Amy Winehouse Stories

Amy Winehouse Stories

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Amy Winehouse doing what she did best. Photo by Yui Mok/PA Amy Winehouse doing what she did best. Photo by Yui Mok/PA

The death of singer Amy Winehouse in 2011, at the tragically young age of twenty-seven, was big news. I remember hearing about it and being shocked, and having a friend tell me about the “27 Club” to which Winehouse had the dubious honor of gaining entry. The name refers to the fact that many hugely talented musicians—including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain—also died at twenty-seven, an age at which many people are just getting their careers off the ground.

Four years later, Winehouse is having a cultural moment. A documentary about her life, simply called Amy, is on wide release and has been getting a lot of press. Meanwhile, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portraitopens an intimate album on Winehouse, allowing us to view…

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The Effort of Not Wearing Makeup

The Effort of Not Wearing Makeup


article-1041224-0228AC4600000578-286_634x942 Makeup brushes are the worst. So. Much. Work.

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a skin condition called melasma and an eye disorder called ocular rosacea. What this amounts to is having brown patches of skin, and red bloodshot eyes. It’s fair to say that 2015 has not been a great year for my face.

The melasma has meant I’ve had to coat myself in serums and sunscreen everyday, leading to vampirically pale skin. The rosacea has also meant I’ve had to stop wearing makeup altogether. Of course I can still wear lipstick, but not if I want to kiss my girlfriend often, which I do (this is another femme dilemma for another time). I’ve gone from someone who used to wear smokey eyes at breakfast, to a blankly pale-faced person.

The whole thing has been quite unsettling. But it’s also taught me a few lessons about my relationship to beauty…

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What It’s Like Not Being White


mixed race all the places people think I'm from what it's like not being whitetinderI received the above opening line on Tinder last week. I quickly posted it to Facebook with the comment “Just so we are all clear, “you don’t strike me as English” is not an acceptable chat-up line”. My initial reaction was shock, disgust and disbelief along with a weary resignation. Amongst the 60-odd likes on were a number of comments which were largely jokey. I can play along to a degree, but the thing is: I wasn’t joking. It’s not an acceptable line.

I’m mixed race. I was born in London. I have a non-Caucasian name. I have brown skin and thick dark brown hair. My name and my colouring, two aspects of myself which I have no control over and were mere circumstances at birth, have far too often become the sole distinguishing features that people latch on to. These features single me out as not being white.Though…

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Reasons Why Ent…

ImageReasons Why Enterprise Content Management Is Important

If you own a business, you probably know by now the importance documents and files play in your operation. Such things are important in every success of a company as it contains all necessary information for the successful operations of a company. It contains processes, ideas, methods, strategies and everything else that pertains to your company. But as your company grows to become an enterprise, you accumulate a bunch of paper documents. Organizing and managing such can be a burden to you especially now that you company grows and you have other tasks at hand. Hiring someone else can be a better option but still, if you have far too much documents, that person might still be unable to deliver. Precisely the reason why having enterprise content management has become convenient.

In this day and age organizing, sorting, managing, handling, and delivering documents has become faster and less tedious for people. Indeed, the presence of enterprise content management has proven its worth to every enterprise with such large scale operations. If you still don’t have it in your business, here are 3 more reasons why you need to have one.

Reason #1: Increases Employees Productivity

Now that your employees have less to worry about documents and files being lost, revising or finding the right one, they can now focus on other more important tasks in your company. Finding the right file will only take a matter of seconds when you have enterprise content management to help you do that. You can designate other tasks that will benefit your company more like increase your profit or marketability to your employees who were previously assigned to documentation. This reason thereby increases the satisfactory rate of your employees with their job. Because they have more challenging tasks to face, they can now dedicate all their energy to finishing that task and finishing it with flying colors. This will then challenge them to do better to achieve career growth which will make them feel better about themselves and happy to have a career in your company.

Reason #2: Information Security

With the help of the enterprise content management you can secure all your documents and files. It is common in the business world that some information are leaked and stolen. To prevent such from occurring, install a content management system in your company system. This not only organizes your files and documents but also protects them. You can see filter the people who are only allowed to access the files and who are only allowed to revise them and touch them. It can also record the date, time and person who accessed such files. This way you can protect your business and secure all information about your enterprise.

Reason #3: Quick Return of Investment

One of the many reasons why people hesitate to have enterprise content management in their system is because it can cost some money. But having one can actually give you a return of investment quicker than you might think. Because you don’t have people to pay for every month for the job, you can already save that much every month if you have one. You will see quicker returns in as early as one month.

Having enterprise content management in an enterprise has proven its worth. Indeed, it can make the life in your enterprise easier. Now you can organize all your documents and files properly and orderly.

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