My letter arrived out of the blue in May 2015.

Until that moment I'd been oblivious to the existence of a company called Concentrix.  The letter informed me that they work on behalf of HMRC and they had information that I had a partner living with me while claiming tax credits as a lone parent.

My initial reaction was confusion and then anger... had someone maliciously given false information about me to these people?

"Hula hooping has changed my life.".... I have lost count of the number of times I've heard that said.

Hooping is great fun and different people get different things out of it.  One story I hear a lot is from women who have started hooping because they have heard it's great exercise and good for core fitness and the Tummy.  It is - but that reason is soon forgotten as hoopers become addicted to learning tricks and finding their own style.

Question:  What could be nicer than the taste of slightly warm Lemon Drizzle Cake made with eggs collected from your own back garden?

Answer:  Knowing you saved the lives of the hens that kindly laid them for you - the feel-good factor instantly increases ten-fold.

Of course I didn't start the British Hen Welfare Trust to enhance the taste sensations of the nation; the seed was first sown at the tender age of 17 when I watched Panorama 'Down on the Factory Farm'.

I shave my legs,
I sit down to pee
And I can justify
Any shopping spree.

Don't go to a barber,
But a beauty salon
Can get a massage
Without a hard-on

I can balance the cheque book,
    Can pump my own gas
    Can talk to my friends
    About the size of my ass.

Bridgid logo thumb2Clever, witty, funny, moving......poetry by the very talented Bridgid. Her poems are about everyday aspects of real life written in her own delightfully individual style.


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