When a good friend dies
I have been away a while. Life happens and the two inevitables of taxes and death catch up. Last spring it was my mother. This year it was my old friend Don – a friend and neighbour who has made life good for over fifteen years.
Blue Monday and dark days. Ten top tips for getting more cheerful.
Well hopefully you have survived Blue Monday – the most miserable day of the year. Apparently it was identified by Cliff Arnol at Cardiff University in 2005 and even had a formula to explain why we find the day so very bad.
New Year Resolutions and top tips for getting your year off to a good start
Well the holiday is over, the turkey demolished, the tinsel back in the attic and only the odd forlorn, forgotten Christmas ornament left on a shelf to remind us that we have gone through the most indulgent two weeks of the year.
Strong women and imposter syndrome
Last week I was I my element – surrounded by a group of sassy, strong women who had made it in life. I was speaking at a conference for woman lawyers from all over Europe and the subject was very simple – them and their potential.
Sexual harassment on public transport and why we do not call it out
This week the BBC 100 Women initiative has been in the news for their work on preventing sexual harassment on public transport. We have all heard about terrible attacks such as the rape and ultimately murder of Jyoti Singh on an Indian bus,
Harvey Weinstein, sexual bullying, and why we need to call it out
There is no escaping the ever more lurid allegations coming out of Hollywood and the American Media about Harvey Weinstein’s stomach turning assaults on young actresses and other women in his empire. We all have heard tales of the casting couch in which fat, balding, never-to-be-fancied men, use their power and the woman’s desperation for success as a vile cocktail for abuse.
Laura Kuenssberg, threats and the cult of Corbyn
Some years ago now, I had a fascinating dinner party conversation with a man from BBC news. He was not a ‘front-liner’ donning flak jackets and heading for the danger zone. Instead he was the man in the office who did all the planning and decision making to keep television journalists safe.
Bad relationships and why we tolerate them
This week Princes William and Harry have been talking about their mother, Diana and the loving, caring woman she was to two little boys being raised in abnormal circumstances. Their interview on ITV will bring you to tears.
Twitter Shaming, Trump, Kim Jong-un, Rotherham - and why we look away
In 1964 a 28 year old woman was stabbed, sexually assaulted and then murdered in Queens, New York. But what really alarmed the community and the authorities was that many people had either witnessed or heard the attack and did nothing. There ensued a stream of laboratory social research and out of that emerged the theory of Bystander Syndrome – the phenomenon that human beings are less likely to come to the assistance of another person if there are other people in the proximity.
Women’s football, fortitude and a lesson in positive thinking
Last blog I was struck by the impact of a group of little four year olds on transforming the lives of old people. This last week has brought another lesson – fortitude and positive thinking.
This week I am angry
There are many reasons – injustice, wailing about Brexit disaster before the talks have even opened (the dumb-ass, fast-track to undermining a negotiation team), the horror of people burning alive and now politicians stating it could have been avoided (so why was it not!); politicians using the plight of these traumatised families to promote their own politicking.
Spite for the sake of celebrity
Last week I spoke about bitterness and the ‘Woman on the train’. This week it is about spite. Why do we do it?
My thinking started with reports in the papers – tabloids and broadsheets equally guilty - about a certain Lucy Brown who went on a first date with a man she met on a dating website.
The Trouble with Bitterness
‘Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.’ Maya Angelou
I was confronted this morning on the 08.37 Waterloo to Reading train. I had sat in an area of four seats as that was the only way to keep my suitcase out of the aisle. Yes, I was blocking the seat opposite and, while I sorted out my stuff, I put a backpack on that seat.
The Problem with Democracy…
….is that you don’t always get what you want. And that seems to be a real issue with the so-called liberal elite who have lived with pretty predictable political outcomes for a few decades now. But the past few months have rocked their yacht. Those pesky plebeians have done the unthinkable – they have not done as the educated controllers wanted them to do.
Trump and the female voter - what happened?
He has been described as a narcissist, an abuser of women and a sexist and although last night's exit polls do show that 54 per cent of women backed Clinton compared to 42 per cent for Trump it also shows that fewer women voted for Clinton in 2016 than for Obama in 2012. In the 2012 presidential race 55 per cent of women backed Obama while 44 per cent backed Romney.
Are we getting more safe-space sissy than Sassy?
Is Theresa May right about safe-spaces? This pc-weary woman thinks yes.
If you are a Sassita over 50 you will remember the days when we formed our beliefs and values through debate, demonstrations, demanding answers from our elders and deriding politicians with whom we disagreed.
Bear, Rob Titchener and the HijackalsTM Trap
Sassistas let out a long groan when Stephen Bear, an under-educated, over-confident little boy from Walthamstow bounced out of the House having been declared the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2016. Why?
Theresa May – future-leader or good cook?
So Theresa May thinks Delia Smith is ‘too precise’ and prefers to follow the culinary approach of Ottolenghi. Oh, and she owns over 100 cookery books reports The Telegraph, (July 8th 2016),
The BREXIT divorce – a lesson in negative thinking
‘Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today… and it will be pure H-E double L for me’. Well the last week in British life really has brought Tammy Wynette’s words to life.