Elbows Off the Table!

A couple of months ago publishing company Cengage published my blog post on the origins of ‘Elbows off the table’ – a brief research into the why it has always been so abominably rude to have your elbows on the table, something that even my mother could never properly answer. I felt very privileged to…

THIS GIRL CAN – So Why Isn’t She? Women and Sport

It is a well acknowledged fact that a lower proportion of women engage in sport compared to men (31.7% compared to 40.7% to be exact), and Sport England’s annual This Girl Can campaign is just one effort going into combatting this. And yet, even with its positive message of anti-body shaming, the campaign has still…

Beating Blogger’s Block

We’ve all been there – the thoughts are there but the words won’t come and the blink-blink-blink of the cursor on the blank document feels like the countdown to your head exploding. Writer’s block. Or Blogger’s Block more specifically. Whether you’re writing a story, a post, an article or an essay sometimes you simultaneously know…

Exploring Asturias: A Spanish Expedition

When people think of Spain they think of lazy pool days, scorching temperatures and sandy beaches. They think of the South, in short. In fact, Southern Spain has become such a popular destination among Brits that some say parts of it have almost lost their Spanish roots all together, turning more into a 30-Degree-Skegness, where…

Finding Dory – Teaching Kids to Respect Disability or Laugh at it?

Disclaimer: I refuse to apologise for the number of aquatic puns in this article. So last weekend I went to see Pixar’s new sensation-sequel Finding Dory and all week I’ve been chewing through a review in my head. This is unusual for me, normally I’ve whipped out a pen and pad the second we hit…

Free Yourself in Prague (for FREE) – Travel

Three things to take away from the city of Prague: Outstanding, cheap, quiet. When I first told people my friends and I were taking a trip to Prague this summer their first response was always “Ah, I hear that’s the place for stag and hen parties.” Maybe this stems from Prague ability to provide a…

What Salisbury’s First Pride Parade Can Mean – Feature

Salisbury’s First Pride Parade – More than just an Annual Event for a Tiny Town Sixty cities have one, and now so does my tiny home town Salisbury. That’s right, the tiny Cathedral city is getting its first ever Pride Parade at the end of this month. The Salisbury LGBT+ Group proposed the parade at…

Peregrine Falcons Lay First Eggs in Salisbury Cathedral – News

Salisbury Cathedral’s peregrine falcons produced their first egg just in time for Easter. The peregrine pair settled down to nest just before the Easter weekend and on Monday, March 28, the female laid her first egg just as the 2.15 pm Tower Tour reached the base of the Spire. Tower Tour guide Chris White said:…

Twitter in 140 Words- Feature

Twitter celebrates its tenth anniversary today so here’s the history of Twitter in not 140 characters but 140 words. Jack Dorsey started it all with his first tweet ‘just setting up my twttr’ sent March 21 2006 and look what it has begun. August 2007 released the debut of the revolutionary ‘hashtag’ and Twitter was first…

Longleat’s Festival of Light – Review

In a season of western present-giving, merriment and excess of food, Longleat’s Festival of Lights shines the culture of Chinese New Year in Europe’s ever largest display to usher in 2016 in a fresh way. Bringing in the year of the monkey with not so much a bang as a blaze, Longleat Safari Park, Warminster,…

Transphobia in the Media – Opinion

At a time when we think representation of the transgender community has improved in mass media, with popular shows like Orange Is The New Black exploring such issues in an accurate and sensitive way, Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2 trailer, released last month, reminds us that this is only one orange in a box of mouldy…

Suffragette – Review

A little late, but here’s my review of the Suffragette film released last month: Heroes – not ‘heroines’ – is the only way to describe the characters of Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan in their battle for equal rights to men. Squeezing one of the most influential movements…