What a day.

In Budgeting, Personal, WTF

Gaz is away til late tonight so I have 3 options: Catch up on some more work, which I need to do. Catch up on some housework, which I should do. Have a bath and go to bed with a bottle of wine and a… read full entry →

Still Boycotting Nestlé

In Misc

As my post on my decision to boycott NestlĂ© is doing the rounds on Facebook again (and I mentioned it on twitter this week) I thought I’d write an update on where I am with it. Firstly, it’s important to note that I’m not just… read full entry →

On the Divisive Issues of Parenting

In Parenting

Naomi, in response to a question on why women trouble themselves with debate on divisive parenting issues: […] keeping women occupied with relatively trivial parenting matters which our ancestors didn’t think twice about means we don’t have time or energy to recognise our true status… read full entry →

Review of The Politics of Breastfeeding

In Review

I finally got ’round to finishing the last few pages of ‘The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business’ by Gabrielle Palmer. I bought it months and months ago, but as it’s not what I would call a dip-in-and-out read, it was very… read full entry →

jemjabella is a Nestle Free Zone

In Parenting

When I was in school, my drama teacher told the class a story about women in Africa who’d been given Nestle formula milk samples shortly after they’d had a baby. They used the samples, believing that formula was superior to their breast milk, which led… read full entry →

Thoughts on UK Election Results

In Misc

David Cameron is now prime minister. I’m annoyed, confused, bemused and anxious all in one go. I made it no secret that I voted for my local Liberal Democrat candidate. Not only did I feel she had the most to offer my constituency but I… read full entry →

The Politics of Parenting

In Parenting

Gina Ford — so-called “parenting guru” — has lashed out at UK Lib Dem party leader Nick Clegg after he hit out at her parenting manual. Ford, an unqualified former maternity nurse questioned Clegg’s maturity (ironic, given her lawsuit against mumsnet after mums shared a… read full entry →

I’m a Woman, Actually

In Personal, Work

I’ve thought about writing this entry several times over the past few years. Each time, I decided against it because I’m aware that there are plenty of women out there who have it far worse than I do. Women who have to work for minimum… read full entry →

British VAT Change Affecting Online Retailers

In Interwebs

I don’t know if you will have all heard (given that most of my readers are hailing from the USA) but the UK government has reduced VAT — the tax we pay on many goods and services — from 17.5% to 15% effective as of… read full entry →

One Rule for Them

In Parenting

Remember how back in May last year I told you all that I thought that the Madeleine McCann kidnapping was neglect? Apparently the majority of you agreed with me. I’m sure there were others around the country who felt the same; others in positions of… read full entry →

UK Teachers At It Again

In Misc

A few years ago there was a teacher strike at Karl’s school and I made a few comments on it, inadvertently being quoted on the local newspaper front page. I thought I’d blogged about it but I can’t find the entry so it was probably… read full entry →

On Being Judgemental

In Interwebs, Misc, Personal

I was reading Violent Acres today (this is not a new thing, I love that blog) and got sidetracked by Wide Lawns. WL had been invited to guest post on V’s blog, and chose to talk about being judgemental, and the collapse of our society… read full entry →