Comments for Welcome to Mums in Media PR services which communicate effectively - an honest approach to PR and the media Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:12:08 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Rolf Harris, sexual abuse and the world of television and the media by Fiona Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:12:08 +0000 Thanks for that Graham, it means a lot to me as it’s very hard to defend when – in this case – a man seeks to put you down for speaking out. But then I know what an honest, good and thoughtful man you are, someone who respects others and believes in natural justice. Like you, I believe (and in fact know) there are more cases like this to come.

Comment on Rolf Harris, sexual abuse and the world of television and the media by Graham Carter Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:01:24 +0000 Well written, Fiona. You told me about the ‘real’ Rolf Harris a couple of years ago, which was shocking to me, and not what I wanted to believe – because, like millions, I liked him. He was a great entertainer and an interesting, likeable character. Not only has he abused young women, but he’s also lied to people like me, who trusted him. His crimes seem endless. And inexcusable. This idea that it’s somehow excusable to have done those things because “attitudes were different then” makes me mad. Either you are the kind of person who takes advantage of others or you’re not, and the times you live in are irrelevant to your humanity (or inhumanity in this case). I think we should all take some comfort that all those people who did those things and have so far not been brought to justice are now anxiously looking over their shoulders and waiting for a knock on the door. I hope they are feeling suitably powerless.

Comment on Fracking – is it on your radar yet? Coming to the south west in 2014…. by Graham Carter Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:57:10 +0000 An interesting article, and you have to admire people like Becky who are prepared to stand up for things they believe in. She may well turn out to be right.

However, I have mixed feelings about fracking.

I agree that we need to consider the pros and cons very carefully, but as an energy source it can’t be more dangerous than nuclear, and yet most people – perhaps including Becky – seem happy to stand by and accept the dangers of that.

I am also worried that there seems to be a disproportionate body of opinion against fracking. I am not normally a conspiracy theorist, but whenever fracking is mentioned, it reminds me of wind and solar power, which I strongly support, but which there seems to be a great deal of opposition to.

The problem we have with energy in the UK at the moment is the energy companies are making so much money that they have almost unlimited resources, which makes it very easy for them to afford massive PR operations that can discredit whatever alternative energy source anyone comes up with to theaten their profits. Wind power bad, solar power bad, fracking bad; is there a theme developing?

It worries me that even though fracking is a relatively new idea on this side of the Atlantic, public opinion is already so strongly against it, even though most people have little knowledge or understanding.

Even if the argument isn’t being skewed, we seem to be starting from the standpoint that fracking is bad, which is an unhelpful way to tackle any argument.

I don’t know enough about fracking to say it’s safe or that Becky is wrong, but it may offer a short-term answer to our energy and economic problems while we find greener alternatives, and we could miss out.

Unfortunately, public opinion, which will be the decider on fracking, is usually governed not by verified facts, but rather hearsay, rumour and scaremongery, and I don’t trust the vested interests of the super-rich energy companies to allow us a fair fight.

Comment on Tired Swindon dad spells out demands of being a father… by Victor Martin Hunt (@Methusalada) Wed, 03 Jul 2013 23:47:30 +0000 I can only comment as a father and as a grandfather which is very different today from 30 plus years ago.
My comment is that I experienced a new found joy that comes into one’s life on the birth of the first child. The important ingredients for parent’s in this situation i.e the birth of a second child & a 2 & 1/2 toddler is different, then you need HELP! Help from for the family , particularly the wife’s Mother , sisters or aunts. Maybe from the husband’s family also ? If you have neither or have not asked for family help you have a problem,big problems. Secondly the husbands employer must allow him to have sufficient time off from work ( real time off )
If you are self employed person with contractual obligations then you almost likely to have major problems without preparation. These must be sorted out months ahead of the birth of the 2nd child, even if you fortunate enough to be able to afford a nanny McPhee.
Finally ,when the 2nd born child reaches the 2-3 year old stage and the husband has not deserted the marital home or not having mental breakdown with his in laws or vice versa: then maybe the whole family can have a restful rescue holiday Te He he! It’s at this stage most fathers begin to see their parents in a different light even the wife’s parents.

Whoops & Urgh ! I nearly forgot sleep training habits ,these must be conducted from day 0 from the birth of the first child . Sleep training is not for the parents to go to sleep ,but for 1st child to gain regular sleep habits as this requires routine & dedication from both parents especially Dads. Some Dads like to come home from work and continuously play in admiration of their first prodigy miracle. I digress, as time goes by and you both foolishly begin thinking of family enlargement and want to repeat this whole masochistic experience again, then I can only suggest that you must both be mentally deranged parents, sadomasochists or the children of parents with divine wisdom.
I leave you one lasting thought on the 3rd or 4th birthday of your 2nd child and your wife becomes broody again. Tell her that triplets run in your family, however she may then suggest that you have the snip ! Think about that Daddy as you tuck your little darlings to sleep tonight, before you eagerly & quietly make your exit off to play or watch football. You should be planning the building of your first Wendy house or Castle.

Comment on In God’s waiting room – Mandela and Jean? by Fiona Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:37:23 +0000 Thanks Andrea, I really hope you are right. I felt it very strongly with my gran when she passed a few years ago. I just want her to be free of the tyranny of old age and total infirmity.

Comment on In God’s waiting room – Mandela and Jean? by adhomeopath Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:29:43 +0000 Fiona, I am so touched by your words. I had very similar thoughts in similar situations – last time when my dad was in God’s Waiting Room. I truly believe that your godmother will sense your thoughts, wherever she might be. Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross wrote so extensively about near death scenarios and many conversations have confirmed just that. And this is how I keep conversing with the death, not in a mad muttering way, but knowing that somewhere ‘up there’ – C G Jung called it the Collective Unconscious – they are still with us.

Comment on What kind of personality are you? Compliant? Steady? by Angela Roberts Sat, 08 Jun 2013 08:31:21 +0000 My personality profiling by Elaine Godley from I AM WOMAN was spot on too! Couldn’t believe what I was reading – kept shaking my head saying to myself -gosh that’s so true,! X

Comment on Review of Channel 4’s DDay live programme – wow! by Fiona Scott Fri, 07 Jun 2013 06:42:59 +0000 I should just correct myself after reading the most amazing e-mail from someone who read this blog and contacted me – he’s from Swindon, his father fought on the beaches and survived – his mother survived the Nazis though both her parents died in concentration camps. Utterly humbling. The soldiers killed on Omaha beach in their thousands were American. To all who died during that offensive and all the others then and since – RIP.

Comment on Gay marriage is one step closer – good or bad? by Maya Northen Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:06:50 +0000 Great for you for blogging about a topic that people find controversial, and for standing your ground. I absolutely think one day people will look back on this “battle” the way we do now those that dealt with race and gender equality.

Comment on Reviewing a Sunday spent in the garden by Fiona Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:52:21 +0000 I concur! I too suffer from hay fever but a team effort helped! I just want to drop a hint though – no gardening vouchers for me. However, I’m happy to consider Glam Originals vouchers instead!….