Favourite Posts

Here are the posts that I have most enjoyed writing and that have resonated with my audience as well. They are mostly personal posts, ones full of opinion or ones questioning current affairs or aspects of daily life. Enjoy!

Student Discount Cards – Just Because it’s Legal doesn’t make it Right

Back in 2001 I was a student. I was at college, living at home and working part time. I had very little money and the money I did have I tried to make go further by using any discount available – including my student discount card at the time. I ended up not even finishing my first year of college, and never went to university so my use of student…

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The Social Stigma of having Family in Prison

Growing up I had to tell everyone that I only had one brother. My parents told me to not mention my oldest brother at all, to act like he didn’t exist and to only talk about him at home. But, I had another brother. He was ten years older than me but he wasn’t around much when I was growing up. My first real memory of him was when he…

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What sort of Digital Imprint are we leaving for our …

As a blogger I am really aware of having our whole lives online. I always have our family security at the back of my mind, not wanting to give away too much. I have always seen this blog, foremost, as a place to record memories and milestones, to really document the children growing up. But, unlike a photo album, or reminiscing with relatives this blog is out there for the…

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The Outdated Regulations of Giving Blood

I gave blood for the first time last week and it was a pretty ok experience. It took an hour or so out of my evening but I got to sit, child free, and read my book, catch up on social media or just enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. At the end I got crisps, biscuits and a glass of juice and the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing…

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Making Your Parents Proud

I was watching Dragons Den the other day and after securing a deal with the Dragons, one of the guys said how proud his Mum would be if she were still alive now and how proud his Dad would be too. It got me thinking about how people strive for such a simple thing in life – to make their parents proud of them. This simple phrase on TV got…

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Bullying: Why I can’t just ‘get over it and …

Last weekend I decided to confront someone about the way they had been talking about me for months behind the closed doors of a Facebook group. I told them that the things they were saying were not just unfounded and with no real cause but were vile and much the same as I had heard being bullied as a child all those years ago in the school playground. Their response?…

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An Open Letter to Chris Bryant

Dear Chris Bryant Yesterday was National Kiss a Ginger Day, a day that I wrote about last year and a day, quite frankly, that shouldn’t exist. Contrary to what you may think, my dislike for the day is not about the word ginger being used – it’s not a term I find offensive and it tends to only be seen as derogatory by people who don’t themselves have ginger hair.…

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