The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that 20 million cosmetic surgeries took place in 2014. 20.1% of these took place in the USA, closely followed by Brazil, Japan and South Korea (1). The reaction towards people who receive cosmetic surgery has been mixed. On the one hand, you’ll see many tabloid magazines shaming […]Read more "Plastic People"
Having been born in 1998, I have lived my life in the shadow of Princess Diana. I never saw her on television, never felt invested in her life or experienced the uproar surrounding her untimely death. The first time I even heard her name, in a year 6 History lesson, I thought she was a […]Read more "The Meaning Of Diana"
It’s a curious contradiction that a society that attempts to shed light on mental illnesses still remains one that shies away from it.Read more "The Kids Aren’t Alright – Mental Illness and Young People"
Salman Abedi. Khalid Masood. Khuram Shazad Butt. Sohail Ahmed could have joined this list of homegrown jihadists. But just before he followed through with his plans to launch an attack on Britons, he had a change of heart. And since then, he has worked to raise awareness about extremism, granting interviews to American pundits such […]Read more "Life After Terror: An Interview With Sohail Ahmed"
We are a world of consumers. Why else would ‘Love Island’ be gripping the attention of so many TV viewers in recent weeks? People love to watch others humiliate themselves, get involved in antics and escalate themselves to celebrity status overnight. And perhaps, in depressing periods of a country’s recent history, it provides some light […]Read more "Eyes Of Judgement: The Culture Of Celebrity"
The greatest irony of this article is that it applies to me more than anybody. I wanted to start off with a quote from Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister of Adolf Hitler: ‘If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.’ I’d intended to […]Read more "A Lie Told A Thousand Times…"
What was once a worst case scenario has become a daunting reality for the United Kingdom. Within the span of three months, the country has been hit by three Islamist terrorist attacks – the first on Westminster Bridge, the second at Ariana Grande’s concert and the most recently on London Bridge. Through the three attacks, […]Read more "Making Of A Jihadist"