I have two horrid Christmas food stories, both at work: The Sprout Incident Imagine a Christmas lunch. What's the least relaxing place you can think of where you could hold one? Yep, surrounded by 400 kids. Oh, and it was cooked in a school kitchen. Dire, springs to mind. Now, I hate sprouts at the best of times, but even if I didn't… the following … Continue reading The Worst Christmas Food You Ever Had
One second. An internationally recognised unit of time. We use it to measure age, to make sure we don't miss our trains, to plan meetings, and vacations, and a million and one other things. But what is time? We could look at time as a measure of change. Each passing second as an opportunity; to either watch the world change around us, or to make … Continue reading What can happen in a second?
How can kids like I was recover from the impact of bullying on their mental health if we don’t provide the right support? Continue reading Bouncing back?
Sliced bread? The internet? Paper money? Televisions? Telephones? Teleprinters? Glasses? Candles? The wheel? Would inventing any one of those things make me a genius? How about passing all my GCSEs, A-Levels, a degree and a PhD? Nope. Well, I don't think so anyway. See, geniusness isn't about discovery. Nor is it about having a good memory, or a sudden flash of imagination. It's about intelligence. … Continue reading We need a world of geniuses.
Five NHS commissioning groups in London are proposing devastating cuts to services for Autistic children. Cuts risk leaving families unable to cope, and will damage children’s health and future prospects; all because of Tory cuts to health service funding. Continue reading Tory NHS Rationing Care for Autistic Children
Our city, our community, suffered a hideous atrocity committed by those who seek to divide us and to scare us. They will not succeed. Manchester is stronger. Continue reading Manchester #WeStandTogether
One of the most important TV series ever produced; tackling issues head-on and, hopefully, saving lives. Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: a massive strike against the stigma of suidice and mental ill health.
Anne is a Lesbian. She’s in her 60’s, and it was a privilege to talk with her recently about her experiences; both growing older in the LGBT community and some of the things she and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people had to live through in decades past. The piece that I, and my colleagues, recorded with Anne will be broadcast on Gaydio tonight; … Continue reading Being Old and LGBT; with Gaydio.
Either a macro photograph of a dandelion or some sort of space flower, what do you think? I took this yesterday (Tuesday) while out for a little – 12km – stroll around the Rivington and Anglezarke reservoirs. One of my favourite places in the world, and on a day as sunny and wonderful as yesterday, a fantastic place to spend a day. A couple of other … Continue reading Dandelions from space
For most of us, the place we feel safest is in our family. There can be few family groups that do more to protect their young than the meerkats. I took this photo a few months ago at Chester Zoo. If you look closely, you can just make out the youngster the family is shielding in the centre of the huddle. Via Photo Challenge: Security Continue reading Meerkat Family Values | weekly photos