How am I ever going to afford a house?

Posted December 19, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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The average property price in London, the city in which I grew up, has now reached £500,000. Meanwhile average rents are nearing £17,000. There is already little hope of me being able to get onto the housing ladder, and being able to rent seems just the same, so what will happen to the futures of my generation? Well average wages for people across the UK are £26,500, so after taking into account tax and paying the rent, I'm left with £6,000 to live on. It may se...


Consumerism

Posted December 17, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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I don't normally opt to quote Wikipedia, for fear that it is often inaccurate, but Wikipedia on this occasion has provided me the definition of consumerism that I believe makes most sense to me and to you. "Consumerism is a social and economic order and ideology that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-greater amounts." There you have it, consumerism. Something many of us have been consumed by, regardless of our background, wealth or culture. We...


A letter to the PM: Complaining about disabled badges

Posted December 9, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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Dear David Cameron, I am writing to you to express my sincere concern at the use of disabled badges on Britain's streets. As I'm sure you are aware disabled badges are designed to allow disabled drivers and passengers to park in restricted areas, close to their destination. But they are no longer being used solely by the disabled person themselves, instead friends and family members alike use them. There is evidence of it all across the country, yet nothing appears to be...


Do young people really have a say?

Posted November 15, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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In the UK we have coined a relatively new terms 'youth voice', and I'm sure many of you may have heard the same two words used, or similar. But what does this really mean to us, the youth of today, and the leaders of tomorrow? In my view, very little. It is my opinion, and it is shared by many whom I've spoken to that 'youth voice' is merely tokenism, so that the adults of this world can say "oh yes we've taken on the views of young people" or tick a box on their checklist....


Green Footsteps

Posted November 5, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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You may have read the title and wondered what on earth I'm on about. But I'm worried; worried that we are slowly destroying our world. Global warming - the increased used of carbon by man which has exacerbated the greenhouse effect, is taking it's toll. Ice sheets are melting. Rivers are flooding. And temperatures are rising. Some might argue that all of the above are as a result of the earth's natural cycle of heating and cooling, known more commonly as climate change. But over 80% of scienti...


Architecture

Posted October 15, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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I love architecture. It's as simple as that. The designs of buildings. And the thought that goes into some of them is simply astounding. When I walk along a street, I cannot stop and take a photo for fear of looking like a tourist. So instead I simply enjoy the art that one calls architecture. And when I get home it doesn't stop. The classic Victorian architecture, that so many in England, and the rest of the world love. Terraces and terraces of houses, that appear...


Why going veggie really makes you healthier.

Posted September 30, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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A couple of months ago I decide it was time for me to try a meat-free diet. I'll be honest I only lasted a week, but I made my target. Being accustomed to meat I thought it would be near impossible (ok, I exaggerated a bit) to stop eating it. But it wasn't. I managed it and surprisingly I felt healthier. In our hectic lives rushing around from place to place how much time do we really spend thinking about what we are feeding ourselves. Not long. Well at least that's the case...


Back to School

Posted September 8, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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It's back to school season for many of us, and we are all going through different emotions. After all we are different people at different stages of our lives. But what are you feeling as you go back to school, college or university? Excited. For me the emotion is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of failing my GCSEs. But then as I sat on the train this morning I contemplated the thought of going back to school. Thinking. Wondering. "What do we actually learn at school?" We learn about...


The NHS

Posted August 28, 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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Living in the UK, something I and many others take for granted is the National Health Service. A service that is provided free to all at the point of use. Admittedly it is the UK taxpayers money that funds the hospitals, but for your average person this means you do not have the worry of paying costly operation fees if you do fall ill. But now stark reforms under the Conservative government means many West London hospitals are facing closure. This means that what was once one o...


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