Mean People by Angela Caldin

A Mean Question One of my little granddaughters asked me the other day, ‘Why are there mean people in the world?’ I found myself stumped as to how to answer this challenging question, going as it does to the core of the human condition. Flashbacks to lectures on nature and nurture when studying Shakespeare came into my mind but my recollection was hazy and I doubt whether it would help a five year old even if it was clearer. In the end I settled for saying that we are all a mixture… Read More

Aspects of Domestic Violence by Angela Caldin

Startling Statistics I woke in the night not long ago and was listening half-asleep to the radio. Suddenly, I jolted wide awake when I heard the following frightening statistics: two women per week are killed by current or ex-partners, and one in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence of some degree in their lifetime. It is estimated that less than half of all incidents are reported to the police, but they still receive one domestic violence call every minute in the UK. There is no doubt that it is… Read More

The Devil’s Brew by Angela Caldin

It is with trepidation that I start to write about alcohol and its effects on us and our society, because I am more than well aware that my two fellow bloggers like a drink or twelve and that one of them at least has certainly suffered from some almighty hangovers in her time. But I am troubled by the hold that alcohol seems to have on our society at all levels, most dramatically among the young. Its effects are all too apparent in our town centres every weekend, when getting ‘bladdered’ seems… Read More