The symptoms of ADHD look an awful lot like laziness. It’s a developmental disorder, and the three main symptoms are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. That might not sound that serious, but it affects your executive function, which is your brain’s ability to regulate and control your attention, inhibitions, emotions and memory. When doctors screen for ADHD, they look for the impact of these symptoms across all areas of your life – your relationships with your friends and family, your performance at school or university – expecting to find a trail of Bad that you didn’t mean to leave, but did anyway because day-to-day functioning is difficult and overwhelming. Because it does look so much like laziness it’s easy to blame it all on yourself for not trying hard enough or not being clever enough.
In association with Africa in Motion
Me a Belgian, My Mother a Ghanaian is a deeply moving documentary by Adams Mensah. Over the course of 60 minutes we accompany Mensah in his attempts to get his mother back. On a physical level, this means covering the distance between Ghana, where his mother still lives, and his home in Belgium. On a psychological level, he must cover distances far more profound, as his mother suffered from a stroke in his absence and lost the ability to speak.
Students are unhappy in the wake of the announcement of tuition fee rises at the University of Glasgow. Students from the rest of the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) are set to have to pay £9,250 per year of their degree – driving them into even further debt. The SRC and the QMU have released statements expressing their concerns over the fee rise, and last night representatives from both student bodies spoke at an open meeting hosted by the Glasgow University Labour Club (GULC) to discuss further action. It was decided that a cross-campus campaign will be launched to protest the fee rise.
Rated 134th of 145 countries for gender equality by the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, Saudi Arabia is infamous for (amongst other things) its oppressive and restrictive policies towards women. Perhaps the most significant of these is the guardianship policy under which Saudi women live. Based upon an interpretation of Islamic law – but unparalleled in other Muslim-dominated countries – the policy requires that every Saudi woman have a legally recognised male guardian (typically a father or a husband), who must give permission for them to partake in aspects of public life including travel, marriage, some healthcare and education.
1) Making friends you’ll regret
Freshers are full of friendly optimism at the start of term, where every new face is a new friend, and the people you meet in your first week are gonna be your BFFs forever. That is, until you’re three weeks into term, and they’ve just cracked the same ‘inside joke’ about you throwing your guts up out of a fourth floor kitchen window during Freshers’ Week, or you’ve woken up after a night out with fifteen friend requests from people you don’t even remember meeting, but who, at the time, you vowed your life-long friendship. But when else will you have the opportunity to meet so many new people? And you’re bound to find a few diamonds in the rough.
Tim Abrams (@timabrams123) interviews Andrew Partridge (@liceas), founder and CEO of Anime Limited and Director of the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival, which is taking place this year between the 14th and 23rd of October.
Tim Abrams: What drew you to anime in the first place, given that it’s still a niche field of the filmmaking industry?
Andrew Partridge: I would say it’s far less niche than it used to be, but I got into it at the same time as a lot of people did with films like Akira and Ghost in the Shell, back in the 90s. One thing led to another and I ended up working for Banzai, handling their business in the UK, France and Germany. It was a sense of rebellion rather than any family thing, which is obviously where the next generation, things like Pokémon, became the big thing.
The latest release from a trio of Canadian DJs, We Are the Halluci Nation, is a politically charged album of immaculately produced electronic dance music. The group’s combination of indigenous powwow samples with a variety of dance music elements have pioneered a new genre of music dubbed “powwow step.” And their latest album is just as innovative as their previous ones.