Monthly Archives: July 2011

US website: "it’s particularly depressing we can’t vote for Jo Swinson"

American website Jezebel.com has heaped high praise on Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire Jo Swinson for calling for speaking out against gender stereotyping on television.  Margaret Hartmann wrote:  We get a bit jealous anytime we hear about a nation in … Continue reading

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Thanks, but no thanks, Brian Monteith

When I was running my support groups for new mums, there were so many women who were finding the unwanted advice coming from all sorts of sources, but mainly their mothers-in-law, hard to cope with. Mostly it was because it … Continue reading

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Caron’s Corkers 25 July 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve done a roundup of the best blog posts I’ve read. I must get into the habit of doing it again. There has been some very good stuff recently. Mark Pack asks why a sportsman … Continue reading

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Author Keris Stainton responds to my review of Jessie Hearts NYC

Yesterday I wrote a review of a brilliant book I’d just read, Jessie Hearts NYC, by Keris Stainton. In it I made some observations about locations and a couple of nitpicky technical things. She had wanted to leave a comment … Continue reading

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My Liberator article on where now for the Scottish Liberal Democrats

I wrote an article for the last Liberator on the future for the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the wake of a bruising election result. The new edition is now out so the old one is available online here. It’sprobably very … Continue reading

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Clare’s Law: an effective measure to prevent domestic violence?

You have to have sympathy with Michael Brown, a man who’s seen his daughter brutally murdered by her violent partner. I can only imagine the pain he’s gone through, and he will quite rightly be looking for ways in which … Continue reading

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The Inverness Spinners are on their way – Day 4 of their Land’s End to John O’Groat’s Cycle

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that my wee sister was cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats as part of an intrepid group called the Inverness Spinners. They set off from Land’s End on Friday morning. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton

Over the past couple of years, I’ve got to know Keris Stainton on Twitter through my F1, chocolate and book loving friend Kate who introduced us because of our mutual love of Strictly Come Dancing.  I later realised that she writes … Continue reading

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Sky’s Eamonn Holmes uses Twitter to crow over BBC about Amy Winehouse’s death

There are times when advertising and opportunism are completely inappropriate. In matters relating to someone’s death, for example. A series of tweets from Sky Sunrise presenter and all round cheeky chappie presenter type Eamonn Holmes showed brash insensitivity in the … Continue reading

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Amy Winehouse deserves our compassion too

I would be lying if I said I was shocked by the news that troubled singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead. At the time of writing, there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol caused her death but it’s not … Continue reading

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