The Beauty Myth: Time To Wake Up

Nothing in American culture has caused so many health problems as the Beauty Myth. The belief, due to media-crazed hype, that women must be painfully thin to be beautiful has caused both physical and mental distress for so many young women. The fact these issues are mostly ignored outside the medical community is an even larger problem. It is ignored because it affects mostly the … Continue reading The Beauty Myth: Time To Wake Up

CALL FOR WRITERS

Have some ideas you’d like to get off your chest? Want to expand your online presence and engage with other bloggers online? The Conversation Room has been featuring some great op-eds lately and I’d love people to keep contributing rather than me just giving my opinions and perspective all the time. We’ve already featured some amazing contributing writers from Kenya to Pakistan, Greece to Spain … Continue reading CALL FOR WRITERS

Boris? Trump? Rees-Mogg? How Social Media Gave Us Pantomime Politics

Ridiculous statements go viral. From Boris’s bombastic Libya remarks to Trump’s daily Twitter toddler tantrums, nothing gets our thumb tapping that retweet button faster than outrageous political buffoonery. Be it virtue signalling, endorsing or simply showing our sheer shock and dismay, social media users love reacting to silly soundbites as newsfeeds are coloured with witty one line responses and hastily published news articles looking to … Continue reading Boris? Trump? Rees-Mogg? How Social Media Gave Us Pantomime Politics

Why Spain’s King Felipe Made The Strongest Case For Catalan Independence

Author: Dean Molyneaux Can royal intervention solve a constitutional crisis? The Catalan experience suggests the answer remains ‘no’.   For many of a certain age in Spain, the appearance of King Felipe VI in a rare live television address to the nation yesterday will surely bring back memories of the turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy that the country experienced in the aftermath of Franco’s death. … Continue reading Why Spain’s King Felipe Made The Strongest Case For Catalan Independence

Vegas Victims Have No Right To Healthcare

With No Public Right to Healthcare GoFundMe is only way Victims of Mass Shooting Can Afford To Be Looked After.   In the aftermath of routine mass murder with legally purchased weapons of war, we in Europe tend to turn our heads west with disgust at the outrageous absence of gun regulation. Rarely however, do we examine the equally disturbing humanitarian disgrace that is the … Continue reading Vegas Victims Have No Right To Healthcare

There’s no such thing as an ‘Unpaid Intern’

The legal loophole for exploitative labour is expanding at an exponential rate. Remember the days when we used to work for money? Well welcome to the world where you work for experience in the hope that one day you’ll be lucky enough to work for money. That’s the bleak reality for many young people in Ireland today faced with little option beyond unpaid internships, emigration … Continue reading There’s no such thing as an ‘Unpaid Intern’

How To Be A World Class Public Speaker

It’s about learning the organic process of connecting with people not mechanical box ticking of things  “you’re supposed to do” American actor, director and screenwriter Alan Alda has had quite the illustrious career. Streching four decades, not only has he picked up seven Emmy’s, a Golden Globe and an academy award nomination he’s also learned the tricks of the trade in effective communication. In this conversation with Big … Continue reading How To Be A World Class Public Speaker

Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

An alarming new report from The Economist exposes the extent to which tech companies are exploiting our psychological impulses to keep us hooked to our smartphones.   It often goes over our head the influence that tech products exert over our behaviour. Former google employee and leader in promoting design ethics in tech Tristan Harris explains:  “Companies say, we’re just getting better at giving people what they … Continue reading Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

Why You Shouldn’t Be A Blogger

A beautiful short on the internal struggle of every creative.   Thinking you’re not good enough is something nearly every writer experiences. From thinking ‘what’s the point’ to ‘I’m just not talented enough’ , overcoming our internal doubts is often half the creative process. Filmmaker and founder of DSLR Guide Simon Cade has unveiled a brilliant short video on overcoming our artistic insecurities and being resilient writers. Shot with … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Be A Blogger

Why Schools Fail Students

Author: Edducan Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. Benedict Arnold. Richard Nixon. Lance Armstrong. Some copper-bottomed, hall of fame, heavy weight champions of world class liars. Their very names are synonymous with deception, lies, fabrications, flights of fancy and half truths. Notably absent from that list is ‘every school in the UK’. However, and it’s a big ‘however’, this is a catastrophic omission that everyone has been complicit … Continue reading Why Schools Fail Students