New Tories: Coalition of Utter Nutjobs and Tory Sanctimony

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

Private healthcare features photos of people smiling for no apparent reason!

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!

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. 

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. 

Why are we more protective of daughters when our sons are far more likely to be victims of criminal violence?

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?

I know how you feel when your work is judged

To my students.  I know how you feel when your work is  judged This academic year I’m teaching the new Open University MA in Creative Writing.  I’m also doing some critical reading of the script materials.  And like thousands of other writers, I’m trying to get my own work off the ground.  When I wear … Continue reading I know how you feel when your work is judged

Things not to say to a person with Crohns or colitis

I’ve recently been diagnosed with Crohns.   It’s a new landscape and I’ve a lot to learn.  Like there are side-effects. To Crohns.  Not only do I have a condition – it has sucky side effects too!  Like mouth ulcers.  (A daily mouthwash with Corsodyl seems to help).  And anaemia because Crohns doesn’t make you … Continue reading Things not to say to a person with Crohns or colitis

Remember! Don’t go to bed until you’ve finished going to the toilet

Said my leaflet on Colonoscopy preparation.  Those useful nuggets of information just kept on coming.  I was very grumpy anyway because it was 4pm, the colonoscopy and endoscopy appointment was next day, I was starving and the only thing going into my stomach was two litres of a laxative called Moviprep. I’d bought some concentrated … Continue reading Remember! Don’t go to bed until you’ve finished going to the toilet