On suing your landlord (deposit reclaim)

Nowadays I don’t think there are many private landlords dumb enough to not protect their tenant’s deposits since the law has been in place for well over a decade. However, just in case your landlord is as much of a slumlord as my previous one, I thought I would recant my experience of successfully doing a deposit reclaim. Especially because I found London Renters’ Union and Shelter to be utterly useless in terms of help and advice. (Although Shelter’s legal website is very useful and informative.) I discovered my deposit was not protected at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. I was living in a house-share and one of my flatmates was a zero-hours contract, minimum wage retail worker. When lockdown suddenly happened, she had enough money in the bank to pay her rent or to eat, not both. Since we had no way of knowing how long lockdown would last

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Black Pound Day

The world is a shit show, capitalism is a ravaging devil, and in the absence of anything resembling democracy in this country – local or national, I remain convinced that the only way to effect change is non-participation. I haven’t quite figured out how to do that (yet), but in the interim, I reckon supporting small businesses is a decent enough bridge towards something better than the corrupt and unequal world we have. Maybe if we all stop working for the man and start working for ourselves, which means buying from each other, we can start making tiny fractures in the oppressive systems which make it hard for ordinary people to breathe. It is for this reason that I support Black Pound Day. Racism is an ever present evil that needs to be fought on multiple levels at every opportunity. Supporting black entrepreneurs is one way we can cut through the

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Moringa and CBD Balm

Lawd have mercy! Stop the press! An alternative remedy that actually works and works fast! I have used Moringa Family Group’s balm on arm tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and muscle knots and I was actually shocked by how well it works: the pain stops almost immediately, and the analgesic effect lasts maybe 4 or 5 hours. It’s pricey but I can’t see myself ever being without this again. It also knocks you right out if you suffer from insomnia: just rub some on your temples, palms of your hands, and soles of your feet and soon you will be 😴😴😴.

Ethique

I tried a few different conditioner bars and none of them worked for me as they all left my hair feeling weighed down. Then I tried Ethique Wonderbar conditioner and instantly patted myself on the back for keeping hope alive. Such a good product: no residue and leaves my hairs silky soft. It costs more than other solid conditioners, but it’s worth it. Plus it lasts a really, really long time.

Gruum

I figured that switching to solid shampoo and conditioner was an easy peasy way to remove some single use plastic from my life. Gruum’s Revitalising solid shampoo bar is perfect for my hairs, which somehow manage to be dry and frizzy and greasy. This cocoa butter shampoo bar leaves my hairs soft, bouncy, and clean! Plus one bar lasts about 3 months. Cheap as chips!