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(Good) advice I’d give to my teenage self: Part 1

A song you listened to, over and over, in 1983, will feature heavily in your regular Spotify playlist in 2021. That’s 38 years of listening to the same song. Maybe broaden your musical tastes…? In 2018, you will get kidney stones. TWICE. Drink enough water to make passing them easier. They FUCKING HURT! Tell your …
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Being a step-mum: Best thing ever or a thankless task?

<< It’s Mother’s Day today. I never wanted children. Ever. As a young girl, I think I sort of assumed that’s what people do. After all, my friends had parents, I had parents, my parents had parents. That’s normal, surely? As I got older, into my teens, I began to think that having children might …
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Listening vs the printed word: Which is better?

Before I had my first Kindle, I only ever read real, actual, physical books. I’ve always loved books. As a child, I bought books like other girls my age bought Pippa dolls (although I did love my Pippa doll in her long, green dress with white flowers and pink stripes…come on, it was the late …
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Malory Towers: early inspiration for a girl like me

When I wrote the previous post, mentioning that I’ve been writing most of my life, it reminded me of the books I read back then. Around the age of nine or ten, I discovered the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. I devoured them as quickly as I could save my pocket money to buy …
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I’ve been here before and I liked it

Well, not ‘here’ exactly, but somewhere similar. I’ve had a couple of previous blogs. The last one was in this name, the one before, in another name. They were both Blogger blogs and very fine they were, too. But I fancied a change. The first time I changed blogs, it was a practical matter. A …
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