On Life and Death

Today I visited my 88 year old uncle. I’m ashamed to say it has been a few years since I visited. He lives a couple of hours drive away and my job has me driving around the country so I don’t really enjoy driving to visit people anymore. He’s still active and drives locally, has…

William Marsden Lived Here

Originally posted on HistorianRuby: An Historian's Miscellany:
A blue plaque commemorating the founder of the Royal Free and Royal Marsden Hospitals adorns a townhouse in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Blue plaque commemorating surgeon William Marsden Marsden was born in Yorkshire in 1796 and after his apprenticeship to an apothecary moved to London. He studied surgery…

I Have Binned the Daily Mail and You Can Too!

Over two months ago, having long been frustrated and verging on outraged almost daily at the sexist, misogynist and body-shaming Daily Mail, I deleted the Daily Mail Online app on my phone and refused to look at their website! I was tipped over the edge by inappropriate reporting of the life of a former actress….

Is Giving the Bride Away Outdated?

So with all the hoo-ha over the father of Meghan Markle attending the royal wedding or not, I’ve a question: why, in the 21st century do women need to be ‘given’ to a man on the event of her marriage? I totally get the importance of family at a wedding and the traditional walking down…

This Makes me Angry

So after what seems like years of campaigns to show the damage humans are doing to the oceans with the contamination of our rubbish, this is the state that Southend-on-Sea was left in after our gloriously hot Bank Holiday Monday! My last post was a happy reminisce about a special few hours my family spent…

Top Left Hand Corner, Dad

So I learned to drive and was able to take the kids places. We had a family day out aiming for Southend-on-Sea around 2 hours from home. Great! Except we hit Bluewater shops before we got there and so arrived a little later than planned. We arrived at Southend around 4 o’clock to discover the…

Eew!

When my children were still quite small I hadn’t yet learned to drive and needed to use the bus a fair bit. We were lucky as we had a small ‘hopper’ bus that drove down our street. My daughter, aged about three, super-cute with long blonde hair, was kneeling on the seat looking out of…