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A series of articles related to how the creative arts are a powerful release for those marred by the institution, the physical ailment or the dark mental cloud that hangs low.

London’s insiders and outsiders

London is a sprawl of intellectual and cultural stimulation. But it’s also the only place I have visited and lived where the image exported is incongruous to the reality.

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Posh Polo Madness

It’s an eclectic transatlantic social cocktail at London’s Guards Polo Club. The British Polo Association have extended the invitation to the cousins from across the pond, and subsequently Boston’s pedigrees look like they’ve stopped by at Manhattan Saddlery and cleared them out of rubber wellies and faux tweed. The British, naturally, are wearing their great-grandfathers kit.

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We Asked Londoners What They Really Think Of Australians

“I once slept with an Aussie who worked for an AIDS charity and I had to pressure him to wear a condom… Maybe they’re not the smartest tools in the shed.”

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Interview with prisoner T08 808 Costi-R14

Perched on a plastic toilet seat and closeted in the stockroom of his uncle’s hardware shop in North London, John Costi explains what it is like to be a white boy in a juvenile prison.

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“Creative education is the Cinderella of regimes in prisons”

David Wilson is a former governor of HM Grendon, an experimental psychiatric prison in Buckinghamshire. Grendon is unique within the British penal system as it operates entirely as a psychodrama and therapeutic community. Prisoners engage in drama and creative workshops, group art, music and wellbeing courses.

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Inside Her Majesty’s Prisons

Alex Cavendish is a former inmate. He was moved between six prisons, and eventually was released in 2014. Adam Mac is a prisoner serving life at HMP Wakefield. Both reveal an institution marred by systematic drug abuse, assault, violence and rape.

Catherine McMaster reports.

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Prisons are “violent and dangerous places” HM Chief Inspector reveals

 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke warns prisons have become “unacceptable violent and dangerous places” in his first Annual Report released today.

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“Just because he can’t actually fuck her, he therefore has to die. He has a tongue he can do other things”

The cinematic failings of Me Before You unravelled with the assistance of disabled director, Elinor Rowlands.
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Disabled women twice as more likely to experience violence

A report issued by Women’s Aid showed that disabled women are twice as likely to experience gender-based violence than non-disabled women.

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