Happy Christmas 2017, and Happy New Year 2018

As you may know, this Christmas is going to be a very odd one for me. I have my second chemotherapy on 22nd December, which means I'll spend Christmas either high on steroids, or feeling nauseas once they've worn off. I've got some offers of places to go in Manchester if I feel up to it, so we'll see! At the end of the day, hopefully this is 'just one year' of treatment so ...…

[CAMPAIGN] Respect Girls More – Take Down Your Sign

On 5th August, a friend of a friend spotted the following sign in Missguided in Bluewater, and shared it on Facebook: A bit of momentum built up on Facebook/Twitter about it, and Rachel Gardner set up a 38 Degrees Petition that evening, with this reasoning (something I've referred to in my book): Teenage girls feel under increasing pressure to create and send nude pictures of themselves. An NSPCC report says teenage girls are most adversely affected…

#Emptyshelf17 #22 Life Hurts by Elizabeth McNaught

Life Hurts by Elizabeth McNaught My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is not a particularly long book, but packed with interesting insights from the perspective of a survivor (although as she says still an ongoing battle) who is now a Dr. I have known Lizzie's dad for years so saw the book appear in his FB timeline. There's a mix of autobiography, some medical insights, and theological underpinning as Lizzie highlights that life hurts…

[LIFESTYLE] Cycling to Work #ThisGirlCan

I used to be on my bike a lot, I used to run a lot, go to multiple gym sessions ... all sorts. Various illnesses and issues meant that over the last few years I've really only done gentle walks, swims, and karate (I need to get back into that!) ... but #ThisGirlCan... and I've been getting back on the horse... well, the bike! Over the summer, I've been getting used to the bike again,…

Pokémon Go: An evil for churches and dangerous for children?

This time last week, Pokémon was entirely not on my radar (too old to have got involved first time around), then gradually material started filtering through on my social media feeds as people around the world were playing it - and I Googled to find out 'what is it?' It is a massively multiplayer mobile game that uses real-world geography and location data as an anchor for its fictional narrative. If that 'proper' explanation doesn't work for…
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