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THEIR SHOES

January 6, 2019

The youth of today don’t get much credit, do they? People are quick to write them all off as being self-obsessed snowflakes who can name more influencers on Youtube than politicians. Well, every now and again you come across someone who breaks the mould, and it restores your faith in tomorrow. They make you realise that the future might just be in safe hands after all. 
 
Mary Ann is an only child and lives in a flat in West L...

December 18, 2018

I meet Julio one night at a trendy art exhibition he’s involved in, in a converted back-street tunnel in South London. Outside, it’s a miserable November night, filled with relentless rain and bitter, sobering winds and people walk through the door happy to finally be warm and dry. It’s the kind of night where you wonder if you might have been better off staying at home in your pyjamas and barricading the doors, but here we ar...

June 7, 2018

"Organising this protest is the most important thing I've done in my whole life. I had a real sense of being part of something bigger."

Becky moved from the south coast of England to Manchester when she was 18. She studied English at the university there, and dreamed of finding a job in advertising after graduation. She and her long-term partner met on an internet dating site, but it wasn't just him who captured her heart. Beck...

February 25, 2018

“Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.” – Native American Proverb

The principle behind this quote was the inspiration for starting my blog almost 12 months ago. I lay awake one sleepless December night wondering what sort of stories I wanted to put out there in the public domain, when the idea suddenly struck me that perhaps I could tell the stories of other people - the millions of people that walk the...

February 14, 2018

I don’t care what they say about domestic gender roles: we smash them right out of the park in our house. Rewind a couple of days ago, and this is the conversation that takes place over a TV dinner:

Him: Shall we do presents before or after work on Valentine’s Day?

Me: We’re doing presents?!

Needless to say, I opt for after he finishes work so I can buy myself an extra day of time (thankfully it’s half term) and yet it slips my m...

January 10, 2018

It was New Year’s Eve, and my husband and I had just settled ourselves into a cosy corner of a pub in Ashbourne, after an hour long walk from the cottage where we were staying. The town centre is very cute and very local. It might have been my city-life paranoia, but the few pubs we'd been in that afternoon had invited heads to turn in our direction in a curious "you're not from round here" kind of way. Having sampled a good f...

December 23, 2017

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been talking to people – friends and strangers – about how they’ll be spending Christmas this year. It’s interesting, because not one of them described that perfect family Christmas you see on all the TV adverts throughout December. Families are intricate, complicated old things, and none of that changes just because it's Christmas. Families grow and merge and change all the time. Some years they...

November 20, 2017

It was Jeremy Corbyn’s black size 8 work shoes that first introduced me to Amy (his only pair, I was soon to learn). His picture popped up on my Facebook feed, as he is one of the 81 celebrities to donate their footwear for the largest celebrity shoe auction in the world, a fundraising event of the Small Steps Project. Amy is the CEO of the charity, so I reached out to her to ask if she would speak to me for my blog, given our...

October 26, 2017

Talk to old people; they know cool stuff you don’t. I read that in a book once and it always stuck with me. I’ve never really known any old people to try this theory out, (other than my Grandma who definitely did know a lot of cool stuff) but meeting a lovely young-at-heart chap the other night at the bus stop near Marylebone flyover proved to me that it really is true.

“Are you waiting for the bus?” he asks when he appears nex...

October 20, 2017

Is there anything more hipster than a late night pop up art gallery-cum-rave in an old tobacco factory on the Thames? How about one that offers complimentary pancakes with your ticket?

Well, this is where I spent the evening a few Fridays ago, attending the one-night-only exhibition where my husband had a collection of his artwork on display. There was music, there was booze, there were free-flowing pancakes, and of course the...

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