It was one of those silly misunderstandings that escalates: being accused of queue jumping in the Post Office. The woman was literally snarling at me as she shoved her way past: "You're meant to queue OUTSIDE." I had queued outside, for ten minutes, before taking my turn at the counter where the clerk kindly pointed … Continue reading Seeing red and seeing the light…
So long Bungle. We would have been great together, but sadly we're not meant to be. Let me explain. It's now almost a year since my last rescue cat, the inappropriately-named Twiglet (he was definitely more of a tree trunk), died. I still miss him: every time I walk in the door to silence instead … Continue reading A cat’s tale
Many of you will have seen a post going around comparing media coverage of the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle . Without joining the debate about this toxic reporting, it did strike me that in our own lives we often practice the same mixed messaging without even being aware of it. For the media, … Continue reading What’s your angle?
It's many years since I've had to conjure up car games to keep the little ones from wailing ‘are we there yet?’ An old staple was the game which begins “I went shopping and I bought.... moving through the alphabet from A (always apples) to Z (always a struggle!) I only remembered this game when … Continue reading An A-Z of feeling good
I've been finding it hard to get out of bed lately. My old house is always cold, it's too dark for a run, and once I'm up there's no excuse for not getting on with the To Do List. While those things are true, I realise they're not exactly helpful in inspiring me to spring … Continue reading Beginnings and endings
My first job as a journalist was reporting from a village fete. The next day I was sent to interview a couple celebrating their golden wedding. However, the 'reality' of a career in news dawned when was I sent to get an interview with the family of a teenager who had killed himself. His body … Continue reading What do we do about hard news?
Every cloud has a silver lining apparently, but over South Shields I could see only unrelenting greyness, a gloomy blanket of cloud with no break in it. Rain dripped from the ends of my hair down my neck and I had lost all feeling in my toes. I suspected there was a drip at the … Continue reading Steps in the right direction
One of my favourite TV presenters claimed the other day that we’ve all become a lot angrier in the last few years. He blamed Brexit for shortening the nation’s fuse, which seems fitting given the way the media is warning we’re facing shortages and will be forced to live on instant potato for the rest … Continue reading An angry world
Two a.m. CRASH. The sound of my mind ricocheting out of sleep and into a hyped-up, shambolic chat room - where is no host keeping control and no apparent emergency exit. Perhaps you know it? Scenes, encounters, anxieties, from the last 24 hours; imagined encounters and conversations that will take place in the next 24; … Continue reading On the night shift