Madonna at 60

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I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]


** is the new thirty…

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I had a big birthday this week. I was, let’s say, **. Until now, I haven’t really worried about my age or what it means. Likewise, IΒ haven’tΒ judged other people by how old they appear to be (although when I stayed in hospital recently I did query if a young doctor was actually qualified, based on […]


Joking about mental health – a laugh too far?

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Mad. Loony. Mental. Depressed. All words used every day to describe our moods or our anger. All words also associated with serious aspects of mental health. With conditions ranging from debilitating to life enhancing, mental health is a constant zeitgeist. However, various words relating to mental health have crept into everyday language and are used […]