There’s been a few articles in the news recently about Cultural Appropriation in western popular culture. It’s quite a controversial topic; and the question of whether it’s either ‘political correctness gone mad’ or yet another indicator of today’s inequality has been hotly debated. I did a speech for a scholar’s society meeting at school a … Continue reading POST #39: Cultural Appropriation
I'm loving the creative freedom a whole summer of no revision brings 😍 Prepare for more New York posts - I'm taking thousands of photos! new york. the storm has dislodged the stars from the sky and they have scattered dazed, blinking, here; the highway streams a rush of liquid gold. the peach clouded sunset is soft, … Continue reading POST #38: New York at Night
Okay, everyone - GCSE exams are finally over, and I’m on a plane at the moment, jetting over to New York! As you know, I haven’t posted anything for a while, and so, as a reward for all of you for sticking with me, and also as a reward for myself for surviving 25 public … Continue reading POST #37: Beating the Brexit Blues!
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have dinner with Professor Bob Hahn (currently at Oxford), and his wife. Among other things, he's a Behavioural Economist, and it was one of the first times I have ever had a long conversation about Behavioural Economics without boring the other person a lot! He has … Continue reading POST #36: Why I’m Glad I Don’t Follow Football
WARNING: This is a long post! In fact, it's a 3,000 word short story that I entered for our school competition. The title I was given was Ambiguous, and I tried to include as many ambiguous elements as possible. The sun sank leisurely below the dipped horizon, speckling lazy rays of light across the West-facing … Continue reading POST #35: Ambiguous
At school last week, we were asked to create a ‘Code of Conduct for Society’, using the Decalogue as a starting point. I came up with eight, and am recording them here. I think it would be interesting to look back in a few years and see how my personal ‘Code of Conduct’ has changed! … Continue reading POST #34: Isabel’s Eight Commandments
I’m afraid I haven’t posted in a while. I have a reason, and I’m going to try to explain. Over the last year, and especially the beginning of 2017, I’ve become heavily interested in modern politics. I’m obsessed. Every spare moment I get is spent trawling the BBC for new articles, and when there’s none … Continue reading POST #33: My Perspective on Today’s Politics
So we’re coming to the end of 2016. It’s been an interesting year, and from a political angle, a fraught one for many. Events such as Brexit and Trump’s victory have divided nations, with many branding the politicians supposed to represent Britain and America as ‘liberal elites’ out of touch with the unsatisfied majority. Donald … Continue reading POST #32: How Green Was My Valley
In recent years, the smartphone app Uber has massively increased in popularity; changing the way we think about the rules and regulations of marketplaces and the boundaries of traditional 'professions'. For example, in a tweet a few months ago, the co-founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, said 'Work is now flexible to life, not the other … Continue reading POST #31: Is Uber-cool?
Below is one of my favourite passages from my favourite book; Howard's End by EM Forster. It's about London, but could be describing any city in today's urban world. In this post, I'd like to just go through it and express in writing what these words mean for me. But first, have a read: Certainly … Continue reading POST #30: London