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June 16, 2020

On Friday night, I cut my finger whilst making a salad. And not a fancy salad either; a token side salad to go with a pizza. The cut was deep and took my breath away a bit. I froze for a moment to study it and decide how much it hurt. 

The answer was: a lot. 

I held it o...

June 3, 2020

We can talk to our children about white privilege. 

Not to make them ashamed of who they are or to make them apologise for being white

but to make them aware that this privilege, like so many other social privileges, was constructed a long time ago in order to benefit pe...

May 25, 2020

Yesterday was a year ago since my son’s due date and all those feelings of waiting and wondering and the nervous roller-coaster belly flutter came flooding back as I flicked through photos of what I was doing this time last year. 

I had finished work two weeks before an...

May 9, 2020

Something occurred to me recently, whilst I was out for my daily walk, slaloming through the silent streets of Walthamstow. I looked around at the rainbows hung in windows and the teddies propped up on the tops of door frames, like a glorious little treasure hunt, and...

May 5, 2020

Happy International Day of the Midwife! 

When our son was born, the stars were so aligned that after a hot curry on Drummond Street and several hours of rhythmic swaying in the cosiness of our bedroom, we arrived at UCLH in the early hours of the morning to an empty mat...

April 24, 2020

Kate is from Manchester, but she now lives in Toronto with her boyfriend, their roommate, a cat called Ted and a dog called Franklin. She had been in the UK for a wedding when news about coronavirus started intensifying around the world. They were on the last flight ba...

April 18, 2020

We might all be facing a storm right now, but we must stop pretending we’re all in the same boat. 

Some people are faring this storm in a cruise ship liner. They’re safe and dry and are enjoying the in-house entertainment. They’re binge watching Netflix and getting into...

April 6, 2020

Amongst all the chaos and all the fear, we must stop and acknowledge the beautiful things too. This will all feel harder if we don’t. 

The world is talking more and wasting less. We’re making meal plans and using leftovers and cooking with care. We are learning how it f...

April 2, 2020

On every street in every city, the people clapped and cheered and banged their pots and pans and came together for the first time. They hooted and whooped and hollered, with their dressing gowns tied tight, and waved across at neighbours from their balconies and garden...

April 2, 2020

“This time of forced self isolation we are having to face is a valuable insight to the lives of people who live with chronic illness. The struggles and difficulties people are talking about now (the lack of certainty, the fear of catching infection and it leading to de...

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