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…

Back to School

How different from all previous years. I used to be a teacher – but I’m glad I’m not a teacher now. I used to be a parent of school-age children – I’m glad I’m not any more. The thought of being told specifically NOT to wear a mask, but being expected to work alongside 30…

Million Vaccines

Back in April, just five months ago, the BBC ran a headline that said there would be ‘a million vaccines by September’. I didn’t believe it then – it’s now September and it’s turned out to be… not true. Fancy that. The trouble is, it was reported by the BBC. Rightly or wrongly, we generally…

Three Hundred Years a Slave

I’ve been wanting to write something about the riots since they started. But sitting here cocooned in my white privilege I don’t have the right to say anything. So instead I’m trying to imagine what life would be like now if those first European explorers setting foot on lands that were new to them had…

No Mow May – not

I hadn’t cut my grass for a month. Some of you may be aware of No Mow May – the idea is that you don’t cut your grass for the whole of May, thus allowing flowers to blossom and to provide nectar for the bees and any other passing insects that might feel the need….

And Then There Were None

One swallow doesn’t make a summer. But what if there are none at all? Do you have swallows near you at the moment? I don’t. They’re an unmistakable sign of summer in the UK – but last year I didn’t see any at all from my garden. They’re the sort of thing that are just…