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Waterstones and the Smell of Books

News just in, or a few days ago when I didn’t have the time to write this blog…Waterstones has decided to stop selling e-books. For one, I am a big fan of their decision to abandon digital books for the real deal. Kobo, a digital book company, will be taking over Waterstone’s digital customers. According… Continue Reading

Gender Wars: High Heels & Toothbrushes

I bought new toothbrushes a few weeks ago. One pink, one blue. This wasn’t intentional; it was default; it was the colours they had. On deciding who got which toothbrush I asked my husband. Do you want blue or shall we challenge gender stereotypes and you have the pink? He said I could do whatever… Continue Reading

If You Open Your Mind Too Much….

In a recent blog post, Headmaster Graeme Whiting expressed concern that fantasy novels, games and movies are ruining the health of our young people. He expressed that these fantastical stories are “deeply insensitive and addictive material” which can cause “difficult behaviour” and damage the subconscious of young brains. Included in this troublesome group of unrealistic… Continue Reading

Top Tips for Mental Wellbeing

Mental health is finally getting the attention it deserves. Many of us are aware of the limitations of the NHS for both physical and mental health care. On top of this we grapple with the limited provision of therapies, extensive waiting lists etc. etc. Lots of you will be familiar with my laments/diatribes on the… Continue Reading

License to Breed: Ending Child Abuse and Neglect

First off, apologies for my absence over the past month. As it turns out getting married can get in the way of your ever increasing to-do list and blog ideas. Despite my determination to continue to blog throughout my honeymoon, it turns out that it’s rather hard to do without a laptop! Now to the… Continue Reading

Minding Your P’s & Q’s

Call me old-fashioned but I like manners and they really don’t cost a penny, or a minute. With most of us running around without a moment to spare it’s not surprising that manners seem to have been one of the first things to go. We just don’t have time. If that’s your excuse, then it’s… Continue Reading

Men are from Mars….

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus; we all know the old adage. Mars and Venus are of course planets in our solar system. They are also the eponymous Roman divinities: Mars, the god of war and Venus, that of love. To many equating the genders with these attributes make perfect sense. Whether… Continue Reading

Who Do We Think We Are: Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise

A recent study by BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) saw an increase in cosmetic surgeries. The number of procedures were 51,140 in 2015, up from 45,406 from 2014. This follows a decline in procedures in the past years which has been blamed on the recession. Interestingly, the majority (9/10) of procedures were… Continue Reading

Written All Over Your Face: Smile Value

There is something inherently wonderful in a smile. In seeing someone smile. Whether it is a full blown idiotic grin or a secret smirk. Whether it is expressed openly with others or an automatic reaction. Smiling is great. I’m all for it. When I see others smiling it makes me smile. It makes me pause… Continue Reading

Binary Gender Banished in Brighton

Brighton college has replaced its traditional school uniform with a “trouser uniform” and a “skirt uniform” which students can chose between. There is no longer skirts for girls and trousers for boys. Headteacher Richard Cairns said this change came following requests from “a small number of families”. Cairns was happy to comply as the choice… Continue Reading

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