Do young people really have a say?

Publié 15 novembre 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

Publié 5 novembre 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

Publié 15 octobre 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.

Publié 30 septembre 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

Publié 8 septembre 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

Publié 28 août 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...


Protesting.

Publié 12 août 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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As I walked down the normally tranquil Kensington High Street, I noticed something rather unusual. The street was no longer tranquil and quiet. Instead you could hear chanting, something along the lines of "1. 2. 3. 4. Occupation no more. 5. 6. 7. 8. Israel is a terror state." Now for your average shopper this can be quite surprising, but the message hundreds of thousands of Londoners were trying to get across is that what Israel is doing is wrong. The murder of innocent Palest...


Languages. The key that opens all the doors.

Publié 12 août 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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It has been only a week since I started a new Arabic course, and already I've learnt so much. It seems almost surreal, when just a few days ago I had no real grasp of the language, but now I can conjugate a sentence correctly and have a basic conversation with someone. So when I visit Dubai, or Morocco, or indeed Jordan, I will be able to communicate with people, in their language. Tell the taxi driver where I want to go, and order my dinner, without having to revert back to En...


Paris

Publié 23 juillet 2014 no picture Daanial Chaudhry

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Bonjour! It was only a couple of weeks that I paid a visit to the beautiful city of Paris. The city of love and so much more. A city like no other. A city full of culture, commerce, and contentment. The nature of my visit was an artistic one, but it ended up being much more than that, and within my 3 short days in the city I explored the Parisian way of life.. Each of my days would start with a metro journey, but unlike my usual gruelling commute to work, I enjoyed these...


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