Thoughts on self-care and mental wellbeing

I was 14 when I began referring to myself as someone with a mental health problem. Nowadays, I’m very open talking about my experiences. I sometimes wonder, when I am sat around a table of my friends and the subject drifts on to mental health, whether I’m making anyone uncomfortable by being so candid. But then I remind myself that when I was fourteen, I … Continue reading Thoughts on self-care and mental wellbeing

On Graduate Pressure: The Door Is Not Closed

Try asking a recent University graduate in their early twenties if they’ve figured out what their purpose in life is and you might be met with a panicked look, heavy breathing, and sudden perspiration. At best, you might get a stammered response full of “maybes” before a swift change of subject. In fact, if you tried asking my fifty-three year old father that, you might … Continue reading On Graduate Pressure: The Door Is Not Closed

THE WITCHING HOUR: I’m peeved about Hollywood remaking The Craft.

I have to admit that my heart shattered a little this morning when I saw the latest victim of the Hollywood remake machine: 90s cult classic The Craft. I saw The Craft for the first time about eight years ago. I went through a mild obsession with the occult alongside one of my best friends when I was about thirteen and this movie was our … Continue reading THE WITCHING HOUR: I’m peeved about Hollywood remaking The Craft.

POP CULTURE: How to read the feminist cultural explosion

Over the past twelve months, feminism has undoubtedly joined the ranks of 3D movies and the Big Bang of social media as one of the motifs of the 21st century so far. Less than two years ago, the most famous women in the world were discouraged from uttering the dreaded F-word in interviews for fear of alienating a portion of their fanbase, particularly the male … Continue reading POP CULTURE: How to read the feminist cultural explosion

Why sharing pictures of the Garissa University College is NOT helping!

One week ago today, gunmen stormed Garissa University College in Kenya and massacred 147 students. There are people reading this who will not have heard this happened, as it has been severely under-reported in mainstream Western media. What you may have seen, however, is the shocking photographs being shared across social media of the bloodshed, some of which feature the uncensored bodies of the victims. … Continue reading Why sharing pictures of the Garissa University College is NOT helping!

Confessions of a Painted Lady – Tattoos and Narcissism.

Over the past twenty or so years, tattoos and body modification in general have swiftly moved from being the mark of prisoners and seamen to becoming a legitimate fashion statement. Amid the myriad of celebrities whose careers are untouched by their body art are their millions of fans following suit. As a consequence, it appears that everyone has an opinion on tattoos. Whether the tattooed … Continue reading Confessions of a Painted Lady – Tattoos and Narcissism.

Awards season: decadence or deserved?

Every year, the film industry is granted two months in which the geniuses of decades past and present are celebrated and brought to the forefront of pop culture. However, as awards season draws to a close, the criticisms intensify once again, all following a similar line of argument: is this all simply a spectacle of self-congratulation validated by the media? After all, the Academy Awards … Continue reading Awards season: decadence or deserved?

Charlie Hebdo and Muslim oppression in France.

Recently, a moving demonstration of millions of French, all uniting for the freedom of speech, lit up our television screens. Perhaps the most striking image was dozens of flags from around the world adorning the monument of the Place de la République, displaying only one message: the Marianne is every shade of French, and we are all Charlie. World leaders united at the forefront of … Continue reading Charlie Hebdo and Muslim oppression in France.

Review – Eastenders Live Episode (19th February 2015)

This Friday, one of the nation’s best loved television programmes concluded their ‘Week of Revelations’ by treating fans to an ambitious, fully live episode. Following the reveal of Bobby Beale (Elliot Carrington) as the person who clobbered his half-sister Lucy (Hetti Bywater) all those months ago on Good Friday, EastEnders final episode in their highly-anticipated and heavily marketed 30th anniversary week opened with the soap’s … Continue reading Review – Eastenders Live Episode (19th February 2015)