Welcome. My name is Sophia Moseley and I am a Freelance Writer; below you will find a selection of features that I have written.

Help me someone, help me (August)

Help me someone, help me (August)

"Help me, someone help me. Is there anyone there?"
The cry of anguish from a child lost in the dark who wants their mother? The nervous call of an injured person stuck on a cliff edge hoping to be rescued by the emergency services? [ more... ]

It was no love affair (July)

It was no love affair (July)

We cannot turn our backs on Europe, says Boris but Juncker is keen to point out it was not an intimate love affair and he wants a quickie divorce. [ more... ]

What's the dominant influence in your life? (June)

What's the dominant influence in your life? (June)

It could be your husband or wife, your children or parents or maybe right now it's the EU referendum. [ more... ]

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow (May)

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow (May)

When I was going through puberty I was so embarrassed by my hairy arms that I shaved one of them as an experiment, only one mind, to see if it would improve my appearance and self-esteem. [ more... ]

Planet Earth, the name that stuck like mud (April)

Planet Earth, the name that stuck like mud (April)

What's your name? For the purpose of this blog post I am going to assume you know what it is and possibly where it came from. The usual culprits, as in my case are famous film stars or favourite countries or perhaps a highly regarded and loved great aunt. Whatever the explanation, you know what you are called and who named you. [ more... ]

International Women's Day - to celebrate our rights and our differences (March)

International Women's Day - to celebrate our rights and our differences (March)

International Women's Day is held annually on 8 March and I cannot deny that when I first read about it, I thought to myself oh here we go again, yet another 'national' day so the card industry et al can make yet more money out of a sham. But it seems I couldn't have been more wrong. [ more... ]

Make a Wish (February)

Make a Wish (February)

Wars were fought, cities built and leaders appointed according to this ancient oracle. [ more... ]

From the Outside In (January 2016)

From the Outside In (January 2016)

Elbows off the table, don't speak with your mouth full and put your knife and fork at half past six when you've finished. Are table manners still important? [ more... ]

The Sound of Music (December)

The Sound of Music (December)

The bugler sounds the charge and the drummer the retreat, what is it that makes us react to the sound of music and could it bring world peace? [ more... ]

Generation Rent (November)

Generation Rent (November)

Some say moving house is second only to a family bereavement when it comes to stress and anxiety, others have put it above divorce for giving us sleepless nights. [ more... ]

'Have you sorted out the DNR form?' (October)

'Have you sorted out the DNR form?' (October)

To be handed the on/off switch for my mother's life so abruptly and unexpectedly given her relative good health just the day before, was peculiarly bizarre and felt like a scene out of H G Wells' The Time Machine with the Morlocks and Eloi. [ more... ]

There's a junction coming up (September)

There's a junction coming up (September)

It was only when we tapped our destination into the TomTom that we realised we had made a slight miscalculation. Two days and over 700 miles later our journey ended at the very beautiful Cessenon sur Orb in the south of France. I refused to think about the return journey, but instead luxuriated in the fabulous sunshine, beautiful landscape and that relaxed holiday state of mind. [ more... ]

The Code for Sustainable Homes is Unsustainable (August)

The Code for Sustainable Homes is Unsustainable (August)

"The evidence shows that ignoring climate change will eventually damage economic growth" Sir Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy gave a stark warning back in 2004. [ more... ]

Want your child to get into the top state school? Then baptise them. (July)

Want your child to get into the top state school? Then baptise them. (July)

Were you baptised as a baby or perhaps your parents left it until you were old enough to make up your own mind; and just what is the difference between baptism and christening? [ more... ]

From Gingerbread Men to Baby Bonny (June)

From Gingerbread Men to Baby Bonny (June)

When little George Vinnicombe was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at just six months old, he was amongst the youngest sufferers in Britain, and it was in part thanks to a 19th century confectionary invention that he was kept alive. [ more... ]

Autism & Asperger's Syndrome (May)

Autism & Asperger's Syndrome (May)

It seems incredible to us nowadays that the remedy for the majority of illnesses 200 years ago was blood-letting. So it will come as no surprise that the medical profession is still making new diagnoses and drawing new conclusions to conditions that have been treated in the same way for centuries. [ more... ]

What came first, the chocolate or the egg? (April)

What came first, the chocolate or the egg? (April)

Remember Easter? That most important celebration in the Christian calendar marking the sacrifice and rising from the dead of Jesus. [ more... ]

Death becomes her (and him and you for that matter) (March)

Death becomes her (and him and you for that matter) (March)

It is sad but inevitable; but does our aversion of the subject of dying lead to greater problems? [ more... ]

Celebrities, MP's and (Greece) Monkeys (February)

Celebrities, MP's and (Greece) Monkeys (February)

I wonder if the landslide victory for the Syriza party in the Greek elections has left our MP's feeling a little discomfited. Now don't misunderstand me, I'm not talking about their concerns over Europe or the Euro or anything else in the bigger picture; no, I'm talking about the 'landslide' bit. [ more... ]

New Year New You (January 2015)

New Year New You (January 2015)

My December post talked about just how fast time flies by, which is quite apt given we are now launching into yet another New Year ... it seems like only yesterday we were welcoming 2014! [ more... ]

Time Flies When You're Having Fun ... and when you're not (December)

Time Flies When You're Having Fun ... and when you're not (December)

"Flies may not be deep thinkers, but they can make good decisions very quickly" Professor Graeme Ruxton, University of St Andrews Scotland. [ more... ]

Mind Your Manners! (November)

Mind Your Manners! (November)

Have we reached a crossroads in the long and distinguished history of good manners? [ more... ]

Your money or your life (October)

Your money or your life (October)

With the growing pressure to reduce the number of specialist cardiac teams operating in the UK, I decided it was time to open up an old wound and share my story, so those people making decisions at arm's length, might take a different view and alter their strategy. [ more... ]

Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink (September)

Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink (September)

You would think being an island surrounded by sea and with over 3,000 miles of navigable waterways we would have no trouble in maintaining a healthy flow of water consumption. [ more... ]

Bitcoins - the route of all peace? (August)

Bitcoins - the route of all peace? (August)

In 1887 Dr Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof determined to show the world it was possible to live in peace and harmony by creating a global language. Sadly it fell upon deaf ears. [ more... ]

Drugs and sex and rock 'n roll (July)

Drugs and sex and rock 'n roll (July)

'If you remember the 60's then you weren't really there' goes the oft quoted mantra which suggests the majority of the population spent the sixth decade of the 20th century in a hash induced coma. [ more... ]

Cromwell visits Montacute House (June)

Cromwell visits Montacute House (June)

The south-west, with its dramatic scenery and historic landmarks and architecture is something of a magnet to the film industry and during the summer of 2014, we are once again playing host to the big names in entertainment. [ more... ]

Magna Carta - The Great Charter (May)

Magna Carta - The Great Charter (May)

It is generally accepted that this 13th century document is the cornerstone of the English legal system; after nearly 800 years it is still quoted. [ more... ]

Antibiotics - Saviour or Slayer? (April)

Antibiotics - Saviour or Slayer? (April)

When Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in 1929, it was without question one of the greatest moments in medical history; all Mankind. [ more... ]

Menopause - new beginnings? (March)

Menopause - new beginnings? (March)

There are quite a few 'firsts' in a woman's life: the first date, the first kiss and the first heart broken; but those firsts are quite common for all. No, I'm thinking more about firsts that are peculiar to women. [ more... ]

A Royal Love Story (February)

A Royal Love Story (February)

When a boy meets a girl there can be fireworks; when Sophie met Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hungary-Austrian throne, there were a variety of bangs ... [ more... ]

Feed the world (January 2014)

Feed the world (January 2014)

The world population currently stands at just over 7 billion and there are 842 million people who do not have enough to eat. [ more... ]

Season of Glad Tidings...? (December)

Season of Glad Tidings...? (December)

'Happy Christmas' ... or is it more of a 'humbug' for you? [ more... ]

The Red White & Blue (November)

The Red White & Blue (November)

Two or three times a day? And do you go for gimmicks or old fashioned value? [ more... ]

This won't hurt a bit (October)

This won't hurt a bit (October)

When was the last time you had an injection? Perhaps you have the annual flu jab or or are planning to holiday in some exotic location. Either way, it is likely you have experienced that painful jab as the sharp needle pierces your skin. [ more... ]

Work to live or live to work? (September)

Work to live or live to work? (September)

Do you leap out of bed each morning eager to get to work or does the thought of another day leave you feeling fed up and demotivated? [ more... ]

What rights women? (August)

What rights women? (August)

No right to vote, no representation in government, virtually impossible to divorce, work opportunities limited and a sound education deemed unnecessary: such was the life of the UK female population just over 100 years ago. [ more... ]

Baby Shower? How about a Placenta Party? (July)

Baby Shower? How about a Placenta Party? (July)

First there was the euphoria (hopefully) of discovering you were pregnant; then perhaps weeks of 'morning sickness' and after that swollen hands and ankles, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, back ache, sore boobs ... the list is endless. [ more... ]

Your Country Needs Your Vote! (June)

Your Country Needs Your Vote! (June)

2010 just 65.1% of UK voting population turned out to vote in general election. In 2001 just 59.4% voted. [ more... ]

Terrorists Can Never Win (May)

Terrorists Can Never Win (May)

If a terrorist can never win, why do they keep trying? And what is the difference between terrorism and murder? [ more... ]

Do you smoke? Only when I'm on fire (April)

Do you smoke? Only when I'm on fire (April)

It took 400 years in the making but for the past 60 years there has been a relentless bombardment of campaigns, medical evidence and legislation to wean the public off this legal drug. [ more... ]

Mind the Gap - it's getting bigger (March)

Mind the Gap - it's getting bigger (March)

Do you suffer from odontophobia? Or perhaps it's the fear of the hole it will leave in your bank balance that puts you off going to the dentist. [ more... ]

The Playground, Cyber & Corporate Bully (February)

The Playground, Cyber & Corporate Bully (February)

When does banter become bullying and isn't it all part of growing up? [ more... ]

The e-asy way to e-petition (January 2013)

The e-asy way to e-petition (January 2013)

Have you even wanted to shout about some great injustice from the rooftops? Well now's your chance. [ more... ]

Frankenstein food? What about Frankenstein himself? (December)

Frankenstein food? What about Frankenstein himself? (December)

Dolly the Sheep was a novelty; we now have 'Novel Food Regulations' so is the creation of a cloned Human Being getting closer? [ more... ]

Squatting; not the semi-seated stance but the uninvited tenant (November)

Squatting; not the semi-seated stance but the uninvited tenant (November)

What do Richard Branson and Boy George have in common, other than the obvious musical link? [ more... ]

The Beat Goes On (October)

The Beat Goes On (October)

"A policeman's lot is not a happy one, happy one", my first guest blogger, James Patrick is something of an Ellery Queen sleuth. Here is his story ... [ more... ]

G4S : slowly slowly catchy monkey (September)

G4S : slowly slowly catchy monkey (September)

The world's leading international security solutions group ... let's just take a closer look at this strap line shall we G4S or should I say Securicor, Securitas, Group 4 or AccuRead that are just some of your trading names? [ more... ]

The Birds and the Bees have been replaced with sex toys (August)

The Birds and the Bees have been replaced with sex toys (August)

Can you remember being told about the "facts of life"? Was it your best friend, teacher or worse still ... your mother who tried to explain what went on "down below"? [ more... ]

Euthanasia : from the Greek ευθανασια meaning

Euthanasia : from the Greek ευθανασια meaning "good death" (July)

From the day you are born you carry a burden of responsibility of which most are unaware until they reach the other end of their life. [ more... ]

Are we all divorced from reality when we get married? (June)

Are we all divorced from reality when we get married? (June)

It would seem that "those whom God has joined" are no longer waiting until death to be parted as divorce figures start to increase. [ more... ]

Is the Royal Mail still First Class? (May)

Is the Royal Mail still First Class? (May)

The Royal Mail has, since the advent of electronic mail, become affectionately known as "snail mail" but will privatisation be the saviour or slayer? [ more... ]

The Man in the Moon Came Down too Soon (April)

The Man in the Moon Came Down too Soon (April)

It has been the alleged cause of insanity and the foundations of many books and films as well as numerous nursery rhymes. [ more... ]

21st Century Slavery (March)

21st Century Slavery (March)

Slavery is a thing of the past - right? Not for a moment, it is still alive and kicking its victims into submission. [ more... ]

The Hypocrites of the Hippocratic Oath (February)

The Hypocrites of the Hippocratic Oath (February)

The 2,500 year old Hippocratic Oath states "... and I will use treatments for the benefit of the ill in accordance with my ability and my judgment, but from what is to their harm and injustice I will keep them." [ more... ]

Look Before You Leap; 2012 is a Leap Year (January 2012)

Look Before You Leap; 2012 is a Leap Year (January 2012)

Planet Earth takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to make its way around the sun; although this time frame is also subject to the vagaries of the Earth's axis that might occasionally tilt. [ more... ]

No need to shout, I'm only deaf (December)

No need to shout, I'm only deaf (December)

There are 9 million sufferers, that's 1 in 7 of the UK population and of that number there are approximately 35,000 children and young people (aged 0-25) with permanent deafness. [ more... ]

The Invisible Hero (November)

The Invisible Hero (November)

Every day was the same for Lewis, his life was as predictable as the sun rise and a monotonous continuation of his father's tedious existence. But all that was about to change. [ more... ]

The Eyes Have It (October)

The Eyes Have It (October)

When the senior clerk suffered a sudden unexplained illness, how fortuitous it was when Katrina contacted the branch to see if they needed extra staff. A happenstance? [ more... ]

No Gain Without Pain (September)

No Gain Without Pain (September)

One of your earliest lessons in life; a time of great pain for all concerned but also one of your greatest achievements to set you on the road of future success. [ more... ]

Silent night? In your dreams! (August)

Silent night? In your dreams! (August)

It has been cited in the divorce courts and after financial problems and infidelity; it is the third most frequent cause of divorce and separation. [ more... ]

Stonehenge (July)

Stonehenge (July)

A Bronze Aged temple to the gods or a 20th century make over; is the world renowned Wiltshire monolithic landmark not all it's cracked up to be? [ more... ]

Brush up your Shakespeare (June)

Brush up your Shakespeare (June)

I wonder what it would be like to interview a 16th century celebrity such as Shakespeare, if only I could step back 400 years ... [ more... ]

Tom Clack's School Days (May)

Tom Clack's School Days (May)

A picture paints a thousand words; Tom Clack sent me a picture of him on his way to school and this is my story, not Tom's, but it is in honour of all the 'Toms' and other children in the world who have to stay away from home. [ more... ]

It's an age old adage (April)

It's an age old adage (April)

"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes" so said Benjamin Franklin in 1879 at the ripe old age of 83; but there is now another certainty: Old Age. [ more... ]

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - the heroes of the sea (March)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - the heroes of the sea (March)

"With courage, nothing is impossible" Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI. There can be few people who are as brave as the volunteers who are on call at all times of the day, to rescue those who are in difficulties. [ more... ]

GOSH It's Great Ormond Street Hospital (February)

GOSH It's Great Ormond Street Hospital (February)

14 February may be a red letter day for romantics, but it is also the day that many children were thrown a lifeline by a caring 19th century doctor. [ more... ]

The Future is in Your Hands (January 2011)

The Future is in Your Hands (January 2011)

Albert Einstein said "everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have not control" but what if there was a way to control your future? [ more... ]

Are You Abreast With the Situation? (December)

Are You Abreast With the Situation? (December)

Some celebrities are proud to publicise their news, others go to great lengths to deny it. For many it is the next 'natural' stage in their superstar career, but is it all it's cut out to be? [ more... ]

Home in a Hedgerow (November)

Home in a Hedgerow (November)

Having satisfied our 18th century greed to fence in as much land as possible to prove ownership, resulting in hundreds of people being disinherited from the land they had worked on and with for generations, it's now our duty to protect that habitat. [ more... ]

The world may be a stage but it's not a shooting gallery (October)

The world may be a stage but it's not a shooting gallery (October)

Air gun/rifle/gun : they are all classified as 'firearms' in the eyes of the law. So why is it relatively simple to buy an air gun if it can inflict the same level of injury or death as any other gun? [ more... ]

Carnal Desire or a Passive Means to an End? (September)

Carnal Desire or a Passive Means to an End? (September)

From footballers' wives to deputy Prime Ministers, it seems to be women who have an axe to grind when it comes to prostitution. [ more... ]

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime (August)

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime (August)

Are you for or Against hanging? Have you suffered the loss of a loved one only to find the perpetrator will be released in a few years' time? Do you believe in 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth' or is 'forgiveness the best revenge'? [ more... ]

Strawberry Picking - Don't Miss Life's Opportunities (July)

Strawberry Picking - Don't Miss Life's Opportunities (July)

What does the Pick Your Own season mean to you? The chance to hand pick the finest fruit or is there a deeper set meaning in our insatiable desire to grab the best the moment it becomes available? [ more... ]

Green Cross or Listen to the Rap? (June)

Green Cross or Listen to the Rap? (June)

What do Darth Vader and a red squirrel called Tufty Fluffytail have in common? They both had or have a huge fan club and they had the same job albeit in different decades ... [ more... ]

Icon of England? (May)

Icon of England? (May)

Rectangular; cylindrical; wall mounted or free standing; they come in many different shapes and sizes. They have been the home of a cartoon mouse and some are not only highly prized but also protected. Part of our heritage, but is it? [ more... ]

St George's Day and all things English, or not ... (April)

St George's Day and all things English, or not ... (April)

Will you honour the patron saint of England or shrug off the day as nothing special? But who was St George and why should we celebrate a man who never even set foot in this country? [ more... ]

Are you a Galanthophile? (March)

Are you a Galanthophile? (March)

Will you 'beware the Ides of March' (Shakespeare's Julius Caesar) or perhaps be as mad as a March hare? Either way you will know the month of March is here because everything starts to change, giving us a hint of the warm spring sunshine to come ... [ more... ]

Flipping Pancakes, it must be February! (February)

Flipping Pancakes, it must be February! (February)

Will you be waiting for the postman to arrive or stocking up with extra eggs and flour? Or if you were born on the 29th, maybe you have yet to decide whether to celebrate your birthday on the 28th February or 1st March. Either way, the month of purification is upon us as we head into the last month of winter ... [ more... ]

The Queen and Equine's Official Birthday (January 2010)

The Queen and Equine's Official Birthday (January 2010)

Do you have a thoroughbred filly or an Italian stallion or perhaps it is just a trusty old nag? Whatever category your four legged friend happens to fall under, do you celebrate their birthday on the day of their birth or their official birthday of 1st January? [ more... ]

Saluton. Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton? (December)

Saluton. Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton? (December)

A December birthday; a hope for world peace and harmony; persecuted and tortured for his beliefs: sound familiar? He may have had a smaller following and not quite the same impact on the world, but his foresight and belief were his greatest strengths. Dr Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof, born 15 December 1859 a man to be admired but who is sadly forgotten ... [ more... ]

The Reason for the Big Bang (November)

The Reason for the Big Bang (November)

So what is Bonfire Night all about? Is this great British festival a celebration of the saving of a way of life, or is it merely a smoke screen for something more sinister? [ more... ]

Pagan Ritual or Christian Festival? (October)

Pagan Ritual or Christian Festival? (October)

Witches, warlocks, wizards and worse. Love it or loathe it Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular event with huge quantities of merchandise to buy and events to enjoy. It is no longer good enough to have just one scary pumpkin head on your wall, you now need a whole army of ghostly ghouls and scary spooks. But don't blame America ... [ more... ]

Noel Noel; No way; oh well (September)

Noel Noel; No way; oh well (September)

Another soggy summer. The next Bank Holiday is four months away and the sunshine finally makes an appearance when everyone is back at work. But don't despair; Christmas is less than 100 days away. But woe betides you if you breathe a ho ho ho too early ... [ more... ]

The History of Polo (not the one with the hole!) (August)

The History of Polo (not the one with the hole!) (August)

With its origins set in Persia over 2,500 years ago, along with being used as a training aid to cavalry units, the game of Polo was more like a mini skirmish until it evolved into the more manageable four a side game we know today ... [ more... ]

  

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