Cultural Catchphrases

Certain forms of expression form part and parcel of the zetgeist. But there is sometimes a danger in appropriating them into our functional vocabulary in order to be seen as trendy or cool. Words carry power, much more than we may realise. Over the course of this new millennium, certain…

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Cultural Catchphrases
"Listen to what I'm saying!"

Pop Rewind: Groundhog Day

"If there’s one thing to love about Groundhog Day is that it comes to an end. If there’s one thing to learn about the seasons of life and climate, is that they have a shelf life, and no matter how unbearable they seem, they too shall pass."

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Pop Rewind: Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

Pop Rewind: Madonna

Pop Rewind: Madonna She has already been hailed as a pop icon, and is known amongst her loyal fans as ‘the Queen of Pop’ Her appearance and performance on the opening night of her Celebration World Tour, has many starstruck journalists, practically nominating her for sainthood. Why such an over…

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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…” – The Disturbing Trend of Body Shaming

"When many women look in the mirror they see advancing wrinkles, a pale shadow of the woman they used to be or a reminder of the woman they will never be. They allow their image to rule their emotions, forgetting that it is but a tiny aspect of who they really are."

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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…” – The Disturbing Trend of Body Shaming
'Don't let your eyes deceive you'

The Weight of Cultural Expectation

"The question is – how much do you need to weigh or how much do you need to lose before you give yourself permission to accept yourself? "

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The Weight of Cultural Expectation
Mental vs physical weight

Being Elvis: Not all it’s Cracked up to Be

There are not many people who can stake a claim of being more famous than Elvis Presley. His fame has grown even beyond the grave. He is popularly known and recognised as just Elvis. Elvis has spawned countless lookalikes and tribute acts, not to mention books, documentaries and biopic films.…

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Being Elvis: Not all it’s Cracked up to Be
'King of Rock 'n' Roll'

Celebrity Spotlight: the Ugly Side of Abuse

Unlike the O.J. Simpson trial (1995) or Oscar Pistorius trial (2014), the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial is not about proving whether the accused is guilty of a crime. However, very much like these famous trials which preceded it, this televised civil hearing is captivating audiences and sparking debate worldwide.…

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Celebrity Spotlight: the Ugly Side of Abuse
"shattered dreams"