Humour.

Why Sexual Harassment Is No Laughing Matter

Anne Payne | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK
Anne Payne

Until the gender imbalances across all organisations and industries is addressed, women will continue to be seen as 'lesser' contributors and any questionable behaviour by the most powerful men at the top less likely to go challenged.

The Dad Body: An Owner's Guide

Christopher McGuire | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Parents
Christopher McGuire

Yet, as the euphoria fades and the reality of day to day life with children settles, it's likely that you've had some concerns about your body. Perhaps you've noticed that it's changed a little of late? Maybe you're not the athlete you once were? Have you discovered hair in places you never dreamed of?

The Sure-Fire Signs You've Hit 40

Nick Jones | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Jones

So, I turned 40 this year. It really wasn't that bad. But it is a big deal. Anyone who tells you that they weren't or aren't bothered about this seminal moment in time is either lying or not telling the whole truth about it.

New School-Year's Resolutions

Isabelle Lee | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

If, like me, you are so tied to the school year that September feels more like a new beginning than January, you may be feeling like now is the time to get into those good school/parent/life habits. Here is the list of (some of) my good intentions:

What's the Deal With Novelty Yoga?

Becky Stafferton | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Stafferton

Practising yoga with animals is nothing new, Doga - that's dog yoga to us mere mortals - has been around for a good few years now and practitioners proclaim that it helps to nurture their relationship with their precious pooch as well as teaching them to be more relaxed and calm. But goats?

Bringing Epilepsy To The Forefront

Torie Robinson | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Torie Robinson

everybody banner I was delighted to see the video go live. At the time of writing, we've had over 248,000 views of the video - which is brilliant. It was such fun filming and it was great to be able to help educate viewers. Hopefully this media coverage will continue help to reduce the irrational fear of epilepsy and consequently, the discrimination and awkwardness that some people with the condition still face.

Stoke-On-Trent: City Of Comedy

James Morris | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Comedy
James Morris

As a Stokie, I know all too well the difficulties faced by the Potteries breed during the rare occasions we decide to grace the uncivilised world with...

Getting DCIS Off My Chest

Kathryn Berens | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

How would I sum up the last three months? Strangely life-affirming. Yes, my body has been somewhat rearranged (arguably my mid-forties body needed a bit of reworking anyway) but I'm one of the lucky ones and I'm very aware of that.

How Do I Tell My Children Their Dad's A Big Fat Loser?

Mark Piggott | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Parents
Mark Piggott

On Tuesday, as I'm inspecting my navel (see past and indeed future blogs), out of the blue I get a call from the head of HR at the company that has been my main employer for almost four years.

Sex Education

Ilaria Passeri | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Comedy
Ilaria Passeri

Once upon a time, a spotty teenage boy with a flat face confessed to having a massive crush on the school tart. They started going out. This was big g...

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Cats

Gerry Thompson | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Comedy
Gerry Thompson

I'm not saying that effective cats get a lot done without being overly busy - they're just not interested in getting things done. They do as little as possible. And what they do best is nothing at all; they're better at creatively doing nothing than anyone else in the universe.

The Rules For Playing Cafe With A Toddler

Claire Kirby | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Yesterday I ate two slices of pizza, a hot dog, a banana, two strawberries, some corn on the cob, three cakes and an ice cream. All served with cups of tea, and without a single calorie. Of course it was all plastic and served to me by my toddler on tiny plastic plates.

Laughing About Equality

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Tinsley

Let's not be eaten up by cynicism. We need to insist that the people who represent our voice in Parliament are people who are more like us. Choose people that believe what you believe, for they will carry you with them to the place where the big decisions are made.

Blind Dating And Awkward Romance

Marc Gulwell | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Gulwell

If I can offer a word of advice, don't ever do speed dating without research first. The bars can be dark, and there is a lot of movement. Not the good kind of movement either. Check to see if there are mirrors on the wall, as good looking as you may be, you aren't going to get anywhere by chatting up yourself in the mirror.

Hardcore Sexit

Rebekah Smith | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

I wish I could remember when it happened; the moment I was switched off and I lost all desire to do 'IT' anymore. I definitely wanted to do it the day I conceived my first child, so at least that is somewhere to start...

It's National Humour Month - What Makes Laughter The Best Medicine?

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

The saying goes that laughter is the best medicine and there's no denying the fact that our spirits lift when we smile or laugh. But why exactly is it so therapeutic and what can we do to make sure humour remains a constant component of our everyday lives?

Things I've Learned From Being Unemployed

Megan Ward | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Ward

In conclusion, I've learnt nothing of relevance from my time in unemployment and I need a job ASAP. If you're still at Uni reading this, please enjoy your last few happy months. It's hell out here in the real world, trust me.

Kidology #1: The Pre-Cretinous Era

Mark Piggott | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mark Piggott

When my wife said she was returning to work fulltime, I silently celebrated. Now I'd finally have time to do all the things I wanted to do: write my G...

Badges Of Honour

Claire Kirby | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

First smiles, the first time they sleep through the night, first steps, first day at school. All big milestones for our little ones. But what about the parents? What about the milestones we reach? What about the crap that no one warns you about? The first Poonami.

When My Kidneys Failed Me My Sense Of Humour Thrived

Jess Bancroft | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Jess Bancroft

life less ordinary banner The whole experience is a bit like climbing a mountain on which un-foretold difficulties continue to arise. These can be as small as stubbing a metaphorical toe, or as big as a ten-tonne boulder hurtling it's unforgivingly stony way towards you, Indiana Jones style, just as you are reaching for your hat.

Sex And The Hormone Gremlins - Would You Really Rather Have A Cup Of Tea?

Lisa Ives | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

We laugh at the sitcoms when, during intercourse, couples start discussing the shopping list, or on staring vacantly up at the ceiling remember it really does need painting. We laugh because we recognise this scenario. Momentarily we consider spicing up our love lives, planning romantic evenings that'll get the old juices flowing again. But then that hormone gremlin says, "Nah! Can't be bothered. I really would rather have a cup of tea".

How I Used My OKCupid Account To Promote My Instagram

Olya Gerasimova | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olya Gerasimova

Here I was, sitting in my London flatshare, Wandsworth, the dodgy end, when I first set up my OKCupid account to find a boyfriend. My bio on there was readable, funny, a bit sarcastic, it contained all the words I wanted to describe myself, and most of them were true.

The Cat Man And The Mummy's Boy - Some Men To Avoid

Lisa Ives | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

There are some men to avoid, actually probably a lot of men to avoid. Let's start with the ones that 'still' live at home. Clearly I'm emphasising the word, 'still', as there are men who have to move back home after a relationship break up, or may be carers, or have basically had some life event that has forced them into that position.

Is Fatalistic Humour A Valid Coping Mechanism For Depression?

Megan Ward | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Ward

I just want people to understand why it can be helpful for some of us. Hopefully I explained it well enough, and if I didn't and people still argue with me, that's fine because I've got the sweet, sweet thought of death to comfort me. Lol.

The Virgin Mary Was A Genius

Katie Lodge | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Lodge

My friend George loves the Virgin Mary. He thinks she looks very pleasant, caring, sexy, in a mother-sexy kind of way. He also thinks her name is genius. The Virgin Mary. It's a reminder to strive to be something you're probably not. Like a tax-dodger being called Honest Pete.