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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Honey Bee

You all should know by now how much I enjoy making homemade cosmetic and beauty products in my spare time and this weekend is no different. In less than 15 minutes I made a moisturising, protective and antibacterial lip balm to ward off any lip nasties and the dreaded chapped lip! With the winter months and cold weather already upon us here is all the ingredients you need:

2 tsp of Virgin Coconut Oil- I brought mine from Coconut Merchant, you can purchase it here, it smells incredible

1 tsp of Shea Butter- I got this from a local hair shop
1/2 tsp of Honey- from a local supermarket
1 tsp of grated Beeswax (holds the mixture together)- purchased on Ebay here
x 2 Old and clean vaseline tins or carmex containers

In a double boiler (I put a old, clean honey jar in a pot of boiling water) let the beeswax melt down until only a small amount is still solid, then mix in the honey, coconut oil and shea butter. Whilst the mixture is still liquid pour into your clean lip balm tins/tubes, let it cool down and in roughly 5 minutes the liquid should have solidified and voila!

You should be left with a smooth, long lasting lip balm and kissable lips MWAH!

RR xx

p.s. it tastes nice too!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

An Evening of Torture, Networking and OJ

The Law Society's Sixth Annual Baha Mousa Lecture
Photo credits: Ben Leb @yourlawstudent
Thursday 16th October, I had the extreme pleasure of attending The Law Society's Sixth Annual Baha Mousa Lecture with chair Michael Fordham QC of Blackstone Chambers and Keynote speaker Dr Jonathan Beynon- an Independent expert in the documentation and prevention of torture, monitoring conditions of detention and health in detention. As a law graduate whose Oxford Law Press Prize winning dissertation focussed on George W. Bush and his Administration’s use of torture post 9/11 I was extremely excited for what the night would bring.

The talk begun with an analysis of the biggest problems of detention such as overcrowding, poor infrastructure, prevalence of disease and these contributing factors can and do inevitably lead to torture. The definition of torture being Article 1 of the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT):

“... 'torture' means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.”

The essential elements of the above definition being:
1.      Physical/ Emotional suffering
2.      Knowingly inflicted
3.      For a purpose
4.      Any reason of intimidation based on discrimination

As this talk was predominately a medical account of torture, rather than a legal account Dr Beynon spoke of how the Istanbul Protocol, founded in 1999, is used by medical professionals as guidelines to assess allegations of torture during investigations.

Interestingly, however, despite the implementation of this protocol, the talk touched on the fact that in some countries the role of doctors has and is being perverted in order to enable the continuation of torture. As I found out by researching for my dissertation it was often a requirement that a doctor or a medical professional be present during the implementation of torture in order to assess the stability of the detainee.
Baha Mousa
Photo credits: The Telegraph 

The talk also touched on the misconception that there exists a distinction between physical torture and psychological torture- in fact such as distinction is artificial as one inevitable leads to the other. Take for example, the tragic case at the centre of this talk, Baha Mousa, in this horrifying case the sensory overload from the extreme heat and conditions of squalor, the lack of food and water and exhaustion (psychological) combined with successive and systematic assaults, beatings and stress positions (psychical) of which were so intense a post-mortem showed that Mr Mousa’s muscle tissue had entered into his blood steam (a condition known as Rhabdomyolysis) amounted to torture and contributed to his unjustified, inhumane and degrading death. 

Additionally, the talk highlighted how since the War on Terror the use and discussion of ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques has been used by torturing states in a clear attempt to give torture a better name and to escape the remit of the Istanbul Protocol. For example, the use of a chair during the implementation of stress positions or the redefinition of torture terms i.e Submarino was redefined to Water Boarding which following The Bush Administration was again redefined to enhanced interrogation techniques.

Overall the talk provided a frank account of the inhuman and degrading sufferings that many humans being are being subjected to at the hands of State officials, the process of identifying torture in line with the Istanbul Protocol and the victims' want for a higher level of culpability for these State actors.


Not only that but as all good aspiring lawyers know events such as these are great in terms of networking- however on Thursday night I found myself on the other side of the legal line: ‘the networkee’ instead of ‘the networker’. I was approached by two second year students from City University and asked about the ways I gained credible, legal work experience.

With what seems like years ago now, they reminded me of my first networking event, City Law Live - a 2nd undergrad looking to gain contacts and get my foot in the legal proverbial door... So if you're reading this girls please feel free to email me or add me to your LinkedIn profiles.

I happily went on to tell both of them how much of my work experience has been gained through successive work experiences .i.e. I wrote to my local Crown and Magistrates Courts to arrange work experience via networking I was able to complete a mini-pupillage at a commercial set. From these experiences I was then able to gain paralegal experience in City Law firms, a Professional Service firm and my current position as a Legal Intern, the rest is history...

I also did a bit of networking myself, with a shiny new trainee solicitor who gave me advice on how to tailor TCs (training contract) applications and how many applications I should be making- she made ten which she thought was on the low side. We talked about the overpopulated legal graduate pool and we both agreed that with the competition between Law graduates and qualification being so high (and expensive!) Law School Providers should be more transparent in terms of their selection process- let's be honest a 2:2 just isn't going to cut it in today's market. 

And with that my evening had come to an end, with a few too many complimentary glasses of Orange Juice and with the dread of the Thameslink slow train to Leagrave looming over me, I was off home feeling inspired and even more certain that a career in International Human Rights was suited for me.

Yours faithfully,

Read The Report of the Baha Mousa Inquiry here

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Creamy Crack*

Hello it's been a while I know!

Apologises for the delay I've been busy trying to figure out the meaning of life. On my journey I've began to walk the naturalist route especially when it comes to hair care and skin care. 

Hair first! I've been using coconut oil (CO) for a while now, unbeknown to me I was using the refined stuff (big no no), as chemical processing gets rid of all the nutrients and vitamins that come with the unrefined goodness. 

Left refined, Right unrefined. 

You can usually tell the difference between the two as the unrefined stuff usually smells coconuty, whereas, the refined CO has been stripped of its scent. 

What are benefits of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?
- Anti bacterial 
- Prevents against the build up of dandruff 
- Moisturising properties
- Encourages growth

What are the benefits of Unrefined Shea Butter? 
- Soothes dry, itchy scalp
- Can be used as a hair sealant
- Protects against heat damage
- Rejuvenates dry and brittle hair

Creamy Crack mixture 
1. 4oz Unrefined Shea Butter
2. 4 Tablespoons of Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
3. 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4. 15 drops of essential oil I used Peppermint oil because of the tingly effect it has on my scalp

I melted the Shea Butter in a glass bowl over a pan of boiled water that I had taken off the heat. Once it melts down mix in the Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and using a electric mixer whisk for around 10 minutes, the liquid will thicken up but if you find it's still quite runny leave in the fridge on in a cool area to let the mixture thicken up more. After about 15 minutes whisk again for around 20 minutes. 

The mixture should resemble cool whip or that delicious marshmallow fluff concoction. I stored my creamy crack in a clean glass mason jar. You can store it in the fridge or in a cool dry place, and with a shelf life of 6 months to one year not only is it fantastically natural in its hair moisturising goodness but it'll save you £££ in the long-run. 


I urge you all to give this simple and quick whip ago, your tresses will thank you! 

Rosh xx

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*disimiliar to the stuff Chris Rock investigated on 'Good Hair'. 


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

90s kid.

Jumper| Charity Shop| £2.50
Earrings| ASOS| £7

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, I've just started a new job and so I've been super super busy!

This is just a quick post to show off this cracking jumper I found in one of my local charity shops. Utter bargain for only £2.50! I'm going charity shop shopping this weekend and I will blog any goodies I find. 

Happy hump day... The weekend is nearly here!

RR xx

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Luisa Vs Dappy

Woah! So it all kicked off last night on the latest episode of Celebrity Big Brother between housemates: ex The Apprentice contestant Luisa and N-dubz singer songwriter Dappy. 

How the argument started

So as shown above the argument begins because both Jasmine and Luisa did not agree with Dappy's opinion that it's ok for a man to have multiple sexual encounters but for a woman to do so she should be labelled a 'hoe' or a 'slag'. Now, I do not agree with the underlying meaning of Dappy's comment that women should not be seen as equal to men. It's after all her body she can do what she wants with it as men can do what they want with their own.

However, Luisa then goes on to label Dappy a "sexist chauvinistic bigot" and a "disgrace to women", which I do not agree with. Dappy shouldn't have insinuated that she was a slag and she shouldn't have called Dappy what she did. In order to be equal we should all treat others how we want to be treated, no? 

Furthermore, I question whether she herself is not belittling her own equality argument with statements such as "he shouldn't speak to me like that because I'm a woman". But it's ok for her to speak to him like that? Hmm. Luisa then takes it to a whole new level by assuming Dappy's mother will be ashamed of his actions and comments. To which Dappy responds questioning whether her family, more specifically her daughter, would be proud of her sexual encounters, to which Luisa has no answer. 

The argument reaches its peak

In this video (click here) (at around 1.21) you see Luisa go to launch her water bottle at Dappy. An aggressive act no? Yet it is Dappy who is labelled aggressive by Luisa and Jasmine. Pot kettle black? Big Brother should have called her into the Diary for that, as if Dappy had gone to throw something at her, he 100% would have been reprimanded for such behaviour. Fact.

Contrary to Luisa's assumptions, I don't think the entire nation is in agreement with her. I believe she thinks that because she is well-spoken and can put her point across in a seemingly non-offensive manner it's right for her to say what she wants. Even, quiet Lionel Blair reached his peak for her seemingly joking (yet offensive) comments about the older members of the House. 

Overall, the argument put neither of them in a favourable right, but I don't think Dappy is sexist at all. Both Dappy and Luisa have since apologised to eachother, but it will be interesting to see whether this argument will have ramifications for both of them on the outside world. 

#TeamLuisa or #TeamDappy ? You Decide.

RR xx

*In other news, Lee Ryan is soggier than an limp Iceberg lettuce. 
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