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I've always wanted to write more so why I haven't made more use of blogging I'll never know, laziness I guess. I've recently remembered that I enjoy writing, and occasionally people seem to enjoy reading what I write, so I'm going to give it a go..... I'll be moving some previous blogs from elsewhere, and finally getting round to writing some of the things I've been thinking about writing for the last couple of years, so look out! I've just figured out how the pages work on here, so will try to organise my blogs into the categories below. The pages give an overview of what the category is about, and why i have chosen to write about it. If a category is empty, do come back at a later date to see if I have added to it, or subscribe to my blog, and let Tumblr tell you when I have updated! I have a lot I want to write, and not that much time in which to write it, as i have lots to do, and new ideas for things to write keep coming to me all the time! This will probably be true of the 'modern life is rubbish' category, as now I am getting older I seem to be finding more and more to complain about!

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Source: Spotify

26th July 2014

The music was great during the programme, and is great to listen to without the programme.

It is making me want to start again from Season 1, but I really don’t have time for that!!

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23rd April 2014

Can you help me achieve my yoga teaching dream?

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23rd April 2014

no paid maternity leave in what is supposed to be the richest country in the world?
wow!
and as for the person below who commented that paid maternity leave was paying someone to do nothing….presumably that person has never had a child or spent any time with a newborn for the first year or his or her life?  Or seen a woman for the first year after giving birth? Doing nothing it certainly isn’t!
 amandapalmer:

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?
Allow me to answer that for you:
A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
"a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
"a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
"rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)

A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
"Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
"An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
"Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
"Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
"Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
"Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
"Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)
Does that about answer it?

i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.
depressing as fuck.
go USA.

no paid maternity leave in what is supposed to be the richest country in the world?

wow!

and as for the person below who commented that paid maternity leave was paying someone to do nothing….presumably that person has never had a child or spent any time with a newborn for the first year or his or her life?  Or seen a woman for the first year after giving birth? Doing nothing it certainly isn’t!

 amandapalmer:

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?

Allow me to answer that for you:

  • A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
    • "a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
    • "a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
    • "rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)
  • A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
  • Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
  • "Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
  • "An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
  • "Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
  • "Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
  • "Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
  • "Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
  • "Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)

Does that about answer it?

i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.

depressing as fuck.

go USA.

Source: lookatthisfuckingoppressor

27th October 2013

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

After days of waiting this agent’s patience is finally rewarded. Weak with thirst, a pair of wild mattresses appear at the watering hole.
Submitted by Cannon, for which thanks.

Tears of pleasure,  tears of pain, trickle down your face the sameQueens of the stone age.  Could have been written after seeing this site

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

After days of waiting this agent’s patience is finally rewarded. Weak with thirst, a pair of wild mattresses appear at the watering hole.

Submitted by Cannon, for which thanks.

Tears of pleasure, tears of pain, trickle down your face the same

Queens of the stone age.

Could have been written after seeing this site

27th October 2013

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

We can only hope and pray that those things on the floor don’t have anything to do with this.
Submitted by M, for which thanks

Is it wrong that I hope they do? (Nearly choked when I saw the link. If I do eventually die from choking or a laughter induced asthma attack because of your magnificent work, know that I died happy!)

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

We can only hope and pray that those things on the floor don’t have anything to do with this.

Submitted by M, for which thanks

Is it wrong that I hope they do?

(Nearly choked when I saw the link. If I do eventually die from choking or a laughter induced asthma attack because of your magnificent work, know that I died happy!)

17th October 2013

Neil Gaiman on the importance of libraries, literacy and reading for pleasure →

Maybe local councils and councillors could take notice of this, these wise words from someone who knows a thing or two about the value of reading. 

Instead of shutting libraries, and depriving so many of the countless opportunities they offer, maybe they could encourage better use of them? When did we become a society that values literature, learning and literacy so little that libraries can be seen as easy targets in the austerity game? 

Libraries are not an inconvenient expense, they are an investment in our future as well as a way to make the present more interesting,  informative and fun.  Children still use them for homework, people still use them as centres for learning.

Vision and seeing the bigger picture, that’s what is missing from local councils

16th October 2013

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

It always seems a shame to leave your guests on their own while you go to the toilet. Problem solved.
Submitted by Bonnie, for which thanks.

This reminds me of a really disturbing dream I once had

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

It always seems a shame to leave your guests on their own while you go to the toilet. Problem solved.

Submitted by Bonnie, for which thanks.

This reminds me of a really disturbing dream I once had

16th October 2013

missmaui04 said: Thank you for the laughs!!! Needless to say I won't be house hunting any time soon.

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

You’re welcome, and I’m glad to have made my contribution to the collapse of the housing market.

Oh but you should, even if you don’t want to move - property sites will never be the same again!

16th October 2013

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

If a toilet falls over and there’s no-one around to hear it, I dread to think what kind of noise it makes.

I&#8217;d love to know what was going through the photographer&#8217;s mind when they decided to do this shot :D

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

If a toilet falls over and there’s no-one around to hear it, I dread to think what kind of noise it makes.

I’d love to know what was going through the photographer’s mind when they decided to do this shot :D

16th October 2013

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

Some goons actually visit each property to get their photographs, but this guy has it cracked - Just wait until the brochure is printed, then photograph that. Bingo!

I sent this one in. :D

I’ve found a house now, but suspect I might still browse the property listing sites to find more gems - this site has shown me that the entertainment value in estate agent listings surpasses anything the tv can offer!

16th October 2013

The unconnected ramblings of a food loving Geordie: Well hello tumblr It’s been a while. Really have found myself with so... →

tonfoodie:

Well hello tumblr

It’s been a while. Really have found myself with so much to say and so little time to say it.

There comes a time when we all must realise that, in the words of Edmund Burke, for evil to triumph all good men need to do is nothing.

It seems to me that the current coalition…

1st October 2013


I’ve never understood why estate agents seem to unanimously think that the best way to show off the qualities of a room is to take photos of corners!!  Utterly bizarre behaviour!

1975, collaborative artists Gilbert & George produced a photo series “Dusty Corners” which they described as “absolutely hopeless, dead, grey, lost”. How wonderful that almost 40 years later their work is being so faithfully recreated by useless real estate agents the world over. The only difference is that these modern versions are, if anything, even worse.

1st October 2013

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

List of reasons why a room would have to contain a bucket and be almost entirely laminated:
1. Bad reasons.

Breaking Bad :)

terriblerealestateagentphotos:

List of reasons why a room would have to contain a bucket and be almost entirely laminated:

1. Bad reasons.

Breaking Bad :)