Since I was a child, Ancient Egyptians have fascinated me. Their religious system alone could be turned into an incredible fantasy novel with barely any tweaking, and their insistence on decorating even the most simple jugs as if they were priceless artwork baffled my young self, having grown up in a culture that treats mobile phones as throwaway recyclables, but as I've grown older I've started finding different aspects of this ancient civilisation interesting.
Here's a bit of background for anyone who's not in-the-know when it comes to the current Arriva Northwest strikes: Arriva drivers are on between £12-£14 p/h, far above the national minimum wage of £7.05 for under 24's, and £7.50 for those aged 25 and over - pretty decent wage, right? Unfortunately, the owner of Arriva, pan-European public transportation operator Deutsche Bahn has taken Arriva profits and given the owners a 20% pay rise, while giving the drivers of Arriva Northwest a 2% raise. This is hardly fair, but it's how almost every major corporation works - the little man gets screwed while the fat-cats in charge line their pockets. The drivers of Arriva Northwest had requested a 3% pay rise, and they haven't got it, so they're striking. They're also not happy that drivers in other areas that Arriva services are being paid more than them - also not fair.
Hello, procrastinating student/night owl/bored insomniac/person who didn't mean to end up on this page, and welcome to the first in my new series of book reviews: SRJ's Page Turners, coming at you every two weeks.
If you've ever seen a nature documentary, then you've probably seen how lionesses go about getting their lunch: finding the easiest-to-kill member of a herd of antelope, spreading out and making sure escape routes are blocked, sending the strongest of the pack in to begin chasing their prey, and working as a team to weaken and exhaust that poor antelope as it runs as fast as it's spindly little legs can carry it. Similarly, if you've ever been a girl in a middle or high school, you know that "those girls" work pretty similarly.
If I weren't writing about the deaths of real people, with real lives and loves and hearts, this entire thing could almost be taken as comical. A woman in a coma was found fit-to-work by Work Capability Assessment contractor Seetec. It's the sort of thing the most twisted imaginations in the world couldn't dream up — but it happened.