The guilt of giving your child a sibling.

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I love my children. That’s not a particularly controversial statement to open with. But I do — it’s the strongest emotion I have, to the point it’s often overwhelming. As soon as my daughter was old enough to handle basic conversations, I would ask her, ‘do you know how much I love you?’

She would smile, knowingly, and reply, ‘all of it.’

Why, then, do I feel guilty having the same conversation with my son?

I don’t love my son any less or any differently. But if my daughter is around when I tell him this, I’m quick to point…

But I can — honestly

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I’m good at finding things. In fact, I’m great. I’d even go as far as to say I’m the best — no equals.

Okay, I may be overcompensating. But when something goes missing — keys, a shoe, that pair of glasses right there on your head — I’m more than capable of helping out. The problem is, I’ve got a bit of a reputation.

As far as my family are concerned, I’m useless. It’s a waste of time even asking me, apparently — I couldn’t even find my own nose. …

Sometimes, a ticking clock can be the best motivation

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I enjoy writing. When I’ve got something I need to get off my chest, whether it’s something I’m passionate about and want to share or something I feel the need to explain, writing has always been the best medium for me. Other times, I simply find it therapeutic.

The problem is, I need to have that feeling inside me, the desire to write. This can be difficult to create artificially, which can cause problems when trying to plan in advance when I’m going to write. Just because I have the time it doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily have the motivation.


A story of solidarity in the face of adversity

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Under Theresa May, the Conservative government made a conscious and deliberate decision to create a ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants to the UK. Yesterday, a Glasgow community showed that we create our own environments — and their members are far more welcome than the Home Office.

Under Priti Patel, the Home Office has continued its practice of turning up at people’s homes in riot vans with the intention of deporting them. They attempted to carry out one of their raids in Kenmure Street, Glasgow, until one resident noticed what was going on:

The tweet from the moment the Home Office arrived

And that’s a good thing

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I’ve been writing on Medium for two years and it’s a great platform. It allows me to say what I want to say and present it in an attractive format. It even helps me to reach a range of readers that would otherwise be impossible — and all with minimal effort from my part.

Medium also allows you to make money. The idea is wonderful, and I’d absolutely love to make a living from writing on here, but for me that simply isn’t practical. Those who are bringing in real money have two things I don’t.

The first is commitment

For anyone trusting the Medium app to save their work

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We’ve all been there: spent an hour or more typing away, entrusting some amazing yet unfathomable technology to look after our words, only to see them all lost to the ether. For most writers, I think it’s a rite of passage.

For that reason I’m a little obsessive when it comes to saving my work. Anything particularly important tends to be on multiple devices, hard drives and clouds.

When I joined Medium, though, this wasn’t an option. My beloved laptop gave up the ghost and I only had my phone to work on (this is evident in the dodgy formatting…

What the show set out to achieve and why I think it failed

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Marvel’s latest flagship show on Disney+ was never going to be as creative as its predecessor, WandaVision. Nonetheless, in its attempt to be something more than an extended, generic action movie, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier aimed for something more important: recognising the opportunity to take a stance on a history of racism, it didn’t shy away from the challenge. Its efforts were commendable, but I want to explain why I believe it fell short.

Superhero movies don’t generally require you to engage your brain all that much. But if that’s what I was looking for, I’d pick up…

A surprising result from my Medium experiment

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Okay, I don’t mean literally — I haven’t inadvertently found a way to manipulate the stock markets in my favour. The effect I’m talking about here is psychological.

I recently started a Medium challenge in which I’m primarily interested in the effect it has on views, followers and ultimately income. But I’m also keeping my eyes open for any unexpected consequences.

I’ve never been a prolific writer and so I’ve never earned a monthly Medium income worth whispering about, never mind shouting. …

A crossroads in the career of a political giant

Leanne Wood outside the Senedd, opposing the army’s use of schools for recruitment

After any election, there’s always a lot to digest. But in the aftermath of Wales’ 2021 Senedd Elections, I’m finding one result difficult to comprehend. Like many people in Wales, I’m a committed socialist, and as far as I’m concerned the Senedd has just lost the best of us.

Leanne Wood has easily been one of the most principled and committed politicians in the UK for almost two decades. The Senedd Member for the Rhondda since winning her home seat in 2016, she has served as a South Wales Central representative since 2003.

She’s the reason I became interested in…

With only half the amount of success

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I had a pretty successful first year in terms of curation, which I’ve shared here. I noted that the percentage of my stories that were curated was 85% and those that didn’t make the cut were the ones I had rushed a little.

Last year, in 2020, my success rate dropped to 44% (lower if you count the ineligible story I wrote about Medium). My output was only marginally greater (17 compared with 13) so I hadn’t been rushing to get more done. So what happened?

Last time, I came to the conclusion that the curators seem to prefer my…

Y. Chwyldro

Politically Left, parent, Welsh. Writes about any combination of the three, and occasionally other subjects entirely.

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