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…

The Driving Licence Saga – continued

Back on 2nd February, my driving licence expired. So, as the law-abiding citizen that I am, on 1st February I went online to renew it. They have this clever system where you give them your passport number and they can use your passport photo for the new driving licence, thus saving a lot of faffage….

Unblinded

Most people have had their first vaccine. Apart from teachers under 55 of course. Angry is far too small a word to describe how I feel about that. I was offered my vaccine last week. A lovely lady from my GP rang me and asked if I’d be OK to come in at 10 o’clock…

A Little Bag of Sweets

Yesterday was a Difficult day. And when a colleague arrived with bags of sweeties for the sweetie stash, there was only one thing for it. I took a small bag of Haribo Tangfastics – and scoffed the lot. I needed it. About three weeks ago, I decided to cut sugar out of my diet. First…

The Price of Fish – the women’s story

Today is the 121st anniversary of the loss of the fishing vessel Bernicia. She’d sailed from Cellardyke on the east coast of Scotland, and was lost in storms in the North Sea on or around 12th February 1900. On board were 10 men, one of whom was my Great Grandfather Alexander Murray. Last year I…

Views, Visitors, and Mugs of Tea

I’ve written 320 blog posts. I aim to post every other day or thereabouts. This post is number 321. Yesterday, someone sat and read pretty much every single one of them. As part of the blog set-up, I get stats. WordPress tells me the number of people who visit the site each day, the number…

Clinging on to the Wagon

I decided to stop having sugar in my tea and coffee. I also decided to stop eating the sweeties at work and cut out the bikkies. This is because I have osteoarthritis is my knuckles and I googled things to do to improve matters. There’s no cure, and things will get worse over time, but…

No More Sugar – two weeks on

Two weeks ago I decided to give up sugar. I have osteoarthritis in my finger joints, and when I googled ‘things to do’, avoiding sugar was on the list, alongside losing weight and avoiding refined carbs. I don’t need to lose weight, and I already avoid refined carbs, so it was obvious what I had…

Tech is a Four Letter Word

Right now, this minute, I’m sick and tired of tech. Yes, I know I was all for it a couple of posts ago. But not tonight. I’m tired of it not working the way it’s supposed to work. I’m tired of it not doing the things it’s supposed to do. I’m tired of it going…