What feels like a lifetime ago, I went on a city break to Madrid, and was amused to find that the boy had packed his running kit so that he … Continue Reading Mes que un jog: On the Barcelona half marathon
Don’t run before you can walk, they say. But if 2014 was all about finding my running feet, then the first few weeks of this year have been about finding … Continue Reading Walking back to happiness (or: Last month a Fitbit changed my life)
Last night I spent the evening with the outreach team of Streetlife, a project run by Safer Wales, to protect young people and adults in Cardiff from prostitution, abuse and … Continue Reading How one project helps keep Cardiff’s street-based sex workers safe
Only last night I was bemoaning the fact that I’ve been the world’s tardiest blogger of late, so thanks Ruth for the tag that kick-started my typing fingers. So the … Continue Reading Some Qs, Some As
So, we’ve already established that I’m not a great runner. After training hard over the Summer to make it possible to run the Cardiff 10k at the beginning of September … Continue Reading 13.1 miles from home girl: Or, what a Half Marathon feels like for a first timer
It started as an idea for a teambuilding activity. I was looking for something our team could do to get us out of the office and experience something new, and horizon-expanding. … Continue Reading Big Issue Madam? Yes it is…
About two months ago (on July 7th 2014 to be precise), I pulled on my trainers and headed out to my local park in Grangetown, just to see how far … Continue Reading What I learned from finishing the Cardiff 10k…
The last time I wrote anything at length about my dad, I was 21. He had died just 48 hours previously, and my local paper The Pontypool Free Press was … Continue Reading On daddy…
So the internet is ablaze with talk of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. Yes, the long-awaited (not by me) celluloid version of the girlporn publishing phenomenon is almost here. … Continue Reading Fifty shades of MEH…or why I’ll be avoiding the film like the plague
THIS TEXT ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON WALESONLINE ON JULY 25TH 2014, ALONGSIDE THE EXPERIENCES OF FIVE OTHER WOMEN. THE WHOLE PIECE IS WORTH READING. I agreed to write this piece a … Continue Reading When did a side order of sexual harassment become as de rigeur as a kebab on a night out?
Every time the office buzzer rang today, I silently prayed it would be the courier. And when it eventually was, and I finally had the box in my hand, I … Continue Reading On what Louboutins have in common with Nike Airs…
I bet none of these chancers were doing what I was doing last night. Viz. drinking gin in the garden, picking apart the finer lyrical points of Amy Winehouse’s Back … Continue Reading On joining a gym….
Three mornings this week the boy has been minding his own business in the kitchen only to be disturbed by hollered snippets of misery from the floor above. Thanks to … Continue Reading Goodnight Bobby…and musings on musical deaths
It’s such a cliché to not like Mondays that I really wish I did like them. I’ve tried hard to flirt with Monday, to trick myself into pretending it’s actually … Continue Reading She-Bop: A history of women in rock and pop
There’s little better on a sunny day than bagging a place on a sun lounger in the garden and tuning in to Huey (the achingly cool Noo Yoiker from the … Continue Reading Love songs reimagined
Just before I retired to bed last night, I read on Twitter that Gerry Goffin had died aged 75. As one half of one of the most successful songwriting partnerships … Continue Reading Thanks for the music Gerry