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A Crisis in Humanity: What Everyone with Parents Is Likely to Face in the Future

By Beverley Skeggs I didn’t think that my experience of NHS privatisation could get any worse than last year when my father was dying, slowly and painfully from leukemia. He was sent home to die but he didn’t get home for ten hours because someone had forgotten to order his medicines. Then the specialist bed […]

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RIP IDP: How My Life Was Saved by an Addiction Treatment Service

By Elliot Snook It is not hyperbole to say that without the Island Day Programme I probably would not be alive today. I may only be thirty years old, but when I was first put in to contact with the Island Day Prorgramme (IDP) I was drinking at least twelve cans of lager a day. […]

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Sex and the Landlord

By Natalie Bradbury I was a shy, quiet nineteen-year-old and it was meant to be an adventure. A term at a Catalan university to expand my horizons, gain some language skills, assert my independence and experience life abroad. Instead, at the hands of a rogue landlord who used his position of power and authority to […]

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Gynaecological Troubles? Only Breeding Matters

Anonymous ‘The results of the ultrasound and blood test confirm that you have polycystic ovary syndrome’ (PCOS), the voice of my male GP echoes down the phone line. He only confirms what I have known for the last eleven years, but after moving around the country several times between now and then, my records from […]

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#CareForTheNHS – Cancer During Our Health Service’s Toughest Season

By Luke Richards I was told I (very probably) had testicular cancer on 12th October 2016. With TC, they don’t really know exactly what kind of tumour (whether it’s dangerous or what type it is etc.) until they, frankly, whip the bollock out and cut into it. So, on that day, I had an ultrasound […]

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No More Us and Them?

By Steve Hanson The house I was renting in Manchester was a tiny damp end terrace. I had viewed the place in summer and it seemed fine. It had been the home of an elderly lady until she was unable to cope. The ancient storage heaters stopped working just as the cold kicked in, mid-November, […]

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To Walk the World: Reflections on Not Attending the International Studies Association Convention

By Aya Nassar I initially wanted to write something to be read-out on my behalf, for a panel which I did not attend at the ISA annual convention (Baltimore, 22nd-25th of February 2017). I did not attend the conference because the Executive Order that came to be commonly known as the “travel ban” was issued less than […]

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