Depression kills, as does stigma.

Originally posted on nathanchard:
27th March 2015 Firstly, while this blog is still in its very early stages, I wish to re-emphasise that I will not solely be writing about mental illness. I plan to provide comment on a provocative, debate-inducing story which has featured heavily in the press, whatever the subject matter. I’m not going to pretend that some of my posts won’t naturally (and, potentially, subconsciously) head into the realms of mental health, but only when appropriate. After waking up to the disturbing headlines concerning the tragic Germanwings air disaster, and, in particular the aeroplane’s co-pilot Andreas Lubitz,… Continue reading Depression kills, as does stigma.

10 Facts for Bob Geldof

Originally posted on GB on tour!:
Dear Sir Bob, Thanks so much for doing the Ebola fundraising thing. We hope you raise lots and lots of money. The only thing is, there is a world outside your window Sir, but it might not be quite how you imagine it. We thought you might like to refer to our handy list of facts and figures to help you along when you do the Live Aid 30 re-edit. Do they know it’s Christmas? – Lovely sentiment, great tune, huge money raiser, but ever so slightly bonkers! Lets take a look at the… Continue reading 10 Facts for Bob Geldof

Apps that spy: are they good or are they bad?

Originally posted on musingsofmistressfiona:
There appears to have been much disquiet within my twitter time line regarding an application a well-known charity has created that enables users to be alerted if anyone they follow on twitter uses words or phrases related to possible suicidal ideation. I have read the updates information on the charity website and apparently it is possible to have your tweets opted out of the app. I am however concerned and share the reservations some people have regarding intrusion but also the responsibility – what to do if you receive an email alerting you that someone you… Continue reading Apps that spy: are they good or are they bad?

A vigil for Savita: why so much hatred for women?

This week, the news broke about Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old dentist of Indian origin living in Ireland, who had last month presented herself to a hospital in Galway, Republic of Ireland, in terrible pain. It was found that she was miscarrying her first, unborn child 17 weeks into her pregnancy but medical staff treating Savita refused her pleading to terminate the already unviable foetus as its heartbeat was still detectable. Savita was left in agony, with no hope of giving birth to a live baby for days before the foetal heartbeat could no longer be found. Savita then developed septicaemia … Continue reading A vigil for Savita: why so much hatred for women?

On Duty

We have attended the Remembrance Sunday service at the Dulwich Chapel every year since the Boywonder joined the Combined Cadet Force at school. Seeing my teenage son in his cadet uniform really brought it home to me about the millions of mothers over the generations who have seen their sons go off to war and never come back again and about the whole generations of young men completely wiped out in the last century of armed conflict. Having once been a trainee pacifist, member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and defiant wearer of a white poppy, the strength of … Continue reading On Duty

My Knitting: #17 Stripy bobble hat

I am inordinately proud of this hat. It all started when I posted a picture of me in the St. Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day hat on Twitter to mark Woolly Hat Day, 26th October. People liked it and commented and seemed disappointed when I took it down the following day. Vainly, I thought that the snap I posted was unflattering in that it showed off my big nose to its biggest and fullest. I thought I looked like Dobby from Peep Show but other variously compared me to one of the Flumps and, the final straw, Benny from Crossroads. So … Continue reading My Knitting: #17 Stripy bobble hat

The continuing Fairbank saga: 28 row repeating pattern transcribed longhand

This is a fairly specialist post so those of you with no interest in knitting would perhaps be better moving on and spending your time elsewhere. I have been trying to knit a complicated, multiply-cabled sleeveless sweater for my husband for several months now. It says on Ravelry that I started knitting this project on February 3rd 2012. This morning I started from scratch again for the 7th or 8th time. It’s been a whole catalogue of disasters and an exemplar of Sod’s Law. I shall bore you with the whole saga when I eventually finish knitting the damn thing. … Continue reading The continuing Fairbank saga: 28 row repeating pattern transcribed longhand