When I first saw Demi Lovato's Vanity Fair cover this weekend, I applauded her. As a woman who has battled body confidence issues for most of her life and has spoken extensively about her eating disorder, Lovato has finally made peace with her appearance, celebrating with a naked, un-retouched photoshoot.
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn called for a kinder, gentler politics. I don't know if the man who spat at me is a Labour supporter. I don't know if he votes. I'm probably safe to assume he isn't a backer of David Cameron. But I do know there is a nastiness in the air which there hasn't been for many years. I'm not asking for Corbyn to come out and condemn what happened because he is somehow responsible - he is not. But I do think some of those responsible for getting people fired up need to think very carefully about the language they use, and the message they send out.
It was shortly after lunch when Elsie Frost said goodbye to her father, Arthur. She was 14 and was on her way to a lake not far from her home. It was to be a special occasion. She had been asked to help teach a group of younger children how to sail...
If one day I am blessed with a child, I will teach them that there is unique inherent beauty in every single skin colour. That beauty is not confined to complexion, just as their worth is never confined to their physicalities, nor their race or gender.
Is chasing a male audience worse than targeting 25 to 45 females, or teenagers, or over 50s (if only there was such a beast in commercial radio!!)? All define their priority audience. It is sensible marketing.
Thankfully, we have progressed since the days depicted in Mad Men. Black and ethnic minority families are portrayed in a number of fast-moving consumer goods and retailer adverts on our screens and in magazines, but there are still sectors where there is a noticeable absence.
As a female I am clearly not in Radio X's highly publicised target demographic stated ahead of their launch a week ago; added to that the fact that I'm also nearly outside the upper age range of 25-44 years and you get the idea that Radio X is just not for me. Or that's what social media would have us think.
How damaging is it? As Newsnight pointed out, history could remember Cameron as it does Catherine the Great, who many think died while copulating with a horse, despite that not being true. Who knows how legends are made, but the public mood may be more forgiving for the PM.
Even if you are simply watching a video, VR makes you feel as if you are there witnessing it. This is potentially a very powerful tool for reporters. Imagine if you could truly feel as if you are in Aleppo, Syria, standing atop a ruined building, surveying the destruction of the civil war.
People questioned whether Cameron had been talking of a 'Pig Society' all along.And it's inspired a viral trend that's crisscrossed the globe, with the universal appeal of a politician caught with their pants down.It was amazing. What a time to be alive. But as the dust begins to settle - it's occurred to me that the entire thing stinks to high heaven.
We were told it wasn't going to be covered so we skipped the story. The Cameron biog that contains the "pig-gate" story is being serialized in The Daily Mail. Frankly, any day that I don't talk about or have to say the words: The Daily Mail; The Mail On Sunday or Mail Online - is a good day.
Some might find the book 'heavy reading' in that it requires a lot of concentration. Having said that it is a worthwhile, rewarding read and a treasure of rare and fascinating information. It will be valuable for political leaders, civil society activists, journalists, scholars, and all who want to support democratic transitions.
You might think I'm exaggerating but I was recently informed that our sustainable fashion story would not be worthy of coverage, "...unless there's some kind of angle, e.g, Rihanna and Cara consummate their love for each other wearing nothing but 30-year-sweatshirts."
Just as America has become the country where the first "selfie" political candidate - Donald Trump - has emerged, we here in the UK are experiencing a new paradigm, too. I'll call it: "Real". It has begun - as always - with the young. A "zero hour contract" reality; seven professions in a working life; eternal debt; possible no home ownership, all of these factors are very real for a generation that will not only be long-lived, but the ultimate carers of an ageing population growing larger by the year. After the winter snows melt, and the first flowers of spring push through the soil, Jeremy Corbyn may be gone. But the Disrupter has made his mark.
As the dark evenings gather, perhaps Tweeting Teachers or teachers who tweet should not feel bound to a litany of 'could do better'. Perhaps the cacophony of negative headlines, which don't seem to attack other professions with such crushing regularity - should turn its volume down.
The wider point though is not whether or not Jeremy Corbyn sang along to God Save The Queen. The wider point is that he cares more about the young working class men who have fought and died in this nation's wars, most of them wars of empire, than those putting the boot in.