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Depression, Flight 9525 and the Media - Stigma Sticks

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 10:00 AM

"Killer pilot suffered from depression."

"Depressed German deliberately flew into mountain."

"Suicide pilot had a long history of depression - why on earth was he allowed to fly?"

By now you'd have to have been trapped deep in the wilderness in a cave guarded by angry honey badgers not to...

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No More Page 3: An Ode to Tits and Arse

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 6:55 AM

I remember The Sun newspaper littering the worn coffee tables of my school common room. The boys in the year above comparing Page 3 models to various girls they'd seen naked. Katie from Dorset, 34DD, out on display like strawberry millions in the local sweet shop window. She was an...

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Christmas Marketing and the Hysteria Illusion

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:41 AM

"Why do they call it 'Christmas time', when 'time' is the one thing you don't have at Christmas?" sighs the Curry's voice-over man on the radio. Before we have a chance to ponder whether this is true, he's chipper as a grotto elf and explaining how the electrical shop plans...

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Adventures in Meditation - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 10:28 AM

'Go away I'm MEDITATING!' wasn't something I expected to snarl at the knock on my bedroom door while in the throes of meditative bliss, but as it turns out, finding inner peace through this traditional Buddhist practice isn't as easy as it looks. For something that from the outside looks...

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Gove us a Break - Why the New Ebacc Reeks of Ignorance

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 6:06 AM

'Oh for heavens sake...' muttered my science teacher, brandishing a fistful of marked mock exam papers at his nervous class. 'Stop CRAPPING all over the QUESTIONS!' Thus followed an entire lesson on exam technique to help trim back our rambling, excrement-like responses to 'what the exam board wants to see',...

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Braingasms and Towel Folding - The ASMR Effect

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM

"Hey everybody, this is The Water Whispers and I've decided to make a towel folding video today, and maybe if I have enough time I'll do some paper cutting...", murmurs a gentle, lilting female voice. You wouldn't think you're listening to the beginning of a hit Youtube video,...

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It's Not Easy Being Lean - the Women of London 2012

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 7:36 AM

I've never been bothered about watching sport on the TV. When the English football team was being squeezed out of Euro 2012 by Italy earlier this summer, I could be found skipping gleefully down the middle of a traffic-free road, to make the most of a supermarket quieter than the...

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Barefaced Celebs - Why Our Makeup Obsession Completely Misses the Point

(6) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Holly Willoughby recently posted a makeup free photo of herself on Twitter. She joins the growing brigade of female celebrities publicly baring their natural faces to prove that it's not always necessary to pile on the slap as soon as the first ray of sunlight penetrates their retinas in the...

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