Ginger isn’t a Swear Word

I’ve had ginger hair for nearly 34 years and it took me a while to be comfortable with my hair colour. I had to grow into it, get to know it and appreciate it for what is was – a pretty big part of being me. Throughout those 34 years I have heard my hair, and other similar hair colours, being referred to as so many different things – anything from…

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Learning to Swim has Changed My Life

In July I went to Wales for a week to learn to swim in a residential swimming course. I knew after that week that being able to swim would change my life but, when I left the course I still had some reservations. During the course we didn’t go out of our depth. We didn’t learn to tread water. We learnt to have confidence in the water, we learnt breast…

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‘I’m not… But…’

How many times a day do we hear something like ‘I’m not racist, but…’ or ‘I’m not being mean, but…’ or ‘I’m not jealous, but…’ These phrases are something I hear constantly – in the school playground, among friends or just overhearing conversations in the street. I even see this sort of thing regularly on social media too. It’s something that has bothered me for so long that the last…

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The Future isn’t ‘just’ Female

I keep seeing slogan tees and accessories everywhere – in shops, in online stores and across social media – that say, simply, The Future is Female. I have seen them so many times now that I just had to write about it because, as much as I’m for empowering women and wanting men and women to be treated equally, I really feel this isn’t the way to go about it.…

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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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Is there a BBC Gender Pay Gap?

Today details of how much the BBC pay the familiar faces across TV and radio were released to the media. There were names like Chris Evans, Graham Norton and Gary Lineker amongst the long list of stars and we found ourselves knowing how much the BBC paid them in the last financial year. The list only showed the pay rate, not the breakdown of what job role paid what amount…

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How do the Emergency Services do it?

My husband is a police officer and through the thirteen years that we’ve been together I have seen him go through so much at work. He was a pretty new police officer back then, having joined the police just a year or two before we met. But now he’s an ‘old sweat’, having seen and done so much. As a police officer no two days are the same, you have…

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