Of Short Blogs and Media/News/Press Releases

Of Short Blogs and Media/News/Press Releases

I’m sure anyone who has ever blogged can sympathise with Joan Stewart’s admission: “When it dawns on me that I haven’t blogged in a while, a feeling of dread sets in.” She goes on to describe a big breakthrough – finally accepting that each post doesn’t have to be a treatise. “I found myself reading the super-short posts at some blogs and actually LOVING the fact...

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Homophobia isn’t fear, it’s hatred – and it needs another name

Homophobia isn’t fear, it’s hatred – and it needs another name

France just became the ninth country in Europe and the 14th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, but only after months of violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine’s capital Kiev, gay rights campaigners are determined to stage a gay pride march next week despite a sharp rise in the number of attacks on homosexuals in the city. A recent Amnesty...

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After The Double Mastectomy We Worry About Our Daughters

After The Double Mastectomy We Worry About Our Daughters

When I discovered that I was carrying the BRCA2 gene fault I had already had both of my breasts removed. There had been a lump in one and there was enough worrying stuff going on in the other to support my preferred option.  As I say in You Can Get Through This!, I knew in my heart that leaving hospital braless, wearing a T-shirt and feeling flat but symmetrical would give me the best possible...

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In Praise Of The Ergonomic Keyboard

In Praise Of The Ergonomic Keyboard

Just about everything I do involves a keyboard – I spend between eight and 12 hours in front of my computer every day. Years ago I trained myself to use a mouse with both hands to balance out the strain on my wrists but, when I got to the point of strapping on wrist supports every morning, I decided I needed to do a bit more. Apparently, having your hands with the backs up and flat, as you do...

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A Mentor Is The Way To Go

A Mentor Is The Way To Go

A couple of days ago I interviewed the CEO of the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) for an article I’m writing. The more we talked, the more I realised that a mentor is just what I need myself. One thing that resonated particularly strongly was the idea that people often know in their heart what they need to do but lack the confidence to do it. For ages now I’ve been making...

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