Is Mean Girl culture holding back feminist advancements?

Is Mean Girl culture holding back feminist advancements?

Words by Tayla Benson Already, 2018 has quite arguably been the year of the woman. It has brought us feminist social movements #MeToo and Time’s Up, shed more mainstream light on the inequalities and mistreatment of women than ever before, and yet something is still missing. When it comes to the physical appearance and presence [...]

Mindfulness – what is it, and why it can help all us panicking students.

Mindfulness – what is it, and why it can help all us panicking students.

Words by Tayla Benson Regardless of the subject you’re studying, or the level at which you are studying it at, at some point in your academic journey you are going to need high levels of cognitive control. Whether it’s during the last push in finishing your dissertation, revising for final exams, or in preparation for [...]

What is so shameful about a period?

What is so shameful about a period?

[Editor's note: This blog was wrongly attributed to another amazing author, but I have now corrected this and credited the correct author for her brilliant and thought provoking piece.]   Words by: Amena Begum There is a stigma surrounding periods, well ‘menstruation’ if we are to give it its technical term; and it appears to [...]

What Black Panther showed the world about black women

What Black Panther showed the world about black women

Words by: Tayla Benson With Hollywood’s increasing recognition of the talents of black women – their growing visibility and dominance as leading women in both television and film – it is easy to believe that they have become accepted and respected. With Viola Davis shining so brightly both on the small screen, as Annaliese Keating [...]

Embracing our mother tongue

Embracing our mother tongue

[ Editor’s note: International Mother Language Day was the 21st of February, therefore this piece is a little late to the scene. However, this is an insightful piece that truly celebrates the beauty of languages and the cultures they represent; as well as how advantageous it is to be bilingual.] Words by: Anisa Abdalle How [...]

Christmas Crisis Resolution!

Christmas Crisis Resolution!

Words by Matt Healing. Following a tumultuous and divisive 2017, it can sometimes be tough to balance being informed with keeping sane. It seems that most days something terrible is happening, and while there is a need to face reality to remain self-aware of the ever-changing world, it can be hard to take the break [...]

Buble It Aint: The Alt-Xmas Cool Yule Playlist

Buble It Aint: The Alt-Xmas Cool Yule Playlist

Words by Chloe Bestel. Anyone else a little bit sick of all those Christmas pop bops that crop up every single Christmas? Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next person but sometimes you just need to change the music up a little, especially if, like me, you tend to prefer [...]

Top Tips for Xmas Ink Jobs Y’All

Top Tips for Xmas Ink Jobs Y’All

Words by Thomas Willet. It’s the first week of November, I’ve only just recovered from my Halloween hangover when my boyfriend turns to me and asks the eternal question, “What do you want for Christmas this year?” I’m sorry, Christmas? Honey, I’ve only just taken down the skeletons and now you want me to get [...]

Brits are biggest christmas spenders in europe

Brits are biggest christmas spenders in europe

...think yourselves lucky it’s not 1647 – the year Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas!

My first term as a fresher

My first term as a fresher

Words by: Louis Pitman Ah, the end of term. A long-awaited date for everyone I’m sure; but for me, and many others, this December marks the end of our first term, of our first year. We’ve survived fresher’s week and many working weeks since consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops, and socials. Lots and lots of [...]

Plus-Sized Tights Advertised by Skinny Models, WTF?

Plus-Sized Tights Advertised by Skinny Models, WTF?

Words by Simone Ager.  I first saw this on Instagram and had to send it to friends, as I was baffled as to why a fashion website (wish.com) would think this was at all a good marketing idea. We all know Wish.com is an odd and baffling site to shop at in itself, due to [...]

Fall into the food coma of your dreams with these 8 amazing recipes!

Fall into the food coma of your dreams with these 8 amazing recipes!

Words by: Isla Williams Ahh, Christmas... One of my favourite times of year, not just because of family time, the pretty street lights, and being gifted with presents, but the FOOD! Yes, the food! Christmas gives us the chance to truly indulge in all the roast turkey, mulled wine, mince pies, and of course, pigs [...]

The Joy of Giving. Top 5 tips on present-giving protocol .

The Joy of Giving. Top 5 tips on present-giving protocol .

Words by Louise Pitman. Personally, I can’t wait to give my parents their presents and to finally get them things that they want but I’m also excited to get presents and that’s okay. It is acceptable to appreciate that the true meaning of Christmas is all about family whilst enjoying the presents that come with [...]

So, this is Christmas. Brunel students share their top tips and ideas for perfect, student festive fun!

So, this is Christmas. Brunel students share their top tips and ideas for perfect, student festive fun!

Words by Louise Pitman Christmas. Even if December has only just begun, Christmas is all that’s on everyone’s mind. We asked Brunel students to go in search of the meaning of the festival, and to give us their top tips on how to enjoy the holiday season. Here are Louise’s thoughts about Christmas and family.  [...]

Acid on the streets of london: Resham Khan’s story

Acid on the streets of london: Resham Khan’s story

The reality is that buying these corrosive substances is easier than buying knives...

5 Things Brexit will ruin

5 Things Brexit will ruin

Words by: Anisa Tasmin On the 23rd of June 2016, a UK referendum demonstrated the public’s decision to exit the European Union. Following voting day, PM Theresa May triggered Article 50 on the 29th of March 2017 and signed a letter to the EU to officially begin the two-year long negotiation process. The benefits, discussed [...]

Grenfell Tower revisited: why have survivors not been rehoused yet?

Grenfell Tower revisited: why have survivors not been rehoused yet?

So far, only three families have secured permeant accommodation...

Five Solid Gold Guaranteed to Work Tips on Promoting your Content on Twitter

Five Solid Gold Guaranteed to Work Tips on Promoting your Content on Twitter

Twitter is a great place to promote creative work.  But how does it work? For the novice blogger or would-be member of the Twitterati that constant stream of bits of news and goss., those confusing hash-tags, the whole intensity of the Twittersphere can be off-putting.  Yet Twitter remains the number one place for creatives to [...]

TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM: ABDALLA OMARI’s exhibition ‘The Vulnerabiltiy Series’ Goes Viral

TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM: ABDALLA OMARI’s exhibition ‘The Vulnerabiltiy Series’ Goes Viral

Words by Alison Fletcher. Syrian painter, filmmaker, and performing artist Abdalla Omari has caused the latest big splash on the social media scene with his collection: ‘The Vulnerability Series’. His paintings have taken the world by storm, featuring in countries all over the world such as the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Lebanon, Syria, Georgia, [...]

Top 8 Tips on How to Become a Christmas Blogger

Top 8 Tips on How to Become a Christmas Blogger

Christmas, what is there to say about it that hasn't been said already? Loads!  And we want you to say it.  We are looking for short blog pieces, coupla hundred words, on anything to do with Xmas.  If you send it we will publish it.  The ones with the most amount of views will get a little [...]

Practical advice for students struggling with their mental health at university

Practical advice for students struggling with their mental health at university

Words by: Alex Williams Of course you know mental health issues are increasingly prevalent in young people. You'll have read and heard that multiple times if you've been a teenager living on planet earth in the last 5 or so years. If you've struggled with your own mental health you'll also know that a statistic [...]

Charlie Craggs: trans activist, author, and self-proclaimed ‘bad b#tch’ in conversation with HM

Charlie Craggs: trans activist, author, and self-proclaimed ‘bad b#tch’ in conversation with HM

I wanted to create a book of sisterly advice for the next generation of girls, so they don’t have to struggle the way I did...

HOW TO: GET THE MOST OUT OF FACE MASKS

HOW TO: GET THE MOST OUT OF FACE MASKS

Words by Gemma Hirani. Truth be told, I never really understood why people use face masks. That was until, I guess, my skin decided to wreak absolute havoc. With adulthood came the worst thing I’d ever faced. Acne. My skin was (still is low key) an absolute bitch. Thanks to years and years of trial [...]

Is it time for Boris to get on his bike and stop peddling flim flam?

Is it time for Boris to get on his bike and stop peddling flim flam?

Words by Emma Greedy It most definitely was not Boris who was at fault for stating that he believed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in Iran teaching journalism. His statement was simply misinterpreted, by absolutely everybody… Much like the time that everybody in Britain misinterpreted Johnson’s promise of £350 million pounds being returned to the NHS if [...]

Review-Jhene Aiko, “Trip”

Review-Jhene Aiko, “Trip”

Words by Jordan Paragioudakis. With her fourth studio album. “Trip” the remarkable Jhene Aiko take us a on a beautifully constructed journey into experiences way beyond the norm of mainstream R&B. It appears that our young Californian songstress has come a very long way from back-up vocals for B2K,  luring an extraordinary essence from her [...]

Pinkwashing: Who Benefits From London Pride?

Pinkwashing: Who Benefits From London Pride?

Words by Alex Bond My first time at London pride I unwittingly crashed the parade. I’m still not sure how it happened, or how nobody noticed my friends and I, especially since one of us was a 6ft2 drag queen wearing 6 inch heels. It was our first time at such a big Pride event, [...]

Hey Millennials, here’s how thinking digitally can help you get a job!

Hey Millennials, here’s how thinking digitally can help you get a job!

Words by Mike Ryder. It started in September 2007. I had just quit an engineering degree to start a BA in English with Creative Writing at Brunel. At the time, I wanted to be a writer. I already had experience writing a few (unpublished) novels, and had done a fair bit writing for various newsletters [...]

Five Men You Are Sure to Meet on Tinder. And the One You Just Might…

Five Men You Are Sure to Meet on Tinder. And the One You Just Might…

Words by Ellen Fildes. The F**kboy aka. The Accountant  He doesn't have to be an Accountant, just any occupation involving a slightly iridescent suit: Estate Agent, Phone Salesman… Sometimes they just say “I work in finance” - you get the idea. The F**kboy is often mistaken for The Lad, but there is one main difference, [...]

I had a meme: Memes are everywhere, but what are they, where do they come from, where are they taking us?

I had a meme: Memes are everywhere, but what are they, where do they come from, where are they taking us?

Memes are everywhere. They make us feel stuff #grumpycat. Do stuff #blacklivesmatter. And vote for stuff #fakenews. But what are they, where do they come from, and where are they taking us? Prof. William Watkin has all the answers, but not necessarily to the questions you wanted to ask. He is a #memeweaver.

What This Golden Toilet Says about Trump’s America

What This Golden Toilet Says about Trump’s America

Words by Alison Fletcher. 'America' by artist Maurizio Cattelan. Piece is a fully-functioning toilet made from 18-karat gold. Displayed at Guggenheim Museum and open to the public as if it were any other usable facility. When I first heard about Cattelan’s ‘America’ piece, I was reminded, inevitably, of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Urinal’. This is a comparison [...]

Baby It’s Cold Out There! 5 Trends to Follow This Winter

Baby It’s Cold Out There! 5 Trends to Follow This Winter

Words by Sehr Chaudrie. It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Christmas and New Years’ party season is just around the corner. To ensure you win ‘best dressed’ at the Christmas work party, your wardrobe needs a trend update. Shop these 5 trends to nail your winter style. Pearls — embellished clothing and [...]

HM’s First Global Scoop! Turns Out Women Are Equal After All…

HM’s First Global Scoop! Turns Out Women Are Equal After All…

The notion that a woman’s place is in the home appears, at this point, to be a convenient excuse for the oppression of women by men. And a notion that is unravelling before our very eyes in this modern era.

Vaping is… ‘Gay?’

Vaping is… ‘Gay?’

Words by Alexander Dommett. In 2013, I purchased my first PVD or Personal Vaping Device. At least, that was the name given to the pen-shaped contraption by the enthusiastic salesmen who assured me he was saving my life. I knew then that if their intention was to replace ‘fags’, ‘ciggys’, ‘rollies’ and ‘straights’, these devices [...]

#DISSERTATIONARTILLERY

#DISSERTATIONARTILLERY

Words by Gemma Hirani. More often than not, you find yourself having five mental breakdowns a week when you’ve got a dissertation to write. The pressure of having to write around 10,000 words – coherent words – is absolutely daunting. However there are little things you can be doing (and using) to help yourself feel [...]

Why is London Shutting Down Its LGBTQI Spaces?

Why is London Shutting Down Its LGBTQI Spaces?

Words by Robin Ward. London’s nightlife is renowned globally for its vast, cutting-edge selection of clubs. The city’s vibrant and myriad community, eclectically spanning indie-rockers to grime and garage heads, pack the likes of Phonox and Ministry every weekend. Even if nights spent flailing around in a smoky room and spilling your beer over your [...]

Hail the High Street! 20 of the Best Beauty Dupes

Hail the High Street! 20 of the Best Beauty Dupes

Words by Sehr Chaudrie. Looking good doesn’t mean you have to splurge on all the latest beauty products. Drugstore beauty is bringing you the same cult favourite beauty products for less. Here are 20 high street dupes for high end beauty products; save your money & slay! 1. Beautyblender (£16) vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion [...]

Everything Everything – A Fever Dream Album Review

Everything Everything – A Fever Dream Album Review

Words by Robin Ward. Since their formation in 2007, Everything Everything have established themselves as one of the most individual, darkly witty and consistent bands to date. Spanning plucky rhythms and soaring synths, they have carved a niche space for themselves in the saturated genre of indie-pop-rock, delivering poetic, political commentary alongside distinctive melodies and [...]

The Birth of BBlogLab, which begat Heymillennials, which begat…

The Birth of BBlogLab, which begat Heymillennials, which begat…

There are over a million blogs posted every day. Blog is the shortened form of Weblog and was originally a kind of online diary recording the thoughts of an individual.  But in the last decade Multi-Authored Blogs (MABs) have developed into income generating businesses,  Huffington Post is probably the most famous of these but in [...]

A Year of Bullshit: Who is really to blame for the politics of lies?

A Year of Bullshit: Who is really to blame for the politics of lies?

Words by William Watkin. Post-truth, post-fact, fake news, bullshit; these are all words trying to capture our new relationship to the ancient art of lying.  It has widely been assumed that a year of digitised bullshit-spreading has resulted in a dramatic shift in the political landscape from evidence-based governance spanning the centre-ground, to personality-driven demagogues [...]

Hillingdon Literary Festival – An Interview with Seb Jenner

Hillingdon Literary Festival – An Interview with Seb Jenner

Words by Stephen Powdril The Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF), held at Brunel University, has been championing the voices of both established and emerging writers since 2015 and this year is looking to be the best yet. I took some time to speak to Seb Jenner, Festival Producer, events extraordinaire and keeper of the keys on [...]

Art Attack: 5 Female Artists of Instagram (that no one can stop talking about!)

Art Attack: 5 Female Artists of Instagram (that no one can stop talking about!)

Words by Alison Fletcher If there is any corner of the internet that artists belong to, we all know that it is Instagram: platform for the creatives and enabler of communication between artists all over the world. Love it or hate it, if you want to get noticed, it is imperative that you nurture your [...]

Living Off Campus – More Social than you Think

Living Off Campus – More Social than you Think

Words by Chloë Sibley Not everyone at university goes down the usual route of living in halls for first year and then moving into a shared house. I’ve commuted from home for my first two years at Brunel University London, and its proven to be a lot cheaper. But one concern that some people have [...]

Cool Off: A Desert Detox Guide

Cool Off: A Desert Detox Guide

Words by Fleur Rollet-Manus In between hurried commutes, sweltering heatwaves and dissertation deadlines, every so often we all deserve some time off. There’s no better feeling than switching on your out of office, piling clothes into a suitcase and jetting somewhere exotic. Desert detoxing might not be the first thing you think of when it [...]

Fresher Feast: 5 recipes that’ll have your flatmates thinking you’re Gordon Ramsay

Fresher Feast: 5 recipes that’ll have your flatmates thinking you’re Gordon Ramsay

Words by Alex Williams I was an awful cook when I started university, a real idiot sandwich. Across the last few years I have managed to perfect some sneaky recipes any kitchen rookie can master, it'll even give the illusion that you know exactly what you’re doing. Sharing kitchens and dealing with housemates ever-expanding washing [...]

Swot Up: What to Read and Watch before Uni Starts

Swot Up: What to Read and Watch before Uni Starts

Words by Dominic Matthews As millennial’s we spend too much time fearing the next milestone. We’ve worried about not having someone to play with at snack time, getting ‘binned’ at secondary school and panicked furiously about results day. The older we get, the more apparent our naivety becomes. To fend off the (unnecessary) feeling of [...]