To write or not to write?

I always smile to myself when I hear the lyrics, “You say it best when you say nothing at all.” It suits my subversive sense of humour to think that the singer isn’t so much paying a compliment as asking their loved one to shut up! And as this month’s blogging challenge draws to a … Continue reading


How we stifle our children to keep them safe

Before I had children, I often thought about what it would be like to be a parent, and how much I would teach them. I never really stopped to think about how much they would teach me. The first surprise was discovering they were their own people, not miniature versions of us. We could never … Continue reading

Mother’s Day in the post-apocalyptic post-Mum era

I know I won’t be the only person missing their mum (or indeed my mum) this Mother’s Day. In fact, I remember telling her how lucky I was to have two parents… only for her to die five days later. Well, they do say pride comes before a fall. Mum never was one to make … Continue reading

Richard III

Is that you, Grandpa?

Last week, I received a LinkedIn request from a guy starting out as a copywriter. His profile proudly stated that he carries a marker pen to correct grammar mistakes wherever he sees them. “Yes, really,” he wrote. I smiled because I used to be that earnest — and annoying — when I started out; before … Continue reading

Emily Davison

And Mum came too?

We made our annual pilgrimage to Stubbings Nursery today to buy the Christmas tree. “What are you looking for?” asked S. “Not sure,” I replied, “but when we see it, it will be bathed with a glorious light and we’ll hear the Hallelujah Chorus.” “Aha,” said S. She hasn’t seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation yet. … Continue reading

Reactions to Colonel Gaddafi’s death… from some of his friends

“This is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted…” Barack Obama “Sic transit gloria mundi (the glory of the world is fleeting). Now the war is over.” Silvio Berlusconi “The disappearance of Muammar Gaddafi is a major step forward in the battle fought for more than … Continue reading

The Bishop Centre, Taplow

[tweetmeme source= “catherineosborn” only_single=false]The news broke recently that the owners of the Bishop Centre in Taplow, a shopping centre for small, independent retailers, plan to demolish the site to make way for a giant Tesco.  I put together my thoughts for the Facebook group that has been set up to oppose the plans and I … Continue reading

Cancer Part 2

Just over a year ago, I decided to do the Race for Life. I can’t remember exactly why I decided to do it then, 25 years after I’d last run competitively, but I do know it wasn’t to do with grief – I distinctly remember my mum telling me, “Oh you don’t want to run, … Continue reading

Karren Brady and Sexism in the Workplace

Karren Brady was said to be furious about the comments made by two Sky Sports presenters about linesman Sian Massey and her own views on sexism, whilst Katie Hopkins waded in, saying, “People like Karren Brady, who has appointed herself patron saint of all things equal, does not speak on behalf of all of the sisterhood.” I would … Continue reading