Fourteen-year-old Jodi Jones was besotted with her first boyfriend. Romantic sentiments about Luke Mitchell ran through her diary and she couldn't bear the thought of splitting up with him.
The young couple had met at Saint David’s High School in the Scottish town of Dalkeith, and they both shared a love of gothic culture. For Jodi, her dark tastes were nothing more than a fun hobby. Unfortunatley, Luke’s interest came from a much more disturbing place.
Luke was the school bad boy. The fourteen-year-old was known for his mischievous behaviour and frequent drug use. …
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are the golden trio of western philosophy. Yet the latter’s ideas have remained the most relevant throughout history.
In his masterful Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle delves into the nature of living a good life. And within the pages of this vast philosophical text, he offers his ingenious thoughts on one of humanity’s most renowned virtues: courage.
Fear is the expectation of the undesirable. But that which is undesirable varies depending on the individual involved, and according to Aristotle, there are some things we should fear:
‘… for to fear some things is even right and noble, and…
Dunblane is the last place you’d expect a mass shooting to take place. It’s a quaint, picturesque town in central Scotland with a relatively small population.
But this tight-knit community was torn apart by a disturbed individual who’d led a troubled life from the day he was born.
Thomas Hamilton did not have a pleasant upbringing. He was born on the 10th of May 1953, and things started to go wrong immediately.
His biological mother, Agnes Hamilton, moved in with her Aunt Catherine and Uncle James (who were also her adoptive parents) after giving birth to her son.
Beauty and the Beast (1991) is one of Disney’s most beloved stories. Those who are particularly fond of this animated classic may know the movie is based on La Belle et la Bête, a French fairytale from the eighteenth century.
Yet, few are aware of Petrus Gonsalvus and his wife Catherine, the real-life Beauty and the Beast who were the inspiration for the original fairytale.
Petrus was born in 1537, he had a condition called hypertrichosis, also known as ‘Werewolf Syndrome’. Those who suffer from this condition are incredibly hairy with an animal-like appearance.
The details of Petrus’s childhood are…
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are the golden trio of ancient philosophy, and with good reason. All three were key players in the development of Western ideas. Yet, these great men can often overshadow other brilliant individuals.
Epicurus (341–270 BC) wrote more than 300 works during his lifetime. And whilst the majority of them have been lost, what remains of Epicurus’s philosophy is packed with timeless knowledge.
Epicurus emphasises the importance of pleasure, but not pleasure as we know it today:
‘By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. It is not…
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BCE) was a politician who lived through the fall of the Roman Republic. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest politicians and public speakers of the ancient world.
Luckily for us, Cicero was a keen writer as well. He wrote extensively about politics, philosophy, and oratory. And after two thousand years of history, there’s still plenty that today’s politicians can learn from this legendary statesman.
In all walks of life, it can be painful to admit we’re wrong. Too many of us struggle to be introspective and acknowledge our faults.
Politicians are no…
Libby Squire battled her own inner demons during her adolescence. Her school years were plagued with mental health issues and she continued to struggle whilst at college.
Despite her depression, Libby managed to get into Hull University to study philosophy. She arrived in September 2017 and was known as an intelligent, fun, and outgoing student who loved to learn.
But Libby’s bright future was shattered by a sick individual whose night-time activities were nothing short of repulsive.
Pawel Relowicz had arrived in England in 2015. As a resident of Hull, he became part of the local Polish community and found…
On the 7th of April 1943, Claus von Stauffenberg was helping to organize the German retreat in Tunisian. When the retreat came under fire by a pack of American P-40 fighter-bombers, Stauffenberg was wounded and sent to hospital immediately.
His injuries were severe. His left eye had been destroyed, his right hand had been blown off, and he only had three remaining fingers on the other hand. Doctors also feared that the damage to his legs would prevent him from walking again.
Thankfully, they were wrong. After being transferred back to Germany, Stauffenberg made a quick recovery. The medical staff…
In 2004, the murder of Kriss Donald shocked the residents of Glasgow, Scotland. The nature of the teenager’s death was simply horrific.
But beyond the brutality of the act itself, the reason for his abduction and murder caused people across the United Kingdom to reconsider the popular perception of racially-motivated hate crimes.
In the 1990s, racial tensions in the south of Glasgow started to escalate, and the Pollokshields area was particularly bad. Here, Pakistani gangs would quarrel with Scottish gangs.
The people of Pollokshields — regardless of their own ethnicity — were fearful of these criminals. As well as racist…
Some of humanity’s most influential thinkers come from the ancient world. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and many others all belong to this fascinating and vast era of history.
Archimedes is probably a name you’re familiar with given many regard him as the greatest mathematician of ancient times. Yet, the details of this man’s monumental achievements aren’t common knowledge.
Little is known about Archimedes beyond his mathematical and scientific endeavours. But historians have managed to piece together parts of his life using ancient sources.
Archimedes was born in the third century BCE in Syracuse, a city on the island of Sicily…
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