I lift weights and I’m always hungry

ahhh the athlete paradox, you lift weights to build essential muscle power, but you need to be lean to run/jump efficiently; yet all the training makes you so hungry 24/7 you feel the need to eat a huge veggie burger and fries just to temporarily satiate the black hole that is now your stomach. What to do?…

Is it moral to remove someone’s capacity for evil?

I recently finished reading the rather disturbing cult classic ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess, which through the eyes of a teenage delinquent, raises interesting questions about the criminal justice system. It questions the ethics of forcing someone to view violence as repugnant rather than a joy to partake in. Specifically, the novel addresses whether…

“Depression is anger”

“and who do you blame?  I blame myself” It’s not often that a line strikes me so strongly I have to pause to reread it, and reread it and reread it again. “Depression is anger” this is potentially my favourite line from Sarah Kane’s last play ‘4.48 Psychosis’ and was the line that got me hooked. Kane…

Why labour should wear jeans

I am by no means a David Cameron fan, but normally I can tolerate him. Yesterday in PM questions, he went too far. Cameron revealed his true nature and beliefs in an outrageous set of lines which sounded like they belonged in a film satirising the British class system. Whilst debating the future of the NHS,…

1984, more like 2015

Sometimes when reading classics, it begins to feel like the characters are a world away, completely unrelatable. Then, there are some books that you read that you wish were completely unrelatable, recently, 1984 by George Orwell, has become one such book. With the rise in legislation permitting government surveillance, phone tapping etc, it has begun…

Guilty for feeling nothing

I’ve always toyed with the idea of becoming a lawyer, a barrister specifically, and the way criminal trials are conducted interests me greatly. Last summer I had the privilege of shadowing a judge in criminal court, and watching a sex offence trial. It was only then that I realised just how much personal prejudice I…

“Waking up begins with saying am and now.”

Some books just stay with you. Sometimes you know instinctively from the very first line that what you’re reading is special, and you won’t be able to put it down; with A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood, I had that feeling. The plot is simple, it is the story of a man named George Falconer,…

So you think you want to study English…

About a year ago I began seriously considering what it was I wanted to study at university. Here in the UK that requires narrowing down to one or two subject choices, and then studying them for 3-4 years. I decided that I wanted to study History and English, but had no idea where to go…

So the Tories won…what now?

It’s safe to say I wasn’t the only person gutted disappointed by the surprising outcome of the UK general election, so I thought I would share my main thoughts/fears/predictions about what’s in-store for us over the next five years under the Cameron regime. I think the most worrying aspect of conservative policy can be summarised…

Charlie Hebdo & Free Speech

In light of the recent tragedy in Paris, in which 11 staff who worked at the offices of the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ were murdered, I have been hearing a lot of discussion regarding the right to ‘Free Speech’. When I first read about what occurred, my reflex reaction was to exclaim that ‘Of course…

Why did Bolivia refuse to sign the Montevideo Convention?

I was studying the importance of the 1933 Montevideo Convention in Politics, and of all the countries who had representatives attending, Bolivia was the only country to attend but not sign the Convention. Why? I asked around and had a google, but nowhere seemed to explain, so I decided to investigate until I found an…