It was never a coup – it was always a Fiat

‘Can we stop calling it a coup? Try living in a country where there is actually a coup.’ Our dictionaries contain over 170,000 words so, if we really want to, we can always find one that won’t cause offence. That’s why this comment made me pause to wonder whether...

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Lists Live: Work-Life… Balance?

Just over three years ago I quit my job as a teacher. Work-Life Balance as a teacher is incredibly difficult to achieve, and I certainly never cracked it. I found that 14 hour days were, and I imagine still are, the norm; the famed holidays are essential otherwise I...

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Success doesn’t have to be young and fast to count

On the school run this morning a white hair stood erect from the top of my head. It waved at me in the rearview mirror as I monitored the violence levels of the back seat. The light bounced off its treasonous texture as a massive Fuck You! to my habit of yanking them...

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When kindness isn’t nice

Icon, inspiration, authentic, sisterhood - just a few words sucked dead by inappropriate- and over- use on social media. The accelerator effect of viral Tweets and Instagram memes has reduced the life-expectancy of compelling prose, and now it’s coming for ‘kind’. To...

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