My name is Gráinne Maguire and I have a terrible secret; this year, the highlight of my social calendar, my Glastonbury, my 18-30s holiday is the Labour Party Conference in Manchester. As a stand-up comedian and a veteran of the Edinburgh festival, I want to see how the Labour Party conference compares with the annual comedy month of shame.
In October NHS Smokefree is supporting Stoptober, a campaign to encourage people to stop smoking for 28 days. Those who manage to stop smoking for this period are more likely to give up for good. Lauren Dickinson shares her experiences of taking part in a 28-day programme over the summer to kick the habit.
Two new dog-themed television series burst onto the box this month, along with the trend of endlessly popping a pooch into a commercial, it is proof of the increasing popularity of dog ownership.
A lot of people have offered to marry me over the last few years… but only out of pity. Whilst I wouldn’t mind a husband now and again to do the washing-up, it wouldn’t help my case. Married couples have to be residents here in Tanzania for two years before they can apply to adopt.
For me, there is little worse than a bellowing rendition of Rule Britannia, or a mention of past empirical ‘greatness.’ That said, there is one thing that seemingly does grant us first prize in the lottery of life. That is our language.
Video games are striving to reach both the same artistic and commercial value of other mediums such as film, television and literature. They are getting closer to achieving this with every passing year, especially in the commercial and consumer sales aspects. Despite all this, video games remain languishing in the curious position of having millions upon millions of loyal consumers whilst also having an extremely negative, broader reputation that it just can’t seem to shake off.
At 4am on Thursday morning, myself, a Polish friend and two Englishmen will all begin the long and tiresome journey to Munich for a long weekend. After moving from the sunny shores of Australia to London two years ago, it comes as a bit of a surprise that I’m showing my European friends just what it is that makes Oktoberfest a place worth going to, and returning to, as I set forth into Beerfest for the second time in as many years.
Artist Lesley Kerman talks about the inception of her new exhibition at Goldsmiths University, the ironically-titled ‘Advice to Women in Management’, which address the experiences of women in managerial roles and arm them with an understanding of the forces at work.
The leaked tape of Mitt Romney speaking at a private donors function has, it’s fair to say, caused something of a stir since being released last week. The most important remarks made by Romney in the tape are that 47% of the American public ‘believe that they are victims’ and are ‘dependent on the government’.
When Claire Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, finished the London Marathon in a robotic suit in the spring, she was universally hailed as the Bionic Woman. She tells me that she knew the challenge was going to be a massive one, and that the achievement, if she managed it, would be a first.
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