The Mother of All Losses
The Mother of All Losses is such a beautiful podcast – fabulous hosts Anna and Emily interview people not only about the grief of losing their mothers/maternal figures, but also about their mothers/maternal figures – and I was so happy to be asked on.
I talk about my gorgeous mum, Bibi (she was Big Bibi and I was – and still am in my cousins’ phone contacts – Little Bibi) — and about my grief at not having children.
I really enjoyed recording this and hope you enjoy listening to it. (There are some swears. IT’S NOT MY FAULT.)
World Childless Week
This week is World Childless Week. I’ve made two films for the brilliant, just-launched, news platform MyPoint.TV about World Childless Week and what it’s like to not have kids in this #AsAMother world. In the videos I talk to the inspirational Jody Day, founder of Gateway Women, and the wonderful Stephanie Phillips, founder of World Childless Week.
(Filmed and edited by super-talented Angus Davies. Find Angus on Insta @_angusdavies.)
Please watch and share.
Thank you. xx
Stephanie Phillips video
What A Carry On
This was too much fun. Too. Much. Fun.
From my night wrapped in Harrison Ford’s sheets to dogging – via Button Soup and drive-ins – those Carry On gals got more than their money’s* worth from me.
Glass Door's Sleep Out (Or In) 2020
So proud to be part of this incredible event. I did the Glass Door Sleep Out last year and it was horrible and life-affirming. Horrible that we even have to think about homelessness in 2020 — and life-affirming that so many people did and donated and made the (sleepless) night so important to Glass Door, me, and, most importantly, the guests they help.
I’m honoured to be one of the presenters at this year’s Sleep Out (Or In).
I am also sleeping out again.
This is why.
I was ‘hidden homeless’ for 10 years and I know the damage that caused me – screwed my mental health/relationships/life – so God knows what living on the street does to a person.
I moved ‘home’ 30 times in that decade; 19 in two years. I ‘lived’ on a stranger’s sofa; stayed in friends of friends’ spare rooms (having to move between one address and another mid-week because one FoF’s girlfriend didn’t want me in the same building as her bloke); and, in the flat with syringes in the bathroom, had the joy of a man I’d never met walking into my bedroom as I was naked in bed.
This is not how we should live.
And I was lucky. People helped me. Some people get no help. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. A home is a basic need. And right.
Please help me raise awareness and funds.
Link for donations: https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/Fundraisers/dame-bibi-needs-you-
I loved chatting with my brilliant friend Pipa Gordon on her fabulous #InsideMyWardrobe podcast.
There was no mention of fashion — but lots on grief, pronatalism and The Great Recession*.
- The pod is nowhere near as heavy as my words above imply
- I’m high-pitched and hyper. Can only imagine I’d fallen victim to an ‘accidental caffeine’ spike
- Please get your mind out of the gutter when you read the episode description
*© Daniel Ruiz Tizon