What Happened to the Christmas Selection Box?

It's now two months since Christmas and I have the remnants of my selection boxes lingering in my chocolate tin. I don't get them as gifts any longer, but as a child my brother and I loved them (we always had at least three different ones, Cadbury's, Rowntree, and Mars) and would swap items on…

Changes ~ Love or Loathe Them, You Learn to Deal Somehow

Changes can be scary at times, and sometimes you can't wait for a change, but what happens when those changes really are worse than things before? Things like Cadbury's changing the recipe on their chocolate buttons (they don't taste the same), Nice n 'Easy changed the formula of their hair dye which now drips and…

My Friend is Bipolar ~ She’s Not Who She Used To Be

Do people change, or maybe we never really knew them at all? I wondered this as I met up with some old school friends, who I hadn't been in contact with since I left school when I returned to my home town to visit my parents. I was apprehensive as I had 'escaped' and the…

The Sanctuary Of Privacy

Privacy is important, and we take it for granted and often don't realize how precious it is until we lose it. It's not about being a hermit or being lonely, but having that sacred space and respect where you can be 100% yourself, and can act and think without having to consider others. From sharing…

The Arguments Between Vegetarianism and Veganism

When I first became vegetarian over 25 years ago, I knew that the image of a vegetarian wasn't exactly cool, but of a kooky hippie and people would whisper 'lentil loaf'', behind my back, yet I chose to change my diet not to be a rebel, but for health reasons. At the time the media…

The Annoying Celeb Brand Ambassadors and Ads

I hate the fakeness when celebrities (usually C list) who jump on board and represent a company when it's clearly for money. I mean who are they kidding? We all know it's about the money! In the last 24 hours, the annoying Holly Willoughby has become the latest brand ambassador for Marks and Spencer, and…

The Problem with OCD When You Are Exhausted

I want to scream when I see a sink full of washing up sitting there idly, and oh, how my heart skips several beats when I see someone turning a corner of a page in a book more so when they press down hard.  Clothes will always crease, and lawns will always grow; these are…

Hit ‘Unfollow’ And … Breathe

Oh, how I long for the bygone days when it was just Facebook and you daren’t unfriend someone because you didn’t want to offend them. Those were the days when you added people you actually knew and liked, and not because you thought they would be useful or because you thought you'd didn't want to…

An Insomniac on the Unbearable Art of Coping with Snorers

Am I really an insomniac or just an edgy light sleeper? Probably a bit of both, but I’ve been like this since childhood and it’s all I’ve known. I’m one of these people that can tolerate white noise such as the wind blowing (I can’t do anything about that), and I have to block out…

Enablers ~ Guilt Through Silence

There was a time where people minded their own business and kept quiet, and they were highly thought of because they didn’t interfere. Yet today the line between interfering and intervening is so fine it’s hard to know when to say something or not. You’re damned if you do and damned by others if you…