I’m currently taking a course at Stratford College on writing for newspapers and magazines. Each pupil was asked to write a feature on a specialist subject. This is Keep calm and carry on by Diana Humphries
You would have to have had your head buried in the sand lately to have missed seeing this phrase, emblazoned as it is on everything from tea-towels to tote-bags. A gentle poke of fun at just how busy our lives have become as we all endeavour to do more, have more, ‘be’ more. But amusing as it may be, there are those of us for whom it presents a crueller message as we attempt daily to mask the mess inside and show the world that we are sailing serenely and successfully through life and all that it throws at us. It is now estimated that over 9 percent of the adult UK population suffer from mixed depression and anxiety at any one time, and that of that figure more than 60 percent are women. READ MORE
I’m currently taking a course at Stratford College on writing for newspapers and magazines. Each pupil was asked to write a feature on a specialist subject. This is the Great sugar debate by Abi MacFarlane.
Sugar is now public enemy number one. A number of years ago fat hit the headlines as the source of all evil and soon after eggs were in the firing line. Only 2 a week the guidelines screamed out unless you want high cholesterol and ultimately a heart attack of course whilst on 40mg of statins, the wonder drug. Dame Sally Davies (the chief medical officer) now wants a tax on sugar and whilst too much of the white stuff has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and increased tooth decay taxation is a lazy way of attempting to solve what is a much more complex problem. Proposed Taxation will be at 20% taking a Mars bar from 60p to 72p and a can of coke from 65p to 78p. And Davies has said that higher taxes is an effective way to control the consumption of these products. If only this was true. READ MORE
I’m currently taking a course at Stratford College on writing for newspapers and magazines. Each pupil was asked to write a feature on a specialist subject. This is Hitting the High Notes : If you really want to learn how to sing, look no further than the humble church choir by Elaine Barker.
Gareth Malone has been on a mission to get the nation singing. He wants his latest series Sing while you work, to inspire a whole generation. It’s a laudable ambition and numerous studies suggest that singing with others is very good for us on all sorts of physical and psychological levels. Malone’s successful, watchable TV programmes have resulted in burgeoning community choirs of every description: they are ideal for inexperienced singers and those nervous of the choral societies’ membership fees, auditions and slightly high brow reputations. Gareth has shown us that singing is for everyone and we can all have a go. But there’s one kind of choir that’s always been around, traditionally welcomed new members whatever their background, and that’s the church choir. It’s where the likes of successful pop role models such as Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, started their singing careers. Wannabe rock stars – take note! READ MORE
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