Happy World Mental Health Day! Is that an oxymoron? I'm genuinely not sure. I've had depression for over ten years now, but days like this do make me feel genuinely positive, because when I was first diagnosed - way back in the Stone Age of 2006 - mental health wasn't something you were open about, … Continue reading The limits of self care
Exactly whose heritage is being protected by the new UNESCO status of the Lake District?
I just got talking with a friend about all the times someone has stolen something from me*. There's been lots of times. It's been happening more or less since the day I was born. This is all the stuff I used to own bits of and which my parents and grandparents paid into for me, … Continue reading All the times I’ve been a victim of theft
What’s more classist, tweeting a disapproving picture of a terraced house in Rochester, England flags hanging from the drainpipe, white van parked in a driveway, or associating that image and all of its connotations with an entire class and culture? I grew up in a council terrace, with, shock horror, one or two white vans … Continue reading There was nothing classist about the Thornberry tweet. But our reaction to it?