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Rihan Younan

Keeping it closer to home.

I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself but I already know of people who have organised what they will be doing over the coming summer. My other half will be on an expedition in Kenya whereas two friends will be spending their time adventuring in Honduras which got me thinking, what will I be doing with my summer? 

In 2009 I spent my time travelling Europe which was very different to last summer where I decided to stay closer to home. Like a lot of people I dropped my overseas plans and decided to travel the length and breadth of Britain on either day trips or weekends away. Such plans enabled me to work on a regular basis allowing me to save more money for university. During the summer months I visited art galleries in Liverpool, shopped in Manchester, berry picked in Carnforth and spent some time in Edinburgh and London.

Currently I work in a pub in Edinburgh and see many visitors pass through its doors. Each person is from a different part of the world yet each seems excited to be visiting the UK. Many people spend 2-4weeks travelling through the UK commenting on how beautiful the scenery is, how much there is to see and do and how friendly and helpful the locals are. Each person also seems suprised as to how accessible it is to get from A-B so why do many of us take it upon ourselves to only travel abroad?

A few places I would like to stay over the summer:

Eco Pods

Mirroring the iconic structural shapes of the Eden Project, these freestanding ‘ekopods’ are situated in the beautiful Cornish countryside. The pods have been decorated in minimal, fresh colours and sit next to a seperate ensuite, which includes a compost toilet and wood burning water heater for the freestanding bathtub, and a kitchen with delivered food parcels of organic fresh treats every day. They have been described as the ‘green way to do chic camping.’ 

Safari tents

Source: http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/our-places/lochhouses

For a long time I have said that I will explore more of Scotland however my friends in England seem to think that Scotland is another world which is impossible to get to. Each safari tent is situated on Scotland’s coast line and offers housing to six to eight people making it the ideal girly trip away.

October 30th

1485 – King Henry VII is crowned King (he is the father of the infamous King Henry VIII)

1922 – Benito Mussolini is announced as Prime Minister of Italy.

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In a world of my own.

Currently I am flicking through old and new magazines trying to find inspiration to write about something mind blowing. Although the world is host to many inspiring aspects I cannot find the focus to sit down and write about one in particular and so my head feels full, full of ideas trying to make their way out yet I am finding it particularly difficult putting pen to paper.
Sometimes emotions and overwhelming experiences can prevent a person from thinking straight. Due to working ridiculous hours I am finding myself lost in a trance and walking around in a daydream which for someone who could already be described as a daydreamer surely isn’t safe.

October 29th

1390 – The first trial for witchcraft leads to the death of three people in Paris.

1618 – Walter Raleigh, an explorer and writer, is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England.

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I was having a brief look around the BBC news page on the internet when I saw the headline: ‘What if all work places had to be a third female.’ This line caught my eye. After reading the article I discovered it was written by a female lawyer-baroness Kennedy. The article was written in relation to the fact that the new shadow cabinet must be at least a third female, and Baroness Kennedy proposes that maybe all work places should adopt the same rule. Her reasoning being that high paid and respected jobs are still lacking in females. This however made me wonder.

Now I am all for women rights and I believe that women should be treated as equals to men in most aspects, however I don’t believe you should be chosen for a job depending on whether you are male or female, and that is exactly what would happen if this rule came about. This article reminded me of another situation that happened a few years back. The South African Rugby Football union introduced a rule that required all provincial teams entering a prestigious competition to have at least three black players in the squad and always have two black players on the field of play at any given time. This is intended to bring more black players into the game of rugby to counter racism. However I feel this just turns it from being racist to black people into being racist to white people. Imagine how you would feel if you worked hard all year round to make the team but you were left out because the team needed more black players. Sound fair? I don’t think so.

Back to the initial issue. I do believe that women should be treated equally, as do I obviously believe that black people should be treated equally, but more so that everyone should be treated equally. I do not feel that thrusting people into jobs because they are female or black is the best way to do this. What needs to be done is an over haul in peoples attitude. Everyone should be taught to judge people on their abilities and not on their gender or race. If the rule was made that a third of the workplace must be female then a third of the workplace should also be male. So in this case I believe that the ruling to have a third of the shadow cabinet female is entirely sexist and unfair.


October 28th

1538 – The first University of the New World opens in the Dominican Republic. It is called Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino (The University of Saint Thomas Aquinas for those who don’t speak Spanish)

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