Mid-Life MOT

Written in response to an article in The Independent, by  Chiara Giordano.   Causes. When is our Tory government going to start researching causes instead of effects? According to the highly-esteemed Iain Duncan-Smith, co-founder for the Centre of Social Justice (CSJ), then due to the high numbers of ‘economically inactive’ 50 to 64 year olds currently…

Savvy Books – Not Yet Wall

Independent Scotland Would England really be better off without Scotland or, post Scottish independence, would a wall need to be built to stop the English from stepping over the border to Scotland? These are the questions that led to the the novel I am currently working on, with the aptly-named title ‘The Wall’. Little did I…

Savvy Article – Climatopause

Written in response to an article implying that climate change is responsible for hair loss in men. I’m feeling it: waves of anxiety run through my inners like slow-cutting knives; my golden-orange locks thin out, to make way for razor-blade edges of silver-white; and I’m all clammy, alternately baked hot and frozen cold, I’m nearly…

The Devolution of Man: As women have evolved, have men devolved?

  Pleased to be notified of a new follower, and knowing that ‘one good turn deserves another’, I, in turn, click through to the good man’s website. The first post I come across offers words of profound advice to errant women. In summary: Women should take a look at themselves in the mirror, the author instructs,…

Mental Health: Workplace Stigma

A response to Sofia Tindall’s article, about the stigma of mental health. It’s a Friday morning and, keen to create a poem, I browse my news feed for some inspiration, only to be confronted with the revelation, courtesy of Sofia Tindall (journalist for Grazia) that the mental health stigma still exists! A revelation? Hardly! I read…

Easter Sunday: An Offering

Inspired by my expanding collection of Folio books … Disclaimer: This post contains an image link to a Folio Society book available on Amazon. Should you choose to purchase the book, via that link,  I will receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself. Mother’s at church. Sprogs are in bed. Hubby’s onto emails…

Perfection: A Ramble

Inspired by five random words found in in Issue 67 of ‘mslexia’. The random words being: installed, perfection, inherent, decent and interactive.   Interested in being active in an interactive sort of a way, I exercise my gouty foot by shifting it to avoid it being rolled over by the wheels of my office chair….