Mark and Natasha’s blogs from 2009

March 2, 2010

Why It’s Not Enough to be “In Recovery” (Natasha)

Ever have one of those moments where something comes out of your mouth before you can stop it and then immediately afterwards you think “why did I say that?”. I had one such moment last week whilst being interviewed live on BBC Radio Three Counties. I heard myself say: “I have been in recovery for […]

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February 24, 2010

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2010 (Natasha)

To coin a phrase frequently repeated by anyone who works long hours – “It’s only Wednesday and I’m knackered already!”. This week is passing in a blur of radio and press interviews and of discovering yet more people dedicated to promoting change and stamping out the growing trend for eating disorders – Hoorah! I was […]

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February 22, 2010

Is the Tide beginning to turn? (Mark)

A recent article in the Daily Mail quoted research from the annual British Social Attitudes Survey, which shows that women in 2010 want a husband who’ll be the main breadwinner. There’s a striking change in values in the decade since New Labour came to power: The number of mothers with children under 4 who that […]

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February 19, 2010

A Torrent of Unadulterated Rage (Natasha)

I must preface this blog by letting anyone reading know that I currently have PMS. As such, my propensity for rage knows no bounds. Every poor soul I’ve encountered has been on the receiving end of it this morning, even inanimate objects (I startled an innocent bystander as I walked out of my flat, shouting […]

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February 17, 2010


According to an article in Mail Online, Psychologists are updating their bible, The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM, and apparently the new version, the fourth,  is going to be 7 times larger than the original of 1952 and there’s a bit of a hoohah going on! Well I’m not surprised! Do […]

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Fat-Scapegoating: The New Trend for the Teenies (Natasha)

When I was at college doing A level History, my rather brilliant teacher, Mr Biggins, devoted an entire lesson to educating us about how propaganda didn’t suddenly cease with the collapse of the Third Reich. We might have scoffed at how anyone could be so easily influenced as to be taken in by a cartoon […]

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January 27, 2010

Sun in the Sky You Know How I Fee-eeel (Natasha)

As I made my way into the Winning Minds office today, the icy winds pounded furiously against my shivering skin and the depressing gun-metal grey winter sky loomed menacingly over the frosty earth beneath. However, despite Mother Nature doing her utmost to dampen my spirits, I positively skipped through the streets of Stortford, smiling at […]

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January 26, 2010

Lost Generation (Mark)

Lost Generation We, the baby boomers have done the damage…to society, to the earth…and our children have to pick up the pieces. Young people today do indeed feel disillusioned by the world they’ve been brought into. Difficult to blame them really: family breakdown, depression, disrespect, greed, selfishness, environmental degradation are the norm. And yet we’re […]

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January 25, 2010

An Own Goal in the Beauty Battle (Natasha)

Having worked myself up into a veritable frenzy of excitement at the prospect of reading the Times Style Magazine piece on the “curvelution”, I disappointingly found it to be the editorial equivalent of eating a penguin biscuit bar when you’re hankering after a Dairy Milk – It simply didn’t hit the spot. The tantalizing image […]

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Memoires of a Glamour Puss (Natasha)

On the days when I have the time and inclination, I like to create a look for myself inspired by the sirens of the 50s – Strong of brow, long of lash, and pout-y of lip. I like to tease my hair into soft curls and pop on something which speaks of both strength and […]

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