Phil Dudek's Posts

Mindfulness and Sustainability: Week 1

Week 1 of changing my spending habits has been both positive and relatively easy. It has been a period of further reflection on old habits, and a chance to practice mindfulness as a way of improving my decision making. It has now been just over a week since I stopped buying and consuming unnecessary material things, things that I want but don’t need and things sold or marketed to me through a webs...

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Identity, Habit and Happiness

Identity is an important part of being human. But in an online world full of perfect pictures, and with many of us now split between our true selves and an online persona, maintaining an identity that is simply not real can become habitual, harmful and unsustainable. Why do we buy things? Well, of course, we need some things in order to survive – shelter, food, drink, warm clothes, fuel and ...

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Our Ancient Brain and The Perpetual Search for Satisfaction.

Our Ancient Brain and The Perpetual Search for Satisfaction.

The Modern World has been designed to make us spend our money. By taking advantage of our ancient brain and its desire for instant gratification, marketeers and product designers have found a way to make us spending addicts. The human brain was not designed for the modern world. Our brains are ancient and have remained almost entirely unchanged for millennia. This means that they still work as the...

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Why I am Unfollowing Brands and Retailers on Social Media

This afternoon I decided to unfollow all clothing brands and retailers on social media and have started to unsubscribe from mailing lists as and when I receive emails. I have taken a step which should help me to stop buying and consuming unnecessary material things, things that I want but don’t need and things sold or marketed to me through a website or app. The step stems from a principle outline...

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A New Blog: Sustainable Shopping

I am no longer buying or consuming unnecessary material things, things that I want but don’t need, and things sold or marketed to me through a website or app. This Blog will document my experiences. A very long time ago somebody very important decided that the year should begin in the middle of winter, and somebody else decided that the changing of said year would be a great time to make life chan...

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A Scrap From The Deep Fat Fryer That is My Brain

A scrap from the deep fat fryer that is my brain.    My memory is absolutely rubbish. I struggle to remember anything wordy, which is a real pain for somebody who absolutely loves to sing in the shower. I suspect that I have never sung a lyric entirely correctly in my life. Friends will quote films, films that I’ve seen a half dozen times, and I’ll barely catch on, let alone be able to c...

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Dominic Cummings and the Campaign for Justice

The near week long campaign for justice witnessed in our newspapers and across social media is no longer just about the idea that Dominic Cummings may have ignored, stretched or reinterpreted the government’s lockdown rules. It never really was.   Whether or not Dominic Cummings broke lockdown or should have resigned is a matter of opinion. The confirmation by Durham Police that he may ...

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Pet Detectives Search for Tiger

Pet Detectives Search for Tiger

A pet detective team has come to the aid of a distraught cat owner whose health has prevented her from looking for her missing pet.  Tiger, who is 18-month-old, disappeared from his Streatham home on October 29th after being scared by fireworks.  A team from Animal Search UK have taken up the task of finding Tiger with the search now well into its second week. Owner Jenny Heathcote, who ...

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Stabbing victim gets on rush-hour bus – but is then rushed to hospital

Stabbing victim gets on rush-hour bus – but is then rushed to hospital

A man is being treated in hospital after he was stabbed in front of rush-hour commuters outside of a train station this morning. The man was injured during a fight which broke out in front of Plumstead train station at around 7.18am. Police rushed to the scene only to find the victim had already left the area on a 472 bus. Police caught up with it and he was taken to hospital by ambulance. A Metro...

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I Stood Awkwardly at the Back of a Labour Party Election Campaign Launch So You Don’t Have to.

I Stood Awkwardly at the Back of a Labour Party Election Campaign Launch So You Don’t Have to.

As I took my place at the back of the most un-apologetically socialist crowd to gather since Billy Bragg headlined the Leftfield stage at 2017’s Glastonbury, I tried to decide how I would approach Labour’s election campaign launch. Would I be an unbiased, diligent and ruthless student journalist? Or would I be a Labour supporter, excited to see Jeremy Corbyn’s address in the flesh?  Unable to...

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Labour Party Launch Election Campaign

Labour Party Launch Election Campaign

Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s 2019 election campaign with a speech in Battersea this morning. In an address that lasted nearly one hour, the Labour party leader – introduced as “The next Prime Minister.” – shared the “most radical and exciting plan to bring real change ever put before the British public.” Whilst many expect Brexit to be of importance to voters in the upcoming election, dom...

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Charlton Athletic 1 – Swansea City 2

Charlton Athletic 1 – Swansea City 2

Charlton Bested by High Flying Swans Swansea City went top of the Sky Bet Championship tonight after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic at The Valley ground. Both teams started the game mathematically able to take the league’s top spot, but it was Swansea who seized the opportunity to reach the summit. Tonight’s win takes their points tally to twenty one after ten games, one po...

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