We'd all like to think that we'd instinctively know what to say or do if a family member shared something important with us, but it's not always the case. Sometimes we might need advice from a third party. It's not very often, though, that the third party would be a gay bar! This story is … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – who you gonna call? Gay Bar!
I've purposely stayed out of the MHAW blog posts and tweets so far because I don't really have anything to add that doesn't look like bandwagon jumping just for views or likes. But I was inspired to write this by an article written by Fiona Thomas for Metro newspaper. I don't have imposter syndrome, by … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week – do I still have depression?
It's my final post about Rome, promise (until I go back again - which I most definitely will). I thought I'd do a quick round up of the more practical things - sleeping and eating! Hotel Antica Dimora delle Cinque Lune This hotel was marvellous; situated on the top 3 floors of a 6 story … Continue reading Rome – where we stayed and where we ate
I don't know about you, but I tend not to shop very much in February and March. The shops are full of new season stuff but it's still too bloody cold outside to wear anything less than 10 tog quilted clothes and hide under blankets at all time. Come April though, I start to get … Continue reading Some Everything Five Pounds buys
My cockles were warmed on multiple levels this week by this story. A man riding the New York subway, re-teaching himself fractions so he could help his son, and in turn being offered help by a stranger. Why the multiple cockle warming, you may ask? (or you may not!) Firstly the Dad, obvs. I have … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – self improvement and some help from a stranger
When I went to a Dignity in Dying meeting in Parliament back in January, it was quite clear from the MPs who attended that there's still a hell of a lot of misconception about what the charity and it's supporters (myself included) are fighting for. On that basis it's clear that, when there is another … Continue reading How speaking to your local MP can make a difference
Farmers markets are quite de riguer these days aren't they? Any postcode worth it's salt seems to have one. Well, I can go one better, the Farmers Market where I live won the FARMA “Best Farmers’ Market in the UK” award in 2009, 2012 and 2016 - the only market to have won 3 times! … Continue reading Moseley Farmers Market
What's the best way to celebrate turning 106? If you're Jack Reynolds, you go on a 60 metre high, 400 metre long zipwire; casually gaining another Guinness World Record on the way. I say another, because Jack is no stranger to marking his birthday with a new World Record. Last year, at 105, he became … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – 106th birthday celebrations
As I sat watching coverage of the London Marathon on Sunday, I was struck by how many people were running to raise money for charity, which is obviously an amazing thing to do. Charity is an important part of our society, supporting needy causes that don't get public funding. It started me thinking, again (I've … Continue reading A grumble about charity
When I say hidden treasures, I obviously don't mean in the true sense of the word; the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are all very well known Roman attractions. But I was super surprised by their location within the city, and how unobvious they were! Let me explain. On our first day in Rome … Continue reading Rome’s hidden treasures – Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps