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    Dear Rachel Bloom

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was more than just a show to me. At my lowest point three years ago, I went to my GP in desperation. His kind words and gentle reassurances gave me the courage I needed to begin a course of antidepressants. Looking back, I can see that he helped to give me the kind of validation Rebecca got when she received her BPD diagnosis. It was my very own ‘A Diagnosis’ moment. He patiently answered my questions, and we got my follow-up appointments booked in. I knew what the future looked like. I had a plan. And then he left. Suddenly I felt like I was out to sea…

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    REVIEW: The Horns Inn, Ferndown

    I was recently invited to enjoy a meal at the newly refurbished Horns Inn. As we parked the car, we were immediately struck by how appealing the beer garden looked; certainly somewhere you could picture spending a summer afternoon with a nice cold gin and tonic. Once inside, we continued to be impressed by the welcoming atmosphere. The Horns Inn boasts stylish modern decor, with quirky touches that help to set it apart from your typical trendy gastropub. The menu is varied and interesting, with a mix of classic pub grub and more unusual dishes. For starters, Dave and I had the calamari strips and a prawn cocktail (yes, I…

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    Lifestyle

    Chess

    You still have your father’s chess set. The rook is missing. Does he miss it? Does he miss you? The wooden pieces sit in your cupboard, unloved and seldom seen. When things were good, you would often play together – Though you never did quite manage to beat him. In chess, as in life, he was always two steps ahead. Ready to pull the rug out from under you and leave you vulnerable, With nothing but pawns and crumbs of what little self-love You had left, to defend you. You used to say that one day you’d win, But maybe winning, sometimes, means walking away. Silence can sometimes be strength,…

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    10 times Love Actually propagated dangerous ideas about romantic relationships

    If you clicked onto this post expecting a ranty essay discussing feminism, sexuality and traditional gender roles, then sorry – this isn’t going to deliver. All of those things are, of course, important. But a) Love Actually is 15 years old, b) it’s Christmas, and c) it’s a joyful film that makes people happy. Have another Baileys, stick a mince pie in your face, and carry on enjoying your day. Merry Christmas. I hope you’re having a fabulous time. If you are alone or struggling this Christmas, you can talk to Samaritans on 116 123.

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    Mental Health

    SAD and the winter blues: How better sleep can boost your mental health

    There are so many truly wonderful things about winter. I adore the festive period, and the cosy feeling of contentment that only comes from wrapping presents for loved ones, and spending evenings snuggled up by a twinkling Christmas tree. I love the way the world looks, all warmth and glittering lights. I love the smells – cinnamon, the fresh scent of real Christmas trees, and crisp evening air laced with bonfire smoke. There’s something really special about getting up in the morning and padding downstairs, while the world is still dark and so, so quiet. There’s a stillness in the air that only exists in winter, I feel. Ho ho…