Knowledge is Power: The Tilly Smith Story

The seawater on Maikhao beach was beginning to froth. Like a fresh pint of beer, the bubbles in the ocean formed a white, cream-like foam on the top of the surface. Tilly Smith was ten years old at the time. She was on a Christmas holiday with her parents – for once, Christmas day wasContinue reading “Knowledge is Power: The Tilly Smith Story”

”Follow Your Passion” is Terrible Advice

I was stood on stage at graduation last summer and a man dressed in a gown and mortarboard looked at me square in the eye. ”You’ve done the hard work, now it’s time you follow your passion”. I nodded, thanked him, and pretended I knew what that was. You see, I had heard the phraseContinue reading “”Follow Your Passion” is Terrible Advice”

Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?

Back in 2008, I received my first ever phone – the LG Chocolate. I was amazed – it was slick, small, streamlined, sophisticated, had a camera, and could even go on the Internet. I mean, the Internet browser was painfully slow, sure. However, the pure novelty of being able to go online without a computerContinue reading “Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?”

Fight the Power: The Fred Hampton Story

If 1968 was the year the world changed, the following year was its even darker, more sinister sequel. The Hippie dream was fading – and fading pretty fucking quickly. The Vietnam War was still ongoing, the Summer of Love had come and gone, and both Kennedy brothers had been shot dead. The attitude of theContinue reading “Fight the Power: The Fred Hampton Story”

Edward Bernays : The Power of Marketing Emotion

The average human is exposed to thousands of adverts every single day. Think of some of the famous slogans and catchphrases you’ve seen over the years (let me know any of particularly memorable ones in the comments!) and I bet your brain will be flooded with adverts from both today and yesteryear. But you onlyContinue reading “Edward Bernays : The Power of Marketing Emotion”

One Year of Blogging: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned

Today marks one year since my first ever blog post – I Have No Idea What I’m Doing (And I’m Alright With It) (which you can read here) Since then, I feel my blogging output has seen many ups and downs, peaks and valleys, troughs and….you get the idea. It’s been good at times, andContinue reading “One Year of Blogging: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned”

We Need to Talk About Self-Help

HERE IN MY GARAAAAAAGEEE. That advert still lives inside my brain almost five years after it came out. If you’ve seen the video – I apologise for reminding you of it. If you haven’t seen the video, and are wondering what the hell I am talking about, here’s a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv1RJTHf5fk The advertContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Self-Help”

Forgiveness Is Power

The Lion by the Ant Was Slain Richard I was one of the most beloved English monarchs ever. Nicknamed Lionheart, his status as a respected leader and brave military general earned him numerous accolades during his brief lifetime. Over 820 years after his death, he is still considered an icon in British and French history. TheContinue reading “Forgiveness Is Power”