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I did an MA in English literature at Kings College London where I wrote a dissertation on representations of characters with learning difficulties. I am very imaginative and write on a range of topics. I like to read, listen to music and draw.

What is there to love about the Autumn season?

On the face of it Autumn is a melancholy time of year. Cooling of temperature and shortening of days signal that progression into cold, dreary winter months lurks just around the corner. However, there is much we can enjoy about this mysterious season. It is a time of transition that is vital to the cycle of nature and the world. Beginning with ...

Best pets for working people

Choosing a pet is a decision often influenced by the lifestyle one leads. Although day to day commitments make the idea of having one seem difficult, many people would still love to and it is just a matter of finding the right one so that both owner and pet are happy. Those who have even the busiest schedules like to ...

Cath Kidston and Winnie the Pooh team up

British designer Cath Kidston recently teamed up with Disney to create a new range featuring the beloved character Winnie the Pooh – and friends, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, a one-off edition that launches today. So if you’re fond of the designer’s trademark floral prints and equally cannot resist the adorable naive and friendly bear then keep an eye out for the exquisite new ...

Child, Aristocrat, Muse.. the “real” heroine of Alice in Wonderland

While everyone has heard of Alice and Wonderland, little is known of the woman who inspired the book, or its muse. An ambiguous figure, she lived a public yet private life. A fairy tale - it might seem - on the surface, yet tinged with sadness.

Known for being the shadow of her fictional alter ego, Alice Liddell, one of ten children, was born on 4 May 1852. Her father was Henry Liddell, then head of Westminster school who relocated the family to Oxford upon accepting a position as dean at the university. The Liddell children were encouraged to participate in social events, consequently they attended parties and functions held in their parents' home and brushed soldiers with influential members of Oxford society.

In Oxford, the family met and established contact with Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, who worked as a mathematics tutor as well as a writer and photographer. Dodgson spotted Alice and made her a subject of his photographic works, something which has raised much controversy among present day critics. Many photographs

Our obsession with selfies is not as innocent as it seems

The culture of today is becoming increasingly social media and technologically savvy and we are living in a world in which the “here and now” is of vital importance. The obsession with the “selfie” mirrors the sense of urgency surrounding this and is substantiated by a need to capture even the most mundane events of life. As the somewhat self ...

The impact of music on health is greater than we realise

Music has always been used generically for healing, but according to researchers it may be an ingredient for prolonged happiness and cognitive ability; even for stroke patients and individuals with dementia. The benefits of listening to music are wide ranging and offer improvements in well being, a decrease in pain and invigoration of memory and concentration to name a few. Neuroscientists ...

Just what is “abstract” art, exactly?

Anyone who knows little about abstract art would be forgiven for thinking that it is just a bunch of shapes and objects. Abstract artists appear to be driven by the desire to attach labels and categories to their work.  Further exploration, though, reveals that the search for meaning within abstract art is a conundrum highlighting both freedom of opinion and ...

Strategies for combating tiredness

Tiredness, for some people, is not something over which to be significantly concerned. However, for others, it is sadly a fact of life. Anyone can experience feeling tired from time to time, but when it persists and appears to be caused by no particular internal or external trigger it can signal an underlying health issue. It may come as a ...

Well known mythological creatures unravelled

Mythological creatures have been a source of creative inspiration for many centuries. Their representation and appearance have evolved with time. While many people will instantly recognise these figures, less is known of their cultural significance and general personality as developed through the mediums in which they are depicted. The most pioneering champion of this imaginative world is J.R.R Tolkien. He envisaged and ...

Early bird or night owl: which are you?

The holistic effect of our sleeping patterns has become a subject of interest in recent years. Emphasis has been made on the distinction between individuals who wake up and function best in the morning (early birds), and those for whom these internal states are reversed; where night time is favoured (owls). Those who are early birds go to bed early, ...

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