Tumble-dried Chicken and Other Adventures What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting (Miscarriage) A Wicked Wizard of Oz Cake! A Twitter Pickle

Tumble-dried Chicken and Other Adventures

I recently found a bird in my tumble dryer. It was just sitting there on my jeans, hiding from the cat. She was a bit grazed and shaky, so I prised her out and tootled down to my vet for some advice. The vet stared at her for a minute, then called his colleague in the next room. “Hey gotta sec? What bird do you think this is?” Spare vet took one look and laughed. “It’s a chicken, Graeme.” “Noooo, it’s not. I think it’s a water bird” “I know what a chicken looks like!” “Thanks, you can leave now”. Graeme handed her back to me and suggested I let...

What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting (Miscarriage)

Content Note: This posts discusses miscarriage.   ******* The first rule of Miscarriage Club is you don’t talk about Miscarriage Club. Perhaps it would have been more bearable if my doctor looked like Brad Pitt, smoldering and sweaty, but I doubt it. Or maybe it would have been easier to handle if I’d known there was a Club in the first place, but I didn’t. Certainly it would have been a different experience if there was a high quality standard of care. But there wasn’t. Tricky post, but here goes… Something isn’t right with the way they currently handle miscarriage in the NHS. With my own experience I put it down to a...

A Wicked Wizard of Oz Cake!

I seem to be making more and more cakes despite swearing I won’t after each one! Here’s my most recent and a guide on how to make a Wizard of Oz Cake. Assuming you want one like this. And why wouldn’t you?! Another birthday in our house means another big ole cake! It’s a tradition now that I go loopy about a week before birthdays and start baking crazy things for the kids. This year’s offering for eldest was on her chosen theme of a Wizard of Oz cake. (Except she calls it ‘Dorothy’ as every film our house gets named after the lead character, not the actual title. Why do...

A Twitter Pickle

Following her success with the Banknotes campaign, feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez has made headlines again, this time for receiving swathes of abusive and threatening tweets. Her experience has dominated Twitter and spurred a massive response from across the board. Except for Twitter themselves, who may now be in a bit of a pickle. Much of the discussion has surrounded the demand for Twitter to roll out an instant ‘report abuse’ function to enable users to quickly highlight abusive tweets. It’s a controversial proposal, not least because many fear that it will itself be misused to silence people who are doing nothing but offering minority opinions, and end up backfiring and...

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