Cat Parent

I rescued a cat, and also, a cat rescued me.

Making Tracks for Progression

Thinking about goals for my future as a roller derby official, following the WFTDA Officiating Clinic in Manchester this weekend…

You know that phrase, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”? I went to visit an animal rescue today. I only went to see what animals they have and talk to the volunteers, so I could think about adopting in the next month or two, you know, once I’m settled into my new […]


Monday this week, I got an email letting me know that my registration went live with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. I’ve had just over a week on my ward, and a few of my first days of post-university training, and so far, my overwhelming feeling is one of… I think “like being a first […]

My Hive

I bought a house yesterday! It feels pretty strange to be holding the keys, both in that it’s finally happened — this moment was meant to occur the best part of two weeks ago, which isn’t even that long, as house purchase delays go — but also that I own a house. Before the age […]

When Officials Watch Roller Derby

It is well-known that roller derby officials cannot just watch roller derby. I *very* temporarily imagined I could defy this rule… I couldn’t.

Not-All-Man comic by Matt Lubchansky

Never Again

“I’m just a student nurse” These words can never again pass my lips. At some point after today – hopefully very soon – my university will send off to the Nursing & Midwifery Council proof that I completed my course last week. I passed all my placements, and on Thursday last week was officially awarded […]

“Get comfortable with not knowing.” 

As I wrap up my last ever week as a student nurse on placement (!), one of the nursing assistants asked me today what the most biggest thing I’d learned during my three-and-a-bit months on the ward was. I was stumped, at first, and didn’t know how to answer — but after a day or […]

The Magic of Live Music 

Last night, I was at one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. I don’t say that lightly, because many of the gigs I’ve been to have had something excellent to remember them by; Frank Turner, doing an intimate little gig at Night & Day Café for Independent Record Store Week 2015; Ingrid Michaelson […]

We Need To Talk About The Language Of Roller Derby

Roller derby has been around a while, and in that time, it’s picked up a few little… quirks. Quirks that just won’t go away. TVTropes has a page dedicated to the sport, listing the various frequently observed tropes, with one of them being Insistent Terminology – the words that people continue to use long after […]