A year has passed since the UK and most of the world introduced lockdowns and other social restrictions which made me reflect on this unprecedented time for all of us. What was all that about really? A new flu strain arrives and we are suddenly too afraid to meet our friends? A deadly flu, one might say, but isn’t that subjective too? Scientists have attempted to estimate the proportion of people who die after catching Covid-19, and so far they tend to produce rates between 0.5% and 1%.

More than 480,000 deaths annually have been linked to smoking in the…

Meaning of wokeness:

a state of being aware, especially of social problems such as racism and inequality. Wokeness encompasses the need to search for more knowledge, understanding and truth in order to challenge injustice.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? While challenging injustice and raising awareness towards issues of inequality and racism is certainly needed and applaudable, it has the exact opposite effect when it leads to another popular term nowadays, the “cancel culture”.

Cancel culture is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles — whether it be online, on social media, or…

Airports and train stations resembled a modern-day movie-like dystopian apocalypse, we were all controlled without knowing whom by or why, and yet we complied without giving it a second thought.

We wash our hands obsessively, follow the rules by the book and we believe that we are saving the world because this is what we are told by MEDIA. We obey laws so readily like we have never heard of the REBELLION act, we are ready and nearly happy to be taken anywhere, locked up anywhere.

Did we ever stop driving to work before because of road accidents, did we…

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” ― Sigmund Freud

The ongoing Covid-19 panic has made me rethink what ‘freedom’ really means to us and how much we actually WANT to be free. Humans have already spent thousands of years getting trapped in jobs they hate, living the rat life relentlessly, but at least it used to be done with a purpose, whether the purpose was to make a living, feed our families, or try to achieve some sort of success, or the feeling of it.

Now we have…

America. The land of dreams. Crashing. Burning. Dying.

George Floyd’s disturbingly haunting unjust death was only the very tip of the iceberg that has been growing bigger and colder in the recent decades.

The orthodoxy of globalization and centralization has for too long benefited the rich at the expense of the poor (169 billionaires ‘too poor’ to make the Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans), the unaffordable medical care is literally killing people (around 27m people — 10 per cent of the non-elderly US population — have no insurance at all and are living on the edge), the gun…

I was lucky enough to witness my team, Man United heavily defeat one of our ultimate rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford yesterday, but we were not the only team to start off their season with a bang. All the other main contenders for the title and the top 4 — City, Spurs, and Liverpool achieved smashing victories (well, besides Chelsea), while Arsenal also bagged their first win, albeit with only one goal against newcomers Newcastle.

Photo Credit: AFP

Chelsea suffered their biggest defeat by United since 1965 which triggered their fans to get the #LampardOut hashtag trend on Twitter already. But that’s no…

The Best Things in Life Are Free — The Road to Universal Health Care

We all agree that health is the most important thing in the world and yet so many times I have heard of and read about the following debate “Is healthcare a right or a privilege?” especially in the American press. I am going to try to not even address this “question” in my article below. Asking if healthcare is a right is the same as asking if LIFE is a right. I would say this: life IS a right and we are all privileged to be…

What Mourinho Gets Wrong

Last night’s Champions League win against Young Boys, even though predictable and comfortable, raises a lot of changes due to happen for Manchester United to finally get them back to where they belong — one of the major competitors for each title. No more “We’d be happy with a semi-final” or “top 4” talk. The Manchester United that sir Alex Ferguson built was not built to last only until he retires. He built a name, a team, a religion to last and survive through all the humbles on the way, all the wrong transfers, all the…

We’ve got to figure one thing out before getting into the argument of World Cup 2018, whether the VAR is helping or ruining the games — and that question is: what matters to us most - the success rate of the decisions made during the game or the THE GAME ITSELF?

You can tell which one I stand for by the caps lock I chose to emphasize my strong opinion with, but let’s review both sides.

Iran’s players celebrating their goal against Spain, which was disallowed after reviewing VAR.

According to IFAB research from 1,000 matches showing that referee accuracy without VAR — which stood at 93 percent — rose to 99 percent…

Jesse Lingard Carries the Team and Gets Trolled, Rashford Comes in Too Late

Despite all the disbelief in the English lads, England secured its first 3 points and is off to a rather great World Cup start. Unlike other favourites for the winner’s spot like Germany, Brazil and Argentina who failed to take the 3 points on their opening games, England has a lot to be proud of and yet, fans are still not quite happy with the team’s performance.

While there is a lot of room for improvement, as always and everywhere, England’s faults against Tunisia were more strategic…

Ella Valentine

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