Let’s Talk About The “Strong, Independent Woman”

Recently, I’ve heard my fair share of the phrase: “You’re a strong, independent woman”, and as someone who finds herself becoming increasingly obsessed with gender equality (or lack of it), this phrase has finally struck a nerve and I’ll tell you why: Being both strong and independent are the characteristics which allow us to thrive…

Fox Hunting – The Sport of Posh Psychopaths?

Like many of Theresa May’s political moves, the appeal to lift the ban on fox hunting will be one of the most controversial. In place since 2005, the act condemns and criminalizes the act of hunting wild animals. However, I would argue that lifting the ban is not simply a politically controversial decision, but also…

Keep On Keeping On

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself” – Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). When I was little, I thought for the longest time that if I worked hard enough for something, prayed…

Hawking, Stoker and Hosseini

We all have our rough days, more often than not and when it gets to the point where the rug really gets pulled out from under my feet, the only thing that makes me feel like me again are books. Books and candles. There’s something pretty comforting about cozying up in a blanket, candles lit…

‘Annabel Lee’

I recently came across Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ in ‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare. It tickled something in the back of my mind and I realised I’d read it once before when I was in school. Reading it again, with and without a certain context made me think of so many different things…

Lex Malla, Lex Nulla

Law. A word that binds every single one of us on some level or another. Law. A single entity that dictates the very momentum of life. Law. An established system of rules which a particular country or community recognises as regulating the actions of its members, and which it may enforce by the imposition of…