Birdwatching. I often joke that hubby and I are like the modern day equivalents of Malcolm and Brenda. If you're lucky enough to be younger than me you might not remember them, but I loved watching a bit of Watching on ITV in the 80s. True, my other half, Chris, and I don't have the … Continue reading Feeling tense? Flock to the birds for mindful moments.
It's like I've gone full circle. As a child, I was the little girl that said nothing in class. As a teen, I said nothing in the pub. Until I found Diamond White and Lambrini that is, but I wouldn't recommend those as social aids. In my early 20s I wouldn't miss the chance to … Continue reading Social scaredy-cat
The puns have come out in full force since Ant McPartlin was arrested for drunk-driving. From Twitter - Saturday Night Take Him Away' From The Sun (surprise surprise) - 'Ant and Wrecked' Nice. OK, we all know that Ant McPartlin needs to face the consequences of drunk driving. Absolutely - I will not argue that … Continue reading It’s right that Ant McPartlin faces the consequences of his actions – but it’s not right to demonise him
My one and only piece for NME (does this make me cool or someone rapidly approaching 40 yet desperately hanging on to their youth, increasingly jealous of their 19 year old step son who takes better selfies and has a much wider taste in music). Anyway, I like NME, I loved Hole and Nirvana and … Continue reading Have we finally got to grips with the truth behind tortured rock stars?
It's been a strange few weeks. I've been off with the worst bout of anxiety that has afflicted my tired brain in almost two decades. I've probably been far more sociable in a virtual sense - but given I've been off work, missed the pub quiz (again), missed my other half performing in Sunday for … Continue reading Publication week, anxiety and media love
There was a school pupil who shot with a gun I don't know why he shot with a gun. Perhaps we'll die. There was a school teacher who shot with a rifle. It shivered and jittered and recoiled inside her. She shot with the rifle to stop the gun. I don't know why he … Continue reading A poem about guns
Dear Donald, I read with interest your comments about the recent shooting in Florida. I can understand your concerns about mentally ill people. I myself live in a country that, according to statistics, has a higher prevalence of mental health issues than the US (in the UK, apparently 1 in 4 of us are 'crazy' … Continue reading Dear Donald – my word, you’re bang on the money this time!