Giving up forty things in forty days

Ever thought about giving up forty things in forty days for lent?  Probably not, I hadn’t until this week. Lent begins today.  I only know this because Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday and I always know when to celebrate pancake day.  We are not a religious family so events such as Lent are often over looked in this house, but this year I felt I wanted to do *something*.  At the

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From now on this is my politics free place

I don’t know if it was ever a conscientious decision to make my social media accounts happy places, to say out loud “this is my politics free place” but as I think about the direction I want my blog and accounts to go in it feels like the right decision. When I wrote an apology letter to my children after the Brexit result (you can read it here: Dear Kids, I

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The one about alcohol

This is the one about my thoughts on alcohol.  I thought it might be timely with many people celebrating going booze free for October. First of all I am going to nail my colours to the mast and say that I don’t really buy into the school of thought that thinks giving up booze and shouting about it for a month is a good idea.  Though to be fair it

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Jesy Nelson, Odd One Out

Did you see the Odd One Out, Jesy Nelson documentary on TV recently?  I have to admit I started to watch it, fully intending to watch it all as Jesy detailed being trolled online.  I am ashamed to say that once Jesy started talking about trying to take her own life as a result of the online abuse in 2013 I couldn’t watch anymore.   Listening to Jesy Nelson, a

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You’re fat because you eat too much

“You’re fat because you eat too much” is a direct quote from an article Michael Buerk has published this week.    He went on to say that essentially we should give fat people the facts and then let them die, thereby saving the NHS money.   The NHS is buckling under the weight of obese people and that they are reason it’s in the current dire financial state    

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Want some advice? Just do you

Want some advice? Just do you If I had to write a top five of phrases to live by “just do you” would certainly be up there.  And if I was ever to impart some unsolicited advice “just do you” would be it.   I was reminded of this on Twitter yesterday when a chap I have never met but have chatted to online for years sent me this Tweet:

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Turning off the outside world

I have been increasingly thinking about turning off the outside world because my phone buzzed at 07.18 this morning.  Not for the first time, and as before, not my alarm, I had turned that off at 5am when I had finally given up on sleep because my mind was whirring, but by a text.   A text that had been sent with a query that needed to be dealt with fairly urgently.   

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Dear Meghan

Dear Meghan May I call you Meghan?  I feel I can because I have followed you since I first watched you in Suits.   I might have even done a proper high five into the air when you told Mike exactly how things worked in the officers of Spector Litt (or whichever incarnation of the name was on the door when the series started.  There have been so many changes,

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Why Children Need to Start Taking More Risks with Play

This is why children need to start taking more risks with play.  With being outdoors, with being out of sight for a short while (if safe to do so) and why they need to be allowed to climb trees and scrape their knees.   Ask anyone above the age of 30, and they’ll tell you how different their childhood was from the one that kids experience today. Gone are the

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A letter to the 30 year old me

I did this a few years ago when I wrote the 16 year old me, and since I just turned 45 I thought it might be interesting to think about where my life was half way between then and now and write a letter to the 30 year old me.   It seems so long ago but was sort of the beginning of the end of one part of my life.

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Ranty Friday – Being a big fat failure

Ranty Friday this week is about being a big fat failure Yep.  That is what I am. Apparently. Not what I think.  But what I think is irrelevant.   We all need to believe what Samantha Brick has been spouting again this week.   And that is that all “fat women are failures”.  Fat can’t be beautiful and if you are fat you are failure.  Employers shouldn’t employ fat people, fat people

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