Our Mental Health Is At Risk, but What Can We Do?

I’m 25 years old, I’m settled in my second job and in my third year of work (when I say work I mean 9-5, salary-type, ‘career’ work); no one is having my head if something goes drastically wrong at the office, no one is paying the big bucks to poach …

Autumn/Winter Fashion 2016

There’s no need to mourn the end of summer – September 2016 brings us Bridget Jones’ baby, autumn and a fresh wardrobe. The dark mornings may be back but you can get snuggly in a big scarf and drink a hot chocolate! It’s almost the season to be jolly, so you may as …

Exhibiting Lady Kitt, paper-cutting artist

Paper-cutting must be one of the most intricate forms of art. And also one of the most laborious. Interviewed on Tuesday, Lady Kitt is a paper-cutter, performer and artistic director based in Newcastle. In her words, all her work is driven by “an insatiable curiosity to explore the social functions …

In Memory of Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood died on 20th April, aged only 62. Chris Pearson remembers his hero – a comedy genius who stood out due to her sincerity and warmth. It sounds callous, but I’ve never quite understood the hysteria around celebrity deaths. Of course, it’s sad when someone whose work you have enjoyed …

Jogging Stories

I have a love hate relationship with running. I’m not a natural- I turn such a dark shade of red that strangers have asked if I’m ok. Getting a place in a half marathon meant I was going to have to find something I enjoyed about it though. My training …

The Danger of Dieting in the Workplace

I am 25, and I am a curvy size 10: one of those people who is by no means skinny, but by no means overweight either. I inhabit that ever-so-comfy middle ground, the area where everything is perfectly ‘ok’ but where there is a continuous consciousness of lumps and bumps …

Why it is unnecessary to be the best

For many, ambition is linear. We have a few things we want to achieve and we list them in priority order – these become our “dreams”. We then organise the things we do day to day, hoping they’ll all begin to contribute to our dreams. And all the while we …

3 Months In: Blogs

Blogs are where we can say what we really think. Let us know what you think of these opinion pieces in the comments section.   Charlie Baughen (you know her?) talks about the reality behind the paradisal Instagrams we post. And Vicky Noble (not sure who she is either) reflects …

Reflections on Easter Sunday and Brussels

Today is the day when we celebrate the fact that someone has risen from the dead. Or we eat lots of chocolate. Or both. And whether you believe it actually happened or not, it is genuinely kind of crazy – that millions of people around the world stop what they …

What’s so Bad About ‘Being Fake’?

So, apparently “being fake” is the modern day equivalent to being a serial killer or a tramp kicker. It’s the go-to insult to really drive home how truly abhorrent someone is. They’re a snake, they’re not real, they’re playing a game: these phrases are bandied about celebrity Twitter accounts and …

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