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Ben Moore

Husband, carer, writer, collector of rejected jokes

I am a carer for my wife. I write a column on the subject weekly for the H2G2.com in house magazine The Post, which you can mainly read here I also write jokes for anyone who will broadcast them, and sometimes even pay. When not doing these things I try to earn money for our collection of assorted rodents. These are all the things I do.

Everything Is Not OK - Part Three

Last month around this time I was writing about how my wife and I and our animals were facing eviction. As I sit down to write this... that hasn't changed. But that isn't what I wanted to talk about this time. This time I want to tell you that my rabbit has died.
16/10/2017 11:17 BST

Everything Is Not OK - Part Two

That sounds like dramatic overstatement to draw you in but the truth is that it's really not. If you're served notice to quit by your landlord you have just two months to find somewhere else to live. They don't need a reason and, in the long term, there doesn't seem to be much you can do.
07/09/2017 13:36 BST

Everything Is Not OK

Anyway I had a quick look online and I found a study which explained the thinking. People on Facebook are routinely exposed to updates from friends and family showing how well their life is going and what a wonderful time they are having.
16/08/2017 13:08 BST

What Our Rabbits Taught Us In Life And In Death

Last November, at the ripe old age of 9, our female rabbit died. Actually she may have been hare rather than a rabbit, or possibly a bit of both. Either way she left a hole much bigger than her tiny bulk. As Rabbit Awareness Week is upon us I hoped it might help some of you understand a little better if I tell you how we went about filling it.
20/06/2017 13:17 BST

Please Vote With Compassion This General Election

I've personalised this to give you a specific account but this isn't about me. This story applies to many other carers, as well as single parents and many two parent families working all hours, retired people with only a state pension, young people earning lower wages but somehow given less support, anyone who's mental or physical support makes them dependant on state support. It means a lot of people who have good reason to be scared of a future under the Tories.
07/06/2017 09:16 BST

Why I'm Blocking Twitter Ads For Women's Rights

Oh look, Twitter have been making changes. As is usual with Twitter (and, let's face it, many tech companies) the changes have, for some at least, made the site more annoying and clunky. But it isn't the improvements that bother me, or indeed many people.
10/04/2017 14:51 BST

What I Learned From Being Blocked By Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan blocked me. It was an odd move because I hadn't been following him. Odder still is that the only way I could have known that he had blocked me was that he posted a tweet to say he had blocked me, which I couldn't read because he had blocked me.
11/01/2017 12:21 GMT

How Twitter Has Made Me A Half Decent Feminist

I don't think I was ever not basically a feminist. The femands (that was a genuine typo but I'm keeping it in) have never seemed unreasonable to me. I do think the extent to which I felt involved and the degree to which I appreciated the problem have both changed for the better this year, and these changes have much to do with twitter.
30/11/2016 17:16 GMT

My Immediate, Unplanned, Angry Response To Tory Racist Rhetoric

To discriminate against people on the basis of their place of birth is prejudice and once upon a time it was illegal in this country. Your party shames the memory of our heritage, shames the country it claims to represent and shames me. I hope it shames you too.
07/10/2016 09:28 BST

Leicester City and the Mayor of London

It might seem foolish to talk about a football competition and a democratic election as if they were comparable. Maybe I've extrapolated a certain mawkish sentimentality from the simple facts. Maybe. But if they only other option is certainty of failure, I'll take possibility of the improbable, thanks.
10/05/2016 11:54 BST

Time We Introduced a Maximum Wage

We're still a position where plenty of people don't have enough to meet their day-to-day needs. In this scenario, people being paid more than they would reasonably want is simply obscene.
31/03/2016 11:55 BST

Don't Be an Arse All Your Life

Like many people, I do a job that means dealing with the public. This, sadly, means sometimes dealing with people who are arseholes. Worse than that, not just people who are naturally unpleasant owing to genetic misfortune or a chronically unpleasant upbringing.
05/01/2016 13:21 GMT

Am I Too Early for a Midlife Crisis?

Of course my life since then hasn't been a disaster, and you can't sift out and keep the good bits. I enjoyed my university education, despite being a long way from home and abjectly failing to make any friends. I'm happily married now, and I can't separate that from all the other choices that I've made.
24/11/2015 16:02 GMT