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The PS5 has just launched, but I’m not worthy — it’s beyond me. Here’s why.

The PlayStation 5 has launched. We all know this, of course, and I am willing to bet that it will be the number one requested gift this year, or at least in the top ten. It is a console that I had on pre-order but decided to cancel when the time came to put my money where my mouth is.

The reason for this is simple: I can’t utilise the console in the intended way. With my television unable to output more than 1080i, my setup wouldn’t allow the shiny new console to reach its full potential.

For the first time in my life, I will not be buying a new PlayStation on launch day. …


Why was the NHS allowed to get to the point in which the government had to step in and wipe off its near £14 billion in debt?

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Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

COVID-19 has reached across the world and tested frontline services. In the United Kingdom, it has brought to light the problems of years’ underfunding.

The subsequent lockdowns that we are living through are a result of underfunded and under prioritised services. These are the lifeblood of the countries that make up the United Kingdom, but how underfunded are they?

Just like draining Spaghetti, the funding for the NHS has many cracks. Money has leaked through and resulted in a situation today when the service has been close to being unable to cope.

How Much Money Does the NHS Owe?

At the start of this year, a lot.

‘At the end of 2019/20, NHS providers held £13.4 …


This is one bake that has developed a soggy bottom

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Photo by Nadya Spetnitskaya on Unsplash

The Great British Bake has run for 11 seasons, with this year being the eleventh and if I had my way, last. It is a British institution that for me, has lost its way.

Now, this is not to say that this whole article will be about channel four and how it ruined Bake Off, as that would be a lie. My argument is that the Bake Off needs a rest. We are tired of the format and need a break for a few years, at least I do. …


Safeguarding covers more than abuse and the global pandemic has highlighted how our processes are lacking. We need to protect the vulnerable

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Photo by Charlein Gracia on Unsplash

Safeguarding the vulnerable is a key problem across the world and not just in education. With the current global pandemic, the light has been shone on every corner of life, including that of safeguarding and how you can do so behind closed doors.

The initial lockdown was the worst, with everyone guessing at what to do and many children and adults losing their lives throughout this time. Some of those were trapped in troubled households unable to gain access to the usual types of release that they would be permitted.

It was an awful time and whilst professionals could phone and neighbours could hear, it wasn’t enough. Aspects such as intimidation and control ran rampant and therefore, with the second lockdown nearly over, we are thankful that it has been shorter and less strict. …


A dream that became a working reality in 2020, but is it truly beneficial, or should we head back to the office as soon as possible?

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Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the face of this world. It has made the hypothetical real and changed the reality in which we are living. It is one that has brought a lot of challenges to the surface. It tested the theory of working from home that many of us heralded but never considered we would achieve.

Is it better than what we had before? Is it the revolution that we all hoped for, or has it fallen flat like Boris Johnson’s election promises?

The World Before

A rat race would be the best way in which to describe the old world. It was full of travel. We had no time for anything as we were busy scurrying from work to home, to the pub and then back home. We barely spent any time at home, yet were happy to spend thousands on it, as we couldn’t bear to live anywhere that didn’t meet our expectations. …


Are you a reader, publisher, or reluctant Mediumer?

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Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

To write or to read will be the natural response but if we delve a little deeper, then we can see patterns emerge. People use Medium in different ways and to get attention, you need to be observant and most importantly, not write what about what you want to write.

As a fledgeling writer, I joined the partner programme six months ago. In that time, I have gone from being unnoticed to gaining followers daily. On top of this, I have seen my work published by different publications and have an understanding of what works.

Starting Out

You need to experiment. In a scientific manner, you need to write and publish. Simple really, but you need to see what works and what does not work. What is picked up by publications and or Medium itself for further distribution and note down the patterns. …


COVID-19 has hit the accelerator and change is needed now. We need funding to ensure that the suffering of children does not go unheard

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Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash

Mental health for all of us is a day-to-day battle. It is not one that features key battles, it is something that is tested and every day in which we inhabit this amazing planet. For children, it is a tougher battle as they do not have the wisdom of experience to guide them.

This is where families step in but as we know, not every family is perfect. Troubled families leave children vulnerable and isolated. This is where teachers fill in the gaps. They provide emotional support where none else exists. …


The Christmas spirit can be found in this classic Tolkien adventure if you look below the surface

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Photo by Douglas Bagg on Unsplash

Christmas is a time for joy. It is a time to reflect and look back on the last year, with eager anticipation of the year to come. This year is no different in the sense that we are all anticipating the next year and the change in fortunes across the world.

Whilst Christmas will look different for most of us this year, it will also be the same. We will still spend it with loved ones, and we will still open presents. There may not be as many of them, but the spirit of the holiday will endure. …


Teachers deserve a work/life balance

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Photo by niklas_hamann on Unsplash

We all work longer hours than we should. Teachers work even longer hours than this.

Research was undertaken last year. It found that on average teachers work between 45 and 50 hours per week. They are paid for 37 of these. This means that for every week of work, most teachers work an extra day, which they are not paid for.

A study by the University of Central London

  • primary school teachers work between 47 and 49 hours a week “without any substantial change to this figure”
  • the average hours of secondary school teachers “sits between 46 and 48 hours per week” and has remained “broadly stable”
  • a quarter of teachers work more than 59 hours a…


They say that if you throw enough excrement in life, then eventually some will stick

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Photo by Agnieszka Kowalczyk on Unsplash

Way back in 2013, Electronic Arts (EA) was granted the exclusive rights by Disney to produce games in the Star Wars universe. Since then they’ve been attempting to create a hit, with their efforts resulting in various games ranging from the incomplete game that was Star Wars: Battlefront to the frustrating Star Wars: Squadrons.

None of the games have hit the top levels of stardom and quality. There is no Metal Gear Solid in this catalogue, but there is a Tomb Raider, and it’s perhaps the one bright spot in the collection.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order feels like Lara Croft with lightsabres. The oddest part of this is that it works to some extent. It does feel like a chore at times but despite my grumblings and frustrations, it has potential. …

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Ben Shelley

A writer of many things, all of which make him think or smile.

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