Debunking the myth of the Winter of Discontent – what was 1970s Britain really like?

With the UK’s Labour Party now firmly on the left of politics, the old argument of the ‘dark days’ of 1970s Britain is once again rearing its ugly head.

This argument is often brought forward by those on the right of politics. They say – ‘It was a mess – inflation was really high and the general public were upset. Britain was the sick man of Europe. The trade unions had too much power. We had no choice but to embrace Thatcherism and, by extension, Reaganism. A small state, anti welfare, pro business world is the only one that truly works. Blah blah blah.’

Well, I’m here to tell you that this narrative is false. If I was being generous, I’d call it misguided ignorance from right wingers. If I was being pessimistic, I’d call it an out-and-out lie by the rich and powerful.

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6 ways to combat your IBS

Are you one of the many people who suffer from chronic disgestion problems? You’re not alone. It is now clear from research conducted in all corners of the world that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a truly global human disorder occurring at high rates in every population of the planet.

In many cases, it can be a mild annoyance. But for many others, like myself, it’s sudden, unexpected and life altering. For me, it reached a point where I couldn’t do my job anymore. I stopped socialising and I became a shadow of my former self.

Naturally,  in desperate situations such as these, your first instinct is to seek help from a doctor. Clearly, you want to figure the problem out so you can resolve it and live a normal life again. But after several GP consultations, often with very little investigation, sufferers often get the same diagnosis – IBS.

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Rom Coms – Harmless fun or rewiring your brain?

Roms Coms seem to be always the same. A woman has her life completely together – except for her love life. Oh she’s been around the block a few times – that is, she has had far more sexual experience than most men. But the current man in her life, which could be someone she recently broke up with or is currently with…isn’t…quite right….somehow.

Then she meets someone, usually someone loosely connected to her social circle – and then, suddenly, it’s fate. Sure, most of the time there are obstacles. Maybe there’s someone else in the picture. Maybe he has children and they take up most of his life. Or maybe he just isn’t available emotionally yet.

But, in the end, love prevails. Always. It’s destiny. They are soul mates. After all, there’s someone for everyone. Right? Hmmm…

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On being normal

It will come as no surprise to people that know me that I have been referred to as ‘weird’ quite a few times in my life.

But, surprisingly, it really hit me the last time. Not especially because it bothers me anymore…it doesn’t. In fact, I’ve learnt to take it as a compliment. No, it hit me more because my immediate thought was “well what’s so great about thinking you’re ‘normal'”.

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You are not your thoughts

“I think therefore I am.” These were the words of Rene Descartes. After years of philosophical scepticism, he finally came to the conclusion that it’s the one thing we can be sure of. Or is it?

Although he had a great philosophical mind, he had it completely wrong. He was identifying with his thoughts – but you are not your thoughts at all…You are something much more profound, something much deeper.

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