Thousands of horses are dying each year on the track and off it, we need to start a conversation about why.

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Last week, Kings Temptation — a nine-year-old racehorse ridden by Bryan Carver — became the first fatality at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The death was tragic and avoidable, but unfortunately not unusual. According to the British Horseracing Authority, around 200 horses are fatally injured on British tracks each year, and at least 100 more are slaughtered.

The situation is even worse across the pond, with over 900 thoroughbred racehorses euthanised at U.S. racetracks in 2020. When these statistics are added to the hundreds more horses that die in their stalls from causes such as colic, laminitis, or simply “unknown”; the…


The sisterhood might be sugar and spice, but is it really all things nice?

In the words of Maya Angelou, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.

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Almost 120 years have passed since Emmeline Pankhurst founded the suffragettes, but feminism — albeit of a different kind — is still needed. From our healthcare needs to the workplace, women are constantly battling to be heard; we’re still being discriminated against, mistreated and assaulted. We’re told we’ll never match up, we’re not pretty enough, smart enough … good enough. …


Losing a childhood best friend is never easy, but sometimes it’s necessary to continue to grow.

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2020 seems to be the poster year for the disintegration of relationships. Parties are on pause, our favourite hangouts closed, and life is in such disarray that taking the time out to video call can be daunting. I blame working from home, social distancing and — of course — the growing societal crevasse of political divide.

Adult friendships wax and wane more often than when we were children. Adults are juggling so many responsibilities, from work to family, that “hanging out” without meticulous planning does not seem like an option anymore. …


Surfing is not just great for your physical health, but your mental well-being as well

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Driving along Military Road — a 21 km stretch that traverses the south-west coast of the Isle of Wight — the view is like something out of a film. It’s breath-taking. Long lines of waves roll across the vast expanse of grey-blue ocean towards the chalk cliffs as soft pinks and oranges streak the powdery blue sky.

It’s February morning. The fields are frost-tipped and surfers, wrapped head to toe in neoprene, are clambering down the steep wooden steps at Compton Chine towards the crashing waves. …


Humans have had a profound — and terrifying — impact on our planet that will leave an indelible mark

But the question remains, is there anything we can do to save our planet (and our species) before it’s too late?

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Humans are the single most influential species on the planet. Our interference with the natural world is causing significant global warming and other changes to the environment, atmosphere and species we share our home with, with potentially irreversible consequences. In fact, we have altered the Earth so drastically that a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene — needs to be declared.


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From cetaceans to shellfish, sound is an integral part of ocean life. Marine animals can usually only see as far as tens of metres at most, they can smell across hundreds, but they can hear across entire ocean basins. Therefore, sound is crucial to many aspects of marine life — like sight is for ours — including hunting, navigation, communication and even finding a safe home.

Marine animals are being exposed to a devastating amount of anthropogenic noises, especially as sound waves travel 4.3 times faster in water than air. Human technology — through the use of ships, seismic surveys…


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From babe to darling, we all use pet names from time to time. They’re usually reserved for family and close friends but are also commonly used to refer to women in multiple inappropriate social circumstances.

Many believe that this type of language is harmless, but this dismisses the issue of sexism as mere political correctness. Whether in the office or the pub, there are many times when these seemingly colloquial terms of endearment are inappropriate and really represent the opposite. But for some, the deep valley dividing the two can be inexplicably hard to read.

Language is a powerful tool…


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Hailed as conservation’s “saving grace” — the antidote to the toxins human activity inflicts on the natural world — ecotourism is one of the most marketable sectors of the tourism industry.

On the surface, it appears to be a win-win solution, harnessing nature’s allure to enable people to view animals in their natural habitats while also preserving them. However, as time progresses, the more adverse effects of this industry are beginning to emerge. A stark reminder that no matter how good intentions may be, all actions have consequences.

Defined by the International Ecotourism Society in 2015 as “responsible travel to…


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At 06:31 GMT on the 8th December in University Hospital, Coventry, 91-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person in the UK to receive the Pzifer/BioTech jab and be vaccinated against COVID-19. Health ministers, at the time, predicted that up to four million more vulnerable people in Britain would be vaccinated by the end of the month, but that time frame has now passed and only 1.3 million have had their long-awaited jab.

News of the Pzifer/BioNTech and recently approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines were a source of hope for many as we entered the new year: every vaccination means one less potential…


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It’s a new year and — just like that — we’re back to square one. COVID-19 infection and hospitalisation rates are rising, schools are closing, and a third lockdown is on the horizon making it seem like all the sacrifices we made these past nine months only served to delay the inevitable.

In response to each resurgence of the virus, the UK has adopted a succession of on-and-off-again lockdowns, semi-lockdowns and nonsensical rules accompanied by a dystopian-esque propaganda campaign to ensure compliance. The message was clear: we have to get COVID-19 under control, or the NHS will be overwhelmed, and…

Savannah Estelle

Lover of animals, travel and cheesy movies. Exploring the world one word at a time.

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