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…

The Santa Claus Dilemma

I first decided to write on this topic a couple of weeks ago when I was discussing with some friends the different ages we all stopped believing in Father Christmas. The general consensus was that for most of us, the illusion was burst around the age of 7 or 8. My friends were quite shocked to…

What Makes You Happy?

I’ve just finished reading Reasons to Stay Alive, an autobiographical style novel that exposes readers to some of the hidden crevices of mental illness, more specifically depression and anxiety. Many will maintain the belief that reading anything of the sort, that makes such explicit and direct references to suicide and depression, is extremely disheartening but…

The Olympics: A Beacon of Hope in a World of Unrest

I have personally been absolutely captivated by the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Despite having some initial doubts after reading articles on the mandatory relocation of citizens in order to clear room for arenas, the Russian doping scandal and additionally, the unsanitary water many of the athletes would be exposed to, I feel that positivity and…

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Ask a group of 7 year olds what they want to be when they’re older? Astronaut, rockstar, cowboy, Prime-minister, footballer, a princess…. Ok, seeing as one of those things doesn’t even exist anymore (except in Wild West movies), some might be tempted to scoff at these BIG DREAMS occupying such LITTLE MINDS, however I think…