Last year's Northern Ireland Assembly election saw some fascinating developments. From a 50% increase in women's representation, to the growth of cross-community parties and some surprise upsets, it was testament to an evolving democracy, under a voting system that allows voters' diverse views to be represented.
Although women previously had the ability to get on a flight and carry out the abortion in a British clinic, this complicated and expensive process is about to become one step more difficult with Britain's largest abortion provider turning away Irish women from the clinics.
I know I'm a funny lady because my mum told me so. And I see the fruits of my labour on the face of the person I'm talking to as it contorts into the kind of expression reserved for private appearances only. That's when you know you ARE bloody funny.
Maybe I need to cut down on real news and reality TV - both are aiding an impending heart attack. Twitter updates allow me to laugh and cry out of she...
When women seeking abortion are targeted outside clinics, when clinic escorts are assaulted, when anti-abortion protestors' tactics are to intimidate and maximise distress, it feels a bit too much like war. For those of us who want to engage in this debate but prefer 'jaw jaw to war war', verbatim theatre like 'I told my mum....' is a brilliant place to start.
In darker times, it can be the simple, almost imperceptible moments that can change a life as well. That moment when you notice someone repeating themselves just once too often, saying something which seems at odds with what they think... the diagnosis may be the momentous thing, but somehow it was those days you just began to wonder when you knew by instinct things were going to change.
No woman should have to go through that against her will. No woman should have to scrabble about for money and shroud herself in secrecy at this already difficult time in her life. One on three women will have a termination at some point in their lives. It's not something that should be in any way taboo or indeed be legislated against.
The clash of metropolitan London with course Ulster is stark and ancient. Ulster's loyal citizens have variously been described as the "...
We believe it's right for women to make their own life choices. It's a travesty of justice and a moral abhorrence to impose pregnancy on a woman against her will. And when women defy a wrong law to make the choice that is right for them we think they deserve what small support we can give.
The first thing I read upon waking today was a twitter alert about the shooting of Philando Castile. Yesterday my morning news was of Alton Sterling. I sat and cried wondering what we can do, when would we start making this world better instead of breaking it apart?
For now, if we do have accept the result be emotional and do the feel the pain of this because it is a tragedy for those of us who believed in a progressive future but the fight can and will go on.
If you, for simplicity's sake, wanted to slice the cake four ways: Scotland and Northern Ireland both seem to prefer to remain. While Wales is somewhat undecided, England tilts towards wanting to leave. Hence, the Kingdom seems more disunited than ever.
Northern Ireland's hopes aren't pinned on brilliant mavericks, no matter how much fun they are. They're built on everyone doing their bit for the team, like honeybees, working for their queen. But honeybees in a 4-4-2 formation playing a strong pressing game.
How do you form a programme for government when Northern Irish people are congenitally programmed for disagreement?
It's a strange thing, living in a holiday resort: particularly strange, maybe, when you haven't always lived there and it used to be somewhere you went for a daytrip on a Summer day.
The dates May 12 and ...