Worst part of writing


The worst part about being a writer is the gap between the last good thing you wrote and the next time you have the confidence to sit down and write again.

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I’m still here.


It’s a been a long strange trip for me. After taking part in ULU study on the positive effects of experimental therapy I’m now on pharmaceutical regime and I’ve got to a stage where I’m no longer suffering from major depressive symptoms. I’m not cured but I’m definitely not suffering anymore in the same way that I was.

10 things I hate about me


I hate my stupid poker face that won’t show people how i feel, 

because I’ve spent my life telling people “I’m fine”, it’s natural for me to conceal.

I hate the fact I’m 6 foot one, not normal and not tall,
And I can’t buy anything cool in my size till the sales in the spring and fall.

I hate being allergic to half the menu in any decent restaurant,
You’ll get bored with the places i can eat and i can’t​ take you where you want.

I hate my awkward eyebrows
I hate my stupid grin
I hate the way i nod my head

I hate that it makes​ people think I listen

I hate the way anything that’s ever gone wrong never leaves my head.

I hate the fact my mind is too full for positives​ instead.

I hate the fact you’ll never know that guy who met your eye,

Because all the things I hate about me stopped me from coming over and saying “Hi”

Traditionally Caribbean:


In collaboration with Caribbean Faces Traditionally Caribbean: The Sitting Room “The ‘sitting room’ is an inherently Caribbean phenomenon, if you were privileged enough to have a …

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1,000 words | The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Miller


In this 1,000 words post I explain the key points decided by the UK Supreme Court in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5. I have written a separate, longer,…

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Brexit means Brexit: how do those who voted Leave and Remain feel now?


Brexit means Brexit: how do those who voted Leave and Remain feel now?

My submission is at the bottom – Smiley, 31 from London

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/03/brexit-means-brexit-how-do-those-who-voted-leave-and-remain-feel-now?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

What is Manhood (Rujūlah)?


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The definition of manhood (Rujūlah) has been endlessly discussed and dissected in scholarly tomes. For many ancient cultures, manhood was rooted in being a warrior. But it was a battlefield-specific manhood ill-prepared for life during peacetime. In early American history, manhood was connected with being a yeoman farmer or independent artisan. But when the Industrial Revolution moved men from farm to factory, men wondered if true manliness was possible in the absence of the economic independence they once enjoyed. In the 20th century, manhood meant being the familial breadwinner. But during times of Depression and Recession, and when women joined the workforce in great numbers, men felt deeply emasculated.

When manhood is connected to such cultural, and ultimately ephemeral guideposts, and times change, a crisis of manhood results. Some men then cling stubbornly to a past that cannot be recreated while others seek to redefine manliness in ways that while well-intentioned, end…

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