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Book Review – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Stephanie Hallson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Kettle Mag
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, published in English in 2008, has since become two major films. Known as one of the best crime thrillers and having sold 15 million copies in the US alone, it really is a fantastic book. Here are my reasons why...  Stieg Larsson wrote the trilogy of The Girl With The...
5 of the best workout shoes workout, shoes, style, summer, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
Everybody knows that once its April, the rest of the year goes pretty quickly and before you know it- it’s summer and you have holidays booked and a bikini body is on your mind. Now is the time when many of us are getting back into the gym for summer preparation- and I have the...
How to register to vote survey, voting, politics, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
With the snap election having been called by Theresa May on June 8th, it is important that you remember to register to vote and go and make a difference. Therefore I’m here to take you through how you register to vote. To register to vote in the UK, you have to be at least 16...
Why we should respect people still in the closet acceptance, closet, sexuality, LGBT, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
It’s 2017 and being gay or anything other than straight, is pretty much widely accepted. Many people now feel comfortable enough in society to be open and come out about their sexuality. However, there are some people that do not feel this way and have still not told anyone about their feelings and sexuality. They are...
Emory Hall: My favourite photographer camera, photography, Emory Hall, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
Emory Hall is a travel photographer, as well as currently working as her musician husband’s creative director. She follows him on tour and has created the photographic artwork for his three most recent albums. Emory travels around the globe, and has visited places like India, Turkey and Nepal, capturing the culture and life of the natives through her...
My top 10 favourite nonfiction books KettleMag, Favourite Books, Stephanie Hallson
I’m a massive book-worm so here’s a list of my favourite non-fiction books, in no particular order, that you should also give a read! Viking Clothing by Thor Ewing Being a descendant from the Vikings is a huge part of my life at the moment, and I love learning anything about them and what they were...
Should other people’s sexuality really matter anymore? LGBT, pride, sexuality, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
So it’s the 21st century, and everyone and their dog on the internet are exclaiming how being gay is “wrong” and “disgraceful” and “un-natural”, and despite huge numbers of people across the world, in places like Brighton and Las Vegas, flying the literal flag for equality and acceptance no-matter your sexuality; there are still people...
The science behind bee extinction Bees, science, extinction, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
Bees have been around for hundreds of years. Up until recently, the UK countryside was full of wild flowers and grasses that promoted the growth and sustainability of bee colonies across the country. However, in recent years the increased demand and production of food using technology has meant the rapid decline in wild flowers and...
Justin Trudeau’s impact on gender equality Justin Trudeau, feminism, Canada, world, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister is a self-proclaimed feminist and has stated: “I will keep saying that until there is no more reaction to that when I say it, because that’s where we want to get to.”  So I wanted to look into this statement and see some of the things he has done to...
The Darkness Writing, Creative, Stephanie Hallson, The Darkness, Kettle Mag
The wind howled and the rain pummeled my face, my hair violently being pulled across my face. My vision blurred in the storm and a flash of lighting illuminated the sky-unveiling the intense inky black of the sea below me and the violet sky above. I was alone. The sole person around for miles and...
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It relieves cramps Having sex on your period or whilst your partner is, and having an orgasm actually relieves cramps because they’re naturally pain relieving. Not only that but having sex on your period can also shorten yours or your partners period. Less bleeding- yay! It isn’t as messy as you may think The amount...
Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup cosmetics-1543276_1920.jpg
Hiding behind make-up A few years ago, you would not see me outside without makeup on. There was absolutely no way I would leave my house with bare skin. I would feel naked if I didn't have on my foundation, contour, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. Being perpetually conscious of what I looked like, I was...
Why menstrual inequality needs to stop Kettle Mag: Steph Hallson
Volunteers from the Darlington Salvation Army food bank have revealed that homeless women cannot afford sanitary products and are too embarrassed to ask for help. Therefore, they are forced to use newspapers, old socks and handkerchiefs in place of proper sanitary protection. In light of this, Binti, a new social enterprise, aims to promote menstrual...
My bookish Christmas list Bookish, Christmas, wishlist, books, Stephanie Hallson, Kettle Mag
I have been a bibliophile since I was a young child, and I am always looking for new books to read! Here are a few of the books that are on my list to get this Christmas… 1. Vikings by Marjolein Stern The top of the list for me is a book called Vikings by Marjolein...
3 simple hairstyles to try out this winter woman-931713_1920.jpg
We all know that when winter comes around, all we want to do is lay in our warm beds for as long as possible, and the last thing we want to be doing is spend hours on our hair. Here are three quick and simple hairstyles that you should try out this winter. 1. French Braid...
This Girl Can…Play a ‘Manly’ Sport Kettle Mag: Steph Hallson
This Girl Can is a nationwide campaign developed by Sport England to celebrate women being active, no matter how well they do it. It encourages women and girls to get into sport and not to be afraid of stereotypes nor the people that may make fun of them for doing so.  One sport that is...
My Fitness Journey: Outrunning Diabetes. running.jpg
In 2014, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and was told I had six months to lose enough weight to not be put on a medication called Metformin. This motivated me to lose weight, even though I never used to care what I looked like. With the threat of being put on medication to control...
Is television rape becoming too normalised? Consent, Rape, TV, Culture, Media, Society, Women, Kettle Mag, Steph Hallson
With the recent rape portrayal in Poldark receiving a huge backlash by the End Violence Against Women charity for having a seemingly “appalling message,” there is a question to be asked as to why television shows are still prettifying the portrayal of rape. Poldark is the most recent television portrayal in countless series of shows, including BBC One’s The White...
Eight Tips For Saving Money Whilst Travelling Visit the beautiful Lake Como by boat
Travelling can be expensive- what with the flights, hotels, transportation and extra activities you want to do during your stay. However, I have some handy tips for you to save money whilst travelling. Rome2Rio Rome2Rio is a website and app which can tell you the cheapest way to travel to any destination. It gives options...
Locked Up With Oscar Wilde. wilde2.jpg
Oscar Wilde is widely known for work such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Ernest; but is less known for being imprisoned. Wilde served two years in Reading Gaol prison in 1895 for gross indecency- a term used to criminalise sex between men. Yes, Oscar Wilde was a homosexual. Wilde was...