Carpe Diem – Seas the Day

Today I’m off to Bali to embark on another adventure. After graduation I was so ready to take my next step, I just wasn’t sure in which direction I was meant to be taking it. I juggled so many ideas; last December I had firmly decided to go back to New York as soon as…

Are Fairy Tales Sexist?

Keira Knightley’s recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show has sparked off a fiery debate in the media. Everyone’s putting their own spin on it – Is Disney sexist? Should we ban fairytales being read to little girls altogether? Even Kristen Bell has weighed in, telling her daughters, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that…

My M.E.N.ingful Experience

On Monday morning I walked through the doors of the Manchester Evening News. This work placement was something I have been waiting for in high anticipation for weeks – I’d purchased a new wardrobe (naturally) of the most “journalist” vibe outfits I could find and was feeling particularly confident as I strutted into the building…

Things Waiters Wish They Could Say to Customers on a Regular Basis 

“You’re out of the salmon? Can’t you make an exception? There must be something you can do..” The amount of times I’ll tell a customer that we haven’t got any left of the dish they’ve requested and they persist in asking me if there’s something I can do? Pull a few strings – you know,…

No Offence…

First, Emma Watson’s Vanity Fair shoot offended certain ‘feminists‘ (note the inverted commas); next Friends took to Netflix in the UK and was branded “transphobic, homophobic and sexist” by many millennial watchers; then The Apprentice 2017 final sparked off anger in viewers as the phrase “ladies first” was used multiple times…. At times, it seems…

Ageism – the forgotten prejudice

Today, people have become accustomed to shutting down prejudice at lightning speed as soon as it rears its ugly head. Sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia, although still predominantly present in society, are constantly being brought to our attention and I find that many are keen to make changes as we are educated more and more…

Embrace Negativity

Have you ever googled ‘How to stay positive?‘ Do it now, have a look what your search engine comes up with…What you see before you is an endless list of self-help articles all titled things like ‘7 tips for staying positive’, ‘4 secrets to trying to stay positive’, ’25 easy ways to wake up, feel…

Reprioritising

When something tragic occurs in our lives or our loved ones’ lives or on our local news channels, people often hear the over-exhausted phrase – “It really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?” Am I right? It’s like we’re automatically programmed to think that instantly, until half an hour later it wears off and we’re…

L-O-V-E in the Digital Age

Love… It has dominated our hopes and dreams, our imaginations and our fantasies but still, love seems to allude many of our generation as something frustratingly within reach but never 100 percent guaranteed. In a world where people want an Austen or Brontë romance, why is it that we’re instead confronted with the reality of…

The Christmas Checklist

Christmas Markets  Every year without fail I go to the famous German markets in Manchester (more than once)! They truly are the best…and it’s not like I’m biased at all. Now, this is essential to getting you into the holiday spirit. There are stalls that cater for absolutely everyone – food, drinks, homemade and unique…