whoever you want to be…

Let’s get healthy – not thin!

When someone finds out I’m vegetarian they have a tendency to assume that means I’m super healthy. Because of course vegetarians live on rabbit food, lentils and goji berries. Well … Continue reading

June 29, 2013

TV Style Icons: Patsy Stone, Absolutely Fabulous

I love Ab Fab. I think it’s hilarious. It features a wealthy PR guru, Edina Monsoon, played by Jennifer Saunders, and her best friend Patsy Stone, Joanna Lumley, who is … Continue reading

June 27, 2013

Gnome-free zone

I suspect that many of us are not making the most of our gardens at the moment, as a result of this cold, grey shadow of a summer. It’s not … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Wendy and Nora

I got up this morning and started reading about Texas Senator Wendy Davis. How she spoke for 11 hours to filibuster an anti-abortion bill. (The bill would ban abortions in … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Spies and sex work: Homeland, The Americans, and is it maybe OK to be a prostitute?

This will spoil: the first five episodes of The Americans, and season two of Homeland (both of which you should have watched already, I mean, really). If you haven’t seen … Continue reading

June 25, 2013

It’s not easy, being hated

I’m sorry to be slightly emotional about this, but I’ve had a very busy and stressful couple of weeks, and frankly, I’m really struggling to deal with rampant and violent … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Five Ways to Pimp Your Pasta

We eat a lot of pasta in our house, which is more than fine with me as I love the stuff. Consequently, one of my most-used recipes is a basic … Continue reading

June 23, 2013

Nappy Ever After: The Sleep Diaries Part 3

The baby is nineteen months old now. He’s not really a baby anymore; he’s a toddler and is getting to grips with the usual toddler stuff (climbing, jumping, throwing things … Continue reading

June 22, 2013

Creating sunshine memories

Even though it seems as if spring has only just sprung, today’s the longest day (in the northern hemisphere) of the year. Rather than weeping at the idea of them … Continue reading

June 21, 2013

That difficult second child

How do you know when you want to make your family bigger? As one of the first of my close friends to have a child, I now find myself one … Continue reading

June 20, 2013

Rediscovering roots.

I have always been interested in history. I remember, at the tender age of five, declaring to my mother that I was going to be an archaeologist when I grew … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Working Women: Hayley Smith

Who are you and what do you do? My name is Hayley Smith, I’m 36 and the editor of two weekly newspapers – the Runcorn & Widnes World and the … Continue reading

June 17, 2013
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