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At this point, I have am a bit of a sucker for international observances days. In the past few months, I have learned a lot from them and World Ocean Day is not exception.

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What is World Ocean Day?

In 1992, the United Nations established the first World Ocean Day following the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. As with many of the other international observance days I have written about recently, World Ocean Day is about humanity recognising their important role in our lives. …


Coronavirus has plunged up to 124 million new people into extreme poverty around the world, according to the World Bank.

I can’t even pretend that I can make sense of that number. I’m not sure that I could carry on with my day if I could.

Getting on with my day, brushing off the fact that 690 million people are living in hunger because of this pandemic, feels easier than it should.

On a completely related note, I re-watched Princess Diaries the other day. This film was a cultural shift and if you haven’t seen it, I wholeheartedly recommend you…


Hola, me llamo Becca y soy periodista. Escribo artículos y filmo contenido sobre temas globales como el medio ambiente, los derechos humanos, la cultura y mucho más.Estudié las relaciones internacionales con francés y español en la Universidad de Dundee en Escocia, pero siempre me han fascinado los idiomas.

Hi, I’m Becca and I’m a jorunalist. I write articles and film content on global issues like the environment, human rights, culture and much more. I studied International Relations with French and Spanish at the University of Dundee in Scotland but I have always been fascinated by languages.

Hoy es el…


What is it?

April 22nd is Earth Day and in case that means next to nothing to you, I have spent the last couple of days on TikTok explaining what it is, why you should care and how you can get involved.

A little bit of history

Earth Day began over 50 years ago, in 1970, and this is what we understand as the birth of the modern environmental movement.

At the time, this guy- Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was impressed with the advances of the student anti-war movement that he wanted to create something similar to raise awareness on climate issues.

Nelson brought together the influential…


Journalism in 2021 does not mean what it used to. It’s less about talking a mile a minute and running around with a A5 flippable notebook in hand than it is about clicks and views.

At least, as I approach the end of NCTJ, that’s what I’m learning. I will get round to writing about my NCTJ experience at some point or another. It really has been an insightful one with lots of highs and lows and all the gut-punch rejections and fleeting victories that come with that.

However, being forced to learn online and as Covid-19 continues to exclude…


Hi // Hola // Salut Language Lovers!

Welcome to Polyglot Your Tongue. I’m Becca — nice to meet you — hope you’re all safe and doing well.

I’ve never written a newsletter before so this is all very new to me. How am I doing? Sorry, I’m a bit nervous…where to start?

As I said, I’m Becca. I’m currently a journalism student / language tutor after doing a degree in International Relations with French and Spanish at the University of Dundee. …


Since we removed the ‘workplace’ from work, time has opened up more than anyone could have imagined or wanted. Working from home has earned its own acronym (WFH) not to mention a cautionary tale.

“I felt less productive but more exhausted than ever.”

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When we add in Zoom calls and subtract the obstacle that is commuting to work, we reach a terrifying conclusion to a wholly unbalanced equation. We can contact each other at any moment; evenings, “days off” and over lunch. What even is a weekend now? Time feels limitless but it’s not. …


Apples do not fall far from the tree. Well, I am grateful that this one fell very far indeed. My link with Agnes Dollan sounds more like a tongue twister than a familial connection but it exists, nonetheless.

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

I’ve always felt the attraction that comes with tracing your family tree. Coming from a large and confusing Scots-Irish family that is scattered across the world, it would be hard not to be. I made my first family tree at 7 but my dedication wavered. There were too many questions and too little answers. My ancestors were working class; some were good…


Traces of Microplastics have been found in major human organs by a team of researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering.

Photo by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels

Led by Director Rolf Halden, the team has developed an online calculator that allows them to map human exposure to microplastics. By testing on cadavers, they have discovered microplastic fragments in the lungs, kidneys, spleen and liver. We have known that humans could inhale microplastics since a study conducted in the 1990s proved their presence. However, this is the first study that has linked plastic pollution with other major organs in the human body…


The 1970 Equal Pay Act has hit the big 5–0! If it were a person, it would be contemplating retirement daily, booking a cruise and mulling over an over-the-top purchase to mask a crippling mid-life-crisis.

Don’t bring out the banner just yet though. In reality, 50 years means only that the gender pay gap is another year older, another year wider. Hitting this milestone is less a mid-life crisis than it is just a crisis.

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What is the Equal Pay Act of 1970?

Earlier this year, the 29th of May 2020 to be exact, marked 50 years since the 1970 Equal Pay Act was passed into UK Law…

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