#EmptyShelf18: July Reads

So in July I read: Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame by Vicky Beeching My rating: 5 of 5 stars I decided to download this book to read whilst on the quayside in Porto, having started with Just the sample as trying to resist buying more books! I met Vicky probably in 2010 or 11 at Greenbelt - I’d invited her to be on a panel to talk about tech and…

[CANCER] Moving Forward Course with @BCCare

So today, I've just finished the 'Moving Forward' course run in partnership between Breast Cancer Care and hospital trusts (Stockport in my case). For 3 hours over the past 4 weeks, around 12 of us have gathered in a (rather hot and stuffy) room at Stepping Hill Hospital to think about where next. In the past, people used to finish hospital based treatment and effectively 'waved goodbye', but this is the point at which help…

[CANCER] Where are we now, on the ‘journey’ of #BreastCancer?

Not that we are necessarily huge fans of the term 'journey', but thesaurus not giving me too many options... though I do remember saying at the beginning, I describe myself on Twitter as a 'Life Explorer', so cancer is just one of the crappier sides of life to 'explore'! Recap: Diagnosis (30th August 2017) I finally took myself to the doctors after noticing something weird at a bra fitting, then feeling 'a bit of a…

[MEDIA] Talking Facebook and Cambridge Analytica with @UCBNewsTeam

I spoke to Vicky Gibbons on UCB1 earlier about the £500,000 fine for Facebook (see Guardian article), as to whether it would likely impact Facebook, how that fine might protect the public in the future, and any practical steps in light of GDPR that helps the public stay safe online now? We also briefly looked at the ?Democracy Disrupted report, which includes 10 recommendations for the Government to introduce a statutory Code of Practice for the…