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Reaction or Overreaction?

Overeaction: To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence. There was a gif on social media last week that had a man laughing with the words, ‘for every male reaction there is a female overreaction.’ And yes, yes unsurprisingly this angered me. It was a man rolling his eyes at all women Read More

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A Dangerous Change

Change: an act or process through which something becomes different. As a writer you’re always looking for a story. Something that fires you up and compels you to write. And then, every now and again, something happens that makes you speechless and you sit down to a blank page and don’t know where to start. That Read More

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Dear Opinion…

Having just joined in a #soulfulPR webinar about writing opinion pieces, I thought I’d republish this piece from my Bristol Woman column. Seeing as I’ve been learning about how to be like Marmite and all… Dear Opinion, Recently many things have happened in the world, which make me doubt you contain any good at all. Read More

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Politics and Parenting

Politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debate between parties having power. I clearly remember the first time I voted. My dad drove me to the local town hall, informed me that I would be given a piece of paper and a pencil, and then told me exactly Read More

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2016 Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

This all looks very exciting. I’m thrilled to be taking my boys to the Gromit making session. Sign up now, it’s free! Press Release 13th September 2016 Kids of all ages can have gripping Encounters with cinema in Bristol The programme for the 2016 Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival features special screenings for children Read More

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‘I’m sorry for your loss.’

When a baby dies it is often a time when people do not know what to say, or how to help. And so they often say nothing due to a fear of saying the wrong thing. This incredibly moving post is a story of how one woman, Charlotte, is feeling following the death of her Read More

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Aurora Borealis and Fireworks

When do we start planning the lives of our children? Is it when we conceive? Or is it earlier than that? Does everyone, unconsciously at least, absorb events, feelings, hopes and dreams, and hold them in a tiny part of their brains ready to transmit to those they may give birth to. We may think, Read More

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Relentlessness

Relentlessness: a good word for describing something that’s harsh, unforgiving, and persistent, like the hot sun in the desert, or a cold that keeps you in bed for days with a nose like a strawberry. When you’re relentless about something, you mean business. Being a mum to poorly children, as I’ve said many time before, Read More