Dry January – Why?

Why are you doing Dry January? A friend invited me to join a group of people who are doing Dry January. I’m not doing it myself – but I have total admiration for everyone who is. So – I asked these lovely people why they are doing it. Here are their very, very honest answers…

How are you?

Do you feel that your mental health is suffering during Lockdown? Are you feeling anxious, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry, and the rest? We know that depression is low mood that’s not related to any particular event. So someone feeling low following a bereavement isn’t suffering from depression – they are simply and naturally feeling an…

Don’t Let Lockdown Win

It’s been a shit couple of days. We had such plans, you and I, at the start of the year. So we’ve fallen off the wagon – so what? That doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Let’s forgive ourselves and climb right back on board. Let’s remind ourselves of why we wanted…

Farewell to EU

Today is our last day as Europeans. I enjoyed being European. I took full advantage of the rights it gave me, particularly the right to travel and work abroad. All those immigrants that we’re apparently overrun with? I was one of them, in the Republic of Ireland, from 3rd January 2007 to 16th December 2010….

Clinical Trial Part Three

Off for my third appointment yesterday morning, as part of the Covid-19 clinical trial that I’m involved with. Woke up to snow first thing, and the clinic is the other side of the Pennines… The first appointment, at the end of November, was for the first injection and involved a lot of questions about my…

Day 21

I’m taking part in Clinical Trials for a Covid vaccine. This isn’t the Pfizer/BioNTech one that needs to be stored at -70 degrees, and it isn’t the Oxford/AstraZeneca one either. Those are just the ones you’ve heard about. Is there any point in continuing with clinical trials when we already have two potentially viable vaccines?…

Food Banks

October was pretty shitty for me. And when I sat myself down to have a good think about why, I realised that what I need most in my life is to feel that I’ve achieved something. Anything, really. I decided that I needed to start to do something about it. I wrote about it here….

Covid – My Part in its Downfall

An advert popped up on my Facebook page from an organisation called Synexus. They conduct clinical trials in the UK on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. This particular trial was for a Covid vaccine. More precisely is was – a Phase 3, Randomised, Observer-Blinded,  Placebo-Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein…

The Porridge Myth

There are people who think every parent should be able to afford to feed their children. And I absolutely agree. When my husband left, and I realised what a vulnerable position I was in financially, I cut back majorly on my spending in general, and on my food spending in particular. For a while there…

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly

So the government think that giving free meals to hungry kids during half term would ‘increase dependency’ on the State. Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn’t. I was a teacher. I taught Key Stage One children from 1996 until 2012. In my teaching career I have Had parents bring children to school without shoes. Had…

Class Distinctions

I was on Twitter the other day. I posted a comment in favour of the National Trust’s report into Slavery and Colonialism, and as a result I was accused of being middle class. Whatever that means. And the more I think about it, the more ridiculous it is. Ridiculous that we still think in those…