Making friends with a puppy
May24

Making friends with a puppy

Before I had a puppy, I used to see groups of dog owners chatting in the park and assume they were all friends. Of course, they might have been friends, but now I know the more likely truth – they were groups of strangers or semi-strangers, drawn together by their dogs. Because dogs love other dogs. And if your dog is drawn to another dog – particularly if your dog is on a lead – you have no choice but to follow. So...

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‘Not good enough’
Dec07

‘Not good enough’

I always feel very sad when I look at social media and see photos of women who say they feel ‘not good enough’. Not funny enough. Not clever enough. Not pretty enough. Not thin enough. Not young enough. They feel they have no space in the social media world because their house isn’t tidy enough or doesn’t have all the latest things. That is so sad, isn’t it? And such a waste of their lives, which should...

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Coronavirus: How did we get here?
Dec01

Coronavirus: How did we get here?

Every now and then, even now, I just stop for a second and wonder how the hell did we get here? I look at the closed shops and at everyone wearing masks, I think about all the people I haven’t seen and haven’t been able to hug and it still feels like a dream. How did we end up in a world where kids are routinely missing school, where my son and hundreds of thousands of others were unable to do their GCSE and A Level exams,...

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Has lockdown ended?
Jun08

Has lockdown ended?

Every week, I give an update on how many weeks into lockdown we are. Six weeks, nine weeks, 11 weeks… But lockdown restrictions have eased a fair bit over the last few weeks. So has lockdown actually ended? When do we actually reach a point when we can say that we’re out of lockdown? Do you remember when there was the vocal minority, when we were only three weeks in, who were calling it for to be lifted? There didn’t...

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My son, travel and worry
Mar02

My son, travel and worry

My 18 year old son is very adventurous. He did the Three Peaks in under 24 hours at the age of 16. He did a 30 mile hike at the age of 14. And now he wants to travel. To be honest, he might have liked a year or a few months to travel this year. But he went and surprised us all by getting the only apprenticeship he applied for. He absolutely loves his apprenticeship and wouldn’t change it for the world, but he still has the...

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