A controversial Tango

Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian erotic film about a recently widowed American.  The American, played by Marlon Brando, starts a relationship with a young Parisian woman, Maria Schneider. The idea for the...

Teenage Pregnancy: An East Leeds Story

Around the area in which I am blogging, it is common knowledge that this English city where I grew up – East Leeds – has the highest number of teenage pregnancy cases out of anywhere in Europe. Growing up in an area where one in ten teenage girls were expected to...

Jack the Ripper Museum: What happened to the original concept?

The newly opened Jack the Ripper Museum in Whitechapel, London, has been at the heart of a media frenzy, with many people advocating that the museum should close. But why is everyone so angry and upset? When plans for the museum were originally drafted, the idea was...

The mass-shootings I have known

On May 21st, 1998, I was a senior at North Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon, preparing for graduation. During first period I was watching a movie in French class, having already taken the AP exam. Partway through the period an announcement came over the intercom,...

What to choose when you’re expecting

Although I am miles away from babies, I am familiar with the agonies and insecurities that most of my friends experienced on their way to parenthood. Why some wannabe parents tend towards the preference of the sex of their future child is so beyond me. Isn’t the...

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