What should Jeremy do with negative news? Have some borage.

Unelectable, unrealistic, unpatriotic, oh yes and a loony. The British press have found a ready beast to beat this election it seems. In a survey of negative news this week, Loughborough University have worked out that the Labour party are getting it in the neck, way more than the other political parties. And Jeremy Corbyn, … Continue reading What should Jeremy do with negative news? Have some borage.

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In need of a boost for your snap election Mrs May? Bring on the snapdragons…

Mrs May, ever the Vicar's daughter, seemingly wants to deliver us unto us.  And she seems to aim to do so with strength and graciousness. Like a snapdragon. Upright, tall and strong.  The flower with power and jaws and a snout. Believed to protect, restore, and strengthen...     Theresa May's try-out then as chat show guest (BBC, … Continue reading In need of a boost for your snap election Mrs May? Bring on the snapdragons…

It looks like handbags at dawn for these head girls

The roaring row this week between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister looks set to become a proper female feud - up there with fashion designers, Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel - who “accidentally” set Schiaparelli on fire by pushing her into a candle chandelier, in a moment of rivalrous madness. Nicola Sturgeon's determination to force another Scottish referendum … Continue reading It looks like handbags at dawn for these head girls

In an age of loneliness

As detrimental to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Increasing the risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke. And the likelihood of developing  dementia.  That's how feeling alone, reportedly, effects us. And it's spreading amongst us, more than nine million people – a fifth of the UK population – privately admit they are “always or often lonely”. Rachel Reeves, … Continue reading In an age of loneliness

Frauen sind doch bessere diplomaten

Whilst we get on with our day, Mrs May is in the Trumped-up White House for her first meeting with the new US President. No doubt she is feeling ready having spent a goodly time prepping and practicising for this big event. But, whether she likes it or not, her gender has a big part to play.  "Fat." … Continue reading Frauen sind doch bessere diplomaten

We shall be governed no better than we deserve…

Whilst the world recovers from the shock election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States, the film of his life so far is, no doubt, being written (and here's a useful Trump character analysis, if that's you). Hollywood loves to screen-ify our world leaders; from Ghandi to Mandela to JFK and Nixon, their life stories have … Continue reading We shall be governed no better than we deserve…

Making it up in cyberspace

Far, far spookier than Halloween this week was the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. In a speech, that could have come from a Star Wars movie, he launched the £1.9 billion government fund and new five-year cybersecurity strategy to turn Britain’s cyberwarfare capabilities against “hostile actors” -  “Our new strategy . . . will allow us to take even greater steps … Continue reading Making it up in cyberspace

Seeing the Displaced

  The scenes on our screens this week looked like a promo for the latest Hollywood apocalypse story.  A picture of shapeless Humans, harried and hungry, their few possessions in arms or on heads leaving a smoky wasteland flecked with fires and rubble and human detritus. The debris of destroyed"homes" washed up here and there, strewn rubbish and piles of rotting remains, broken things, … Continue reading Seeing the Displaced

Seduction is a skill, not a guffaw or a grope…

Donald Trump's bulldozing march to the White House took a detour this week to "deal" with the many women, all of a sudden coming forward with accusations of sexual misconduct or harassment. All campaign-long he's leisurely batted away the slurs, as "just locker- room banter". But there's been a tone change recently and on Thursday,  he practically ranted, "These … Continue reading Seduction is a skill, not a guffaw or a grope…

Trending – “back to school, cute kid in uniform week”

  Admit it, you did it, at least once this week. Yes that's right - took a cute photo of your child in their (too big) school kit ready for the new term and then shared it far and wide with your FB friends. "The trend for showcasing our child on social media on their … Continue reading Trending – “back to school, cute kid in uniform week”