UK Census 21

Hi, In the weekend just gone it was time for the UK to fill out the census. This time around, things were a little different to the previous decade. The department had taken the option – via feedback and involving trans groups – to improve the data collection and ask about gender identity. Looking into some of the history around that and on listening to a specialist from local government, it seems there’s very much an interest on how many people in the UK consider themselves to be part of the transgender spectrum and also how they choose to identify. There’s a page about that here. Having had the conversation with said specialist a few weeks back, as I say […]

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Just another five minutes…

Hi, Last night I got what felt like the first proper night’s sleep in a while. A combination of a change in getting up time, brighter mornings, Hound 1 wanting a middle of the night trip outside two nights on the go (bless him), and then that brain spin where you just can’t seem to switch off. For this reasons, and I’m not providing an excuse 🙂, I have been the wrong side of tired for most of this week. Too tired to summon the violins as I weep dramatically from my chair 😁 Jokes aside, tiredness is a funny beast for me. I find my creativity drops and I do need to feel I’m with it when it comes […]

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Survival

Hi, In the media and online, many women have been sharing their survival techniques when walking alone in public spaces. How is it that it’s 2021 and around half our population do not feel safe when out after dark? Just last month, my niece was verbally harassed in the street. What type of verbal? Sexual of course by some dirty ****er. She reported it to the Police and the man is now banned from that area of the town. I asked the Ever Lovely Mrs J if she followed the survival rules (she did and still does), even if we live out in the sticks and not in any bustling city. For both of our kids, the local secondary means […]

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Alive

In the Groundhog Days of this and last year, I am missing being pretty. It’s not something I yearn for, but like the twinkling of warm spring sun, I’m aware of how much I’ve missed such things. I am grateful for the variety of dog walks I can go on, not having to commute, not being ill, being employed, having my family safe, and being able to pick which shop I buy groceries from: such things bring me happiness and contentment. To share and laugh and a smile with the Ever Lovely Mrs J helps. The silliness in the mundane and the pleasure of the everyday… And yet, there are times when I miss the sound of my heels, the […]

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International Womens’ Day

Hi, Happy International Womens’ Day. 🌟 Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. International Womens’ Day website The above is a selection of steps that we could take to help move things on and improve gender equality. Things we could do – whatever gender we are – to help and not just for today, but every day. Excuse me, but Sarah was just saying…. That sounds great. Could you say more, Zahra? I think Marie said that earlier this week. Marie, what’s your take on this? Please, include and empower where you can. Hearing a new point of view can really spark innovation and there can be times when we’ve overlooked something. Not through malice or […]

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