Knife Point

“Hi. My son was held up at knife point on the way home from school yesterday.”


“Ye, I just wanted to log that I’ll be picking him up from now on – just to make sure he’s safe.”

“Okay, I’ll make a note of that for you.”


And that was that. I stood there for a moment, lingering a moment too long, processing the seeming normality of it all.

My colleague looked at me, shaking his head and laughing. “This is real life, Jess.”


The Rich Roll Podcast

Over the past few months I have built Rich Roll’s podcast into my morning commute.

My morning commute often equates to being very short, surrounded by people who are very tall, whilst also being confined to small spaces. At first I thought that my height and short arms would afford me greater opportunities to sneak my book out of my bag and read. The outcome of these uncomfortable attempts looked rather T-Rex in nature and necessitated a sweaty and uncomfortable book and bag balancing progress.

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She can’t breathe

“I love the sound of the rain”, I said, “I love being inside and watching it rain. It makes me feel like wearing big jumpers, reading good books and watching films.”

“The rain makes me sad, it makes me remember.” She said.

“What does it make you remember?” I asked.

“It makes me remember my childhood. When the rainy season started we would run into the roads and play in the rivers. It also makes me remember my first love.”

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This article on i-D: Should women stop trying to be liked?

“I think it’s important to tell your story,” Ngozi Adichie continued, adding, “it’s important to tell your story truthfully, and I think that’s a difficult thing to do, to be truly truthful, because it’s only natural to be concerned about offending people or possible consequences.” In countries that do not protect women’s rights, those consequences can make it impossible for them to speak their truth, because they face losing their job, their family, being beaten, arrested or even killed for being true to themselves. But for those of us privileged enough not to face these extremes, who merely fear being disliked, Ngozi Adichie says: forget about likeability; there are more important things to achieve.”

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Dorset in 23 photos

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