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Opinion: The disease of more

Scottie Pippen, part of the iconic Chicago Bulls basketball team of the ‘90s, witnessed success as an addiction. Often people who have achieved success, defined by happy relationships, profitable businesses, comfortable lifestyles, still do not feel satisfied and consistently reach for more. This is known as the ‘Disease of More’. This concept was first coined in a sporting context by Pat Riley, a hall of fame basketball executive, former coach and player, with 10 NBA titles to his name. He

Construction of new smart motorways halted until safety upgrades installed

No new smart motorways will be opened until proposed safety upgrades have been installed, the Government revealed last week. The announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps detailed that stopped vehicle detection (SVD) technology will be installed in all new smart motorways. The announcement comes after Highways England’s first year stocktake into the progress of smart motorways. Shapps also confirmed that the implementation of new radar technology has been accelerated for all existing

Darcy Bourne: the England hockey player turned Black Lives Matter activist

Having graced all levels of competitive hockey in her short career, Darcy Bourne was already on her way to the top, but when a photographer captured her at the Black Lives Matter protest last summer, a new career path was forged. It was June 2020, and the former Surbiton player was standing by the US Embassy with a sign that stated, with the paint still wet: ‘WHY IS ENDING RACISM A DEBATE?’

Where to get your 'zero-waste' refills in South West London

The last decade has seen a steep rise of ‘eco-friendly’ solutions to human waste, with a reduction in single-use goods at its core. And whilst ‘sustainability’ has become a tool by shops with recyclable packaging to prove they are environmentally friendly, at its core the idea of sustainability is maintaining peaceful and plentiful co-existence between people and the planet. Introduce newest buzzword on the block: ‘zero-waste’, a term referring to the way of life that promotes reusing and rein

Justin Bieber's Justice: an ode to owning your mistakes and loving what you do

Justice, Justin Bieber’s sixth studio album, reveals a whole new man to the one the public has known for years. From the squeaky-clean boy who sang Baby, or the sultry teenage trainwreck who rapped with Chris Brown about ‘putting girls down’ (not quite what you’d think), Bieber has shapeshifted through his musical career. This time the ‘Prince of Pop’ defies labels by combining 80s-style jam Die For You and R&B soul in Peaches with pop-heavy Love You Different in an embrace of all musical genr

Rugby's TV debut - 83 years on from the first televised Calcutta Cup

As the nation gears up for the final round of the Guinness Six Nations this weekend, it’s hard to imagine a time when rugby wasn’t on our screens, but today is the anniversary of the first televised rugby match, a Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland. On March 19th 1938, 83 years ago, the BBC broadcast the first ‘Six Nations’ game in which Scotland, captained by Wilson Shaw, beat Herbert Toft’s English side 21-16. Then known as the Home Nations Championships, before France and Italy

It’s A Sin Review: Russell’s T Davies’ beautifully tragic AIDS drama

It’s A Sin, Channel 4’s latest drama series, tells the story of a group of friends living through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Whilst many films and documentaries have been made about AIDS in the United States, It’s A Sin is the first to effectively explore the UK’s story of the epidemic. Beginning in 1981 and spanning a decade, the series follows Ritchie, Colin and Roscoe, as they leave the crushing homophobia of their small-town lives for the streets of London. Accompanied by the powerful

“Wiped out, exhausted and irritated”: a student’s account of life on Zoom

As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, schoolchildren have turned to Zoom for an education. For those with access to devices and internet connection, online education started with the entertaining novelty of Zoom backgrounds and a cacophony of background noise. But not too long after the mute button was mastered, came an unwelcome phenomenon: ‘Zoom fatigue’, 2020’s new definition of burnout. Ella, a student at St Paul’s Girls’ School, spends all day on Zoom logging into virtual

Go with the Flo! How a Fulham-based trainer got her street fit in lockdown

Personal trainer Flo Dowler from Fulham has used the coronavirus lockdowns to help keep her neighbours fit and healthy. Flo, 24, began her career after she realised that a lack of training knowledge often left her with injuries and unable to pursue her passion of sport. By using a mix of pilates, strength and conditioning, her training usually focuses on preventing injury and reducing pain and discomfort. But when the pandemic hit the UK and London was forced into lockdown, Flo decided to use

'We want an economy that grows health and well-being' - Extinction Rebellion’s new 'financial disobedience'

Extinction Rebellion is planning to target financial institutions in order to expose the ‘political economy’s complicity’ in the climate crisis. The strategy includes actions of debt and tax disobedience, by diverting business tax and loans from banks who fund fossil fuel projects towards green recovery. Making up part of their 2021 Action Strategy, this ‘Money Rebellion’ aims to end the climate emergency by changing the economic system that fuels it. Demanding that banks stop funding polluti
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