Schmalentine’s

In honour of this most dreaded of holidays I bring you a post about … relationships. The single people of today are as likely to be marking February 14th with an anti-Valentine’s party (after all, women need men like fish need bicycles) as with a bitter pity-fest consisting of an evening indoors and alone spent crying and watching simpering couples walk hand in hand along … Continue reading Schmalentine’s

The Confidence Manifesto [BONUS]

If you still need convincing that confidence is super important, here is a little story. Imagine you need to buy a new wurtscriggle. A quick search reveals two companies that sell this product. You check out each of their websites in turn. The first homepage reads: The second homepage reads: The first company sounds unenthused; it doesn’t sound like they think they’re unique or worthwhile, … Continue reading The Confidence Manifesto [BONUS]

The Confidence Manifesto [Part 3]

Background: confidence is an invisible skill, but a large part of success in any domain. I haven’t always been particularly confident myself and didn’t quite realise how important it was until I saw its fruits in my own life. Learning to be confident is one of the most useful things I have done since leaving university and one of the best things that has happened … Continue reading The Confidence Manifesto [Part 3]

The Confidence Manifesto [Part 2]

Background: confidence is an invisible skill, but a large part of success in any domain. I haven’t always been particularly confident myself and didn’t quite realise how important it was until I saw its fruits in my own life. Learning to be confident is one of the most useful things I have done since leaving university and one of the best things that has happened … Continue reading The Confidence Manifesto [Part 2]

The Confidence Manifesto [Part 1]

Today I want to talk about confidence! Confidence is a large part of success in any domain, and success in the right domain is part of fulfilling every person’s potential – so it’s important. It’s not something careers advisors say much about, but it’s crucial for a successful career; it’s not something employers ask for, […]

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Wtf is the ‘meaning of life’?!

Those of us lucky enough, over the festive period, to be able to sink into the loving embrace of the sofa beside an open fire, glass of port in hand, belly full of turkey and Thornton’s, and surrounded by loving relatives, might be tempted to proclaim that ‘this is what it’s all about’. The meaningful life consists in the cosiness of affection, security and slight … Continue reading Wtf is the ‘meaning of life’?!

Call for post-Trumpocalypse armistice

Today is the 98th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. We’re not just remembering the dead and their families, we’re celebrating the end of a gruesome conflict. Cessation of hostilities is good. We’re not fighting with Germany any more, but we seem to be fighting amongst ourselves rather a lot. Brexiteers vs Remainers; Trumparians vs Clintonistas; the bigots vs the enlightened; … Continue reading Call for post-Trumpocalypse armistice

This House Believes … we should all be nice to each other

Amid the recent political turmoil I’ve found myself rewatching old reruns of the UK Parliament’s Prime Minister’s Questions: the highlight reel. I suppose given recent events in Turkey (etc) I can’t complain that the worst our parliamentarians have to deal with is a David Cameron calling his opposition a ‘muttering idiot’ or telling someone to ‘calm down, dear’. Yet one does wonder whether the snide … Continue reading This House Believes … we should all be nice to each other

Politics of oppression

If you’ve ever been told that you’ve internalised the patriarchy, that your feminism isn’t up to the mark because you don’t take specific account of ethnic minority women, that you can’t talk about abortion because you’re a man, that you should probably not even talk in a public place because as a cis white straight man your very words, dripping with the lard of privilege, … Continue reading Politics of oppression