Wiltshire family share an amazing love story…

A love story

This article first appeared in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald in early February 2014. Today mum Liz Badcock is a loving mother, doting wife and fledgling entrepreneur. As she turns 40 this year and enjoys watching her 20-month-old son … [Read more...]

Fracking – is it on your radar yet? Coming to the south west in 2014….

This is an article which appeared in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on January 2 2014 and includes an interview with mum Becky Martin, a scientist by profession. As 2014 dawns, it could be a very important year for one campaigning mum from … [Read more...]

Showjumping is in this family’s DNA – meet Rosie Pyle

Rosie & Saint are riding high - and hoping for more!

(this article was first published in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on October 17 2013, this content may be slightly longer due to the newspaper editing process) TALENTED horsewomen Rosie and Sam Pyle have an exciting personal challenge ahead … [Read more...]

I’m a parrot with a splash of eagle, hint of dove. What about you?

No, I'm not a peacock..I'm a parrot....

Since being in business, I've come to realise that understanding yourself can be key to success. There are lots of things I know about myself but when I became self-employed, there was one thing I didn't know - could I actually do it? Could I … [Read more...]

The police, young people and mental health…in Wiltshire…

Today I'm reproducing an article I wrote for my family column in the weekly newspaper, The Gazette & Herald, which covers much of the county of Wiltshire. It was published on Thursday August 29 2013  and I'm reproducing it here at the request of … [Read more...]

Reviewing a Sunday spent in the garden

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Gardening - a term which fills me with dread. I've always hated gardening and everything that goes with it. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike gardens, I appreciate the effort which goes into a garden but I just don't want to bother with all of … [Read more...]

Child benefit, Leveson – a 2012 rant from a Wiltshire mum

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As journalists, we are not often able to express opinions about political things - and many of us just don't want to - but today is different. Today I feel the need to say what I think both as a journalist and as a mum - and it's two gripes here: … [Read more...]

Disabled? In receipt of benefits? Need social care?

Are there any thorny questions around these laws?

This is a different sort of blog for me - it's my journalist head trying to get at the truth of the matter, so this will be particularly relevant to you if you are disabled, in receipt of benefits or in need of social care. Two important pieces of … [Read more...]

Working mums – where’s the glamour?

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When people find out that you work in the media, they seem to conjure up this image of glamour in your life. That used to be true on some days before I had children, especially if there was a beauty launch or a wine and dine contacts event. Now I’m … [Read more...]

A mum’s review of the health service in her town – what’s your story?

What's the score with Swindon's out-of-hours GP services?

I've been a bit slack on the blog front recently  - one of the reasons being that I've not been well, and having three children, we've passed it around. A severe throat infection that is. Having had a few weeks of nasty illness in Swindon, I've … [Read more...]