Features, Interview / 13/12/2021 Meet Albert Azis-Clauson, the CEO trying to revolutionise freelance education

Albert Azis-Clauson is the CEO of UnderPinned, the company which allows freelancers to turn their passion into business by finding work, managing their jobs, and ensuring they get paid. As I join him for a Zoom interview, I’m surprised at his quirky office background including only part of his impressive record collection, multicoloured artwork on...

Features / 07/12/2021 Singlehood in the Holiday Season

So here it is. You’ve just come out of a long-term relationship. Maybe you were having problems for a while, or maybe the breakup came completely out of the blue. Either way, you’re heartbroken, and even a little bit soul broken. To put it simply, you feel lost. You know you’re ready to move on,...

Features / 07/12/2021 Keeping an eye on my motives as a politics fanatic

Some of us would rather steer completely clear of it. Others may keep a distant eye on the headlines which matter to us personally. For me, politics has been my dominant interest for the past decade now. I repeatedly find myself asking exactly why.  Why, when for so much of the time this field is...

Features / 07/12/2021 My body image has changed – and will keep changing

I was recently digging through my Instagram to find something from several years ago when the friend I was with stopped me. “There’s no way that’s you,” they protested, pointing to a post of myself in my mid-teens.  We all have these pictures lurking in our Throwback Thursdays – the ones where you’re all gangly...

Interview / 16/11/2021 “Iraq had been decimated… I really felt for the people”: an interview with former United Nations Weapons Inspector Mike Barley

Zoom seems an unlikely place to be conducting an interview with a former United Nations Weapons Inspector, and further still to be discussing his tours in Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Yet here we are. Former United Nations (UN) Weapons Inspector Mike Barley was seconded to Iraq three times in 1996-7 at...

Features / 16/11/2021 My journey of self-acceptance in the in between

Are labels all that necessary? This is the question I have found myself asking throughout my journey in exploring what identity means to me. After being diagnosed with dyspraxia in primary school, I became aware that my difference between the other girls on the playground was not merely that I preferred football to cat’s cradle,...



Identity Parade

With a new year upon us, Concrete’s Alex Ross takes a look at some of UEA and Norwich’s famous faces, and perhaps a couple you might not be expecting.

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