Funny Matters

An Open Apology To My Friends With Babies

This post can also be read at the Huffington Post UK… *** We’re in an impossible situation you and I. It’s been weighing on my mind for a while now. And … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 21 Comments

A Mother’s Love

When I was really small…. One of my earliest memories. An Irish traveller came to the front door. Selling chamois leathers and little bunches of heather wrapped in tin foil. … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Three Years and Counting…

Remember me? I’ve not been round these parts for a while. I know. I’m sorry. Tsk. Start a blog. Invite people to subscribe. Then leave them in the lurch… Downright … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 10 Comments

Ready Steady Book!

  5, 4, 3, 2, 1… THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Booking is now open for the stage adaptation of my blog, Funny Matters… CLICK HERE for the online box office & all show info … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Break-up. Breakdown. Breakthrough

The 25th of October 2011. I remember it well.  It was my Mum and step-dad David’s 25th wedding anniversary. I wanted to make a fuss of her. Of them. After … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 15 Comments

Finding the Positive

Wow….What can I say? You’ve overwhelmed me. I was blown away by all the wonderful comments and messages you lot – out there – sent me in response to my … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 17 Comments

The Grandchild She’d Never Meet….

When I was clearing out my Mum’s clothes. A few weeks back. I found a bag of her knitting. Unfinished. What she’d been making before she’d died. Maybe not so … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 27 Comments

An Unexpected Inheritance

I’ve always considered myself to be quite a shy person. I know this might cause guffaws from some. Those who know me. But it’s true. Meeting new people. Joining groups. … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Going Ape With Mum

Right. Enough is enough. Stop with the distractions. I went off the beaten track for a few weeks there. Didn’t I? Got caught up in the bright lights. Of hospice … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 8 Comments

Sport, Grief & Clare Balding

Anyone see last week’s opening ceremony for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games? I did. And it got me thinking about the last time we all went a bit sporting gaga. Cast … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 8 Comments

Picture Perfect…?

So you may remember. A few weeks ago. I was getting all stressy. About those articles I’d been asked to write. The hospice ones. Well. Turned out I’d got it … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hospice: The ‘H’ Word

You may have seen me on my Facebook page this week frothing at the mouth with excitement and honour at my hospice article being published in the acclaimed www.ehospice.com! If not, … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

Two Years On…

Today is 14th of July 2014. Bastille Day. The anniversary of the beginning of the French revolution. The storming of the Bastille. For me though, it’s something far more significant. … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 16 Comments

My Can Of Worms

Last week I was approached by two different organisations to write about my positive hospice experience. Hmm. Positive. Somehow it feels peculiar to use that word. In the context of … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Marian Keyes Effect

I’ve finally done it! I’ve managed to write a short post. Well. You do deserve a reprieve Truthfully though. It’s not the post I’d planned. Gone slightly off-piste today. I know. … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 10 Comments

My Mum The Chemo Bandit

What is it with doctors’ surgeries? They’re full of people with infectious illnesses. Not ideal for hypochondriacs, I bet. They probably leave the doctors convinced they’ve contracted everything under the … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

How Are You?

How are you? Seems like a simple question. Three words. Uncomplicated Or is it? When you to say to someone ‘how are you?’ What do you expect back? The standard … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

My First Time

Do you remember your first time? I do. No. I don’t mean that first time… Tut. I don’t know. One track mind I mean the first time you realised your … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hatfield & The North

Hatfield. The childhood abode of Elizabeth I. The birthplace of the Mosquito fighter bomber. Most famous for? The Hatfield train crash, of course. For me. It just happened to be where … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a Comment

And Then I Did Jury Service…

I had been excited for months about doing my jury service. First off. It was a two week holiday from the job I hated. On top of that. I had … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

Funny Ha Ha or Funny Grief?

As part of the Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge I have publicly committed to spending the month of June creating content for a funny book on grief and … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a Comment