All I Know | Betty Herbert

All I Know

So, anyway, I’ll be starting a PhD in September. (I’m trying to sound blasé about that, like I always totally expected them to take me in, but, bloody hell). Providing I get some funding, I’ll be studying the ways that people tell stories about themselves online, and linking it to evolutionary and cognitive theory. I’ll […]

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You can keep mum | Betty Herbert

You can keep ‘mum’

I am growing increasingly sick of the word ‘mum.’ Not, you understand, when it’s uttered by my son; that is the only appropriate use I can think of (even though he does have a habit of conflating ‘mummy’ with ‘dummy,’ which is less than flattering). No, I mean the use of ‘mum’ by people that […]

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Watch With Mother

Watch With Mother

I’ve started a new site – and I’m looking for guest posts. Watch With Mother is a blogging project devoted to reviewing children’s TV programmes as if they were the real world. It invites you to submit your wry, addled, satirical or adoring review of a kid’s TV programme you’ve watched by default. Go and […]

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Five inventions I’ve dreamed of patenting since becoming a mother

I’m attending my first Mumsnet Blogfest on Saturday. Lots of people are writing posts to introduce themselves, and so here’s mine. It’s not really an introduction per se, but it probably tells you all your need to know. Which may not be entirely edifying. Five inventions I’ve dreamed of patenting since becoming a mother: 1. […]

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Viv Oyolu

Dream Corner Podcast

A few weeks ago, the lovely Viv Oyolu interviewed me for her Dream Corner podcast. Do have a listen if you’ve got a mo – she was very good at getting lots of juicy facts out of me! (In a good way).    

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What we don’t want to see

Trigger warning: this post discusses stillbirth, miscarriage and neo-natal death.  I offended someone today, by clicking ‘like’ on a photo on Facebook. I hate offending people, and in many ways I understand her point of view. The picture, you see, was of a dead baby. But let me explain why I’d press ‘like’ all over […]

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Autumn Brain Detox | Betty Herbert

Brain Detox: The Reckoning

Well, Brain Detox is officially over. Do I now have a clean, sparkly, creative brain? Well, kind of. When I suggested that we all do ‘one crazy, spontaneous thing,’ I must admit that I didn’t expect that to be ‘start a business and gain a substantial client list before you even launch.’ Life moves fast […]

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