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Monday, November 28, 2016

Rosh Does: TeaMi Relax Tea review

As you may have seen on my Instagram around three weeks ago I started taking TeaMi Relax tea as a way to relax before going to bed. TeaMi Relax tea claims to help ease users, who tend to find it difficult to wind down before bed, into a calming sleep.

What is TeaMi?
TeaMi is a tea brand that make a variety of different teas, from energising TeaMi Alive, TeaMi Profit, cleansing TeaMi Colon and TeaMi Skinny and to revitalising TeaMi Energy and TeaMi Focus. All their teas are loose-leaf, all-natural, dairy free and GMO free blends that are targeted to specific health benefits or concerns.  

What is Relax Tea?
TeaMi Relax is a unique blend of all natural ingredients that aids with sleep. The Relax blend is a soothing and tasty tea to drink. It’s caffeine free which makes it and ideal to drink before bed. The blend contains; Lavender Flower, Chamomile, Lemon grass, Orange peel and Valerian Root extract. The natural ingredients help relax tight muscles and relax a restless mind. TeaMi Relax contains antibacterial properties, helps to reduce the effects of insomnia, and helps soothe upset stomachs.
How does it work?

Teami Relax is really easy to brew. I do not have an infuser or tumbler so I take a teaspoon of the loose leaves and place it into a cup of boiling water. It is recommended to leave the leaves in the water for 3-5 minutes. I tend to leave mine for the full five minutes to ensure I am knocked out from all of the natural ingredients full potential. 
To drain the loose leaves, I use a sieve and a kitchen towel and I am left with clear tea in a mug. I then add one teaspoon of honey to taste.
So, would you recommend TeaMi Relax tea?

I have a pretty hectic work schedule and commute journey. I spend on average around 3 hours travelling on TFL central line and Thameslink trains. As I noted in my previous blog post, I suffer from commuter anxiety which means by the time I get home I am restless. I make a conscious effort to be in bed by 9.30pm-10pm and to stop endlessly refreshing my social media around 10.30pm.

I have found that I fall asleep a lot quicker and I wake up feeling a lot more refreshed and energised the morning after. It tastes great as well! No lingering aftertaste or bitter medicinal taste. I can definitely see TeaMi tea being a part of my bedtime routine. I would definitely recommend TeaMi Relax tea as a sleep aid to anyone who suffers from restlessness or insomnia.

For anyone that is interested in trying any of TeaMi’s range use my discount code “Roshsrambles”. 




Monday, November 21, 2016

Four things they don’t tell you when you graduate from Law school

Because my uni is prettier than yours x

In July 2013 I graduated from Keele University (best uni in the world) with a 2:1 in LLB Law with Criminology, a (68%) to be exact. I also was awarded The Oxford Law University Press Prize for the best finalist dissertation. I achieved a mid-first for my linguistic analysis of the then US President George W. Bush the third’s speeches and how the semantics used by himself and his administration post 9/11 lead the USA to start the War on Terror and to mislead the US citizen into believing Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WOMD). Of course they did not and of course George W. Bush and his administration lied but hey that’s a whole new blog post.

Having graduated and left the Keele university bubble, I did the obligatory travel the world experience. I went exploring around South East Asia, visiting Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for three months. You can read about what my friends and I got up to in my tips for travelling South East Asia post.

After returning from SEA I undertook various internships and other non-legal jobs, including a temporary position at Deloitte. I now work as a Criminal Appeal Paralegal in a London firm that specialises in global criminal law, international public law, and human rights. So going straight into, I am sharing the four things that they really don’t say to you in law school!*

You need more than a 2:1, legal work experience and commercial awareness
The upward slog to get your first paid legal job is oh so hard. I spent what felt like forever completing, re-reading and editing job applications. I spent hours on end trawling for job advertisements on YLAL, The Guardian Legal Jobs, Totally Legal, Legal Cheek and Charity Jobs, often close to tears that none of the jobs offered. I remember in two weeks I completed around 10-12 applications heard countless rejections and only heard back from two companies. And I stressed the word paid as I like many of you reading this have undertaking countless unpaid work internships in order to pad out my CV with ‘credible’ legal experience. I have worked in a specialist Charity and interned as a Paralegal in a Criminal Law firm. Looking it back on them now I spent way too much time offering my legal skills for free. These companies and charities need you more than you need them and so they should pay you at the very least minimum wage. Now even though my pocket during these times said otherwise, I genuinely believe I would not have my current job if it were not for these experiences.

The LPC institutes are businesses first and foremost
With courses costing from £15,000 for the Legal Practice Course and £18,500 for the Bar Practice Course wanting to pursue a legal career as a Solicitor or Barrister is not cheap. I haven’t yet completed the LPC and to be honest the main reason is the cost. There are several scholarship applications open to potential law graduates wanting to study the LPC or BPTC. But my advice to you would be to think long and hard as to whether for you the pros outweigh the cons. Perhaps try to get some practical legal work experiences (paid and unpaid) before learning more theory. I’ve been told my students on the LPC and experienced senior solicitors that the cost of the LPC in their opinions is not worth. Food for thought.

Connections in the legal arena are important
No matter what anyone tells you having contacts within the field that you want to build a career in are really important. This does not mean attending every legal social networking event and being that one student who name drops that he has Lord Bingham on speed dial but having a selective few of practitioners who will remember you and refer you for jobs and work experience opportunities.

Like any legal job application do not simply approach these networking opportunities with an over enthusiastic copy and paste mini-speech on why you want to be a Lawyer, how determined you are to get where you want to be and how hard you’re willing to work for it. Instead research who will be at these events (aka social media stalk the HELL out of them) find what they’re interested in and take it from there. I know someone who was able to get a job within a reputable civil liberties and human rights chambers after talking with one a barrister about their joint disdain for TOWIE.

Success is not granted
Now this for me is the most crucial point I believe law school fails to adequately prepare you on. Once you don your overly expensive graduate robes and hats, and purchased those extortionate grad pics, your fellow students become your competition. As hundreds of you compete for a small number of legal jobs, not everyone will reach the law school version of the American dream: the training contract or the pupillage. It is a tough truth to swallow but it is a sobering reality for any law graduate. In 2015 an approximate total of 17,300 UK students were accepted onto law undergraduate course in England and Wales and in that year ending only 5,500 new trainee solicitors were registered.

*If there’s anything you would like to ask me about my path from law graduate to Paralegal, please leave a message in the comments section below or drop me an . Please bear in mind these points are meant to be helpful and informative but they are my personal opinion and are in no way meant to be taken as official career advice.


Rosh xo

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rosh Does: Why I stopped drinking cow’s milk

Diary alternatives avaliable in the UK

Having binge watched Vegecated, Food Inc. and Cowspiracy on Netflix UK around one year and a half ago I decided to stop drinking Cow’s milk. If you haven’t watched any of these documentaries they act as eye-openers into the secret, dark and graphic world of factory farming and how milk is produced. The female milk cows are often kept in filthy conditions knee high in their own filth, are artificial inseminated, become pregnant which in turn stimulates their udders to create milk. After giving birth, they lactate for 10 months and are then inseminated again, continuing the cycle. As similar to humans, us females only generate milk after we have given birth.

The cow’s milk is then harvested and shipped off to the shelves of our local supermarkets and convenience stores. There are many misconceptions surrounding the nutritional value of milk, the top three are:

  • Cow’s milk is an excellent source of calcium
  • Milk helps protect bones
  • We need milk to grow

We are the only living mammals to drink another mammals milk. Cow’s milk contains nutrients and vitamins to support the health of calves, as dog milk is nutritionally beneficial for puppies and as human milk is nutritionally vital to babies. You would not drink horse milk, or cat’s milk so why cow’s milk? There are many vegetables, fruits and seeds which pound for pound contain more calcium than milk including: Leafy Greens such as Kale, Pak Choi, other green vegetables such as Broccoli and watercress, Oranges, Dried Apricots, Dates, Kiwis, Chia Seeds and Almonds.

We are also the only mammals who drink cow’s milk into and throughout adulthood. Scientific research has linked the consumption of cow’s milk in adulthood to bone disease including Osteoporosis also known as brittle bone disease. Sufferers of Osteoporosis are more prone to bone fractures in the hips, wrists and spine bones.

As previously mentioned cow’s milk is nutritionally specific to fattening up calves and enhancing their immune systems. As such humans do not gain much nutritionally from drinking milk, our bodies are not designed to digest it and as a result many teenagers and adults are lactose intolerant.

There are many other delicious and nutritious alternatives to cow’s milk available in supermarkets across the UK. The ones I have tried including Hemp Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk and Soya Milk. I didn’t like the taste of Almond Milk (I hate those biscotti biscuits, so the almond flavour is a no go), Coconut Milk was quite bland, Rice Milk was too watery but surprisingly very sweet. Hemp Milk has a very earthy flavour which I found difficult to adjust to, it’s more of a Milk you use in hot chocolate or a coffee than a milk used for cereal. And so that leaves Soya Milk, I drink the Subtle Sweet option from Alpro, it’s creamy and has a similar consistency to cow’s milk without the added pus cells and hormones.

What non-diary alternatives to cow’s milk have you tried? Which ones are your favourite?

Let me know on Twitter.

Rosh xo

Monday, November 07, 2016

13th documentary: the US Constitution & the US Election Candidates 2016

With the US Elections 2016 taking place tomorrow, I decided to re-watch Ava DuVernay's 13th documentary. In the next one hour 40 minutes, as the documentary takes you on a historical tour of American History, what I would learn and witness about the American history, politics and justice would shake me to the core. I knew the disregard for black life in America was appalling, but what I did not realise was how deeply entrenched in American history this disregard was embedded.

13th, the highly anticipated Netflix Original documentary documents the stark realities that the American Judicial System has been designed to confine the black male to a life of servitude. The 13th Amendment in the American constitution states: 
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
In the land of the free where 6.5 percent of American citizens are black males, and also where 40.2% of the American prison population are black males. In the 13th Amendment, no longer can its citizens be slaves, unless and this is crucial, unless they are considered to be ‘criminals’.

The documentary begins with commentators such as writer Jelani Cobb, black intellect and activist Angela Davis, literary critic Henry Louis Gates and Former US Representative Newt Gingrich commenting on D.W.Griffith’s film ‘A Birth of a Nation’ a racially prejudice political film that many site as being the catalyst for the birth of the Klu Klux Klan. In one scene we see white actors in black face leering over a white woman perpetuating the racist idea that black men are not only a danger to society but are dangerous to those whom society upholds as the epitome of beauty, the white woman. When research shows that in reality the statistics are not based on sound reasoning and solid facts but skewed fear mongering.

With the Birth of a Nation comes the open attack on the black community through public lynches. In the South of America through from the late 1800s to 1960s (yes less than 60 years ago) hundreds of images of black bodies hung up by their necks on trees surround by white murderers were proudly displayed on national TV and in the newspapers. What follows is the Jim Crow era, the segregation of blacks and whites. Blacks forced to backs of buses, unable to attend schools and forced to walk off the kerb if a white person was walking by.

Fast forward President Nixon’s implementation on the ‘war on drugs’, dealing with drug addiction and dependency as a crime issue rather than a health issue. To George W. Bush Senior’s stance that proceeding presidents need to be seen as tough on crime. To Ronald Regan’s heavy criminalisation of crack cocaine, a drug typical used within the black community which could land you with a much lengthy jail sentence than those caught with cocaine which was more sophisticated and more commonly used by white community. We find ourselves in 1993 with Bill Clinton as America’s 42nd President and with the prison system reaching capacity due to the mass incarceration of members of the black community. Bill Clinton introduced many policies which were detrimental to the black community including the three strikes and you’re out law, where if an individual commits their third felony they are sent to prison for life. Truth in Sentencing law was also introduced by Clinton, which meant prisoners had to serve at least 85% of their sentence before being released. The 1994 Federal Crime Bill also lead to the militarisation of the law enforcement, in fact 8 billion dollars was set aside for the training of police officers. Much of what we see in America today, the militarisation of the police, even in small departments, the ability of Police officers to kill with impunity and have heavily armed SWAT teams were the ripple effects of Bill Clinton’s Federal Bill policies.

From the murder of Travyon Martin and the legal protection afforded to the deplorable racist George Zimmerman under the Florida ‘Stand your Ground’ law, what 13th highlights is that throughout its history America endorsed and legalised policies and has voted for individuals whose aim, although more subtly than their predecessors is aimed to dismantle, control and criminalise the black community. So afraid of black dissent Civil Rights leaders and Black Activists such as Assata Shakur, Angela Davies and even Martin Luther King Jr. are declared by the then head of FBI J. Edgar Hoover to be the most dangerous criminals in the world and the greatest threats to America.

The underlying theme of 13th is that American history may have evolved but the semantics used to address the black community has stayed the same. The only difference? Subtly. Black people especially black men face modern day whippings and prejudicial treatment. From childhood the black boy is categorised as less likely to succeed, their friendship groups associated with criminal gangs. As a result of police brutality black men and women face modern day lynches at the receiving end of a racist cop’s bullet, their murdered bodies publicised across international news channel and hung on worldwide magazine stands. Lest we forget racist officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police department left Mike Brown’s body lying in the street for four hours.

What 13th has taught me is that we shouldn’t be thankful that black people have come a long way as Black men are still disproportionately targeted by police stop and searches, black men still receive a tougher prison sentence for the same crime committed by a white man. And one in three young black males are expected to go to prison in their lifetime this is 1 in 17 white males.

“Justice too long delayed is justice denied” – Martin Lurther King 
By around 4am on Wednesday 9th November 2016 the UK and the rest of the world will know who America has voted to be their 45th President. In the last presidential debate Trump used the same subtly racist rhetoric “Law and Order” when referring to policies aimed at disproportionately imprisoning black men as President Nixon did nearly 50 years ago. Hilary Clinton once used the racist term “super predator” to refer to African American children, she has now back peddled to become a supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and has prominent black celebrities including Jay Z and Beyoncé endorsing her campaign.

It’s extremely scary to think that the only options for one of the highest offices in the World; the land of the free, falls down to a racist businessman and an opportunist woman who has made frankly disturbing and racist statements. Both of whom have once supported policies that have disproportionately vilified, criminalised and imprisoned the black community.

Who will you be voting for in the tomorrow’s US Elections 2016? #TeamClinton or #TeamTrump? Will you be casting third votes? Let me know in the comments below.

Rosh xo

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