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A Little Respect

A Little Respect

I normally prefer to shy away from overtly discussing politics on the blog as it is too often such a hot potato it’s not worth rubbing people up the wrong way. However, I wrote this piece for my weekly column in the Chronicle (my local […]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

Merseyside Police had a PR nightmare on their hands last Sunday, thanks to a spectacular error of judgement from the ‘brains’ behind their Twitter account. You must have seen the story by now: Sunderland were roundly beaten by Everton, leading to some ‘hilarious’ social media […]

The Thigh’s The Limit

The Thigh’s The Limit

So, the Duchess of Cambridge has gone ‘back to work’ for the first time since baby Charlotte arrived in May, and we’re all supposed to care a great deal about this momentous event. And in case you hadn’t noticed, Kate’s got a new haircut, which […]

The Great Kate Wait 2015

The Great Kate Wait 2015

This week I’ve been amusing myself following #RoyalBabyWatch on Twitter- and what a rich hashtag of mass hysteria and desperate anticipation it has proved to be. In scenes almost completely re-enacted from the Great Kate Wait of 2013, the world’s media and insanely enthusiastic Royal […]

25 weeks: a few words about choice, birth and ‘the system’

This week I’m making a bit of a departure from my usual pregnancy updates to make a more serious point. I have begun thinking about making a birth plan, being only too aware that it will only ever be my birth preferences – no-one can […]

No More Page 3 and the Return of the Boobs

No More Page 3 and the Return of the Boobs

I hadn’t intended to write anything about the whole No More Page 3 thing – I didn’t consider myself radically feminist enough to put together a sufficiently rousing blog post in support of women everywhere – but after reading around the whole debate a bit […]

Nigel Farage and the Ostentatious Breastfeeding Debacle

Nigel Farage and the Ostentatious Breastfeeding Debacle

I’ve recently started writing a weekly column for my local newspaper in the North East, the Evening Chronicle, which I wasn’t initially planning to share on my blog too but I thought a lot of you would appreciate this post and might not otherwise see […]

Don’t Believe The Hype – for NHS England

Don’t Believe The Hype – for NHS England

Here’s my second NHS England guest blog, as published on the NHS England website this week. How much of what you read in the paper or see on the news can you actually trust? Don’t Believe the Hype: the health stories we can’t always trust […]