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Magdalena returns

Considering how much evolution we’ve gone through to get where we are today, it’s more than a little amusing that, as a species, we’re often resistant to change. So, when we’re faced with a major upheaval or challenge, we’re likely to bury our heads in the sand and hope it simply goes away of its …

Rönkkö, Emma and Mimmi

Growing up has perhaps never been more difficult than it is today. While, in theory, young people have never had so much opportunity and connectivity, this all comes at a price. The same technological advances that allow myriad possibilities opens up a Pandora’s Box of dangers. Forced to live in the moment, any error of …

A young missionary

The restorationist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints considers itself to be the modern embodiment of the church founded by Jesus Christ. Based in Salt Lake City and formed by Joseph Smith in the early nineteenth century, it has become one of the biggest denominations in the world. All young Mormon men are expected …

As strange as it may seem, we’re only here today because of volcanoes. The Earth has been, and continues to be, sculpted and shaped by these mighty powerhouses. They can create life and destroy it, providing the building blocks from which flora, fauna and animals emerged. Present on every continent, over 1500 of them are …

It’s impossible to appreciate the challenges being in a wheelchair presents to carrying-out everyday tasks, let alone anything a little more ambitious. The things those of us who are able-bodied take for granted can become some kind of elaborate obstacle course. It’s still scandalous that in 2022 there are so many places and spaces which …

Mother and daughter

As the US Supreme Court continues to push back women’s rights in Texas by decades, it’s worth remembering that abortion has only been legal in the country for less than fifty years. When it comes to a woman’s right to choose, Europe has been little better and often much worse. In France, it became legal …

Sarah training for competition

I think everyone is afraid, at one time or another, of becoming terminally ill. It’s only natural to fear for the worst every time you’re waiting for results from medical tests. As a species, we spend far too much time considering our own mortality. Running disaster scenarios through our heads. It’s one area where the …

Tolik attempt to carry on as normal

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the last few weeks, you’ll have read about the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia in the news. While the coverage tends to focus on the probability of an invasion and what form one might take, the countries are already ay war and have been …

Shery and Lilas

While the last decade has seen a lot of progress within the music industry, it’s still a male-dominated area and one where women regularly find themselves treated as second-class ‘citizens’. That’s on top of the abuse, prejudice and harassment they routinely suffer. Especially if they actually have the temerity to play a musical instrument. Although …

While history will remember the 2020 US Presidential election for the ‘storming of the Capitol’ and a victory for rationalism over populism, there were so many individual and dogmatic battles taking place. One of the most compelling arenas was the struggle for the hearts and minds of the Democratic Party. On the one hand, you …