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Britain's Future Must Speak For Both Englands - The Towns And The Cities

Break down the result of the referendum and you will see that the growing division in England and Wales is not between North and South - or even left and right - but between towns and cities. We are increasingly a country made up of two groups of people whose shared experiences, political ...

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How Learning To Love The Gym Eased My Anxiety

'Oh god, have you been at the gym again?' I arrive to dinner with friends carrying a tell-tale sports bag, and inwardly wince at their reactions. The joking 'you're obsessed' comments, the well-meaning but misplaced concern that I'm doing too much, and even worse, the implication hanging in the ...

yesterday 18:37 open_in_new
In Defence Of Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott is having a rough month. It seems every other day a new story about someone attacking her surfaces. The litany of criticism reached such a fevered pitch that, earlier this week, Abbott wrote a piece for the Guardian highlighting some of the more vicious abuse she's received. "I ...

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Why Questioning Trump's Mental Health Has Set Us Back Years

Psychiatrists in the US are questioning Donald Trump's mental and emotional stability. By doing so they have broken a long-standing rule that experts shouldn't 'diagnose' someone - including a public figure - unless they have evaluated them in person. They certainly shouldn't announce it in ...

yesterday 18:37 open_in_new
Campaign To Dismantle Narrow Beauty Standards

It never occurred to me that I had a choice. I endured the pain of a chemical relaxer every four weeks to get my natural afro hair straightened. Mine was four weeks as against the recommended six to eight weeks because my hair wouldn't 'take' to the relaxer. It didn't matter that I had ...

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As An Unpaid Carer For My Disabled Husband, I Fear 'Just Managing' Is A Cliff Edge From Poverty

In a time of intensifying global uncertainty, it seems more important than ever that we are able to achieve financial security for our loved ones.

And yet, this week's Joseph Rowntree Foundation findings, highlight in no uncertain terms that more and more people in the UK are unable to ...

yesterday 18:37 open_in_new
Cancer And Dating

Several years ago I went on a date with Amanda (not her real name). We met at a pub. Before I had a chance to go to the counter to order the drinks, she dropped a bombshell. I don't know how our conversation got there so quickly, but she used the words "chemo" and "cancer". She looked at me, ...

yesterday 18:37 open_in_new
Cooking For Good

On a cold Saturday night - you'd expect most young adults to be hanging out in pubs, clubs and house parties.

But increasingly there's a new wave of Millennials who are spending their time cooking up a storm - either in their own homes for charitable causes, or at their local shelters and ...

yesterday 18:37 open_in_new
Crustacean Compassion? Here's Why We Should Protect The Welfare Of Crabs, Lobsters, And Crayfish

As Director of Crustacean Compassion, the UK's only animal welfare organisation dedicated to crabs, lobsters and other decapod crustaceans, I am perhaps unusually attuned to conversations about crabs.

Sitting at a beachside restaurant last summer, I saw two children loitering around a ...

yesterday 18:37 open_in_new
Girls Compete. Women Empower

Take yourself back to the 90's: The Spice Girls (my most favourite band ever) were bursting into the spotlight and "girl power" became a worldwide phenomenon.

More recently, everyone seems to have become a feminist, demanding that women are treated equal to men (which I am all for) and ...

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Into It Podcast: We Chat Stunt Soap Casting, 'Purposeful Pop' And Brit Awards Predictions

In the latest episode of 'Into It', we're still recovering from the shock news Lee Ryan is joining the cast of 'EastEnders'. With the news splitting fans right down the middle, we ask whether stunt casting is ever a good idea in soapland.

We're also getting our teeth into Katy ...

2017-02-17 20:11 open_in_new
The Year Hate Went Mainstream

In a year dominated by the UK's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump, there were mixed fortunes for Britain's far right. For them it was a year of further marginalisation, convictions and bans punctuated only by extreme acts of violence - such as the horrific ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
Just Because I Look Different Doesn't Mean I Don't Enjoy Fashion

Today is the start of London Fashion Week. For me, one of the most exciting times of the year. Over the next few days, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled on what new trends are coming up on our catwalks. I've loved clothes, since the moment I could dress myself, which probably explains ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
'It Felt Like Life Was On Pause.' Here's What People Told Me When I Visited Mosul

A member of the Iraqi Security forces walks towards the ruins of a church in Hay el Nour in eastern Mosul. UNHCR/B.Ahmed

The first thing you notice when you drive into eastern Mosul is the destruction.

Over the past two months, an effort to retake this part of Iraq from extremist ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
What A Woman Wears Is A Woman's Choice

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Thousands of women joined World Hijab Day on 1st of Feb, a day that aims to raise awareness about wearing the Hijab and celebrates women's right to choose what they wish to wear. Indeed, such awareness is much needed in many democratic societies, where there is ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
Modern Dating And The Fear Of Settling

The term modern dating is thrown around online with zeal, its interpretation fitted to suit each writer's needs.

For me, it isn't so much about the tools required, but about the attitude around it. Maybe it was my age, but before I was single this time round (we're looking at pre-2011 ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
The People I Meet

I'm on my Frazzled tour around the UK. I can't tell you exactly where I am each day because I'm directed to a train and then told to get off at a certain point. I think it's better not to know where you're going, it just gets complicated. I love being on a train, I'm able to shut out the world ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
AI Will Save Us (Or At Least Correct Our Mistakes)

Are we sleepwalking into an AI-controlled dystopian nightmare? Once the preserve of science fiction paperbacks, the idea that artificial intelligence poses a true existential threat has grown in popularity.

Tech royalty like Elon Musk or Stephen Hawking warn us of impending doom whilst ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
How Are Urinals Still A Thing?

I was at a trendy bar recently. I'm pretty reclusive these days and very much the healthier, older, side of my partying years. I'm no longer used to nightclubs and I'd forgotten something important: dancing is great fun! I spent a couple of hours boogying alone in the corner of a room, and two ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
What Does Autonomous Mean For People Who Enjoy Driving?

There will be nearly 10m cars on roads with at least one self-driving feature by 2020, suggest Business Insider. Look just 15 years into the future, and Boston Consulting Group estimates that over 12 million fully self-driving vehicles will be sold each year by 2035.

Yet amid this ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new
A President Unhinged, A World Endangered

All foreign leaders who meet the US President these days have to ask themselves just one, deeply worrying question: does this man have a clue what he's talking about?

Or, to put it another way: Does he have the mental capacity to do the job he was elected to do?

I have witnessed a ...

2017-02-17 19:05 open_in_new