How chaos and vanity are causing video call anxiety

Jittering audio comes out of my laptop as someone plays music from their speaker, a few friends are dancing, one has their face frozen and a couple of others are attempting to find a comedic Zoom background. They haven’t yet noticed I’ve joined. “How is everyone doing?” I ask as I finally connect my webcam…

Lockdown loneliness and learning to self-love

43 days. Just over 6 weeks. That’s how long I’ve been home, without physical contact with anyone other than my immediate family. I looked at myself in the mirror the other day. Right in the eyes. As I watched my reflection stare back at me, apart from feeling somewhat narcissistic, I realised that was probably the…

The blind truth about migraines

A light turns on and now I see only flickering objects and flashing faces. “Maybe it’ll pass” I tell myself as I look down at my right hand which I can only see half of. “Sometimes it does.” My body tingles. My hands shake. As my peripheral vision blurs for longer than 5 minutes I…

In a time of isolation, let’s be thankful for eachother

Isolation. Loneliness. Fear. I’ve seen and heard these words far too much over the past week. In a time of mass-uncertainty, I’ve felt upset as my friends and family worry about the wellbeing and health of others. One day in to self-isolation, one thing for me has become clear. Togetherness. Love. Hope. These are the…

Young entrepreneur “literally shed a tear” when opening his own toy shop

The new ‘Mr Magorium’ around Truro is 20 year old entrepreneur Harry Stacey, who opened his very own emporium, also known as Harry’s Toy Chest, just in time for Christmas. As well as all of the joy from Lego-fanatic children and adult collectors on the day of opening, the toy-crazy business owner himself couldn’t believe the impact…

Do voters think the political system needs reform?

In the lead-up to today’s General Election, it’s become clear that across the UK voters are torn between voting for what they believe in or voting tactically. The biggest question from this: Should our voting system change or would proportional representation further corrupt our political situation? The UKs First Past the Post voting system, according…