Real Issues That Affect Us

This is my open letter to the voters. You, yes you

Fact:

Voting is actually a luxury. There are countries that prohibit their citizens from voting… Citizens in some countries are oppressed and have to watch a leader they don’t want go into power and are helpless in their societies. So, if there was no other reason for you to vote – let this be reason…

The United Kingdom sees voting as a right to those over a certain age. Use this right, dont abuse it!

Voting is free and is a way for you to get your voice heard, a chance to have your needs (and your society/community’s needs) met. Don’t waste it!

Your choice:

When choosing a name to cross on your ballot, make sure you are completely certain and understand what’s at stake.

Read their manifestos, watch their Question Time responses and decide based on what benifits you and the wider community.

Look, although there’s plenty of austerity and barbarianism that’s going on in this day and age, the ability to vote shows that not all hope is lost. There is a way to combat this treachery, by choosing the right candidate for PM…

If you can hold your head up high, knowing your reasons for the candidate you’ve voted for, you’ve won. No one can take that from you.

Yes, absolutely a vote is for the benefit of the many and not the few – so choose correctly. Be selfish in your vote but also spare a thought for the aftermath.

Remember:

Whatever the result, you’ve done all that you can. You visited your local Polling Station, put a cross in a box that matters most, handed it in, and walked out with pride.

If you’re a young person and this is your first time voting, you rock! The world needs you (and more of you). Honestly, be proud of the fact that you registered and you voted. This is something that you’ve had a hand in changing. You contributed to the outcome. Kudos.

Things nobody wants to hear tomorrow:

“I didn’t vote but the right/wrong person won” – vote. If the right person won, great. But, you could’ve been that extra % that edged it that little bit further. If the wrong person won, that’s probably your fault because you chose not to vote. So, shame of you really…

“I voted for them thinking the other party would win.” Fuck off. Seriously, just fuck right off! If this was a bet on the dogs at the bookies, would you put all of your life savings on the wrong dog for a laugh (when in your heart of hearts you knew they’d lose)? No, didn’t think so…

Voting is a risk, granted, but it takes only one person to change our community, and you’re it.

Logistics:

“Should I use the pencil provided or bring a pen?” Take a pen with you if you’d feel more comfortable. I will be. Either way, whether you voted in pen/pencil, you still voted. Pen marks can be crossed out just as easily as pencil marks can be erased. It is NOT illegal to vote in pen.

Who should you vote for today?

It should be easy… If you don’t know, just vote for the one that has the LEAST CONS to offer. You’ll find the answer to that on a maternity ward… Rhymes with Harbour.

My vote?

I stand with the National Security & Emergancy Services, I stand with the NHS, I stand with education, the social housing/social care, I stand with the majority. I am voting for a better future, a somewhat safer one.

Versatile Blogger Award

ALOHA!

I’m coming to you LIVE and direct from Honolulu, Hawaii aka London town… How GOES it?!

I just wanted to jump on the blogging bandwagon to give major kudos, love and shout-outs to Alexis, one of my favourite ladies in the blogasphere. What an absolute BABE! Bloggers like her are the reason I carry on blogging.

Thank you Alexis for nominating me for my second Versatile Blogger award.

Right, let’s hop to it – the rules should you choose to accept them (like a proposal) are…

  • Give a little thankful R E S P E C T (the way Aretha Franklin does) in the form of back linking to your nominator.
  • Nominate 15 blogging gangstas of your choosing.
  • Link your nom-nom-inedible-ations and inform them about their nomination.
  • Share sieben (seven) FAKTZ about your person/self.

 

(I feel like you know enough, so I might have to write seven FICTIONS instead, for suspense purposes)

  • My next tattoo is going to be a willow tree (this is true.)

 

  • I smell like 8Teen Spirit (fiction.)
  • I kickboxed my way to a tendon tear in my knee (true…)
  • I don’t really know much about life (25 years later), but I’ll keep you posted when I reach level 26 (oh, who am I kidding? True!)
  • I have an Oreo cheesecake in my fridge which belongs in & around my facial arena, making its way inside of my stomach lining (true.)
  • This is the sixth out of the seven facts, I can count, honest. (a fact that showed promise of having nothing to do with me, #selfish.)
  • The definition of a fact is: “a thing that is known or proved to be true”. I, myself, am a fact. I’m no Catfish! You don’t need to set Nev & Max to kick my butt! (true.)

 

15 nominations time… Alright. Who’s it gonna be?

Jheeze, I feel like this is the virtual version of the Sorting Hat scene in Harry Potter…

Okay, here goes:

  1. You, the person reading this.
  2. You, the person reading this.
  3. You, the person reading this.
  4. You, the person reading this.
  5. You, the person reading this.
  6. You, the person reading this.
  7. You, the person reading this.
  8. You, the person reading this.
  9. You, the person reading this.
  10. You, the person reading this.
  11. You, the person reading this.
  12. You, the person reading this.
  13. You, the person reading this.
  14. You, the person reading this.
  15. You, the person reading this.

It’s not a tall order choosing 15 people who read this and I’ll tell you why… ‘Cause this blog isn’t a Giraffe! Bless you all whether you sneeze or not.

LOVE!

❤️

Eva Bra

Wow. If this story doesn’t tug at your heartstrings so hard that they come off, are you human?

So, a Mexican student called Julian Rios Cantu was 13 when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through a DOUBLE mastectomy! The family’s life changed forever, and it’s affected the poor guy so much that he promised to revolutionise the diagnosis of breast cancer, preventing mastectomies for other women.

At the age of 18, Julian and his three friends created ‘Eva’, the sensory bra that monitors the shape, texture, colour, and temperature of each breast – to determine whether there are cancerous cells that could put women at risk.

If you’re looking for more information on this bra, there’s a video posted onto Higia Technologies (the company that Julian has founded) explaining how it works and was made.

Eva is made up of 200 small, tactile biosensors that map out the surface of each breast and its results recorded via the bra and sent to an app, alerting the wearers of changes.

In the video it states that customers only need to wear Eva for one hour a week to have the results registered. Cantu dreams of Eva being less painful than mammograms, giving better results than an ultrasound. He’s also dubbed it the: “autoexploration bra”.

Want to find out more? Click here to watch the Spanish video tutorial.

Yes, the Eva bra might just be a prototype right now, but I think it’s a brilliant idea that’ll gain large, widespread funding. Want to stay in the loop? Subscribe the Higia Technologies’ newsletter now – available in English and Spanish.

I think Julian deserves a Mexican knighthood. What an absolute teen prodigy, and inventorial legend. The student turned entrepreneur has gone on to win the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Germany.

13 Reasons Why

This week’s #NationalMentalHealthWeek and May is renowned for being #NationalMentalHealthMonth. So, I wanted to make a quick post that explains why I won’t be watching ‘13 Reasons Why‘, and tell you all that it’s okay to suffer from bouts of depression from time to time, you’re only human. When you begin to feel down though, recognise the triggers, and speak/reach out. Don’t suffer alone. You’re not alone.

1) It sounds majorly sad, traumatising and depressing.

2) It’ll definitely have a negative affect on me, it’ll be a mind-messer.

3) I’m not interested in watching someone else suffering – least of all to the point of being driven to suicide.

4) I don’t want to watch other people’s words or actions leading to someone taking their own life… I’m well aware that it’s a prominent, sensitive issue in today’s society that needs to be addressed (in ways other than filming a series and streaming it to Netflix).

5) would you want people making a film/TV show about you or someone you know and love going through this? Out of respect, no I wouldn’t. It’s a personal and private thing. Therefore, if this story’s based on a true story – which I’m sure it is – I don’t think it should be aired.

6) a majority of us have been bullied, so I wouldn’t watch it for fear that it’d bring back memories. I also don’t think watching others being bullied is something I’d find intriguing or interesting. It actually makes me sad, angry, hurt and annoyed.

7) the show itself is WAY too overrated!

8) I’m not interested in Netflix unless I’m watching it with someone (and I don’t – not because I can’t get someone to watch it with, just because I’m selective and only have one in mind).

9) The genre of real-life, thriller dramas/documentaries doesn’t appeal to me (with exception of Catfish and that isn’t even tragic or mind-messy).

10) I can’t not get emotionally invested in such stories, so I avoid them when possible.

11) it’s not something I’d openly recommend anyone to watch*, so why would I watch it myself?

*other than a bully, in which case I’d show them this as a means of explaining how their words/actions are impacting/could impact on those who they’re bullying.

12) I believe there are other ways of raising awareness for suicide (which doesn’t involve making documentaries). If you want to make a difference, campaign, march, run a marathon, or set up a GoFundMe… Speak out. Do something.

You don’t need to watch a docu-series about the last moments of someone’s life, leading up to their death, to want to do something about it.

13) I just don’t want to.

Look, to give credit where it’s due, I’ve heard great things from friends. It’s also been well received by the wider Netflix community. Obviously if you’re interested in this type of show, watch it. I’m just not and I wanted to share my thoughts on it because it’s all over social-media…

A second season of it (if rumours are to be believed) just shows that it’s less about suicide awareness and more about bank balance. No thanks.

If you’ve been affected by depression, anxiety or intrusive thoughts, seek help – speak to the Samaritans or Child Line (if you’re young). Alternatively, contact a mental health charity like Mind and/or speak to your GP, mentor, parent/s, someone you trust. Sometimes, even a stranger can help. Just, speak.