24 Stories: of Hope for Survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire

Last year, on the 14th of June a fire started in a building called Grenfell Tower, which spread and ended up charring the building and killing more than seventy people. The building is situated in London and a new book places the spotlight on the tragedy, with a compilation of stories from writers such as Mike Gayle, Irvine Welsh, Christopher Brrokmyre, Meera Syal, Nina Stibbe and Murray Lachlan Young.

People who collided with the event were left homeless and with bad memories but they were supplied aid – in fact, heaps of food and clothes stockpiled spaces like town halls for the calamity. The stories in the book mostly are cheery not tragic and that makes the book a very strange tribute to the incident in London. Nevertheless, what the book does really well is underline this idea that the calamity can also affect the victims in a mental capacity and also makes the survivors of it have faith upon society.

The surviving victims are stuck in an almost uncaring world. So, when a book comes in and makes it difficult for the Grenfell Tower incident to be forgotten, it also appears that when others experience hardship society isn’t entirely thoughtless.

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Black For A Posh Party

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How to include the color black in an ensemble for an upscale party

The rules to dressing well for a posh party can be very simple: just always choose black. And that means black jacket, black trousers and even black shoes. It is also the easiest way to look classic for the evening. Plus, it will help you when you are short on time for the party and you must look posh but fast.

Balmain Double Breasted Blazer at Harrods
A black blazer with a double breasted design – if you wear this jacket during an evening party then it will make you look like you have a hard-wearing demeanor.

GANT Diamond G The Pinpoint Oxford Fitted Shirt at Gant
When among a really highly educated crowd at a party, choose a classic oxford shirt – it can remind you that your school days definitely prepared you enough to climb the career ladder rather well.

Burberry Grosgrain Stripe Slim Trousers at Harrods
A pair of black trousers that has a mix of wool and mohair; include it in the ensemble if it’s an air-conditioned party indoors, or just choose a simple cotton pair of the same color.

Tom Ford Gianni Patent Leather Lace-Up Shoe, Black at Neiman Marcus
A pair of patent leather shoes that is shiny enough to add some smartness to your look.

A Favorite Bedtime Story

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Hot Dog and Jack are sharing a bed and reading one of their favorite fairy tales of all time together before going to sleep.

“Once upon a time there was a princess called Averie. She was a ravishing beauty with golden hair and bright blue eyes. Averie was an orphan who lived in a large palace with her stepmother and her eight children; the palace belonged to her father who unexpectedly died in battle when Averie was only eight years old. Right after that, she was forced by her stepmother to grow up working at the kitchens of the palace as a cook because she was jealous of Averie’s beauty. Averie was naturally talented at cooking and soon began to earn appreciation around the kingdom for making the best food at royal feasts. However, tragedy struck Averie’s life once more when she turned twenty-one: she was married off by her stepmother against her will to a fellow from the kingdom.

One day, when Averie is in the midst of talks with her husband to have a bakery of her own, she learns from her neighbor that a Prince is in town looking for a wife. Averie manages to get a glimpse of the Prince’s white horse but misses the chance to see what he looks like because of the huge crowd that has gathered for his visit. Averie’s husband, meanwhile, lets her know that he will financially support her to open a shop of her own. Happy that her husband has agreed, Averie runs to prepare for yet another feast but while crossing the forest to get to the palace, she crashes into the Prince. The Prince falls in love upon first sight with Averie. He begins to follow her around after that, even though Averie lets him know that she is married and has three children of her own. The two begin a friendship…”

Jack suddenly starts snoring loudly. So Hot Dog closes the book and calls on Whale to help her and Jack into bed.

Bad Choices and Friendship

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When a friend makes a choice which makes you unhappy, then what happens to the friendship?

A friend must always be an understanding person. But what happens when your friend makes a decision in life which does not make you happy? Does it then test how understanding your friend can be with you?

A moment like that is definitely tricky because there is a clash between characters: let’s say, a female friend has gotten intimate with a man that you do not like the sound of but she firmly thinks that he might be the one for her – in a situation like that, what I would do is bluntly express to my friend that I would like to hear as less about this man as I possibly could without obviously hurting my friend’s feelings; I think that it would be the best that I could do because I really don’t like this man but my friend shares such an important relationship with him and my friend is important to me.

In a friendship, what is required is respecting and admiring each other for who they are and what they are like. Also, if this person really is your friend, there is no reason for them to change their mind over being an understanding person with you only because you do not like something they have done – you have full right to be unhappy sometimes with what they do because there is a perfectly good reason for it. If a misunderstanding does form, then one must take the responsibility to clear it in the very earliest for the friendship to remain solid for forever.

Corrupted Leaders

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Corruption is a problem in this world that never seems to get solved

In the contemporary age, political leadership around the world seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Countless politicians, such as Slobodan Milosevic, Petro Poroshenko,Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and David Cameron demonstrate corruption in power and their sole purpose of ruling a country seems to be squeezing money out of their nations for their own personal gains. It is leadership like this which holds a nation (and its people) back from advancement and yet, despite the wrongdoings whilst in power, leadership of this type never seems to just go away completely from the face of this world.

It seems that if a nation is fortunate or if people of that country can for a change manage to mobilize a positive shift of power, then the best that can be settled for is perhaps only a period of improvement for the country’s status in wealth before corruption poses as if it could just rear its ugly head nationally once again. When a corrupted politician is in government, they have this power which they can exercise to change things around the nation but their motives really cannot be trusted because this politician is just too shady to do so.

In my outlook, what power at the hands of a person like that might do is tarnish the country’s image, its values and its history because it is all at risk of getting influenced by a shady character. A character like that is not supposed to dictate any of that. Also, if let’s say, a nation’s culture supports a corrupted politician to get to or remain in power, then that culture which is a very faulty culture because it only exists to ruin a nation, really needs to be cleaned well and turned good for the benefit of the country. Clearly, in spite of all the development around the world, funnily enough, what is still desperately required is for corruption in power to get more effectively tackled than so far and when something like that is really going to happen is a puzzle that will probably stand the test of time.

The Clash with National Identity

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What to do when somebody you know really well is confused over their national identity

When a person’s identity becomes a thing of confusion to you because of their conflicting words, then you immediately lose all respect for them. An example of this scenario would be: let’s say, people are talking at length with you about the country they are from and how great it is there but as you keep listening to them you begin to quietly realize that they are not familiar with the ways of the country they claim to be from because that place is one of your favorite holiday destinations in the world. When a person’s core values rather obviously clash with their country’s core values then it begs this question: can that person typically be from that country? The answer to that should be no; they should typically be from a country whose values match theirs and they should really be upfront about that.

Why not actually say that you do not feel at home where you were born because life can be fraught with challenges. But it’s hard to expect chances of that happening when you know them but they just open their mouth and begin to lie. It is probably to hide the conflict with identity they experience because of possible reasons such as embarrassment, humiliation and so on. It is so hard to trust people like that the next time that they open their mouth about the experiences they regularly have in their country. The best that one can do in moments like that is just listen attentively, be assertive over your experiences with the country yourself (if you don’t, then just read and prep yourself for next time!) with a smile plastered across your face and also nod to show that you are indeed happy to have this conversation with them because you know them so well.

The Irritating Qualities Of A Bad Parent

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How to figure out if you have a bad parent

One of the worst possible family environments an individual can have is when either one of their parents, or both, are really bad parents. Just imagine the humiliation that a person has to suffer in front of their friends or all the people in life they are acquainted with, when they have obnoxious parents to present. There is not a lot that a person can do in such circumstances when their parents fail miserably at parenting, except be brave enough to constantly assert themselves and their outlooks. If you have a parent who displays any of these following qualities in their character, then chances are that you are a person with a bad parent:

  • Your parent interrupts you when you are talking
  • Your parent is always in a bad mood in front of you (and your friends) and just never cares over it, even when you point it out
  • Your parent must interfere in your life to inspect every life choice that you make, only because they know so many parents whose children grew up and turned into rotten people
  • Your parent must always argue that they are right over the most unimportant of topics, such as toys and cheese, even though they barely finished middle school and you hold a top job
  • Your parent constantly creates a gloomy atmosphere at home because they just cannot handle this or that problem but they have still land themselves into such a type of problem
  • Your parent is clingy
  • Your parent thinks they really get you