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Outsourced NHS Services – a review

In view of the recent general election results, in which the country apparently voted to trash everything good about our society in favour of US-style “me first” crap, it struck me as timely that I recently had my first experience of privatized diagnostic testing. Even better, I have previously had this particular test before, provided […]

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Insomnia

Sometimes I can’t sleep. This is one of those times. I have plenty of work I could be doing while my subconscious is vetoing my decision to rest, but to sit down and work seems like admitting defeat. So, instead, I decided to further dilute the information content of the Internet by going delving into […]

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Because I could post weaning pictures all day…

The pictures we took of Tiny having her first food are some of my favourite ever. I already used two of them in my last post, but here’s one more for good measure:

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Six Tiny Months

On Monday, Tiny turned 6 months old. For half a year now, I’ve been a parent. It still feels pretty weird to call myself that, though. Parent is a word that conjures up a mental image of someone strong, nurturing, patient, and above all who knows all the answers. In many ways, I feel more […]

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Byebug Cheatsheet

At a recent Three Rings developer event I found myself hunting for a good cheat sheet for the Ruby 2 debugger Byebug. I couldn’t find anything much, so I made my own :). Acknowledgment The design of this cheat sheet borrows heavily from my favourite GDB quick reference guide. Contents Starting Byebug Stopping Again Essential […]

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Black Boxes

My life is filled with black boxes. When I was a kiddy, there were loads of things I didn’t understand. Closed systems where I could see what went in, and what came out, but had no idea of what happened in the middle. This included everything from how one went about acquiring money to how […]

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Natural childbirth – why oh why?

In case anyone missed it, I finally gave birth the other week. I can honestly say that despite all the books I read, the other mothers I’d spoken to and the antenatal classes I attended, I was completely unprepared for how horrible it was going to be. I’d like to say that my (awful) experience […]

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The waiting game

I started my maternity leave on Monday. So far I haven’t exactly been taking it easy – I’m trying to finish off a new feature for Three Rings in time for the January release, I’ve just finished wrapping all the Christmas presents, I’ve started making desserts for Christmas, and I still have Tiny’s room to […]

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Recipe – Chocolate Orange Christmas Cupcakes

I had the day off work today, so I’ve been catching up on my festive baking. I know the second week of December is a bit late to make Christmas cake, but I’m ahead on the Christmas shopping, so that cancels out, right? Anyway, these cakes started life as a neat idea for decorating Christmas […]

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Pregnancy = Stress

So I just scored 26 out of 32 on a stress test over on the Beeb. Nausea? Check. Sleeplessness? Check. Easily lose track of things… All the frickin’ checks. Maybe all stressed people are just pregnant and don’t realise? Compared with times when I really have been under high stress, though, I’d take life as […]