Swearing around children

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak on BBC local radio (and BBC Scotland) about bringing children to pubs. The experience was nerve-wracking, but what was particularly funny to me was that I was being put in a position I didn’t agree with. I don’t care if most pubs don’t let babies in, … More Swearing around children

Being gentle to yourself

It’s easy to feel guilty. Ask any mum. In fact, just ask any woman. There’s always something we think we should be doing better. I know that if I exercise, go outside, eat vegetables, drink water and read a book, I’ll feel much more energised and healthy, and that my quality of sleep will improve. … More Being gentle to yourself

Do it badly

Today is Blue Monday. Hashtag, etc. Not just a Monday, which Twitter and Garfield tell us is bad anyway, but a Blue one. Which is the most depressing colour, as everyone knows. Blue Monday is meant to be the day in the year when people are their saddest. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are distant … More Do it badly

Individual basis

Veganuary is in full swing and people have opinions. I’ve read more than one Facebook rant about how vegans are actually destroying the planet with their almond milk and lust for avocados, and have been tempted more than once to have a club sandwich after being exposed to a pious diatribe on the evils of … More Individual basis

Stop shopping

Veganuary has grown so much since its launch in 2014, with a quarter of a million people signing up online last year. Choosing to address some concerns about the earth is worthy of some esteem, and though there are arguments for and against going vegan as a way to reduce carbon emissions, my own view … More Stop shopping

Other people’s problems

For many years, my favourite place on the internet was the Guardian Experience column. Each week I looked forward to reading about whichever unlikely scenario had taken place. The column’s subjects were mostly affably bonkers, on just this side of comfortable. It stands to reason that the well of weird would eventually run dry. Recent … More Other people’s problems

Stirling: Brexit or bust?

The Guardian’s article on the Stirling constituency is a great example of how bias works in media. The piece was a good read, with some points well made, but on the whole the experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Perhaps it’s the characterisation of Stirling residents as rubes who don’t understand or care … More Stirling: Brexit or bust?