Is Alcoholism Really a Function of Cheap Alcohol? I’m not Convinced

Is Alcoholism Really a Function of Cheap Alcohol? I’m not Convinced

The article at www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/30/hospital-admissions-alcohol-million-year discusses National Health Service findings that, in 2011-12, an estimated 1.22 million hospital admissions in England were linked to drinking too much alcohol. This represents a 51 per cent rise over the past nine years. Not surprisingly, the figures drew more comment on the question of setting a...

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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 that I could...

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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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