She Was Walking Home

Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house at 9 o’clock in the evening when she was attacked. The most normal, ordinary, wholesome thing that you could imagine. Which makes it all the more tragic. But I have a problem. Somewhere in the narrative is a feeling that that’s exactly what a woman ought…

I Protest

So the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is making its way inexorably through Parliament. It’s a major piece of legislation, covering everything from sex offenders to sign language interpreters. But there is one section that should cause concern to everyone who believes that the UK is a free country – and wants it to…

Advice to Women

In view of recent events, and comments in the media, I’ve gathered together the advice we women have been given throughout our lives to ‘help’ us to stay safe. I’m sure it’s not a comprehensive list – add the ones I’ve missed to the comments below! With thanks to Philippa H Stewart (@Flip_Stewart), whose post…

Dry January – Nearly There

Only three more days to go, for the people who decided that what they wanted to do most of all, in the middle of a global pandemic (in the middle of winter, and just as Brexit started to hit home), was to stop drinking. Four weeks of abstaining from intoxicating liquor. Four weeks of finding…

Dry January – Have You Wobbled?

My friend invited me to join a group of people online who are doing Dry January – even though I didn’t know anyone else in the group and even though I’m not doing Dry January myself… A few days ago, I asked if anyone had wobbled – and what they’d done to fight it. Here’s…

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?…