Category: opinion

i can’t breathe.

Feelings of numbness and injustice have collectively resurfaced following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesota Police Department. Instances of police brutality should be becoming less common given the increasing awareness of the discriminatory treatment of citizens of colour, but it still continues to pervade the shared minority experience. Events…

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smoke and mirrors.

One month ago, the word ‘coronavirus’ was nothing more than a rogue addition to my lexicon that had barely any meaning to me. Fast forward to now, and it has been the dominating voice of conversations and collective pandemonium. What was once an abstract idea tucked away in the Far East has now adopted an…

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forstater and staunch beliefs.

A defining moment, I must say. The case of Maya Forstater reached its conclusion today, where the Central London Employment Tribunal upheld Fortstater’s sacking over a series of tweets questioning government plans to allow trans people to self-identify as another, which had caused distress to her co-workers. This might seem fairly unremarkable, but the outcome…

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the axe.

In the run-up to a generation-defining election in the U.K., there has been much pandering by politicians in the form of short, vague slogans. A gentle reminder that the preservation of self-interest runs deep into the foundations of the Palace of Westminster, and despite the wielding of power being less tyrannical compared to centuries gone…

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log off.

I’ve never placed great pride in my ability to organise a top class holiday, but I feel like the trip to Santorini signed, sealed and delivered just that. It’s honestly a stunning island, with beautiful cycladic architecture that’s carved into the cliff faces and narrow streets, which you can probably read all about on TripAdvisor.…

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opportunity locks.

We often see doors represented as opportunities, whether that is an opening that could pave the way to greatness or an escape route that could lead us away from misfortune. “When one door closes, another one opens” is a positive mindset to adopt in the face of rejection, but what if a newly-presented gateway turns…

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faith in peace.

Sri Lankans across the country were making their way to morning service on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many Christians, it’s a day of perspective and inwards introspection, reminding us to be thankful for what we have and inspiring us to take strides in becoming better people. Tragically, hundreds of…

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forty days.

You could say I might be a tad egotistical for fixating on this eponymous day rather than starting off by talking about Lent as a whole, but cut me some slack. Ash Wednesday is practically a second birthday to me, I’ve already had people wishing me (seriously). And as fun as Pancake Day was yesterday…

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stamps of sugihara

In times of extreme geo-political conflict, the law of the jungle naturally promotes an ‘every man for himself’ kind of attitude, as a core way of self-preservation. Of course, there is the occasional individual sacrifice and collective war effort to be seen, but there is also much tribalism, the protection of one’s own interests vehemently…

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the intolerance algorithm.

After my last post where I highlighted the needless negativity that has gone from creeping to dominating social media platforms, it got me thinking why this was the case. At first it seemed like a pretty straightforward answer, with the combination of dearly held beliefs, anonymity and mob mentality seeming like the perfect unholy trinity…

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needless negativity.

For all the clicking that Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’ has us frantically doing in trying to choose the right choice from a series of scenarios, one choice that I definitely know is the right one is Will Poulter’s in quitting Twitter for the foreseeable future, in order to to focus on his mental health. He played…

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small circles.

Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always perceived cliques negatively, whether that be the social-climbing, individuality-forsaking aspects of an exclusive group or the stereotypical Mean Girls-esque elements of looking down on anyone else that doesn’t quite fit into whatever worldview that is exhibited by such a group. Either way, I’ve previously felt that having a small circle…

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86,400.

Being more productive in a new year is, in general, a positive thing to do. My mum has always reiterated that within Sri Lankan culture, the 1st of January signifies an auspicious day, where you set off on the best foot forward being hard-working and dedicated, as you mean to go on through the year.…

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flamingo trap.

As rewarding as it is to celebrate victories, no matter how big or small the win, it is easy and something of a comfort to dwell on them too long because you end up standing still. Success is often thought of as a finality, which has given rise to the common goal analogies that if…

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looking back to the future.

New Years’ Resolutions are a great annual feature that help us realign our aspiration and to sharply focus ambition as a way to springboard ourselves into a new year brimming with optimism and the success we all hope for in our lives. The possibility of what an entirely new, spotless slate can hold fills us…

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choose respect.

As if there is not enough on the already overcrowded plate of medical professionals. Besides having to endure staff shortages and inhumane working hours, a recent BMA survey showed that about one in five doctors were subject to bullying or harassment last year. One in five. Honestly, bullying the stewards of arguably the most noble…

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sociopathic tendencies.

It’s not always that you watch people your age filming their more lavish lives, and you end up delving into the deep recesses of your own mind. I’ve been catching up with Shane Dawson’s new docu-series which focuses on Jake Paul, the 21 year old YouTuber from Ohio who’s had a hugely successful, yet controversial…

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conquered the moon.

The relationship between space and the supernatural is a very human thing. To look beyond, gaze into the black, to try and understand what lies beyond our lithosphere. And it’s in my blood, really. My grandfather was a fanatic when it came to the fields of science and space, which he intertwined into his life…

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the driver’s seat.

Drive. A peculiar phrase coined to define a sort of mindset that distinguishes between those who can respectably achieve moderate success and those who have that extra yard to reach the pinnacle in their respective fields. Its meaning permeates most walks of life. It’s often the case in professional sport, for example, where plenty of…

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sardines and washing feet.

The idea of tradition is something that has fascinated me simply because of its questionable application in what I see around me. It must be a truly humbling experience to visit wondrous, ancient beauties of our natural world, where tourists are said to have been reduced to stunned silence when gazing into the various abysses…

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