Down with it

27. February 2015

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Down with it

OK, I admit it, I did look at the clip of Madonna falling on her backside at the Brit Awards. But I (sort of) had no choice, as the TV was blaring on in a waiting room …. and I was curious. I already knew about her tumble, because all the freebie commuter papers yesterday morning on the train into central London were full of it – and the headlines were really vitriolic. They more or less said, ‘sad old bint effs up in front of millions.’ Charming! I don’t remember this kind of spite directed at Naomi Campbell (the only similar female faller I can remember) when she famously fell off her Vivienne Westwood platforms years ago. Perhaps that was because we all saw a flash of lithe bum when she did, whereas with Madonna, the idea seems to be that a) no one wants to see her arse because she is over 30 and b) she is too canny to wear that sort of outfit on stage and all we saw was her strange matador capri pants at an odd angle.

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I’m not a massive Madonna fan, I found that book Sex very peculiar and her identification with Frieda Kahlo (who seems like a big moanychops to me) a bit tiresome. But I hate seeing a woman (or indeed anyone at all) kicked when they are down. Madonna was not down for very long – she more or less got straight up and began prancing again, and well done to her. But I bet the bruises are smarting today, and not just from her physical injuries. It’s a horrible feeling that there are a lot of people out there in the world who just can’t wait to gloat when something nasty happens to a woman in public. And particularly a woman of a certain age. Shame on them.

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24. February 2015

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And the winners are ….

And the winners are ….

Wow and well done to Patricia Arquette. Admittedly, fantastically beautiful Oscar winners don’t really come across as the most oppressed group on the planet, so I doubt she’ll be the one who finally forces the patriarchy to stump up equal pay. But on the other hand, when does a woman ever otherwise get such a […]

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22. February 2015

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Is it just me?

Is it just me?

OK, can you read on, please, and tell me if this ever happens to you: 1. I decided I HAD to have a new waterproof mascara to take to hospital. As you do. I think I was envisaging brave tears of pain, without panda smears. Little did I know there is no pain in hospital […]

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10. February 2015

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Ten things I found out in hospital …..

Ten things I found out in hospital …..

1. Nurses are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Well, of course we all know that – but it probably takes seeing them working 12 hour shifts with a bunch of difficult customers to appreciate fully just how lovely they are. 2. More goes on in one day on an NHS ward than in a year’s worth of […]

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13. January 2015

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Votive of thanks

Sponsored¬† It’s hard to know what to say when a child confesses they’ve been awake all night worrying that you’re going to die. So I did what any good parent would do – and lied my head off. ‘Of course I’m not going to die. What a ridiculous idea,’ I blustered, knowing all the while […]

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13. January 2015

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Dos and Don’ts at Christmas

It’s been a while, what with all the medical stuff – in a nutshell, there’s another operation to get through in January, then that should be IT. There’s no radiotherapy or chemo with melanoma as it doesn’t work, so I might try to get on a drugs trial ….sounds more fun than it is, probably. […]

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13. January 2015

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Votive of thanks

Votive of thanks

Sponsored¬† It’s hard to know what to say when a child confesses they’ve been awake all night worrying that you’re going to die. So I did what any good parent would do – and lied my head off. ‘Of course I’m not going to die. What a ridiculous idea,’ I blustered, knowing all the while […]

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4. January 2015

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The good things about cancer ….

The good things about cancer ….

In the spirit of Being Positive, I bring you my top five advantages of having cancer: 1. I didn’t have to send any Christmas cards. Just in case you’re on my list, and are under the impression that I love writing cards, look away now – I HATE writing Christmas cards. But of course I […]

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24. December 2014

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Dos and Don’ts at Christmas

Dos and Don’ts at Christmas

It’s been a while, what with all the medical stuff – in a nutshell, there’s another operation to get through in January, then that should be IT. There’s no radiotherapy or chemo with melanoma as it doesn’t work, so I might try to get on a drugs trial ….sounds more fun than it is, probably. […]

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1. December 2014

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Thank you

Thank you

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been reading and ringing and wishing and commenting. It’s lovely to feel the support. In a way I shall feel I have let you all down if I get the all clear! All that worry and concern for nothing! I’ll feel terrible for stirring up such a fuss. Yes, […]

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