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Dissertation: What to do when you’re in panic mode
I am half way through my first term into my final year at university. And the topic of Dissertation happens to be looming in a dark cloud above my head. By week three I was told I should already be thinking about my dissertation topic and started some key reading. I just sort of buried my...
Waist Training: Should we, shouldn’t we?
Earlier this week I decided to jump on the bandwagon of waist training. Having done a fair amount of research, I was intrigued to find out whether it actually works or not. The fitness trend was first brought to the spotlight by The Kardashians and Jessica Alba on Instagram and has since become quite the...
Caitlyn Jenner: Finally free Caitlyn jenner, vanity fair, kettle mag, Harriet King
Yesterday there was a storm surge on social media. Why? Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic decathlete champion formerly known as Bruce, made her debut on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine under the headline ‘Call me Caitlyn’. After months of speculation over whether it was all a publicity stunt, the 65 year old reality TV...
General Election 2015: A shock to the system 5976378132_3506c0094b_o.jpg
I was a first-time voter in the recent 2015 election. And boy, weren’t we all in for a shock. The Conservatives took 330 votes in total, Labour came second with 229, SNP came third with 56, Liberal Democrats came fourth with 8 and Ukip secured 1 as did the Green's. When the exit poll dropped at 10pm,...
Body shaming: The shame of it Pixabay, Kettle Mag, Health, Body Shaming, Obesity, Harriet King,
Body shaming. Why has it become so common? Mostly women are subjected to criticism about their size or shape. Yet the amount of fat on a woman’s body does not determine her character, her intelligence or her success in life. Jamelia's comments Since I came into work this morning, former pop star Jamelia has been trending on...
Periods: Why is it still a taboo in society today?
Homelessness is a difficult topic. Many of us still perceive the homeless as lazy, dirty, and mostly suffering from drug or alcohol problems. Although many people are not homeless by choice. Also, homelessness can't be solved by giving a person food and money. Although that is a kind gesture, this only alleviates the problem temporarily....
Part-time job or part-time slob?
Although I am currently on my placement year, I had a part-time job during my first and second year of University. In my first year I was signed up to a hospitality recruitment agency that would ring me up when there was catering or hospitality work within my local area. This would include breakfasts, bar work...
Lance Armstrong: Public hero or enemy? Lance Armstrong, cycling, sport, Harriet King, Kettle Mag
One person who keeps cropping up in the news still is Lance Armstrong. Sport champion, cancer survivor, a public figure, and founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, people worshipped him across the globe. His net worth was pegged at $125 million (£80.4 million). Now Lance is considered sports’ most notorious drugs cheat. He has been stripped of his seven...
How to get fired on your first day of work telephone, mobile, social media, job, Harriet King, Kettle Mag
It’s Monday morning and the thought of work fills you with dread. You’re late for a start, then you discover your train is delayed or traffic is horrendous. And you just know your boss will pick you up on it even though it’s not your fault. Time to plaster your thoughts all over Twitter to...
The updated rules to dating kettlemag, sex, relationships, dating, first date, rules
With social media and dating apps, the dating ‘game’ has become easier than ever. There are also loads of dating books, columns in magazines and online articles that offer great advice. However, many dating rules have become outdated. For example: the guy must always pay, waiting three days to reply back to their text or...
Death of Leelah Alcorn: Transphobia Has Got to Go
Trigger Warning: Please be advised that this article contains mentions of transphobia, gender dysphoria, assault and suicide. In December 2014 at just 17 years old, Leelah Alcorn, a transgender girl from Ohio, took her own life by stepping onto a busy road after her parents refused to accept her gender identity. Leelah was raised in...
Getting rid of those unwanted Christmas gifts
'Round and round the Christmas tree, opening presents with the family, one for you and two for me, oh, what a Christmas Day', sang Christmas legend Bing Crosby. Christmas Day. The family bonding day when we have to ‘Ooh’ and ‘Ahh’ over each and every present we or someone else receives. Each year there is always that one relative or friend we...
Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home raises serious questions Harriet King, KettleMag, Swimming Home, book jacket
Having read Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker prize, as part of my ‘Writing for Public Relations’ module in my first year of university and decided to give it another shot following recent media coverage. A relevant issue 2014 has dealt with some hard-hitting stories. If you look at the coverage for mental...
How to survive Christmas Day with your family Argument
“It’s Christmas!” bawls Noddy Holder. Christmas time, all the family are round and the booze is flowing. Oh, how I love the chorus of ‘You’ve gained weight’ and ‘Have you got a man in your life yet?’. YES I have gained weight, Gran. Sorry no, Mr Right hasn’t come along yet. Haha, yes I am aware...