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Why is there no Father’s Day gift that captures my black husband?

Why is there no Father’s Day gift that captures my black husband?

Luba Kassova | June 21, 2024

In our family we typically celebrate Father’s Day a week later than the designated day. My husband prefers to celebrate when both of our sons are at home. On Father’s Day itself our older boy - his stepson - is celebrating with his dad. So my...


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Ten tips for engaging Gen Z in general election news coverage

Ten tips for engaging Gen Z in general election news coverage

Luba Kassova | June 19, 2024

A few days ago, my 13-year-old son was reading The Week, a weekly news round up magazine, when, after spending less than half an hour with it, he closed it ceremoniously and proclaimed that he was done. “The only articles left are the boring politics...


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The quietly raging war inside me

The quietly raging war inside me

Luba Kassova | May 26, 2024

Inside me there is a war quietly raging. A war between a dictator and a loving rebel. The dictator is sitting on a heavy oak throne. He was born many generations ago and his raison d’être is to “protect me”. But he holds me captive...


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Being kind is not being a p*ssy. It’s being human

Being kind is not being a p*ssy. It’s being human

Luba Kassova | April 30, 2024

I am addicted to Suits at the moment (I don’t know how I missed it when it came out, but I did). Its Shakespearean-style modern storytelling, filled with power struggles, betrayal, passion, love, hate, abandonment, quick-witted dialogue, tribal...


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The underused art of asking questions in the era of polarisation

The underused art of asking questions in the era of polarisation

Luba Kassova | April 10, 2024

This article was first published in Bulgarian in offnews.bg How well do we know the people closest to us, their hopes, deepest fears, dreams, most vivid memories? And why does this matter, you may think? In our increasingly polarised and distrustful...


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Why do we abuse our bodies for charity?

Why do we abuse our bodies for charity?

Luba Kassova | March 20, 2024

Last week, many of us Britons were immensely proud of Mollie King, a much-liked BBC Radio 1 presenter, who raised more than a million pounds for Comic Relief by completing a gruelling 500 km cycle, despite having no previous long-distance cycling...


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To IWD or not to IWD. Why ditching International Women’s Day would hurt women

To IWD or not to IWD. Why ditching International Women’s Day would hurt women

Luba Kassova | March 06, 2024

Every year in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March, part of the conversation on social media invariably turns to whether or not International Women’s Day (IWD) should be celebrated at all. It’s a remarkable and rare...


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Holding on to our memories of love

Holding on to our memories of love

Luba Kassova | February 13, 2024

Last weekend Richard and I ended up spending the whole of Saturday afternoon binging on all 13 episodes of the highly positively reviewed “One Day” Netflix series . Richard had been feeling poorly that day, one child had a friend over,...


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The space in between

The space in between

Luba Kassova | January 24, 2024

Have you ever thought about the pause in between breaths? I have been fascinated with this for some time. Focusing on it periodically has been a source of tranquillity for me.   Our world is so tumultuous that it resembles a ship caught up in a...


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What to do when purpose turns toxic

What to do when purpose turns toxic

Luba Kassova | December 07, 2023

When I was younger, I was larger than life. Even losing my mother in my late teens didn’t dampen my gregariousness. In my late twenties, I remember experiencing pure joy on a long weekend spent in Madrid with a university friend. Anyone who has walked...


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