Sheffield Ski Village fire left me unemployed

Joe Preston shares the devastating news that rocked Sheffield and the snow sports community.

On the 29th April, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called to the Sheffield Ski Village at 01:00am, after reports of a blaze at the centre.

At one point around 3’000 litres of water were being used per minute. Apart from the actual slopes, the whole of the bar area, bowling alley and shops have been destroyed.

Joe, 25, has worked at the Ski Village for three and a half years, and says the situation has been life-altering.

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Bullying: ‘When it starts to get personal, it upsets me’

Bullying is a social problem that is impossible to get rid of. Seth Bennett was bullied through the Internet for a number of years whilst working as a journalist.

For Seth it all started around 5 years ago when he found people felt like they could say whatever they wanted using different internet platforms such as facebook, twitter and forums.

‘I accept fully that I’m in a public environment, but there is a part of me which questions whether my wife or little boy should have to read some of the things written about me’ Continue reading

My Dad had cancer.

This time last year, Tom Grant got the shock of his life when told his dad, Tony had cancer.

My parents first new something was wrong when my dad started bleeding when he went to the toilet. But they didn’t tell us for months because they had all the pre-checks. They sat us down and told us, just around when I was supposed to be going back to finish University.”

Tom, 22,  from Milton Keynes, is the eldest of three children alongside his brother Charlie, 20 and sister Shannon, 14. His dad Tony, 51, runs his own building company; Thomas Charles Grant, named after his sons. He was diagnosed with ‘colorectal cancer’ or cancer of the lower bowel last February.

Tony before his illness.

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Debt: ‘I often find it hard to get to sleep’

Money is always an issue at the moment; I spoke to a university student (who wishes to remain anonymous so for the purpose of the article I will call him Chris) who finds that he is living off of tinned food most months because he can’t afford anything else.

Chris has a job and attends university, a lot of people would think that he would make enough to sustain himself comfortably, however Chris is a compulsive spender;

Food Chris finds himself living off

“I find that every month when I get paid I just need to buy things, whether it be new clothes or fast food. By the second week of the month I’m usually skint.” Continue reading

UK Muslim students: “People don’t understand why we don’t celebrate Christmas.”

Chilling out on the Xbox

Shaan, Haris and Tanzeel chilling out on the Xbox

   Britain today is one of the most multi-cultural countries on the planet. This inevitably leads to barriers of understanding different ways of life.  Shaan Chaudry, Tanzeel Ali and Haris Bhatti are three friends brought together at university in Sheffield. 

    They have all experienced the same difficulties when it comes to explaining their religion, cultural differences and way of life to friends that come from completely different backgrounds.

   Shaan, Tanzeel and Haris are all Pakistani and Muslim and they talked about how it can be hard to talk about religion and culture to their friends. Continue reading

Student lifestyle caused my insomnia

The most common causes of insomnia include include mood and anxiety disorders, physical conditions such as heart disease and hormone problems. However, for students, it seems to be their lifestyle that is causing the problem.

Dominic Phelan, History & Politics student at the University of Sheffield, believes he has suffered from insomnia since his first year of studies.

“First of all, I think university life as a whole has caused this. It ranges from everything, from the way I eat to the worry of future deadlines. Continue reading