Still Life

Carriages vomit passengers in alien dress, braying and bucking along unfamiliar avenues Carousing crowds croon at the moon; their drive momentarily quenched by lunar pallor The disburdened train departs sucking shredded newspapers as we escape the vortex Bristol sags under the weight of strange faces, yuppie middle managers frantically finding …

Misleading Healthcare Headlines

Our health is something that is important to us all but it’s also something the tabloids know how to exploit. The ‘click’ based nature of digital journalism has created a need for attention seeking journalism and misleading headlines. Articles about the next thing that’s going to make us live past …

Consensual Non-Monogamy on the Rose-Quartz Island

On the other side of the world, during a trip to Thailand, Bella Saltiel was introduced to the concept of polyamory. But is it really so far away from conventional dating practices in London? They say that the land on Koh Phangan has a high content of rose quartz, the …

Feathers, Aidan Clifford

 He heard feathers, rustled by the first commuter train All the stimulus of dark caffeine, coursing through a vein And an ancient river stirred, refreshed with recent rain Everything was differed though much remained the same   He brushed against the push of strangers, trying to find a seat Envying the …

Ethical consumerism: why we are shopping hypocrites

In an ideal world, every purchase we make would be ethical. But, at the till, our behaviour betrays us and we veer off into Primark. Here we explore what forces really drive our shopping habits, and what ethical companies can learn from this. With every purchase, we are influenced by …

Achievable Aspiration: Getting Ready to Live Everyday

At dott, we’re about getting ready to live everyday – by having conversations, starting stories and noticing those moments of beauty around you. And whilst this has often been neglected by celebrity culture and social media, it’s beginning to form a movement. Vicky takes a look. The influence of celebrity …

The World’s Coolest Old People

At dott, our favourite people are the…how shall we put it…more mature members of society (see my granny in the pic above). The best of them have that wonderful combination of life experience and self-assertion – being mindful of what life holds but knowing where they stand. It’s important to …

The Secret World of Take That Fandom

Forget One Directioners, Take That fans are the maddest in town. Lucy Oates infiltrates the sub-cult to report from its secret world (she’s actually just one of them) A few years ago, the headline ‘The Take That effect: How middle-aged fans go mad when the ageing boy band comes to …

People and Their Oddities

Following a trip to Japan, co-editor Vicky Noble realised the beauty of seemingly inexplicable behaviour. Here she notes her observations and her conclusions about the strangeness of the human race. Why is it that we have to enter an entirely different culture to become fully aware of the truly inexplicable quirks …

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