I’ve always been under the impression that as time moves on, so will society. Racism, sexism, homophobia and all those other horrid prejudices will become less and less prevalent until finally we will live in a society which accepts everyone for who they are.

Yeah, I know, what an idiot!

I recently clicked on a link to a story on the Norwich Evening News website and was faced with a pop-up question (which also comes up on their EDP site too).

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Well… none of those things actually. At least not in the way they mean. Here are the ones I would click, and why.

Immigration. If I chose this option, the assumption would be that I’m worried about all those bloody foreigners coming into our country. I do think immigration is a big issue, but not for that reason. Unfortunately people seem to be using immigration as a vague backdrop for their racist opinions. Starting a rant with “Immigration’s the problem…” and ending it with “…ban the Burka!” is becoming far too commonplace. Luckily no-one on my Facebook or Twitter has shared the BNP’s ‘Ban the Burka’ photo yet (if they did I would immediately let them know how unacceptable it is and delete them) but it is a photo I am seeing more and more of. Who are we to dictate how people look? Perhaps these people think that North Korea’s sanctioned hairstyles are a good thing? Oh wait, they’re Asian so probably not.

The Economy. More often than not our economic problems are blamed on benefit scroungers and immigrants. Occasionally someone will blame the bankers or the government too. I think that’s a bit of a cop out though. The problem is our backwards thinking society. You don’t get something for nothing, right? But why? Maybe if we all gave a little more without wanting something in return there’d be less of a mess. And I don’t mean giving financially, I’m on about time. I’m well into Roller Derby, a sport which runs entirely on volunteering. We all give up our time to run it – referees and other officials, coaches, admin – none of them get paid. Everything works better if we pull together so maybe, if everyone stopped being so fucking selfish we’d all be a bit happier. Don’t even get me started on how materialistic we’ve all become. And YES I include myself in that. It makes me sick when I think about how much stuff I have, and even sicker when I think about how I’d feel if one day it all disappeared.

Unemployment. For me this is a two part issue. I’ve been in a situation before where I thought I’d be unemployed forever. I just could not get a job. But then I was only applying for one type of job. I never even considered things like cleaning or factory work as a viable option. I was above all that. And that attitude is so common in this country, not among those commonly portrayed as ‘benefit scroungers’ but among the more middle class section of the population. Those of us with an alright education, stable family background and lots of friends. These are the people who need to be pushed into work and made to take the jobs they don’t want to do. The second part of the unemployment issue are those people without an education, a support network or any employment history. These people need help to get trained and qualified and have some valuable work experience so they can get into paid work, which is what most of them want to do anyway.

Europe. See Immigration. The only thing anyone ever says about Europe – immigration.

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You might see a common theme among all my hastily tapped out thoughts there. What do I think is the greatest issue facing the UK?

Prejudice. I see it every day, and people aren’t even ashamed of it any more. They are against Eastern Europeans, Asians, Muslims, LGBT, women, men, the unemployed and even people who look like they fall into one of those categories. I’m sick of it.

So if you are prejudice against anyone, fine, be that way. I’m not going to try to tell you how to think. But don’t think I won’t be saying a massive ‘Fuck You’ if you behave that way around me.

As you all know I got a new job just before Christmas. I work in a hospital as a Healthcare Assistant, which obviously means I have to comply with a strict uniform code. This includes not wearing a wedding ring with stones in. It was with great sadness I removed my wedding ring with its seven little diamonds on that first day.

Luckily I had managed to find a solution, of sorts. I got myself down to my local Argos and paid just under £40 for a 9ct Gold wedding ring. Sure, it’s not as pretty as my usual ring, but I just wanted to keep it in a box in my work bag and only wear it for ward shifts.

Fast forward a couple of weeks to the beginning of January and I noticed something strange. The ring had a huge crack in it, and part of the metal had broken off leaving a hole in the ring (no, not the hole your finger goes through!). Considering the most strenuous part of my job involves bed-bathing immobile patients I was very surprised. Surely this must be a faulty product?

I got myself back to Argos where I was told that I had obviously ‘mis-used’ the product. Because of course, a wedding ring can be misused. Still, they agreed to send it off to be assessed by experts, just in case it was faulty.

It took two weeks for a response and I was told that the ‘experts’ agreed with the shop – not a faulty product. I was advised that the ring is made of thin metal and not really meant for every day wear. Yes you read that right. A wedding ring  which is not designed for everyday wear. As it goes I had only worn this ring about 12 times but still, what an odd thing to say!

I argued that if that was their stance then they are selling a product which is not fit for purpose. By its very nature a wedding ring is an everyday item.

So now what? Well for starters I don’t have a ring to wear at work. My jewellery box has a sad little cracked ring sitting in it and I’m £40 out of pocket.

What do I want? I want my money back. So come on Argos, what are you going to do about it?!

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Mothers Day

As you all know, I am a Mum. Usually this comes with a whole load of down sides (like nits) but Sunday is Mothers Day – woohoo!

I’m sure my lovely daughter has something super special planned for me. Breakfast in bed perhaps, maybe a handmade card and a bunch of flowers. She might even tidy her room!

She asked me the other day what things I like other than skating. My answer was “food, wine and sleep”. Hopefully she took that hint, along with me saving pages from the AGA Foodhall as the homepage on all our computers, and bought me one of these amazing hampers.

Only time will tell…

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Oh dear, I did it again. ANOTHER half marathon without training properly! Last time I had a good excuse, this time I had many excuses, they just weren’t very good.

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Last year I really hurt my coccyx practicing crossovers for roller derby. I stupidly hadn’t invested in any butt padding and have paid the price. That was one of the most painful injuries I had ever had. Several weeks on and I was still in agony, luckily the 30mg codeine tablets and broken arm took my mind off things a little! Read the rest of this entry »

There were so many great moments in 2013 that it would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to pick just one. So here are some of my absolute favourite bits. (This post is an entry into a prize draw on Rarely Wears Lipstick, although I sort of meant to do it early in the new year anyway!) Read the rest of this entry »

Last time we had to deal with the dreaded head lice in this family I had waist length hair. Luckily for me I’m sporting a much shorter do now, but I still shuddered this morning when Ashleigh uttered those terrifying words “Mummy, my head is really itchy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Knockturn Ali

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The new love of my life is Roller Derby. For one evening a week I’m not Bunn The Baker, boring blogger and mummy and HCA. I become Knockturn Ali, derby beast of the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Well, I’ve been a bit absent, haven’t I? In my defence I have been SUPER busy. There’s the new job, working as a Healthcare Assistant at the hospital. There was Christmas of course, and New Year (which wiped me out for a good few days, damned Prosecco). There have been loads of derby things to go to as well, and you know that Candy ain’t gonna crush itself. I’m going to try to post a bit more regularly now that things have settled down into a bit of a rhythm, so keep checking back to find out what I’ve been  up to. Peace. x

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Here are a few little tips will hopefully give you a bit of a eureka moment. You’ll wonder how you ever did without these in your life. Read the rest of this entry »

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