My name is Penny and I’m an established fashion blogger (into my 6th year). So why set up and write another blog? Well, this blog is where I aim to write about serious issues of our time in a more reflective manner.

The issues I write about are likely to be current. When I started the blog I was interested in the Syrian refugee situation and the movement of peoples around the world; the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; the growth of IS; and the NHS. Just lately it has been all about Brexit, and that interest, I expect, alas, to continue for some time. One area that I have not tackled is the climate change issue and I truly hope to give it the attention it deserves.

Now my background. I had a somewhat eclectic career; first, nursing (for 10 years) then, unheard of now, a near 10-year break to have two children. During that break I got a 2.1 in International relations at Sussex Uni. The degree acted as a platform for a new career (at 40) and I worked in the voluntary sector in both a local and national capacity, After studying for an MA in health and social policy I worked as an evaluator and researcher for the University of Brighton and then became a freelance health and social policy consultant.

Now I’m retired it’s the politics and issues of the day that intrigue and dismay me. I find the superficiality and bias of ‘the news’ frustrating. I want to dig deep into issues and understand the context, the why and how of the issue.

However, to some people who come upon this blog it might seem that I’m writing the blindingly obvious. If that’s so, let me explain. I aim to examine issues, so sometimes I’ll be setting out arguments and points that do seem simplistic or obvious, but writing is the way I learn, and moreover it’s the way I order my thoughts.

So writing for this blog will be i) a discipline, ii) a way of ordering my thoughts on assorted subjects and iii) hopefully I may learn something.

I’m also hoping that people will comment as discussion can be both illuminating and informative. However, Daily Mail readers and trolls won’t be tolerated – hope that’s clear.

Revised 3rd October 2019