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Adding Insult to Injury

The letter read “We are writing to invite you to make an appointment for NHS cervical screening.  The NHS offers cervical screening to save lives from cervical cancer.  It does this by finding abnormal cells in the cervix before they have a chance to develop into cancer.  Any…

Stand Up To Cancer

Charity fundraising is so abundant in our 21st century world, but tonight I found myself irked and emotional in equal measure in a way I never have before. The cause was  #standuptocancer. The why, I cannot explain – or at least not yet. To set the scene, atypical of…

The Value of University

Debate, discussion and disagreement – are the dreaded 3D’s that come with the territory of parenting teenagers.  More frequent, more intense and without doubt louder and more animated. How to navigate them successfully can only be described as work in progress and remains a mystery for us all. …

The FOMO Curse & Tips To Overcome It

Did you ever feel left out as a teenager? My teen years are long gone but I still vividly remember those days when I was struck by the FOMO curse and agonised silently about not being part of the cool crowd. I am sure we all know the…

Top Tips For Surviving Freshers’ Week

If reports are to be believed the new generation of students are turning their backs on the age old tradition for alcohol fuelled freshers’ events and universities across the country are making changes as a result. Hull University has replaced Freshers’ Week with Welcome Fest, which features a…

The Importance of Words

Words consume our lives but what kind do you need most?   Are  you a person that responds to the simplicity of the written or spoken word or is it music that draws you in? My degree and career has always made pure words my dominating force, yet my defining…

Top Things to Do In Brighton with Teens

Brighton is a short train journey from our home in South London, yet it was only this summer that I finally succumbed to my daughter’s repeated pleas to visit and organised a weekend break for us both. Seaside towns in England generally fall into one of two camps…