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  Outside a drab building on Gateshead Quayside, home to one of the North East’s most infamous call centres, there’s an ambulance parked up on the kerb. Inside the entrance hall, staff from the surrounding offices are eating their lunch. Two paramedics emerge from the lift with a young-ish looking man in a clunky,...

  This year has been a mammoth one – and most of us are looking forward to turning over a new leaf. So to celebrate the arrival of 2017, we’ve asked eight of the UK’s leading lights – some artists, some students, some journalists, all making a difference in their field of expertise – to give us their predictions...

It all started with a kalamata olive loaf… Finding a job these days is not easy; we all know this. For me it took seven months and about eighty rejections, but finally that day came where I received a phonecall to say I was being offered a job. I celebrated in the expected manner: went to the pub at 11am on a Thursday...

Ten days after my surgery, my boyfriend took me to see Inside Out in the cinema. I forced myself to go, but with a gash on my throat and obvious scabbing, I wasn’t feeling up to seeing anyone. I forced myself to do things though. And it was with glib self-awareness and dry resignation that I saw Sadness lie face down...

Although I didn’t go to a high school in rural Texas, I still managed to be the first – and, I think, only – person to come out in my year at school. There were 162 of us. I will add that I went to a single sex girls’ school, and there are three possible others who may or may not contact me after this post is published to...

Friday 13th November 2015. It’s late. I’m at a friend’s house party, celebrating her birthday. It’s a chill night and as a Muslim who doesn’t drink, I’m sat on my friend’s sofa, overwhelmed by how accepted I feel in a circle of people who’ve never made me feel like an outsider, even though I live my life by a...

When you are a new mama, unpredictable schedules and tiny humans mean that self-care often takes a backseat. I joined the ranks of mamahood nearly nine months ago and since then, unsurprisingly my ‘me’ time has somewhat dwindled. Previously, in a baby-free life, my Self-Care rituals would typically be an indulgent...

You know that feeling when you get stood up? Or when your partner cheats on you, when the worldie you’ve been seeing reveals they have a partner and kids? When you swear off the opposite sex/same sex depending on your sexuality. A heterosexual woman might sob to her best friend that she ‘hates all men’. Of course she...

Why do you want to come on my face? I did my make up perfectly, shaped my eyebrows with precision and winged my eyeliner like a professional. Only for it to be obliterated into a smudgy, sticky hell by whichever lucky man’s turn it was tonight. It seems there is nothing sexier than mucking my face up with your own...