Sophie Butcher

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‘EKAJ’: Homelessness, LGBT and Being a First Time Female Director

Set in the somewhat dark side of the streets of New York, EKAJ is the story of a young, gay homeless man, and the people he meets along the way whilst just trying to find a bed for the night. It studies the issues of the homeless youth and the cruelty they and the gay community often face, and how the relationships built with people along the way can sometimes be crucial for survival. More of…

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Why I Chose The 9 to 5 Over Working For Myself

There’s so much talk on the internet about being self-employed, going freelance, joining the flexible working revolution and how if you’re doing so, you’re living the dream. And for some that may be true, but what if it’s not sunshine and rainbows? What if you decide that the 9 to 5 is best for you? Does that mean you’re failing? I don’t think so. Just over a year ago I left my job at a…

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Binge Eating Disorder & My Pre-Diabetic Wake Up Call

Yep, things are about to get personal. I’ve always struggled with eating, with my weight, with knowing when to stop. Ever since I was a kid I would find ways to eat more food, to sneak it when no-one was watching. I was always bigger than other kids, even when I wasn’t particularly fat. I was taller, broader, but a lot of that used to come from my love for swimming and endless laps up…

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#AskTheQuestion Week 1 – MILK – Honouring Your Preferences

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen that I have recently joined #AskTheQuestion, an email series ran by author, blogger, columnist and my all round writing idol Laura Jane Williams. Each week she shares a story from her life, an interview with a smart and inspiring lady, and a core question for us to ask ourselves and reflect on. You can find out more about #AskTheQuestion here, although as this…

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Why It’s Okay That You Don’t Own Everything You Want …

I read an article a few weeks ago that has really stuck with me ever since. It was on a site called The Financial Diet, an incredible blog that opens up the conversation about money and career for young people, especially women. It’s so hard to find open honesty about that kind of thing, and yet it’s something so many of us are dealing with alone. Trying to manage money, progress in our career and basically…

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The Pressure of Finding Your Destiny

I’ve never really bought in to the idea of fate, of destiny, of something higher than myself. I’m not sure that I do now, either. But a few years ago, it felt like my eyes were opened. Opened to more than just an ordinary life, to just living for the weekend or working your life away to progress up the traditional career ladder. I’d always wanted a job that I was passionate about, that made…

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‘Zootropolis’ Is One Of The Best Animated Movies In Recent History

Zootropolis (or Zootopia) is the animated smash from 2016 which takes a look at an imaginary world where humans don’t exist, and animals live together in harmony (mostly) to run the world themselves. Disney’s stunningly colourful and well explored world follows the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a enthusiastic and ambitious bunny who is the first of her kind to enter the animal police force, and lives her dream of being on the beat in…

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ – The Best Marvel Movie Yet?

As we go into the third Captain America instalment, we see our heroes divided due to the aftermath of the Sokovia incident from the previous Avengers movie. Chris Evan‘s Captain Steve Rogers and the inimitable Robert Downey Jr‘s Tony Stark end up on opposite sides after Stark’s guilt from the destruction that the Avengers leave in their wake leads him to demand that the team are put in check by the UN. Cap can’t quite…

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What I’ve Learned From Running Five 10ks in Six Months

I know what you’re thinking – why put yourself through it? The reason I decided to sign up for 5 distance runs in 2016 was firstly, to give myself a physical challenge and a reason to push myself, and secondly, to raise money for eating disorder charity Beat. I did my first ever 10k last September and thoroughly enjoyed it, and knew I wanted to sign up for more in 2016, but wondered how I…

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‘The Purge: Election Year’ Review

As we enter election year, and the third film in the Purge trilogy, the annual purge is now a well established part of American life – so much so, that so called ‘murder tourists’ are even travelling to the US from overseas to take part in all the fun – and it’s all down to the New Founding Fathers. But, the country is waking up to the Purge, what it’s doing to society’s most in…

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‘Jason Bourne’ Film Review

The dream team of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have reunited to give amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne another mission, much to the joy of Bourne fans the world over after the disappointment of The Bourne Legacy. The good news? It’s everything you want it to be. There’s something about the Bourne films that makes them stand out from other action movies. They have everything you’d expect of the genre – a strong but silent…

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