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hikikomori

FRANCE 24 reported on the hikikomori, people who live isolated in their bedrooms in Japan. The teenage stereotype of lock yourself in your room was something I experienced growing up. It was true for me (minus the lock) but not to the extreme exhibited by half a million in Japan. These people are known as […]

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Simon - Power In Discussion

Simon is a speech language therapist and founder of Power In Discussion, an organisation creating positive discussion in the context of mental health and well-being, identity, and experiences faced by Black communities in Britain and Black LGBT representation. What is your favourite city in the world? Las Vegas. What’s the most unusual item you take […]

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Jamaica and Germany flag pins

Until recently, the biggest link between Jamaica and Germany was tennis player Dustin Brown but now there’s a new connection. But it has nothing to do with the Jamaican people. So what is this “Jamaican coalition”? Let’s start from the beginning.   German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened talks on Friday to form a coalition with […]

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seito-cover

Atlas Obscura have written a brilliant article about a Japanese women’s magazine called Seitō. Initially created as a collection of work for women and by women, it slowly became a feminist movement on its own after the Japanese government moved to ban its publication. This only spurred the writers to continue. Feminist Hideko Fukuda wrote […]

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Who Old Are You

Find out who achieved their greatest feats at your age with “Who Old Are You”. They say it’s never too late and this website shows you exactly why. Enter your birth date and find out what other influential were people were doing at your age. Around my age, Shakespeare had just written Romeo and Juliet, […]

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james-baldwin

James Baldwin, one of the 20th century’s greatest public figures, had an FBI file. Such was the strength of racism and homophobia during the Civil Rights Movement. You can still feel that potency today, if not in different ways. But this quote from Literary Hub is harrowing: My memorandum date 7-17-64, which concerned the captioned […]

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Guest writer, Mark Mukasa, takes a look at the intriguing way language is used in Get Out… Get Out is probably one of the most unique and intriguing horror films I’ve seen since It Follows. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or two, Get Out is a huge box-office success […]

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Beyoncé - one of the greatest women alive

A Twitter friend of mine put me onto a ShortList article. It was called “33 things all great men should own” and if the title didn’t make you cringe, the list certainly will. It starts with “At least one vinyl album from the 70s” because apparently, a record from 40 years ago is essential to […]

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People love to argue on the internet and especially love a game of oneupmanship. One particular phrase uttered by cocky know-it-alls is “ad hominem” or, in full, “argumentum ad hominem”. It’s a logical fallacy whereby someone tries to undermine a person’s argument by attacking them rather than addressing the argument made. But those on the […]

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