Category: Musings

Confidence tips from Shakespeare

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Confidence is a fickle friend who nips out for a fag at the first sign of trouble. If you’ve lost your mojo – through illness, career or relationship lows or the sudden realisation that your greatest achievement today was chipping three weeks’ worth of hardened Shreddies off your once-aspirational Eames Eiffel Chairs – you’re not alone. Charlotte takes comfort in the words of a poet who was denounced in his lifetime as “an upstart Crow… that supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you.”

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We say… bollocks to the baby brain!

Bollocks to baby brain coverIf you were smart before you had kids, you don’t need me to point out that you still are. There are a lot of childbirth horror stories out there but I’ve never heard of a labour so gruesome that the hospital cleaner was left fishing the mother’s brain cells out of the birthing pool. So why do some of us feel so intellectually inadequate after we’ve had children? (more…)

The ’60s had nothing on the ’90s

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I’m a woman who ‘came of age’ in the 1990s. My formative years were spent under the cultural influence of Britpop, Girl Power, Heroin Chic, Grunge, Trainspotting, The Word, The Girly Show… I could go on and list all my favourite 90s things, but I won’t, you get the picture. It was all about hedonism and rebellion. (more…)