One way I’ve been passing time is watching old Italian movies. I’m in a Sophia Loren phase. Apart from giving me full confidence that eating spaghetti is the way to live, her characters have a strength, practicality and robustness that is reassuring. As well as the vintage collection, her most recent movie is on Netflix along with a documentary, What would Sophia Loren do? It’s … Continue reading What would Sophia Loren do?
The latest contradictory message from the government came with new proposals to reduce obesity. This was hot on the heels of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out‘ plan, encouraging us to go to restaurants in August with a 50% discount incentive. Lose weight, but also eat steak and chips. Stay alert! It’s confusing stuff, considering most of us have experienced hardship this year ranging from … Continue reading Body neutral
I’m angry. It feels good to say it. I only register a small amount of guilt for this unlikeable, unfeminine emotion. Maybe one day I’ll have none. This year I’ve spoken to people in senior jobs where I needed to enlist their specialist skills. These were not just senior professionals but leading, highly paid professionals. Men at the top. And my experiences left me questioning … Continue reading Am I the expert?
Last weekend I sat outside a cafe eating avocado on toast (sorry not sorry). It was cold but sunny, and I was basking in the glow of surviving an exercise workout with only minimal back pain. I was relaxed… …until a scene of urban aggression played out on the narrow pavement next to me. A man was pushing a pram with a baby, whilst a … Continue reading Angry encounters
A new book, Engines of Privilege, promises to explore ‘the irrefutable link between private schools and life’s gilded path: private school to top university to top career.’ As someone who went to comprehensive school, this has been a lifelong fascination. What difference does a school make? Why should the experience have such a lasting impact on one’s progress? Private schools give you confidence and connections. … Continue reading School privilege
2018 was a good year for me, personally. The main reason I say that is because people I care about are alive and well. In the end it comes down to that. Work has its ups and downs. Relationships change. There are periods of darkness and light in my outlook. But as friends go through the agony of loss, it’s important to recognise the gift … Continue reading My only 2019 resolution
My first ever job was working on Saturdays in a shoe shop. I earned £2.80 an hour, being exempt from minimum wage at the age of 15. It was the first time I could assign a monetary value to my time. In the years of part-time work that followed, I would motivate myself through boring shifts with an interior monologue. Hang in there for 15 … Continue reading Know your worth
The Midlands – By far the best part of England. <BBC Midlands today> 1. A fictional place in Britain because no one knows where it really starts or finishes. 2. Re-named to Birmingham to disguise its poor identity and reputation. This didn’t work. … Continue reading Made in Stoke
On Saturday 20th October, I was on the streets of London at a peaceful demonstration to call for a second referendum on Brexit. It’s being called ‘a people’s vote’, a chance for us to vote on the issue of leaving the EU with full awareness of what that would mean for people in the future. Along with almost 700,000 who attended, I believe that the … Continue reading Activism reactivated