No Time For Fear — Politicking Girls: Malala’s Return to Pakistan

Last month, education and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai returned to her native Pakistan for a short visit. The 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner gave a brief speech about her homecoming and the state of girls’ education in Pakistan and worldwide. It was her first time returning home since October 2012, when the then-15-year old was targeted and shot by the Taliban. Since the shooting and her subsequent recovery in the United Kingdom, she has lived in Birmingham with her family. Last year she was also named a U.N. Messenger of Peace with a new role focusing on girls’...

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Why I Game: Alexandra

Last Christmas my father told my siblings and I that he had a present for us. He took out his iPad and connected to the TV. I thought it was going to be a slideshow of pictures or an old family movie, but it wasn’t. Instead what came on screen was Spy Fox. And not just Spy Fox, but Freddie Fish, Pajama Sam, and Putt-Putt, too. All these great games we used to play as kids were now available to play again, so we did. We were sitting there together yelling at whoever was holding the iPad and telling them what they should do. This is similar to a lot of my early memories of playing games as a...

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Trailblazers – The Age of Girls: Poorna Malavath

In this column, I’ll be looking at an inspirational girl from every century, starting in the 21st century and working back to the 1st century CE. As a historian and feminist, I thought this was the perfect way to share the stories of awesome historical girls from around the globe. Hopefully you’ll learn about girls you might not have otherwise heard about. These Trailblazers deserve to be your next role models! For those of you who haven’t heard of Poorna Malavath, Poorna is the youngest girl to have summited Mount Everest, on 25th May 2014, at the age of 13 years and 11 months!...

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Book Review: Milly-Molly-Mandy

About ten years ago I was browsing in a bookshop and I came across a book I had long since forgotten about. I couldn’t resist opening it up to see if this modern publication was the same as the book that I remembered from my childhood. The book was Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley. The dust cover may have been brightly coloured, but the inside was so familiar, with its beautifully illustrated images and the village map inside the front and back covers. Memories of my mother reading the short stories to me at bedtime brought a smile to face and made me wish to do the same for my...

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Teen Dramas: Girls of Rosewood, Part 3

Pretty Little Liars is based on the series of books by Sara Shepard and debuted in 2010. It centres around four teenage friends who are brought back together when the remains of their missing friend are found. The series follows them as they try to solve the mystery of who killed her, all while dealing with the mysterious ‘A’ that torments them throughout the series. The series ran for seven years and the character profiles contain spoilers. Emily Fields Throughout the series we see the girls grow from scared teenagers to resilient women. Emily is arguably the character that...

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Why I Game: James

The first video game I played was Game and Watch for the Gameboy. It started a lifelong love of gaming. It was a family thing, with my dad and sister and I all playing the same games, comparing high scores, and discovering secrets together. It didn’t matter if it was Mario, Zelda, or a long game of Civilization, discovering something new and sharing it was a key part of my childhood. I played games for a family experience, even when we were playing single-player games. In my teen years I started playing different games to my family and it became more of a solo experience. There were a few...

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