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On the buses...

On the buses…

Last week, Boris Johnson’s claims about making model buses in his spare time, were met with some incredulity. It was widely reported, and the general reaction seemed to be it was yet another bizarre interview, with commentators arguing it once... More…
Student Mental Health, Social Class and Insecurity in Sally Rooney’s "Normal People"

Student Mental Health, Social Class and Insecurity in Sally Rooney’s “Normal People”

ISBN 9780571334650 Format Paperback Published 02/05/2019 Length 288 pages Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People (recently published in paperback) has drawn a great deal of praise being suggested as a “future classic” for its zeitgeisty insights into the relationships and... More…
Leadership Blues

Leadership Blues

As Britain descends further into the dystopian nightmare that Brexit has become, the latest instalment of our journey from serious country to sick joke is the Tory leadership contest.  That a country, that considers itself a democracy, can choose a... More…
Colour-blindness in Sweden: Revealing the veiled truth

Colour-blindness in Sweden: Revealing the veiled truth

“Our fight against right populism is needed in Europe” The quote above was the campaign slogan of the Center Party (Centerpartiet) in Sweden during the recent EU election, which clearly positioned the party as having an anti-right populist political stance at... More…
Simple Solutions for Complex Lives

Simple Solutions for Complex Lives

Magical thinking and multiple, complex needs in the UK In the UK at present, we appear to have an epidemic of magical thinking about the lives of the unhoused victims of universal credit (UC), the ‘20%’ with multiple and complex... More…
Her bloody project – managing menstruation at work*

Her bloody project – managing menstruation at work*

Recent legislative limitations placed on women’s rights to abortion in the US, similar to those in Northern Ireland, are a timely reminder of how certain aspects of society hate and want to control women, and the ways in which that... More…
The Colonisation of Pondering and Pottering

The Colonisation of Pondering and Pottering

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where... More…
Acknowledging Unpaid Public Work

Acknowledging Unpaid Public Work

The Need for Authentic Peer Support The idea of unpaid public work is an underexplored aspect of many women’s lives. Unpaid work might include: being a trustee on charitable boards, providing pastoral care and signposting people to welfare services, participating... More…
We’ve Been Here Before…..

We’ve Been Here Before…..

Last week’s post by Lesley Henderson on the contemporary anti-vaccination movement’s use of social media, Charlie Davison takes a look at the history of the battle between Public Health and the ‘Anti-Vaxxers’, and finds that things haven’t changed much in over... More…
The Anti-Vaxx Movement and New Media

The Anti-Vaxx Movement and New Media

Communicating Public Health in a Changing Landscape Some of you may already be aware of the latest Netflix documentary Behind the Curve. It focuses on a group of conspiracy theorists who persist in believing that the earth is flat. The... More…
Urban Nature

Urban Nature

There has been a resurgence of interest in the need for more green space in our cities.  Being near nature lifts the mood, and there is hard evidence of the positive mental health effects of time spent with nature.  However,... More…
The limits of participation?

The limits of participation?

All policies which prioritise the need and value of public participation are underpinned by the idea of a democratic deficit. A democratic deficit can be defined as failings in the levels of accountability and transparency in the ongoing operation of... More…