In a week where parents mourn their children after yet another high school shooting, and NRA backed Republicans offer prayers - I thought of the incredible teachers who tried to actually do something - and save their students when the worst happened. In 1996 Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, carrying pistols and … Continue reading The incredible teachers who saved their students
Ten years ago, when my daughter was still a plumptious baby, her older brother would entertain her by pretending to beat himself up while she laughed and clapped. 'I feel very sorry for your future boyfriends,' I said. Her Cercei Lannister streak was further confirmed last Christmas when she played Monopoly - howling with rage … Continue reading Reader, I Killed Him
Back in October I woke up in hospital after being unconscious for two days. The last thing I remember was sitting at my laptop and looking through the open French doors. White sheets drying. When I woke it was dark. There was a keen smell of something sharp and my arm was attached to a … Continue reading Bette, Yellow, Banshee and Raccoon
Hypocrisy seems such an innocent word now. Given that Theresa May and her be-suited coven are now so desperate for power that they will get into bed with the DUP, a party with honkingly appalling views, ('controversial' I believe is the accepted journalistic term). Such nasty anti human views that you would surely imagine not … Continue reading New Tories: Coalition of Utter Nutjobs and Tory Sanctimony
The site I'm looking at is Kaiser Permanente, so-called because you'll be 'permanentely' bankrupt if you have to use them. It's the one you might not have heard much about because apart from The Guardian and The Mirror, the papers tend not to shout about it. Tom Pride's website does which is why I've added … Continue reading Private healthcare features photos of people smiling for no apparent reason!
After my recent adventures in twisty colon land I nipped off to hospital today for a follow-up gastroscopy. I wasn't nervous as I could barely remember having it done before. There was something about a throat spray but the rest of it was a blank. This, as it turns out, was because I was sedated. Into … Continue reading Gagging Order
I'm an ex Catholic. Catholicism is like herpes. You can disavow it, shake it off, take strong medication, but it still pops up to remind you that you're still Going to Hell. First time I felt guilty I was seven years old and about to go to Confession. Born with Original Sin which washed off in … Continue reading First Confession
That moment where you see a really bad photo of yourself and think – oh my God do I really look that old/ugly/desiccated/ and the answer is a resounding, ego shattering ‘YES.’
In the opening scene of the movie Downfall, Bruno Ganz as Hitler is shown being kind to Traudl Junge, his new and terrified secretary. It's a brilliant scene, reminding us that Hitler the mass murdering monster was also a human being, capable of kindness. If Donald Trump was a character, a script editor would call … Continue reading The liberal elite that Republicans are always bitching about will have no say in the US government over the next four years. Trump won on fear and loathing. You wanted it – you got it.
It’s half term so my daughter (12) and a close friend of hers (13) are both staying with my boyfriend and I in Manchester. The Girl suggested a trip into town with her friend – let’s call her Molly, and we’ll call my girl, Lara as that’s her name. When we suggested they might like … Continue reading Why are we more protective of daughters when our sons are far more likely to be victims of criminal violence?