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Mental Health Issues Are Not an Individual Weakness, but Something We Should All Educate Ourselves About

There’s a wariness associated with mental illness. I feel apprehensive about sharing my experience with new people that I meet. But I’ve recently decided to talk more about it. It’s important. And, in sharing my story, I often feel reassured that people can relate. They can clearly see how it happened. But why couldn’t I see it when I was becoming more ill?

Top 5 Songs To Say I’m Sorry

Plenty of songwriters have had a crack at it, and here are some of my favourite songs that fit the bill – the best songs to really demonstrate the veracity of an apology!

The Different Provinces of Witchcraft

Modern day witchcraft is different from modern perceptions, and everything you probably assumed about it. But in this wild world of magical items, fairy sightings and spell jars, you may find yourself beginning to believe in something that is very much different from your usual world of religion…

Soundtrack Songs

Following on from his earlier article about the best use of songs sung by characters in non-musicals, Jonathan Tonge writes about the best songs written for or used in movies. What do you think of his top 5 picks?

Thanks, Dad

Jonathan Tonge writes the second part to his story about dealing with loss, sadness and losing a parent so young

Witchcraft Vs Paganism: Where does Religion end? And where does Wicca begin?

There is a crossover in the witchcraft community, as to where does witchcraft begin and paganism end? Can there be a crossover, and can you be both? Well its both a yes and a no answer, because of the open-ended definition of paganism, and how its cultural impact has influenced the witchcraft community, and how witchcraft has branched away from the religious definition it perhaps once had.

How to Cope with Emotional Eating

Your relationship with food can be complex, especially in the context of declining mental health. Heather Dalgleish writes how she learned to combat eating as a response to mental health difficulties. (TW: Eating, Food, Body Image, Counting Calories, Body Dysmorphia)

Movie Music

Ever watched a movie and been surprised by great musical scenes, even though it’s not a musical? I certainly have, so I ran through some of my favourite examples!

How Women Can Inspire More Change in the World…

As Women’s History month comes to a close, I personally have found this month more educational then usual when it comes to Women. But ironically, it wasn’t the history side of things I’ve been educating myself on. It’s what women can do for the future.

5 Ways to Feel More Mentally Stable

As someone who has suffered with depression for the past three years, I know how difficult the struggle is. I don’t think there is any pain quite like fighting your brain, especially when you are at your lowest.

Drive To Survive: Season 3 Review

As we have said several times here at Bloom, we are big fans of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series documenting the drama of the Formula 1 season. A new series has just arrived – does it live up to the hype?

How to Tame your Curly Head

This has been a one-woman mission for me – trying to get my hair to go back to its original curl pattern and after years of trial and error, I found these methods the best to bring back those destroyed curls

Volkswagen – Nazi People’s Car to 60s Hippie Icon

The cutesy Volkswagen Beetle, star of movies like Herbie Goes Bananas, started life as the perfect car for the subjects of Hitler’s Third Reich. I looked at the story of how it was reclaimed from the Nazis to become a symbol of counterculture and ubiquity.

Things To Do Before Lockdown’s Over

The UK has seemingly been in lockdown for ever, and with new dates of freedom on the horizon, Heather Dalgleish thinks everyone is ready for some time out of the house. But whilst we are still kept indoors and maybe aren’t feeling our best, it’s time more than ever to work on ourselves and get us to be the best versions of ourselves we can be.

Why Don’t We Believe Women?

In her debut for In Full Bloom, Ellen Mae Page captures the mood of the moment in asking why women aren’t allowed to feel safe in public spaces in society or believed in the public eye.

International Women’s Day – In Celebration of Emily Hobhouse

As part of our series honouring International Women’s Day we thought it prescient to bring attention to the British welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse. Throughout her life, Hobhouse was committed to combatting injustice and wasn’t afraid to bring public attention to the failures of a mighty British imperial government at the turn of the 20th century.

5 Female Chefs To Tantalise Your Tastebuds

When you think of famous chefs – do Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, James Martin come to mind? For International Women’s Day we want to point to equally capable female chefs who we don’t see as much of in the media.

The Silent Killer

We lose around 450 people to cancer every day. Elaine Dalgleish has experienced this first hand and wrote this poignant piece encouraging women with potential symptoms of ovarian cancer to visit their doctor after losing her own mother to this often symptomless illness.

Wine and Dine your Date: Chinese Food Edition

Arguably there isn’t anything quite more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two. A glass of red in hand, a cheeky smile across the table and you have successfully wooed for the night. And now you can do it all at home, with our series on wining and dining, this week with Chinese Food

Why Does Diet Culture Target Women?

I don’t know a single girl who hasn’t had a toxic relationship with their mothers and dieting. For as long as I can remember, my mum has talked all things diet, from working out, to getting slim for summer, to eating nothing but protein for weeks at a time.

Rex Orange County – A Modern McCartney?

Few artists capture the imagination like Rex Orange County. Despite relatively little chart success, he is revered by critics, fans and other artists as a strikingly adept musician with a refreshingly new, genre-transcending approach to songwriting. Jonathan Tonge explains why he believes people will remember him for years to come.

5 Sports For The Non-Sporty

Exercising can be hard when your not a sporty person, especially if you also aren’t big fans of conventional sports. Jonathan Tonge offers 5 sports for those who aren’t that sporty

Classic TV You Probably Forgot About

I’m 22 now and my earliest memories are tape decks, VHS videos, having one computer for the house with a giant monitor that weighed more than a bus and those TVs with the big fat backs. I’m not old by any stretch but if I ever accidentally switch over to a kids’ TV channel now, I’m left wondering where it all went wrong…

Car Camping

with (hopefully) staycations on the way and hotels looking likely to be booked up as soon as they’re available, I hope this guide gives you a little insight into an alternative method of holidaying that’s great for a night or two away if you aren’t the biggest camping fan.

The Happy Singleton is a Lie.

As the final part of our valentines series, Anne Stoop writes her experiences of the media, societies standards and discovering how to be a happy singleton.

A Reflection on Love

Jasmine Hall writes on her personal experiences of love and what she has learnt from her years of dating.

Jackson: A Screenplay

As the tenth part of our valentines series, Imogen Robinson presents Jackson, a screenplay about love, life and cheating

Should We Be Eating Seasonally?

With the ebb and flow of the Earth’s seasons, the flux between rainfall in Spring to frost in Winter and the Summer sun, farmers are able to harvest respective foods that rely on the seasonal climates to grow and thrive. Niamh Heron talks why you should eat seasonally and the benefits from this.

Solo Dates

St Valentine isn’t the patron saint of finding the first person on the street and shacking up for the Valentine’s season. Sure, true companionship is wonderful, but as many extremely cliché movies will tell you – you can’t really love anything until you learn to love yourself.

A Very Eco Valentines

Valentines day doesn’t have to be expensive or bad for the environment, Heather Dalgleish talks about getting eco with your valentines gifts this year

5 Ways to Use Nutella

Nutella has been a love of mine since I first persuaded my mother to buy me a jar from the store. But, there is more to Nutella than just smothering it rapidly on toast as you are running late for the bus.

Liquid Relationships

Love is complicated, hard and sometimes belongs in the trash, and Laura Menendez writes on her feelings on how love can conquer all, if you give it a go that is…

A Million Love Songs Later

For as long as music has existed, people have used it to pay tribute to love. It’s a deep, personal way to communicate your feelings and to do it expertly requires either a massive stroke of luck or very large reserves of songwriting expertise. There are millions out there, but which one takes the biscuit as the best? It’s impossible to say with so much choice, so here’s five of my favourites (in no particular order!)

Edward the 2nd: England’s First Gay King

As it’s LGBTQ history month, what better way to commence the series than with a fact that maybe not all of you are aware of, Edward II’s sexuality. He was king from 1307-1327, and though he did marry a woman, marriages during this time often occurred for political reasons rather than bride and groom falling in love.

Crispy Chilli Tofu Noodles

Vegan food doesn’t have to be difficult or a chore to make, and for the final part of our Veganuary series, I present Crispy Chilli Tofu Noodles, the perfect mixture of both spicy, crunchy tanginess that is perfect and quick to whip up.

Sea Shanties – Who Were The Wellermen?

Shanties have enjoyed something of a renaissance of late, so surely we should investigate exactly why it is they fell out of favour in the first place. It’s a relatively simple story and it has to do with a few things, but it’s mainly the fact that time moved on while they stood still.

January Jams

The new year brings new shots at finding new artists, new music and discovering music that you will love. My new years resolution was to listen to more female artists, mainly because most of the music I am recommended by Spotify is definitely male dominated. So my current playlist is female with a sprinkle of male and in all honesty, I’m loving it. It means I’ve definitely discovered new artists that add a whole lot of flair, sass and excitement, that bring my January playlist up to fantastic standard for the new year.

Homemade Hash Browns

“Hash Browns are a stable part of any breakfast, and to be honest, they’ll do nicely for any other meal. The triangular ones that come frozen are good enough, but for real satisfaction and a sense of achievement, you want to try the rosti kind with grated potatoes. They’re literally so easy that I can cook them, and I am awful at cooking.” Jonathan Tonge on how even beginners can nail a ‘posh’ hash brown!

Robert Burns’ Famous Supper

Why do they eat haggis, neeps and tatties on Burns Night? When did Robert live? Is Auld Lang Syne the national song of Scotland, or is it Mull of Kintyre? All that and more coming up.

Roasted Pepper Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a stable in any vegetarian / vegan household. But what if I told you you could make it at a fraction of the price, a hundred percent more delicious and will be that bit moreish? This hummus is flavoured with sweet red peppers, paprika, raw garlic and is the perfect mixture of both tangy, sharp but with the soft undertones of chickpea and tahini that is the classic hummus mix.

What is Home?

I always thought I knew what home was. I grew up in the same place, the same town, the same house and with the same people. It felt right, and it felt safe. I knew the streets like the back of my hand, every ginnel, every park. I’d never left, I’d never moved. My life rotated around Preston and all that came from Preston, the people, the atmosphere, the traditions. Life was home and home was more than just the four walls where I was raised.

On This Day In History

The days are bleeding together a little here in a still-locked-down 2021, so for today’s article, let’s consult the January 19ths of history to see if anything a little more interesting happened.

5 Sources for Vegan Courses

Craving scrumptious feeding but not knowing how to create what your body’s needing? As we move towards the latter part of this Veganuary, you may be struggling to come up with new ways of prepping your veg. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or trying out a vegan diet for the first time, food-ruts are real and they are as dull as it gets. So to bring back the joy and blessing of a succulent salad dressing, here’s a list of Vegan-Youtubers whose gorgeous creations will make your mouth water and your inspiration overflow.

The Sustainability Series: Period Products

Period Products are one of the biggest contributors to waste in the world, with an estimated 1.5-2 billion tonnes of period waste each year. So, let’s bring the sustainability series into the new year than with ways of making your period sustainable. We’ll be talking you through both Menstrual cups and reusable sanitary pads, so you’ll have two ideas in place for making your period that bit more sustainable.

My Dream Plant List

Plants are a big part of my household – what better way to finish off houseplant awareness week this 2021 than give a list of my dream plants that I could only wish to own one day?

Going Off The Rails

The UK is a country with a proud railway heritage, but in the 1960s, almost half of Britain’s railways were scrapped. The historic trains that ran on them are now few and far between – here, I comment on why they’re gone, and where you can go to see them and their routes now.

20.00 is Very Early for a Christmas Dinner if you Ask Me.

Six strangers are sitting in the same room. They could be the most bizarre compilation of human beings. There is no apparent reason why they should be together. But there is one thing they have in common. They all share the burden, or the blessing, of spending Christmas far away from home.


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