The Peer Pressure Challenge

Me and my husband decided, rather than bend over to the new societal craze of pouring ice (or sometimes not even icy) water over oneself to raise 'awareness' for ALS, we would commit to donating to two charities each month: the NSPCC and MIND. Two charities that are close to both of our hearts. Not… Continue reading The Peer Pressure Challenge

“Genie, you’re free..”

“Suicide is for cowards” “I have no respect for anyone who takes their own life” Sitting at work after the news of Robin Williams death, these were not the reactions I expected. Amongst the pain stricken declarations of sorrow at this shocking and devastating news, were dabbles or idiotic naivety. “How could someone take their… Continue reading “Genie, you’re free..”

Rule, Britannia?

'I am proud to be British' they announce. As if Britishness had become a foreign concept- as if it something elitist to say 'I am British'. What does that even mean? To me it's just a nationality, written on a passport, attempting to define me. It really doesn't. The raucous claims of Britishness, the people behind… Continue reading Rule, Britannia?

Keeping Up Appearances

Planning one of the best days of your life should surely be a joyous and exciting experience; finally the freedom to have things how you want it, having the people you love around you. But no, not really. Again and again, society intervenes and circumvents our expectations- hinders our freedom and inundates us with irrelevant… Continue reading Keeping Up Appearances

Measurements

There's no peace, Not in this life Defined by body types and whether you have a gap between your thighs Success, written in the curvature of your arse - or chest - Measure me? Be my fucking guest. Do I meet the requirements? Have I passed the test? Too large, Doesn't fit the mould they… Continue reading Measurements

I Have a Dream

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." -Martin Luther King, 28th August 1963 We're in 1960s America. The jubilation is ecstatic. Waves of triumph electrify those once deadened… Continue reading I Have a Dream

Fairwell to the Fairground

Life isn't about fun and games, those ideals spoon fed to us as children, as teenagers, are nothing more than  candy floss coloured, E numbered up, sugar coated lies. "Eat up it's good for you" the smarter of us are reassured whilst we hold these spoon-fed lies in our mouths reluctant to swallow it down… Continue reading Fairwell to the Fairground

Freedom Is An Illusion

Sometimes it'd just be easier to eradicate the necessity of decision making. Remove freedom. Wipe the slate clean of guilt and second guessing and those formidable 'what ifs?'. To be pre-programmed, wired, robotic; emotionless. To drift through life carefree. Robotic-robust-mundane. ''Robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes'' - Richard Dawkins… Continue reading Freedom Is An Illusion

Vaingloriousness

"There's nothing wrong with an enlarged gap between rich and poor" Said a privately educated middle class university student.  An enlarged gap between rich and poor is evidence of the failings of society, politics and economics. The fucking failings of mankind. The urge to retaliate to this imbecility is insatiable, to name and shame, out… Continue reading Vaingloriousness