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Smooshing the propaganda machine

Protests vs riots. Assertive vs angry.Passionate vs emotional.Confident vs up-herself.Speaks out vs rails against.How much attention do you pay to the language that seeps into your brain every day,

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Did you go to finishing school?

When I were a lass, Enid Blyton carried me away from my bedroom with tales of adventure and whimsy.And also tales of schooldays that were so far removed from my own, I could barely imagine what it must

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How to Choose a Book Coach

The short, sweet, and comprehensive guide to choosing a book coach who understands how to get your Big Book Idea out of your magical brain and onto paperThis is where the manuscripts lie; not dead…but

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Time Travel & Proof that Humans Don’t Change

Around 3,775 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, a man utters the words, “What do you take me for!” thus demonstrating that humans don’t change.Nanni was angry. So angry, he went to the trouble of

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Make the Uncomfortable Comfortable

There are some people who do not have a fear response. In the face of danger, they laugh and run towards it (literally). One of the causes is an unusual genetic disorder called Urbach-Wiethe disease,

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Like Wholesome Cocaine for Your Soul

On March 16, 2020, like an unwound clock, I stopped.That’s the day we went into lockdown in the UK. I only expected to stop for a few days — to recover from the whiplash of a global pandemic —

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Overwhelm

There’s a row on the internet

Last week, there was a row on my Facebook timeline.Well, not so much a row, as a demonstration of white male privilege at its worst.In the face of dozens of women sharing stories and actual facts and

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Your body is incredible

My body is a thing of wonder.And so is yours.I’m two weeks into a six-week handstand course right now and the teacher, Kyle Wieger, is super. Yes, there’s lots of drills and skills and strength and

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The horrors of tight jumpers

Tight jumpers (I remember having a meltdown as a child because my mum made me wear a blouse with puffy sleeves, then put a tight cardigan on over the top. Got the panicky sweats just thinking about it

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Writing lessons from Beetrice ?

I wish you could have met Beetrice.She was a little mason bee who moved into my office over the spring and summer.My office is a log cabin and there are nooks and crannies where the logs interlock, making

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