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Going #CrueltyFree (and a cute beagle video)

Going #CrueltyFree (and a cute beagle video)

A few months ago I made a kind of spur-of-the-moment decision to go #crueltyfree with my toiletries and cosmetics. Now, for me, Cruelty Free means not tested on animals. I am not vegan, I am not even vegetarian, so I don't see the point in going vegan for cosmetics....

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Contracting vs Freelancing

Contracting vs Freelancing

For some people the terms 'contracting' and 'freelancing' are interchangeable. For me I have a clear distinction between the two. In the past I have done both, but going forward (from July 2018) I will only be taking on Freelance work. Here are my definitions of the...

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Special Announcement

Special Announcement

I am planning on having a career addition, as opposed to a career change. Or a sideline if you like. At the beginning of the year I applied for a training course, and a couple of months back I was interviewed, references were taken and I was subsequently accepted....

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I really hate walking my dog on some days…

I really hate walking my dog on some days…

And those days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, more specifically; on those mornings. And that's because these are the mornings that our bins are emptied, and (most of) the rubbish is taken away. And it's that 'most of' that is the issue - it;s what's not taken that's...

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Why I’m leaving Women of Email

Why I’m leaving Women of Email

This is the post I put on the Women of Email Facebook page today: Hey ladies, I think I'm going to have to leave this group, I don't think it's for me any more. I'd love to be a part of something that champions women in the industry, celebrates successes and helps...

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Being ill as a Freelancer

Being ill as a Freelancer

When I decided to go freelance, one of my big fears was getting sick - sick pay is not a luxury you get as a new freelancer, and I seem to have quite a low immune system. However since I've been contracting, I've only lost one day's pay from sickness, and that's quite...

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From a Dog Owner to Child Owners (and to normal adults)

From a Dog Owner to Child Owners (and to normal adults)

When I was a kid, I was taught by my parents to always ask the owner before stroking a stranger's dog. Always. No matter how small or cute or placid it appears. Always, always ask first. Why isn't this being taught anymore? I'm out with Kimber, and adults and children...

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The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

I need to start with an apology: This is almost two months overdue! I have had a few distractions with a poorly puppy and finishing my permanent employer to become freelance, and the panic attacks involved with both of those things! And I need to follow that up with a...

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Why Chuggers will never get my money

Why Chuggers will never get my money

I hate Chuggers. For those who don't know the term, it's a combination of the two words 'Charity' and 'Muggers'. You know the ones, men and women with their tabard and their clipboard or bucket (or ipads or credit card machines lately). Guilt-tripping people into...

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So, it turns out I’m a F*******!

So, it turns out I’m a F*******!

I have just finished a book that I should have read eons ago! And I didn't, because of the utter slating that it got in the press and on social media - I based my opinion on that, instead of actually reading it and making my own mind up. And...

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My one and only brush with sexism… I think

My one and only brush with sexism… I think

I hear a lot about how much sexism women in tech face and how hard it is to get into the field, let alone progress in it. This is not something I’ve really come across. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, I’m just saying it doesn’t happen all the time, and it doesn’t...

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“Click Here”? Bob says “Go F**k yourself!”

“Click Here”? Bob says “Go F**k yourself!”

I really passionately hate any copy in email or on websites that say ‘click here’. If you need to write that then you’ve failed. You’ve failed as a designer if your link is so inobvious that you need to spell out the fact that it’s a link. You’ve failed as a copy...

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