrepresented or underrepresented on television. When a show airs, nitpickers can comb through it and pull up examples of sexism or prejudice no matter how hard it tries to avoid them, and ultimately I think it’s impossible to please everyone....Read More
Iceland goes out of its way to build its roads around rocks where elves might live; one tradition involves throwing Skyr yoghurt at a building, and a former mayor of Reykjavik also used to professionally check rocks for elf residents. The many Icelandic sagas include men who could turn into super powered wolf warriors, and...Read More
The first thing I think when I see a picture of anyone close to my age, is something along the lines of “lucky them with their clear skin” (occasionally with more anger and resentment). I understand that these girls are more often than not wearing makeup to cover up any spots or blemishes, but this then lead me...Read More
There is no doubt that the stories and characters of Jane Austen’s novels still strike a chord amongst women of all ages. Of course, men can enjoy her work too; it’s not exclusive to the female gender and each novel provides a fascinating insight into Regency period England and the intricate social pressures and attitudes...Read More
It may still be autumn, but my favourite season is heralding its appearance through a cold snap in the air. Breath is occasionally visible again on the clean, crisp morning air and cosy will once again be possible. Summer may be sunny and warm for a few days out of the year, but only in...Read More
Colombia still has a notorious reputation across the world, spawned by its booming cocaine business that fed the USA for a number of years and is only just starting to be overturned. With an uneven balance of power between private landowners and the government, there was a feeling of tentative authority when I visited. The...Read More
You may think of poetry as something pretentious that’s separate from your life. It’s the sphere of tortured artists and 18th century fops who went around with their hands pressed to their foreheads, dramatically reciting a collection of seemingly random words and phrases. At least, that’s how I considered poetry before I actually started to...Read More
Interesting people seem to exist to make the rest of us look bad. The television shows us success; actors, writers, artists who are all succeeding at their chosen professions or at least make their life struggles look easy. We all have our problems, of course. But if you’re not ordinary or interesting, then you find...Read More
I don’t have too much experience with dying my hair. Apart from being ginger for a while as a teenager, I’m generally not brave enough to drastically change my appearance as I don’t particularly like being noticed. But recently I decided to take the plunge; dying your hair can be a small way to make...Read More
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