Ben Elton has a new book, Identity Crisis. or does it… was Elton just yelling at the cloud, or was he satirically holding up the mirror to a narcissistic society? is it funny, because it is true? or does it cut a little too close to the bone? and who is knocking … More man yells at cloud. ..or did he?
Neolibric-favoured paid work and the culturally elevated ‘independent’ mean that care is reinvented. Introducing CARE inc, the new ‘improved’ version of care. This outsourcing of otherwise unpaid and essential care work, is called liberation. Or perhaps neo-liberalisation. It is usually women who are being freed from this drudgery, and usually women who have the honour … More CARE inc
She was feeling over run, Had too much to do, And no one was there to help her, She wanted to shoot through, But upon her they were dependent She had to soldier on. Robot-like she functioned Sleep deprived and unsupported afraid to stop – she would be judged Maybe even reported. So on … More The Nervous Breakdown
Before Consent…a poem The stork story might be fun – but it disregards the importance of Mum. That women birth seems an aside, The truth of birth we^ like to hide, With a storkish euphemism, No real choice is given, No honour or celebration, Birth is an enduration* And so their power, women relent, And … More Before Consent…
I see paid articles, giving advice Thinly veiled to sell, falsely nice And I think to myself what a confusing world I see ads selling bras with near naked bods Public breastfeeding frowned, but this get the nods And I think to myself what a confusing world The politicians are ignoring our polluting way No … More What a Confusing World
She was the first. She was bold. She was kind. She was there to do the job. She faced bullies and egos She shone and showed strength She paved the way. She cracked the glass. She was the last. The last we could respect. The last that focused on The Job The last … More The 27th Portrait
Am I anti, or am I pro, and how is it that I Know, What is wrong and what is right, and why must it be a fight? I make a choice for myself leaving alternatives on the shelf They remain a choice, though not mine And for others may be fine. But are there … More choice and determination
What follows has grown from a dream, or a short visual sequence as I awoke, that stuck with me. The vision: a woman swims in a luxury, private pool. She dives deep, enjoying the silence and time with her thoughts, the weightlessness, the agility. A man thinks she is drowning, he jumps in, tries to … More Protector, saviour or unconscious abuser?
A poem inspired by ruby dog. Farewell Ruby dog, the town won’t be the same You helped many in your quiet way And we all knew your name. Farewell Ruby dog, and to your Jane, hello The Gift of Ruby to our Town Reached further than you know. Ruby represents what make … More The Community of Ruby Dog
There once was a kid who loved Science And grew up to create an appliance* it’s science he said nature is ‘dead’ And to trust nature is medical defiance *This ‘appliance’ could be, for example, the constant monitoring equipment used in labour, very useful when indicated but not always necessary or beneficial. And it is … More When Science Communication is not science or communication.