Deaths in Custody: Australia’s shame

Published on South West Londoner Shorthand Stories, 28 July 2020   There have been at least 438 deaths in custody of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the Royal Commission in 1991.And counting.Today BLM protestors…
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Galapagos under threat: Massive fleet of Chinese fishing vessels accused of threatening wildlife

Ecuador is patrolling the waters to make sure the fleet does not enter the marine reserve Published in The Telegraph July 30, 2020 A Chinese fishing fleet are suspected of emptying the ocean and filling #Galapagos beaches with…
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UNMASKING THE TRUTH

Multimedia piece on the impact that Covid-19's increase of disposable masks will have on our oceans.   LINK: https://swlondoner.shorthandstories.com/unmasking-the-truth-/index.html   https://twitter.com/MimiSwaby/statu…
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BBC OS – extracts

Extracts from working on the BBC's World Service OS. A radio programme which gives a vibrant account of the day’s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.   Two recent explainers I have broadcast: Afghanistan humanitarian…
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Newsletter Archive

Find a few of my latest Newsletters below:   #40 COP26 - the outcome #39 COP26 Edition #38 Space Edition  #37 Fights, freedom and forests #36 Leaked audio, missiles and great escape #35 Video games and lucky number 3 #34…

The impossible decision: domestic abuse or coronavirus

By Mimi Swaby April 30 2020 Published on SW Londoner   Traumatised and with nowhere to turn, Ava is terrified of her next move.   The young mother from North London fled from her abuser before the final lockdown…

‘I’m confident we can do it’ – Wandsworth parents learn Makaton to homeschool daughter special with needs

By Mimi Swaby Published April 16 2020, 10.25 for SW Londoner   A Wandsworth couple are learning child therapies and Makaton to help homeschool their daughter with special needs.   Alasdair Leslie, 43, and Eveline…
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Police Trauma: “We are not supermen”

Published in The South West Londoner Newspaper 29 February 2020. Online March 4 2020, 12.40 Written and photos: Mimi Swaby   Knife crime prevention’s unsung heroes are also its forgotten victims. The traumatic effects…
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Establishing yourself in the workplace

  You’ve landed your first job, a new job, heck any job. You’ve finally got to grips with taxation numbers and roster codes. Now for establishing yourself there.   Mentorship   It is important to scout a…
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The New Normal

  A justification for all the loss and negativity currently occurring   'It's just the new normal, that's what happens now.'   We can't even bring ourselves to say something is abnormal. It is too painful. Saying it…
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No boys allowed

Female only finance groups are increasing the market   Money affects us all, but there is little conversation surrounding it – especially for young females entering the workplace or buying property for the first time.    However,…
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Saving Bolivia’s Big Cat

Published in The Bolivian Express Issue 99 (29 Oct, 2019). Written and photos: Amelia Swaby   Wildlife trafficking threatens the iconic jaguar    International illegal wildlife trafficking now threatens…
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Let’s talk about money

“Let’s talk about money” - not a phrase you often hear.   I will be the first to admit that my technical financial knowledge is limited. But since I’ve ventured into the big, wide (adult) world, I’ve decided it was time…
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Los Lustrabotas

Published in The Bolivian Express Issue 98 (25 Sep, 2019). Written and photos: Amelia Swaby   The men behind the masks   Los lustrabotas, or lustras, are a familiar sight around La Paz, offering all passers-by a shoeshine…
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How to avoid getting tricked by fake reviews

    Published on Sky News UK Snapchat 5/09/19.

The true price of cotton

  A link you don’t often associate is between the environment and human rights. I think we are aware that there is a relationship. But I personally (and rather shamefully I may add) was unaware of the extent which both directly feed…
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Be a FAS-HUN + fight the January Sales

  It’s 2019. We can’t escape the huge buzz around plastic - reducing plastic waste, its pollution and reusing what we have. By now, we all know that we should be using less and reusing more. And for the most part, we’re making…

Sustainable living starts now: 6 easy lifestyle changes

  We may not be able to solve the planet’s unsustainability singlehandedly. But we can all do our bit. Here are 6 easy sustainable lifestyle changes to kick-start the progress.   We are living in a plastic epidemic.   Humans…
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Just Breathe

  Did you know the average person takes between 12-20 breathes a minute? Over the course of a day, that’s 17,000 – 30,000 breathes. That’s a lot. We are constantly breathing. But how often are we actually thinking about it?…
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Modern Mindfulness and Meditation with Michael James Wong

  Meet Michael:   "Hi, I'm Michael James Wong. Global Yogi, Wellness Warrior and founder of BOYS OF YOGA."   Michael James Wong is a professional human being, a man on a mission to break down barriers, smash stereotypes…
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Gut Health never tasted so good

  Gut Health is often a topic which is overlooked. Deemed not a priority. But wait. There is a lot more to it than first meets the eye. The wellbeing of our gut has direct effects on our mental, emotional and physical health. It's time…

Cowboy Boots – The Revival

  Cowboy boots are having a revival. Far from the Wild West they are now being incorporated into modern, minimalist outfits.     The real cowboy boot has returned. Although cowboy boots have always had their…

// Stripes with personality //

  Combinar las rayas con Le Freak c'est Chic   ♦ This article is written in both English and Spanish ♦   Combinar las rayas con rayas suena raro, pero no es tanto. A mi  me gusta el lado gráfico…
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Bolsa de Crochet || Net Bag

 ◊ This article is written in both English and Spanish ◊ La bolsa de crochet o net bag nació como una bolsa para ir al supermercado, en Francia la llaman “filet”. También existía en Rusia. Era la bolsa de las abuelas. Su…

‘El Nuevo Denim’ with Le Freak C’est Chic

Denim on Denim is no longer a taboo. It is here, and here to stay. Valentina Ríos, Chilean fashion blogger graphic designer, styled and modeled her latest look:   El Nuevo Denim // The  New Denim     El nuevo denim…
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15 things I’ve learnt from living abroad

As well as hugely improving my Spanish, learning so much during my internship and continually discovering more about myself, I have learnt a few very important lessons about living in Madrid, Spain:   Work out key phrases you…
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JEMIMASARA : self-love and confidence

  January is known as being a difficult month; we indulged and enjoyed Christmas festivities and now there is little ahead to help battle the cold, dark and wet. This means self-love, confidence and positivity are even more important. January…
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Rice Fields – Bali

  At the first mention of visiting Bali, you are always encouraged to venture to the rice fields. And you can see why.   The natural beauty and tranquillity of these water-logged sites holds no parallel and is worlds apart…