I got a job with a local newspaper straight out of college. I liked the job, and most of the people I worked with but gradually came to realise that as a woman, I was held in much less regard than my male colleagues. I was the first in the office and the last to leave, I worked unpaid overtime on a regular basis and… » 4/08/15 11:08am 4/08/15 11:08am

Genuinely devastated by this. I was in a store with TV screens showing the BBC news channel when I found he had passed away. I literally had to run out because I started to cry. Then I saw his final tweets – and lets just say waterworks ensued in abundance. I feel like part of my childhood just died too. He was a… » 3/12/15 1:05pm 3/12/15 1:05pm

It always bothered me that in Star Trek: The Motion Picture *SPOILER* no-one, (except maybe Decker), seems particularly bothered when a probe sent by V'Ger appears on the bridge of the Enterprise and basically murders Ilia in front of everyone, then steals her likeness for a robotic doppelgänger - literally moments… » 3/02/15 7:23pm 3/02/15 7:23pm

My friend's mother tried her best to ruin my friend's day. Her mother is a very controlling and somewhat bitter person who takes great pleasure in winding up her very loyal only child to hysterical levels, like some sort of attack dog on a leash - then stepping back to watch the resulting chaos. I was chief bridesmaid… » 2/25/15 8:27am 2/25/15 8:27am

"For millions of years, on average, one species became extinct every century. But most of the extinctions since prehistoric times have occurred in the last three hundred years... It is the sheer rate of acceleration that is as terrifying as anything else. We are now having more than a thousand different species of… » 1/19/15 5:01pm 1/19/15 5:01pm

How is a cat supposed to climb or defend itself properly if you mutilate it's paws? I agree that if you don't want your furniture (or yourself) clawed DON'T GET A CAT. We have had quite a few furry overlords since I was a kid, and I have more than a few permanent scars as reminders of them. Each mark makes me smile. » 1/16/15 8:58am 1/16/15 8:58am

I am so tired of endless sub-par reboots of perfectly well made excellent films. Maybe one of the reasons cinema attendances are falling is that audiences are tired of being charged to watch something they have already seen before, and very often, the older movie they have already seen is far superior. » 1/16/15 5:31am 1/16/15 5:31am

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials book 2). I was genuinely destroyed by the Alamo Gulch scenes. The gut wrenching exchanges between Lee Scoresby and his dæmon Hester. The way the events built up… It still makes me tear up again just thinking about it. » 12/12/14 3:45pm 12/12/14 3:45pm