My mental health drove me to my mother's couch. What drove me to recovery was the relationship with her I formed, watching birds out her window.
I had never really been very interested in birds. Except ducks. I liked ducks. But birds, I thought they were not for me. That was then. Over the last few months, things have changed. They’ve changed a lot.
We’ve all been there. Stuck at traffic lights that never seem to change to green. Sitting in queues of cars that stretch on for miles or delayed by a glut of slow traffic that suddenly disappears. Traffic jams are a blight on our modern, fast moving lives. And we have been dealing with them in a very unmodern way.
We don’t move about and travel in the same way that we used to, yet our traffic management systems have struggled to keep pace with the relentless onslaught of vehicles they have to...
Technology is blamed for many things. Amongst them is the rise in mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Social media has been linked to a rise in low self esteem and social anxiety for teenagers and adults, and according to psychologist Jean. M. Twenge, technology has resulted in millennials being on the ‘brink of a mental-health crisis.’ Back in 2010 psychologists at the University of Leeds found evidence of a link between excessive internet use and depression, ...
There are few research studies reporting findings from creative writing groups amongst refugees and people seeking asylum. This study evaluates the educational, wellbeing, social and satisfaction outcomes of writing groups across three cities in the UK.
Juanita Stein’s new album Until The Lights Fade is released less than a year after her solo debut album America, but already there’s a sign of increased confidence and progression. The Howling Bells front woman has such a distinctive voice that it’s hard to separate the band from her solo stuff, but she has managed to carve out her own niche in this album.
“I feel like the two albums are different sides of the same coin,” Stein explains. “If America was the starting point of a journey – the m...
Laila Sumpton is a poet, writer, NGO worker, singer, and dance devotee. The
key to juggling all these identities is the way she views them as interconnected mediums
—or “different styles of storytelling”— rather than as separate compartments of her life.
There is “a definite link between writing and human rights work for me,” Laila explains,
“either as a reporter trying to explore issues in new creative ways, or in supporting people.
to tell their stories.”
Secret Rivals land in May with Make Do And Mend (part 2), the follow up (as the name suggests) to the 2011 Make Do And Mend, which was picked up, praised and played by ,amongst others, indie taste makers Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq and Rob Da Bank.
Continuing with their deliciously scuzzy pop sound, nfluenced by the likes of The Cribs, Johnny Foreigner, Los Campesinos, early Idlewild and 80s indie, Make Do And Mend (part 2) is full of arresting indie pop combined with punky razor sharp riffs. ...
The emerging markets of the future will not be regions or even countries. By 2030 an estimated 5.1b people will live in cities, representing 60% of the population.[i]
This concentration of people in dense, urban spaces will have profound effects on the infrastructure and environment of most cities. And it will challenge the strategies and operating models of many consumer-facing companies.
There would still be a distinction between emerging markets and developed ones, but the dividing lines c...