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Growing up, my mum worried a fair bit about our health. It was hard to do anything vaguely physical without hearing a sharp intake of breath and my Mum muttering ‘you could break your neck!’

Conversations would often go something like this:

Me: ‘I’ve got a bit of a headache, so I might go to bed early.’

Mum: ‘Do you have a stiff neck? Do you have a rash??’

Me: ‘No, I don’t have meningitis. Hush.’

I think it probably got to the point where even if I HAD had a stiff neck I wouldn’t have said anything, just to avoid the fuss.

While no teenager particularly wants their parents fretting around them all the time, my Mum was right to take meningitis seriously – it’s a serious disease, and something that we should be educated about.

To help hammer the message home, here are five things you should definitely know about meningitis. Please share them with other people, especially young people, and please do share your own thoughts and experiences in the comments.

The more we talk about meningitis, hopefully the fewer people will have to experience it. Find out more about how to protect yourself here.

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I had a cracking start to the year reading wise, but February was a little bit slower. I wasn’t well, and then I had that brief obsession with making my own Jaffa cakes and Jammie Dodgers. You know how these things conspire against you.

Still, I managed five books, which is not bad at all, all things considered, even if two of them were basically the same.

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

My February reading started with me having a mooch in my local Oxfam bookshop and coming across a big stack of the dark green Penguin Crime Classics. I love a bit of vintage crime fiction, but for some reason I’ve never come across Margery Allingham.

The Crime At Black Dudley

There were about 15 of her books in Oxfam and I should just have bought them all as they were only £2 each, but for some reason I was feeling sensible so I only bought the first three in the series. The Crime At Black Dudley is the first one.

That night though I dreamt about them. I dreamt that I went back into the shop and none of them were left and I was sad. The next time I was in town then I went back in, but most of them HAD been sold and I WAS sad, so proof that dreams CAN come true. View Post

I’ve done quite a lot of STUFF in my life.

By ‘stuff’ I mean the kind of things that you normally see on people’s bucket lists, like flying in a hot air balloon, riding in a helicopter, or jumping out of a plane. (True story – when I jumped out of a plane I passed out mid air and woke up on the ground. Oops.)

never have I ever ideas

I have a list of 40 things I want to do before I’m 40, which helps, but generally I like to try things, even if it’s only once. Like skiing.

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I used to have a bit of a blind spot when it came to interior lighting. My friend Lucy was always coming over and bemoaning my lack of flattering lighting.

‘It’s just these God awful centre lights!’ she would say. ‘You need some strategic lamps to stop me looking so ancient.’

She was right.

I took heed though, and if anything I’ve gone the other way – I have lamps everywhere, even in the kitchen, and candles galore for when you’re feeling like you really do need a darker corner to hide in. Lamps are lovely too for creating little areas of interest, highlighting areas of the room you particular like, or making cosy yet well lit corners for reading or crafts.

A well placed light can totally change the feel of a room – the warmth, the colours, the tone. You can give the whole place a lift without actually having to spend too much money.

This week I’ve been looking for a home for my new lamp from the Endon Lighting range at Wayfair. Endon Lighting has been around for over 75 years and has a focus on well designed, trend-led lighting. The range is definitely worth a look.

At the moment it’s next to my bed like this:

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I notice it most starkly when I go to London. There are people everywhere, rushing from one place to the next, and it’s like a sea of black and grey. Occasionally you walk past a woman in a pink coat and you think ‘yessss Queen slay!’

(I think that in my head in Bee’s voice.)

It’s so bloody miserable isn’t it? All these DRAB clothes, making everyone look DRAB. Come on guys! Spice things up a little bit!

red dress

I guess people are nervous about wearing colour. It’s not something that I’ve ever been worried about, but then in my family I am notoriously badly dressed. Having said that, there are definitely ways to wear colour without having to be too conspicuous.

To make the point, Joe Brown’s sent me some bits from their new spring/summer range, all on a red theme. Using these pieces, I came up with four ways to wear red and feel SUPER sassy: View Post

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Did you ever do that thing when you were a teenager where you’d just stare at your face in the mirror, really close up, for ages and ages?

It’s the kind of thing you have time for when you’re 15. It’s all measuring at that age isn’t it? How many friends do you have? How wide apart are your eyes? What’s the circumference of your calves?

(I had a disagreement with Belle the other night, who is 15 now, the same height as me, and about four stone lighter. She was insistent that she her thighs were just as chubby as mine. Even when I made her measure them and could show her that mine were EIGHT INCHES rounder than hers, she still seemed fairly cynical.)

At 39 I spend a lot less time staring at my face.

This is what it looks like:

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