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Remember the difficulties of trading without the single market?

Yesterday an opinion poll suggested that a majority of voters want the UK to remain in the single market. It’s encouraging that the majority take...
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WOW! That inspiring Women’s March on Washington

Diane's timely post captures well the feeling of peaceful but affirmative action when a group of women, men, young people and children say 'Enough,...
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All you need to know about Donald Trump’s inauguration but were...

Donald Trump's inauguration is upon us - seeing the 45th President of the United States take office just ten weeks after stunning America and...
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Sad choice for 2016’s word of the year

When I read this, I was saddened but not surprised. I have sensed a feeling of ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ in this country that I...
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Playboy Playmate who body shamed 70-year old faces jail time

Is there anything uglier than a beautiful younger woman secretly Snapchatting a 70-year old at the gym and then posting it for ridicule on social...
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Crying foul because Caster Semenya’s femininity isn’t familiar?

All in all, the International Olympics Committee and the local organisers in Rio will be breathing a sigh of relief. Concerns over a shortfall...
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Donald Trump and the danger of diagnosing mental illness from afar

When is a rant not a rant? When you read someone's pointed point of view and you're interested to read to the end -...
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So it’s ta ta to abbreviations like eg, ie, etc, etc,...

Do you agree? Is this the slippery slope to seeing much loved Latin abbreviations eradicated from a ‘plain English’ Britain? When forced to think...
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News – almost never about one simple thing

Do you know the movie 'Tail Wags the Dog' with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman? It's about a media spin doctor (De Niro)...
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No Irish, no blacks, no dogs – #Brexit – it might...

In all of the accusations of lies and scaremongering currently being thrown around by the remain and leave campaigns, this is a particularly well-considered...
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Begging your #leave to #remain civil

"In the early hours of Friday a picture will develop of a divided nation. But will Britain still be part of Europe?” BBC News...
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And what exactly are British Values, Mr Cameron?

This is one of the current Ofsted measurements which causes consternation and many scratching of heads by Heads in schools. From what I have...

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Recipe for a #writing prompt

This week we'd like you to write about a dish or recipe that is close to your heart. For instance, butter, sugar and flour being...
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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...