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Australia Day

Today is my Australia Day. I know it’s not the 26th January, it’s the 21st of September so I hope my antipodean readers will forgive me. But today is my Australia Day because I want to tell you about two astonishing pieces of creative work by two Australian artists...

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A Score Draw

A Score Draw

Just over a week ago it was my Channelversary - the name that is fondly given to the day you took on the little strip of sea between England and France and won. Or should that be, the day the Channel let me beat her because she was always in control of the outcome not...

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Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

I was in the queue at the passport office this week (more about why in bit) and I noticed that the guy standing in front of me had written on his form for a replacement: Girlfriend (now ex) cut my passport in half because she didn’t want me to go to Vegas. Inside the...

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JUST F***ING DO IT

JUST F***ING DO IT

In today’s blog, I want to tell you about my amazing friend Lyndel. It was her birthday today – here’s a picture of us taken this afternoon over a late lunch by the river Thames. Lyndel and I are the yin and yang of friendship. She hails from the southern hemisphere,...

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This Is For My Girls

It feels too hot to write a blog, so maybe it’s also too hot to read one. Not that I’m complaining, I love this weather. I thought about a follow up to my blog on May vs. Leadsom - thank goodness she’s gone. But I feel too hot to write about that. I thought about...

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May vs. Leadsom

For a week now, I’ve had a dilemma. I’ve been working hard on my new book and then Theresa May went and became the front runner to take over from David Cameron and really messed things up. This is because there’s a passage in the first chapter, a conversation between...

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Maire and The Monk’s House

I am writing this blog in the Abergavenny Arms after two large glasses of red wine. Actually, I haven’t quite finished the second. I questioned whether I should have the second. But then I thought: what the hell, I don’t need to finish it. I’m going to finish it. This...

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The Day After The Great Day Before

The great thing about the day after the great day before is that you can get up early, walk across Hampstead Heath and down through Primrose Hill and Regents Park to Marylebone High Street for Turkish Eggs and Black Pudding at Providores for breakfast. Then you can go...

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First Stop Birmingham

Well, we did it. In Birmingham on Thursday, we opened Gareth Farr’s insightful and moving new play The Quiet House and on Saturday we launched Fertility Fest, the UK’s first ever arts festival on fertility, infertility and IVF. It’s been incredible. More than I dared...

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Risking It?

I’ve just finished reading Jeanette Winterson’s moving memoir – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?  It was given to me by ‘Secret Santa’ at the work Christmas party in 2014. Thanks Santa, I know it’s taken me a year and a half to read it but now was the perfect...

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I Have A Dream

I have a dream - don’t groan, it’s true. Of a space where people come to tackle a great taboo. A space for people trying to conceive And for those who’ve tried and now moved on To a life without children or, for the lucky ones, a daughter or a son. And I want other...

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Fertility Education Education Education

This week for me has been all about Fertility Education. I could write an essay about it but I’ll try and keep this as brief as possible because I’ve got a book to write and a festival to promote (talking of which have you bought your tickets yet? They’re going like...

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www.fertilityfest.com

www.fertilityfest.com

So what are you doing on Saturday 28th May or Saturday 11th June? I hope the answer is or will soon be that you’re coming to Fertility Fest 2016. You may remember I told you about it at the end of last year but in case you’ve forgotten, it’s now time to pen it in....

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One Half Down

One Half Down

Remember I told you in January this was the year of the Half Marathon? Well, here I am with my niece at the end of the North London Vitality Half Marathon today. More to follow on the triumph and ignominy soon. When I can feel my legs!

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On Mother’s Day These Things I Know

On Mother’s Day These Things I Know

Last night was the Annual Dinner of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation. An auspicious affair held at Dover Town Hall at which last season’s swimmers are celebrated with ceremony. I was organising the raffle. I should have known things weren’t going to go...

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The Hum

I like TED talks. They’re great for lunch – a break from work but not too long, and good for your philosophical advancement. Today I watched Shonda Rhimes ted-talking about her year of saying ‘yes to everything’. I have to say I didn’t actually know who she was but...

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The Facebook Motherhood Challenge

The Facebook Motherhood Challenge

Am I the only person in the world that is NOT offended by Facebook’s 'Motherhood Challenge' – the viral campaign that involves posting pictures of you and your beautiful children, before tagging other mothers and encouraging them to do the same? I know I should be....

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You not Me

Right. Today I made a decision. I’ve got to stop writing so many blogs about ME: me and my new year’s resolutions; me and Kilimanjaro; me, me, me, me, me. There are far more important things happening in the world right now in relation to children and motherhood. Just...

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2016

So we’re a week in. In fact, over a week. I’m going to spare you my full list of 2016 resolutions because it amounts to ten main ones with a supplementary list of a further five and I do like to try and keep my blogs tight. Besides I know there are some people who...

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…this moment is your life

…this moment is your life

‘Be happy in this moment, for this moment is your life.’ I love this quote by the Persian mathematician and philosopher Omar Khayyam. And on Christmas eve, after six days of hard hiking, I said it to myself over and over again as I struggled to reach the summit of...

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Jessica Hepburn

Jessica Hepburn

Jessica Hepburn is one of the UK’s leading voices on fertility and family, as well as endurance sport (even though she doesn’t have children and is the most unlikely athlete). She has become a pioneer in inspiring people to live as big and bravely as possible when life doesn’t go to plan.

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