Wednesday, 10 June 2015

101. Links Worth Sharing - June 2015

Hello everyone, I hope you're all doing well! After complaining about eReaders in my previous post, I must admit I love reading the newspapers online and have the apps on my phone as well as reading them on the browser, most of the content is online and free too. I often share articles on my personal Facebook and Twitter pages but as a new regular feature for The Life of a Mancunian Sheep, I am considering recommending three things that have caught my eye every week/month amongst the masses of information on the internet. What do you all think of this, is it something you'd be interested in? I'll attempt to share a mixture of interviews, articles and videos like the three below. I'll try to make them as recent as possible but one of the great things about the internet is how easy it is to access archives.

1) Andy Murray on feminism - Now, it's been approximately a year since Andy controversially (not that I personally found it controversial but many others did) appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his coach and it wasn't long before all the sceptics came out and questioned Andy's decision. Despite not reaching the final at the Roland Garros last week, Andy has played his best ever clay season, he reached the Australian Open final in January and I'm sure his outstanding performance will continue through grass court season, the US Open and beyond. Andy has been surrounded by amazing women for most of his life namely his wife and mother who is a fantastic tennis coach so it should come as no surprise that he would hire a female coach. As one of the world's greatest ever and most influential athletes, for Andy to so openly support feminism gives me yet another reason to love him, he has yet again silenced the critics. Bring on Wimbledon 2015 and all the best to Amelie on becoming a mum!

2) Dame Sally Davies on antibiotic resistance - With Ramadan fast approaching, I am both trying to work and play hard as I won't be much use with no food and water in me for about 19 hours every day for a month so last night, I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Dame Sally on antibiotic resistance and I also asked her a question. She is the first female Chief Medical Officer for England and a real inspiration for attracting more women into the STEM subjects. After doing my final year project on antibiotic resistance, watching her TEDx talk countless times and reading her report, it was truly an honour to finally meet her. Dame Sally is a fantastic and highly entertaining speaker and I have chosen to share her TEDx talk as it provides a great overview of the issue.

You may think I am biased but antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing us all today. Bacterial infections will affect you regardless of your age, class, gender or ethnicity and without effective antibiotics, immunosuppressive treatments like chemotherapy and transplants will no longer be carried out. Even in the UK, where we are lucky enough to have the NHS, multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea and TB are on the rise. Dame Sally is doing everything she can to make sure that we have an international and effective response to this problem by liaising with the WHO and UN and also our own government. 

You and I also have the power to make a change and should be doing so by not demanding antibiotics from our GP for something which is more likely to be a viral infection, by completing the entire course of antibiotics if prescribed to you and practicing good hygiene particularly when visiting people in hospitals and care homes. There has not been a new class of antibiotics since 1987 and with an increasing population size expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and life expectancy also on the rise, we have to look out for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

3) Finn Harries on climate change - Similar to antibiotic resistance, climate change is another issue facing us today and for the foreseeable future so the more immediate our action, the better. In his article, he sums up the dire situation that unfortunately, our predecessors have left us in. Alexander Fleming warned us of resistance bacteria and for decades now, we have been warned of the damaging effects of fossil fuels on the delicate balance required between nature and nurture for our ecosystem, food productivity and health yet our addiction to both fossil fuels and antibiotics persists.

There is absolutely no point in burying your head in the sand or running away from the problem because climate change is catching up with us and it will most likely have the better of our children and grandchildren and Finn Harries of JacksGap explains exactly how it is doing so and what you can do to change that.

Comment below with a link you think is worth sharing and let me know what you thought of this post as it is different and something I've not previously done on here.

Until next time, take care.
Mancunian Sheep x