New Start

Sometime in the next 4 weeks I am moving from a sleepy village tagged on to a market town, to a big city about 215 miles away. I have a job waiting for me, but to be honest, the move is more about wanting a fresh start.

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I Love You

i love you

“I love you”. Those three little words can mean so much, but are often bandied around with little or no thought to their meaning.
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Back on top!

This isn't my office - but kinda looks an energetic place to work

This isn’t my office – but kinda looks a busy place to work

I’m working again!! I’ve been working for two weeks now and I’m bloody loving it! It’s honestly such a relief to be earning money again; to feel like I’m paying my way, and that I can provide properly for my daughter again.
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Embrace Cultural Diversity

against fascism
On the 22nd March 2013 there was a brutal, horrific attack on a young man on the streets of Woolwich. I won’t re-hash the details here, if anyone has managed not to know what happened, you can Google it. I’m more concerned about the veritable shitstorm that various fascist groups have managed to stir up about it.
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The Best Laid Plans…

life plans
What is that saying? Something about “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray“? Or we could go with “the Devil laughs when we make plans“. Either way, it’s clear that plans are not always meant to come to fruition. So why am I beating myself up so much that mine haven’t?
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The Perfect Job or Perfect Me?

not perfect jobThis one is going to be a bit of a personal post. Actually, right now I’m not even sure if I will publish it. I’ll see how I feel at the end. See where it goes.
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School Reunion

School Reunion
Some of my old high school friends are starting to plan a reunion. It’s (gulp) 20 years since we sat our GCSE exams, so seems an appropriate time I suppose.

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Margaret Thatcher

maggie thatcher
I think those of you who know me will be expecting this post. I wonder if you’ll be expecting the content though.

I am a self-confessed leftie. Generally, the views of Billy Bragg echo my own and I’m proud of them. However, when it comes to the late Margaret Thatcher I have to disagree.

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Crimes of the Welfare State?

george osborneThere has been a major media storm over the last few weeks revolving around the Philpott family. For those of you who read my blog from overseas I’ll give you a quick run-down:

Benefit-scrounging nasty piece of work (wife-beater and had already been in prison for attempted murder of a previous ex-girlfriend), was jailed for being the ‘brains’ (and I use that term lightly) behind a plot to burn down the family home in an effort to frame his ex-girlfriend as retaliation for her leaving him and taking the children. Tragically, the fire took hold too quick and the six children died. Mick Philpott was sentenced to serve a minimum of 15 years after he was convicted of six counts of manslaughter.

While I wholeheartedly believe that sentence is an insult to the six lives he ended, I am not writing about that today. Instead, this blog post is about the media storm around the social classes.

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