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So, it is with International Women’s day that we celebrate women’s empowerment as well as recognising the injustice the female gender still faces today.After a long and chilly winter, we’ve finally reached the month of March. The long-awaited month where we welcome Easter, Spring and Mother’s Day to name a few. The icicles have melted, and we can feel the warmer weather on the horizon. As well as the named well known occasions, there is also another very important occasion we celebrate on March the 8th, International Women’s Day. This is a day I don’t want to sail by without…

People are always usually under the impression that single people have it tough around Valentine’s Day. I can understand that sentiment. With this immense celebration of couples and commitment to another person, it is easy to feel alienated from society and its pressures. However, I tend to see Valentine’s Day as a sure-fire way to invest in yourself! Though the pressures of this holiday are daunting, it is important to remember that your self-love does not depreciate or lose value simply because people assume this holiday is celebrated for couples only! It is time to put that mind-set behind…

After reading an article this week about the popular bakery chain Greggs providing a Valentine’s dinner service , it got me thinking about the inevitable annual Valentine’s Day hype. I, like many others, find this arrangement to be quite comedic. Greggs is the last place I’d think to take my significant other for a romantic candlelit dinner for two, but for some strange reason, I love it! Why shouldn’t we enjoy the cheap offer Greggs has literally laid out for us on a plate. There is so much pressure nowadays for couples to pull out all the stops on Valentine’s…

The Golden Globe Awards 2018 has been the most talked about topic this year. From the dress code, to the speeches, to the controversy, but here’s why we hope that it goes down in history. This year’s Golden Globes was all about movement, making a statement and standing together. A sea of blackness rippled across the red carpet in support of the ‘Times Up’ campaign which stands to stop sexual harassment. Both men and women dressed head to toe in black to show how the unfair, sexist aspect of the industry will no longer be approved of, and how…

As humans, we pride ourselves on being the most successful race to have competed with the entire animal kingdom. Though we believe this to be true, at times our actions are often inconsistent with the level of evolution we would have had to undergo to be as capable as we claim to be. Most people believe that the process of evolution spans thousands of years, and that our ability to evolve is a slow process. However, numerous biologists have confirmed that the entire process of evolution can happen at a surprisingly rapid pace. Upon reflection, it is understandable why…

The 1970’s! An era of funky music, disco flares and crazy afros. I would fiercely argue that some of the greatest hits we listen to, even now in present day, were a special gift from the 70s. The Bee Gees, Jackson 5, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire (to name a few) produced iconic tracks that never seem to age. We still hear them on the radio and dance to them at parties. They remain the cheerful soundtracks to our 2017 lives. Even the re-occurring fashion trends; flares are an item of clothing I refuse to leave behind, along with…

Have you ever been on the phone to your friend, whilst on Google, searching luxurious travel destinations for your next vacation getaway? Maybe you’re multi-tasking at this point, jamming out to your favourite song and scrolling through Facebook simultaneously. Except something you’ve just seen online makes you halt in your tracks. An advertisement has just come up on Facebook; “Cheap flights to Hawaii” it reads. Ironic, since that’s the exact same place you and your friend have been trying to book tickets to. Ah, targeted ads. I’ve had countless conversations with friends about this topic, and to be honest,…

Though this is a powerful headline, and is a conversational piece that tends to spark emotional responses, it is a vital topic that needs to be addressed. The media has always been a connective hub of information. Anyone in the world has the capacity to access the same information as others by the click of a button. At any point in time, you have the freedom to be completely well informed about world politics, sport, current affairs and celebrity news, to name a few. That kind of freedom, unfortunately, comes at a price. Numerous media outlets are committed to informing…

The textbook definition of business ethics refer “to a form of applied ethics or professional ethics that exercise moral principles in situations that question the ethical value of a business environment”.  That’s the textbook definition though but do we ever see this occur in practical environments? Though many businesses enforce a strong ethical standpoint to their consumers and the world in general, an equal number of businesses disregard moral principles, and this is when it becomes tough to deduce if more positive influence exists or if the negative impact drowns out any of these opportunities. As conglomerate enterprises, fortune…

This idea is one I’ve always been curious about. So many times, people claim that dreams have meaning, and that they could have the unique purpose of being a gateway to a new age. One that involves dream telepathy and dream telekinesis, to name a few. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves; I’m pretty sure this isn’t the year we’re going to be able to communicate telepathically to someone else while we’re dreaming! Unless, writing this is a dream, in which case, I might be stuck in a parallel universe that explores dream inception. Hopefully, I’ll be able to understand…

We’ve approached an exciting time of the year, one that presents the idea of dressing up in extravagant costumes, spooking your flatmates with gruesome decor, and trying to convince yourself you’ll make it past seven days after watching The Ring. Amidst the spooky thrill Halloween brings, one thing usually dampens that spirit; Controversial Halloween Costumes! There’s nothing worse than heading out to Academi on Halloween night and seeing someone dressed up as Cecil the Lion busting a couple moves on the dance floor. When I see things like this, two particular thoughts usually run in my mind: 1) Out of…

Let me paint a picture for you, you’re at work, just finished a 9-5 shift and you can’t wait to head home, watch TV for a bit and browse the Internet, adding a million things to your shopping cart because you’re set to receive your pay check next week! Only, right before you can step out at exactly 5pm, your Boss takes you aside and says the company has decided to downsize and you are officially left with no job. That was pretty diplomatic of your Boss to say considering the business is actually cutting jobs. So why did he…

Around the World, September 21st marks a very important day in terms of mental health: Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems when it comes to memory, thinking and overall behaviour. Symptoms develop very slowly, and become severe enough to interfere with many aspects of life. What many people don’t realise is that currently, there is no cure to Alzheimer’s. Though extensive treatment and research is going on, there is no substantial solution to this current dilemma. In today’s World, many people go through this tough battle, and for them to not be able to…

In life, people often believe that if we invest in dependable, quality tools that hail from a reputable brand, we will shape our lives towards success. So we venture out, and we buy the best brand of laptops that’s currently selling out, or the best phone at the moment because it comes with a built in personal organizer, that we assure ourselves we’ll figure out how to use someday. Though these things may help our success, and may have some degree of fact to it, personally, I believe that in life, the tools that mould our success, involve attributes…

May serves as a crucial month in health awareness as this month focuses particularly on Skin Cancer Awareness. One particular case that could have resulted in the longevity of life was Bob Marley’s case. The world-renowned Jamaican musician and songwriter passed away 35 years ago due to metastatic melanoma. Marley had previously concluded that his discoloured toenail of his big nail was down to a soccer injury and had dismissed it as nothing serious. By the time his condition had been diagnosed, a condition called acral lentiginous melanoma, Doctor’s had to perform an amputation of the big toe in order…

The Blue Whale game is a twisted suicide challenge that convinces vulnerable teenagers into committing suicide, and has recently caused uproar due to hundreds of thousands posts relating to this chaotic trend on Instagram. It is speculated that a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members and gives them a time frame of 50 days to complete these horrendous challenges. The manipulators control the game and reportedly instruct the teenagers to commit suicide on the 50th day. This is seen as a ‘win’ in the game. The NSPCC have warned children to not do anything they feel pressured into, and…