Sunday, 12 November 2017

Remembrance Day & Poppy Symbolism

Today is recognised as Remembrance Day in the UK and the headlines predicted up to 30% of young Britons would not be supporting this year's Poppy Appeal.

Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11th in the UK as the anniversary of the armistice between the Allies and Germany signed in 1918. This ended fighting on the Western Front and symbolises the end of war, associated with the message "never again." This is a day in which we remember members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. Red poppies are worn as a symbol for the blood spilled in the war as the poppy is said to be the first flower to bloom from the destroyed Flanders Fields battlefields. So why is there such a decline in support of such an important part of our national history?

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Friday, 3 November 2017

My Vegan Journey // Why Nobody's Perfect

This week the world celebrated World Vegan Day (as well as the start of World Vegan Month) which recognises the founding of the Vegan Society in 1944. In July I wrote about why I went vegan which gave an overview of why this type of lifestyle is so aspirational to me. However, I'm incredibly aware of the fact that I'm not a perfect role model for veganism in any way and today I wanted to be honest about that and why I think it's okay to not be flawless but to be aware of areas where improvements can be made.

An issue I have noticed repeatedly when a lifestyle choice comes into conversation (usually for me this might be chatting about sustainability, going cruelty free, or avoiding animal products, but it's applicable to countless topics) is that people love to find flaws in what you are doing, searching for any possible contradiction or hypocrisy. This bothers me as I am of the opinion that every conscious choice matters and I don't believe any of us can be the "perfect" consumer. It is also frustrating that the majority of those who object to positive change are people who are not interested or well informed on the subject. I don't agree that anybody has a place to judge others or tell them what to do, but I believe in applauding the conscious choices we do make as it all mounts up to make a difference - and educating ourselves and others. This desire to be "perfect" and free of hypocrisy is something which put me off veganism for the longest time as I felt I would be fighting a losing battle, but actually it's the best thing I've ever done for myself. I'm by no means perfect, as I'm about to tell you, but I am so happy with the choices I am making, and the ones I plan to make in the future. But here are some of the things I'm struggling with to fit in with the "vegan" identity...
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