The Rights and Wrongs of Anger

By October 14, 2014 Blog

Guest post from Glen: A traffic jam when you’re already late, A no smoking sign on your cigarette break. Ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife What do these have in common? That’s right, none of them are even remotely “ironic” – merely unfortunate (please note, Alanis). But yesterday I came a little closer to a genuinely “ironic” predicament: I parked in a restricted area in order to get the permit that would allow me to park there. I …Read More

Married to the Enemy

By March 17, 2013 Blog

Who is the person who frightens you most? For me, it’s my husband. I know what you’re thinking… Glen is not scary.  He’s cuddly and overexcited. You’re  right. Yet my husband scares me more than anyone else. Why? I like being in control. Straight lines and neat edges.  Immaculate and ordered. My life, my way. Glen can visit – if he takes his shoes off and leaves the guitar in the car. This works in my head.  Or a homeware catalogue. …Read More

Things That Make Me Angry

By September 28, 2012 Blog

being told I’m angry when I want to change but can’t romantic comedies bullying friends weeping over their ugliness, when all I can see is beauty salt and vinegar crisps in green packets (green is cheese and onion.  Blue is salt and vinegar.  Why are you messing with us?) being spammed with aids for weight loss sultanas in curries. (fruit – good.  Curry – good.  Fruit + curry: WRONG) not knowing how I feel and/or knowing how I feel but not being …Read More

Playing With Fire

By August 17, 2011 Blog

Reading through analyses of the recent riots, I’ve been thinking about what it is that will define the people of our time.  Us. It’s not just the hoodies either – what about me? We’re growing up in the same world and we’re responding to the same pressures.  What do we have in common?  How are we trying to resolve the same issues? One of us fights the police and destroys buildings.  The other develops an eating disorder and depression. They …Read More

Two kinds of anger

By July 25, 2011 Blog

Still trying to take in the news from the last few days.  Two people.  Both of whom have left their mark on history– but for very different reasons. A twenty-seven year old girl. Beautiful, talented, insecure. A well-documented battle with drink, drugs, self-harm. Dead – possibly at her own hands. A thirty-two year old man.  Good-looking, passionate, bright. An ‘ordinary guy’. A murderer who has blown up and shot nearly 100 people. What do we know of these people? With …Read More

Outraged of Eastbourne

By April 21, 2011 Blog

What makes you angry? For me, it’s bullying, rude salespeople (especially in posh shops), printers and blue cheese and onion crisp bags. (They should be green. Green is cheese colour – everyone knows that blue is salt and vinegar). Other common provocations include queue-jumpers, racism, spitting, traffic jams and cold-calling. As ever, Kermit the frog provides the definitive answer, but even if you’re not a fan of Sesame Street (is this possible?), I’m sure you can think of a few …Read More