A tenacious and highly versatile NCTJ-qualified journalist, social media editor and digital copywriter with more than 11 years’ experience creating inspiring, engaging and shareable social and compelling content for various high profile organisations such as Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star, the Institute of Directors, Trafalgar UK, ITV, BBC, the Evening Standard, MailOnline and The Voice Newspaper.
Email: [email protected]
As someone who worked shifts for more than three years, my sleep has often been disrupted. At times, I would struggle to wind down and ease my overactive mind or I would wake up hours before my alarm clock, leaving me exhausted for the day ahead.
It felt like I had stepped into an immersive history lesson as I wandered around Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge, Shropshire. As Covid travel restrictions continue to change and UK staycations remain popular, Ironbridge is like no other place I have ever been before.
I have a confession to make... I hate the gym. I've tried numerous ones over the years but I prefer walking, hiking and cycling while breathing in the country air.
Brian Lewis is telling his incredible story in a new book, Checkmate, to coincide with Black History Month Brian Lewis didn't have an ordinary childhood. While kids were playing outside with their friends, he dedicated all his spare time to playing chess.
It has been over a month since Covid restrictions were lifted in the UK and I've had to adapt to re-socialising: ordering drinks from an actual bar, no limits to how many people I'm allowed to meet up outside and of course, hitting the dancefloor all feel new.
I tried cryotherapy during an Eccleston Yards Wellness Weekenders pre-event, a new festival that took place on 14 and 15 August and is continuing on 21 and 22 August, in Belgravia. The ticketed event features popular fitness trends such as hula hooping and puppy yoga.
Hands up, who has dropped their phone in water or have smashed their screen? I'm not afraid to admit, I can be clumsy at times, so when I was invited to take part in a series of football challenges with Arsenal legend Ray Parlour to test out the new Nokia smartphone XR20, I jumped at the chance.
Black Pound Day, described as a 'solution-based approach to support the growth of the UK Black economy', is flourishing five months after its initial launch on the 27th of June. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month, it has inspired other black-owned campaigns such as #IAMBOB, a week-long Twitter campaign, launched by the Daily Mirror and other Reach titles to highlight black-owned businesses up and down the country.
As a big gin fan, I didn't know what to think when I was approached to try 24 Carat Gin, a new premium brand priced at a whopping £1,200. The idea of mixing gold with gin was mind-boggling. Was it real gold? Would it taste nice?
THE WEST END felt like a ghost town on a Friday evening. Gone was the hustle and bustle of city life; instead I could walk down the streets without people bumping into me. It was a stark reminder that life hadn't gone back to normal following lockdown.
Getting a good night's sleep has been shown to help keep you healthy, and reduce stress. However, current figures show that 1 in 3 people in the UK is having trouble sleeping and needing treatment. Unsurprisingly given the current climate - the coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill.
So, I had no idea what to expect when I was invited to spend a day at Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC in Birmingham, which is owned by Merlin Entertainments whose main UK attractions portfolio also includes Alton Towers and Thorpe Park.
Read inspiring stories from some of the UKs most successful business leaders. Learn about their business journeys and lessons they learned along the way.
Stay where Ibiza rocks hard and grown-ups groove to epic 80s tunes, indulging in a music legend lifestyle
International Women's Day on the 8th March is a worldwide event that celebrates women's achievements - from the political to the social - while calling for gender equality. This year, International Women's Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women's rights, equality, and justice.
If anyone ever tells you that it's too late for you to do anything in life, then wait until you watch Together's brand new TV show Kitchen Sink to Catwalk. A reality contest with a difference, the programme follows six middle-aged women who have travelled to London to take part in one of the biggest challenges of their lives.
Stephen Yellowhawk's undeniable passion for dance and sheer determination to promote his Native American culture was evident from the moment we met. A performer for more than 20 years, he is featured as a Cultural Insight on our Trafalgar trips that run through Rapid City, South Dakota, where he lives.
Immerse yourself in this culturally rich and inspiring region where the combination of old and new seamlessly blend together to create an atmosphere that is quite intriguing. Explore the majestic temples of Thailand, travel through the jungle-clad hills of Cambodia and go on a spiritual journey around India.
Soak up panoramic views of the deep blue waters and soaring cliff faces, while travelling around this stunning archipelago. Imagine the rumble of earth beneath your feet as you experience the magnitude of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Learn about Maui cuisine as you become hunters and gatherers on O'o Farm surrounded by the lush forests of Waipoli.
Lose yourself in the beauty of Ireland where music, food, literary, Celtic, film and comedy festivals keep the good craic rolling. As you delve deeper into the magic of the Emerald Isle, discover lush green landscapes, dramatic sea cliffs, medieval monuments and vibrant cities.
Festivals are a great way to experience a destination. Here are some of the world's most vibrant and breathtaking cultural events to help you plan a trip of a lifetime. Enter the realm of make-believe at the Carnival of Venice, one of the oldest festivals in Italy, famous for its distinctive masks and elaborate costumes.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common genetic conditions in the world. It affects around one in 2,000 of all babies born in England. People with SCD produce unusually shaped red blood cells. They can cause problems because they do not live as long as healthy blood cells and they become stuck in blood vessels.
Employers across the UK are failing to provide adequate support to employees or equip managers with the skills to help them, according to new research. A by the charity Business in the Community suggests more than three quarters of workers aged 16 to 64 have experienced symptoms of poor mental health, and nearly two thirds of those with mental health problems believe work was a contributing factor.
Red blood cells with sickle cell disease contain an abnormal form of haemoglobin - the blood's oxygen-carrying pigment - that makes them sickle-shaped. Photo credit: Fotolia The number of people with sickle cell has more than doubled in the capital within the past five years.
Preseli Venture, right on the coast, is the perfect venue for corporate retreats and ideal for businesses looking for team-building away days. The newly launched 'Resilience in the Workplace' programme aims to boost resilience in mind, body and spirit. It combines coasteering, sea kayaking and surfing, with team challenges and focused mindfulness, communication and stress management workshops.
London's hip-hop scene is ever evolving with more clubs and venues hosting old skool nights and fun events in various formats across the city. Hip Hop Brunch LDN, a weekly party, is flying high as one of London's most popular daytime events.
Poverty in Africa is predominantly rural. More than 70 per cent of the continent's poor people depend on agriculture to feed their families and make a living. In Sub-Saharan Africa, around 218 million adults and children are undernourished. It is the only region where extreme poverty and hunger continues to rise.
Working mothers are still being penalised for having children according to new research from Equality and Human Rights Commission. The data, which is based on a survey of over 3,200 women, suggests around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year after having a baby.
Global drinks brand has criticised the proposed “sugar tax” for prevent- ing consumers from making their own lifestyle decisions.
The controversy surrounding e-cigarettes has been fuelled by public concern and media speculation over the health risks and regulation of these products.
THE LATE Nigerian political leader, Sir Ahmadu Bello, famously branded the unification of his country’s Northern and Southern provinces as “the mistake of 1914.”
IT HAS been 53 years since the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) first legally elected prime minister, an event which many have argued contributed to the country's current economical and political crisis. Lumumba founded the National Congolese Movement (MNC) in 1958, and believed in the need for social and economic changes in the country.
Uni, or not uni? That is the question for young people as the financial benefits of having a degree become less certain. We examine the challenges and talk to multi-millionaire entrepreneur Simon Dolan who says university makes no sense for most students...
Childcare costs are rising more than twice as fast as wages, leaving more families questioning whether it is worthwhile both partners working, according to a report. In England, the cost of a nursery place for a child of two or over has increased by 4.8% in the past year - far exceeding the 2.1 per cent rise in the average wage in the same period, the study by insurer Aviva has claimed.
Some parents may do it every day, but Ben Fogle's wife Marina has insisted she'll never tell her seven-year-old daughter she's pretty... because she thinks parents should praise effort rather than the result. She says, "By praising them for something over which they have no influence reinforces the idea that how a woman or girl looks is her crowning achievement."
Tanya de Grunwald, founder of careers blog Graduate Fog , said employers had a responsibility to nurture and train young staff and not take advantage of their desperation for experience. This comes after a Department for Work and Pensions minister confirmed the government would be reviewing options for work placements as part of Prime Minister Theresa May's pledge to "make Britain work for all, not just the rich."
The costs of hiring and training new staff, redundancy payouts and lost productivity after a woman is forced to leave amounted to £280m annually. However, women were more likely to leave their employer due to negative or possibly discriminatory experiences when they returned to work, rather than when pregnant, or on maternity leave.
Violence and aggression in the workplace and personal safety of young people inspired Paul and Diana to set up Trust in Suzy's name: Credit: Bill Knight Speaking at the 30th anniversary event of the charity Trust last Thursday, 28th July, Paul Lamplugh 85, said personal safety at work was just as important now than it was when his daughter disappeared 30 years ago.
Tourists today told of their terror after being left dangling 65ft up for more than three hours after a fairground ride on the South Bank broke down. Fire crews plucked 19 stuck passengers, including six children, from 10 hanging capsules after the 260ft-high Starflyer swing-ride suffered a "technical malfunction".
A junior doctor announced his resignation live on TV today ahead of the start of all-out strikes by medics. Dr Ben White told ITV's Good Morning Britain that he would be leaving his post with Barts Health NHS Trust after insisting he and his colleagues have been "backed into a corner" by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
While nearly half of British people mistakenly believe apprenticeships are just for school leavers, not everyone shares this misconception.
Tributes are being paid to the 38 people, including at least 15 Britons, killed in Tunisia in an attack near Sousse. Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, who had links with Islamic State, opened fire on holidaymakers at midday on Friday. He then entered at least one of the hotel lobbies, where grenades were also detonated.
A passing doctor put the 40-year-old man into the recovery position after he lost control on the circuit in Richmond Park and skidded at high speed on gravel while descending Broomfield Hill. The man was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in a critical condition at 9.30am on Sunday and was pronounced dead several hours later.
The property in Kember Street, Islington, is described as a "fully furnished... modern studio apartment [which] comes complete and fully self contained" with "neutral deco and laminated floorboards throughout." Though no dimensions are included in the advertised details, there appears to be barely enough room to open the front door fully or walk around the bed.
Britain's most dedicated job-hunter has taken to the streets with a sandwich board asking for work after more than 1,000 failed applications in three months. Gerri Spiers, a 50-year-old secretary from Woolwich who was made redundant in February, turned herself into a walking advertisement after other approaches proved unsuccessful.
Vernon Thomas, 69, was set to compete in the World Champion Duathlon in Spain at the end of the month when he discovered three custom made bikes had vanished from his home in Blackheath, south east London. The father-of-two told the Standard the theft of the bikes was "a real hammerblow."
Audacious squatters have set up home in an abandoned police station. The 15 east Europeans entered the boarded-up building in Norbury, and told officers who arrived five minutes later they would not leave until served with an eviction notice.
A patisserie owner who says double yellow lines outside her shop are “killing her business” has launched a petition calling for parking restrictions to be scrapped.
The friends and teachers of a Hackney teenager who fell to his death while rock climbing in Costa Rica have been paying tribute to a “popular” and “inspirational” student. Lucas Drummond, 16, from Meynell Crescent, the son of former Hackney councillor John Drummond, died at the weekend following the tragic accident
An environmentalist is fearful that bird slaughtering is on the rise after a carcass was discovered at a reservoir last week
A UNIVERSITY student disguised herself in a niqab and threw acid on her friend Naomi Oni’s face because she was jealous of her good looks, a court heard earlier this week.
DURING THE apartheid regime in South Africa, Desmond Tutu stood as a beacon of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation for his country. The Templeton Prize has recognised this, and on May 21, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town was honoured at London's Guildhall for his lifetime achievements.
DIANE ABBOTT has warned the Home Secretary that she will have a fight on her hands if she allows allega- tions that the Met Police spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence in their time of grief to be swept under the carpet.
IT WAS certainly a star-studded day to remember. An almost unbelievable line-up of celebrities from Beyonce and J-Lo to John Legend, Timbaland and a surprise appearance from Mary J Blige all on the same bill. They had given their time to support the Sound of Change Live charity concert on Saturday (June 1).
And let's face it, a girl's night in wouldn't feel complete without a dose of crispy seaweed, duck spring rolls and some crunchy prawn crackers. So, when I read that a new Hunanese restaurant called Yipin China had opened in the vibrant area of Islington, I was intrigued.
Having spent some time in Peru, I was ecstatic to hear about Ceviche, a new Peruvian restaurant which had opened in the heart of Soho, owned by restaurateur Martin Morales and Chef Alejandro Bello. With Peruvian restaurants being a rarity in London, Ceviche signifies the unknown, one of its greatest strengths.
There is something distinctly Famous Five about this dark cave. I shiver as I spot cobwebs stretched across metal cages and struggle to stifle a yelp when something brushes past my face. But I needn't worry about catching baddies or finding treasure, the worst that can happen to me is a very bad hangover in this cool underbelly of a La Rioja vineyard.