YOUR VIEW: Why young people aren’t voting

Kenneth Pritchard, 24, is a political consultant. Like many young people in Scotland, he was disappointed with the news that the UK had voted to leave the EU. He tells us why he thinks that not enough young people voted in the EU referendum. It is a well-known fact that that young people in the 21st century have become disengaged with politics. If evidence from the polls is to be believed, young people failed to turn out to vote in the EU Referendum. Sky Data put 18-24 turnout at 36% and 25-34 turnout at 58%. With so much at stake for young…

Read More

Refugees are not terrorists

A worrying number of people in Scotland seem to be confusing the victims of the civil war in Syria with terrorists from the extremist organisation, Isis. Following the attacks in Paris, there were anti-Muslim attacks in Glasgow and couple of protests promoting anti-immigration with signs saying ‘no to refugees’ in small towns.   One of the attackers in Paris allegedly came to Europe via the Greek island of Leros as a refugee from Syria, and people are now pointing the finger at refugees coming in, questioning their innocence. Let’s make something clear: the people who are coming here from Syria…

Read More

YOUR VIEW: The twig models shall be snapped

Jenny Bradley, a sixth year student from Cumbernauld, gets a little something off her chest that’s been bothering her lately – namely mannequins in high street fashion retailers… When I walk around town and see the shop windows with their skinny, twig-like mannequins glaring back at me not only am I thinking, ‘Oh lord, I need to hit the gym,’ I also think, ‘They are far too skinny.’ And I’m not the only one. In recent months, major retailers have faced backlack from customers over the shape and size of the mannequins they use in store to show off their clothes.…

Read More

We are a nation of show-offs

We are the guinea pig generation. There has never been a group of young people growing up surrounded with so much technology invented with the purpose of enhancing our social life. It all started with MSN, Myspace and Bebo – social networking sites designed to help people enhance friendships, upload and share media and exchange information. People growing up in the early millennium years will remember evenings spent in front of the computer screen, exchanging gif replacements for words on MSN chat and getting rudely interrupted by your mum trying to use the house phone. You would tactically select what…

Read More

They’re human too

Yesterday’s front pages were like something out of a horror film. Is a dead toddler on the beach of a popular tourist resort a sight we ever thought we’d see in Europe in 2015? Not in a million years. But it wasn’t just three-year-old Aylan Kurdi found on the beach yesterday morning. The body of his five-year-old brother lay washed up next to him. Together with their parents, the brothers fled Kobane in Syria where civilians are suffering bomb strikes and chemical attacks from their own government. On top of that, the  extremist militant group known as Islamic State are…

Read More

5 Things I Learned When I Turned 18

From the title, you’re probably sighing over your computer screen right now. You’re thinking: “What does she know about turning 18? It was so long ago that she can’t even remember…” But you’re wrong. I’ve been 18 for almost a year now, and I’m still figuring things out. But one thing’s for sure: I know a lot more than I did last year. That’s what growing up is. Learning, changing, and doing things you never would have before. This might scare you, or excite you, or both! Whether you’re on the heels of your eighteenth birthday or you’ve got some…

Read More

Mind your manners!

Mikhaila Friel shares why she things manners are just as important now as they were when your gran was a girl… Whether you’re going for that big job interview, you’re meeting someone for the first time or you’re hanging out with your nan, there’s a little thing called ‘politeness’ which is never going to go out of style. Too many of us have forgotten what it means to be polite. Too many of us forget what a splash of kindness can mean to someone. Are you one of these people? If you need some reminding as to why using your…

Read More

10 things I’ve learned since finishing school

The year 2005. Tony Blair was elected for a third term as prime minister. Pope Benedict XVI took over from John Paul. DisneyLand celebrated its 50th birthday. And Cruz Beckham was born. It was also the year that I finished school and fluttered off into the big bad world of being an adult. (Or so I thought. I’ll be honest, at 28, I still haven’t got the hang of that one.) This month, it’ll be ten years since I finished high school. I know. I’m ancient. When I left school, iPhones didn’t even exist, Facebook was exclusively for students at certain universities…

Read More

The dangers of social media games

It normally starts out as a bit of a laugh. One person comes up with a daft idea, such as soaking themselves with freezing water and ice-cubes and then posting it online. It’s simple, straightforward fun that can raise money for charity. Sometimes challenges are a bit edgier, such as swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon. More often than not, this leaves people gagging and at worst, vomming all over the place. Gross. However, there are some social media crazes that aren’t as entertaining. For all the benefits of social media, some web-based fads are receiving high levels of exposure that…

Read More