Memories of a flu epidemic

I’m seeing a lot of stress lately from parents of school aged children who are being sent home packs of work from school that are unmanageable and are causing stress. I want to tell you about a flu epidemic in the early 90s, when I was in high school. It’s in no way comparable with […]

Psoriasis and me

First things first: this is not a pity-post. This is simply my reality that I wish to share. I was first diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 11 and I’ve been in and out of specialist care ever since. I’ll talk about treatments later on. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, which means that my immune […]

Baking for beginners

Public health opens your eyes in some very surprising ways. When I was on maternity leave, I had a lot of contact with play workers, who looked after young families and identified gaps that could be filled to make life better. They noticed that many families struggled to cook and make basic meals from scratch. […]

View from the NE on Brexit.

This post was inspired by a friends Facebook post where she expressed a fear of the rising Far Right, in light of the extremely complex political chaos. Obviously this is a difficult subject, fraught with problems when it’s being discussed. In order to look properly at what’s happening, we need to disengage and look at […]

Sleep tight

As you may (or may not) know, I have anxiety issues, in fact it was only when I started taking antidepressants for post-natal depression, that I realised that it’s not ‘normal’ to feel constantly on edge all the time.  As a result, I’ve never slept particularly well, and in particular have trouble falling asleep, because […]

Erasure in the Scientific World

I don’t often blog in anger (who’m I kidding 😂) here we go again… I came across this article today. Apparently, it was a necessary evil to mark down women’s scores. I’d love to think this was a one off, but I know that this can be pretty much standard. I recently had an ‘interesting’ […]

Plastic trees for plastic people

I’m frustrated dear readers who may or may not exist 😹. I’ve been having a very reasonable conversation on another’s Facebook page regarding reducing plastic waste. Which is a great idea quite honestly, BUT the point that’s so frequently missed is that replacing plastic waste with an alternate type of waste does not solve our […]

What is ‘environmentally friendly’?

Ok, I’m on a roll, so bare with me. I’m not picking specifically on this range, it’s simply the first advert that’s piqued my concern. The discussion I’ve had on Facebook has further helped form my opinion, and I’m sharing it with you because I think it’s important to understand how to look at these […]

The less stitches, the more riches

Or part 2 of Ending is better than mending. This is another hypnopeadic phrase from Brave New World, and one quite fitting to today’s society too. The question is riches for who? But I think we know the answer to that 😉 So, what? What can WE do? Well, as I mentioned in The Mustard […]