Alia Kassem

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LIVING THE DAIRY FREE LIFE

Simple, food makes you feel good, especially dairy products. In this trend setting world we live in now. Everyone is after finding that health-craze substitute, lucky enough gives people like me ‘lactose intolerant’ a vast array of options to pick from! The rise of lactose intolerant people in countries has increased rapidly. According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global lactose-free food market is expected to reach over USD 10 billion in revenue by 2020. Just to put it into scale! Three types of milk use to be the common selection of choice (semi-skimmed, skimmed and full fat dairy). Now people pick from over five alternative sources to get the substitute. Explaining The Intolerance? “Lactose intolerance is a difficult one as even people who are intolerant can actually tolerate some lactose in their diet,” says Dr Miranda Lomer, senior consultant dietitian in gastroenterology at Guy’s and St…

LONDON’S TROPICAL HEATWAVE

Think we can all agree with Marilyn Monroe right now, “We’re Having A Heatwave”! With all the pictures, videos and comments storming the internet, the public are being very verbal about their opinions! Twitter Received Mountains Of Classic British Humour Tweets!  This British Furnace of a heatwave is a little more serious than some imagined it to be! By little I mean very incredibly large. Here shows The Telegraph, tweeting about Britain’s heatwave, and the magnitude of it in a simple weather graph. Savannahs Of Africa Igniting Onto Europe. From earthy green to a dusty brown, taken a month for this heatwave to dry us up. Can see the damages across the rest of Europe to. As the United Kingdom has been hit by 50,000 lighting strikes! Live updates from the Met Office warn, ‘could danger lives. . .’ these wildfires the public…

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

The rise in mental health awareness has increased and improved in London, (United Kingdom in general has), you have numerous amount of people in the limelight talking about these issues. From the Government Officials, to The Royal Family giving public talking and investment in charities, plus the on-going list of Famous Celebrities. This post is going to talk about the improvement, importance, and the steps you can take in order for you to take control. Improvement In the last decade from 2013, studies have shown that the publics attitude towards mental health has improved immensely. Still work to be done to fight discrimination and stigma, but overall charities and programmes have been fighting for years and still are. Hopefully the fight will be over soon. Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: In recent years we’ve seen thousands of people starting to speak out, challenging big high street brands…

THE LIFE OF A QUEER, BLACK, FEMALE ARTIST

AN ARTIST BORN & RAISED IN LONDON This is Naya Aka-Kwarm, 20 year old artist, born and raised in North London. She is currently working as a bartender part-time,  also a poet and a film maker with her brother. Where are you based in London, describe your environment?  Well where I grew up was pretty rough. It didn’t feel rough but reminiscing on it, and seeing it as it is now, it was, still kind of definitely rough. Although I still reside in North London, I spend most of my time East where things feel a lot different. Definitely a lot more diverse that is for sure. Explain the life of a young adult in London, how do you feel life is for you?  I mean as expensive as London is, it is never going to be that easy for someone that is young and working class. In this moment,…

THE RATBITCH EMPOWERMENT

Firstly to point out, this is not about speaking badly about men. This is about the empowerment of women, a topic upon a discussion of the importance of “defying society’s mould of femininity”. Searching into the past in order to reflect upon the future, can teach us peace and understanding. We must empower this generation of women and teach the past what is wrong. This magnificence and connective community Rat Bitch is a perfect example into the confidence, that women and young girls need in today’s society. I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. – Madonna Ratbitch’s idea is to inflame and set out opportunities to connect to women worldwide, send a message as a safe place to find others. Be a part of a group. . . a community. That will centre around removing “stigmas, taboos, and judgement” , a…

ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE – EXHIBITION REVIEW

Photography on the Margins. . . THE BARBICAN CENTRE PRESENTS AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXHIBITION A translucent thought into what the world could be and what could seem to be, forms from  this mind-blowing exhibition of photography. Experiences like this barely exist, depending on what type of person you are and how you perceive your life. Being the thoughtful thinker that I myself am, and exposing myself to this exhibition brought harmony to my soul. As an artist, creator and a writer, to know that there were these photographers that were alive and some still are. You witness this overwhelming feeling of emotion when you walk around the gallery, it is incredibly heart-warming. Gazing upon the 20 photographers with such diversities, the exhibit opens your mind focusing it to witness and read. I am refusing to speak details of the work, names of pieces, from this exhibition. As for…

WEAKNESS YOU LEARN FROM

Make no apologies for the weakness you may have, apologise for the force of strength you will give. “Comfort is the enemy of progress” – P.T. Barnum. Words to live by! A moment of weakness is all it takes to fall into a negative cycle. Your growth will oppose your weakness. . . Balance your ideas and plans, learn from them, whether it be your life in London (including other urban cities and secluded countrysides), or financial crisis’s, searching for that new job, with the perfect social life. Pick your battles and signify what means the most to you. HOWEVER, by all means necessary make sure YOU are in every plan and idea. You as a person need to create that healthy mind and body, everyone suffers from that same place, by not being able to picture how on earth they will achieve this? You can! Just pick apart your…

BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN LONDON

Live each day with the breeze of the moment. INTERVIEW Tell Me About Who You Are And Where Your From? Hey! My name is Ilaria Iannarilli, 21 years old. Photography Student at London Metropolitan University. I was born and raised in Rome, Italy but now I live in London. Why Did You Apply To Study In London? The reason why I have applied to study in London, is because there are no opportunities to study anything like photography in my home city. I always felt they do not take it very seriously. For example, here universities give space to pave a way for creative people, while in Italy, they do not get a degree but something more similar to a certificate.  Why Did You Consider This As A Great Opportunity? Living and studying in another country at my age is always a great opportunity, I guess. It’s that time of your…

PASSION YOU LEARN FROM

For one’s desire to strive, is to water it and let it grow. Image Credit:  @aliachasingthemoon Sometimes life can be cluttered, disorganised, hectic and just straight up difficult. That can come from living in the city of London. People moving faster than you, progressing more than you, doing everything better than you. With that, you sit alone and ponder as to why you are not them? The need for drive in this never-ending city Your darkest thoughts can lead you anywhere but your mind chooses the darkness, picks apart the lowest of the low. Settling you into this lifestyle of what you think was not your decision, however it was, more so than you think. You need to pick apart what you want from life, if you want to ‘sell your soul’ for the devil so to speak or live out your dream and fight for the life you are…

AN ASIAN EXPERIENCE – ONLY 10 HOURS AWAY FROM LONDON

10 Hour flight; to explore a vibrant cultured world that is China. Take the time to open your eyes to China, Asia’s most historic and influential countries. China’s in depth mixed environment of mass population, to the endless range of creative, historic and astonishing architecture. If your emotions run wild in travelling, let them run wild here. ‘China is a nation with a five-thousand-year history.’ If you were to follow the similar experiences I myself went through, within this beautiful country that I’ll be discussing. Explore the areas of Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. I will be covering brief explanations of my most intriguing moments and memories I had. Travelling across China for 9 days, non-stop with Tour Guides (John, Lily and colleagues: as pictured below). It was all so vast, that more would need to be written. Best to keep it short and sweet! The Environment & Architecture. . .…

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