Verity Lush

VERITY LUSH: Wanted – one rat-faced, toothless, wizened actor

When watching TV, we assume actors have been chosen because they ‘look the part’.

Don't miss your smear test because you're embarrassed

VERITY LUSH: If your smear test is due, call the GP now

It’s been in the news that the number of women missing smear tests has risen. One third of younger women are not going for them.

Our lives and those of our children are now dominated by mobile phones

VERITY LUSH: We seem to have gone backwards since the millennium

Another year dawns and we are almost two decades on from the new millennium when a non-existent bug was supposed to strike down our computers and crash the world at midnight.

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Verity Lush says teachers spend their own cash on classroom materials without even thinking about it                 (Shutterstock)

VERITY LUSH: The pitchfork-waving anti-teacher brigade need educating

Stephen Morgan, the MP for Portsmouth South, made headlines recently when he commented on how teachers are spending a significant amount of their own cash on resources.

Bill Nighy and the cast of Ordeal by Innocence

VERITY LUSH: This is my idea of Christmas telly torture

This week, as tradition dictates, I bought the Christmas edition of the Radio Times.

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Last year's Black Friday deals at Tesco, Fratton.

VERITY LUSH: Yet another example of distasteful American influence sweeping the UK

Every time I looked online, at the TV, or read a newspaper this week, I found myself accosted by Black Friday adverts.

Children adore being spoilt by their grandparents, but is it too much?

VERITY LUSH: Don’t blame gran for kids munching on e-numbers

There is much ado about grandparents in the news this week, and the havoc they are apparently wreaking on the health of our offspring.


VERITY LUSH: Do we really communicate much better than animals?

As a teacher, I focus substantially on developing the thinking skills of students with whom I work.

Beware of overworking

VERITY LUSH: If you try your best, then what more can be asked?

Do you achieve a work/life balance? (I hear you laugh incredulously).

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VERITY LUSH: Trail running is just like being a kid all over again

My husband and I enjoy running (or at least I enjoy it once I’ve finished), and have started trail running as opposed to always bashing out the miles on the pavement.

Sleep is crucial to human health

VERITY LUSH: All of this stress - just to provide a set of statistics

My eldest daughter will have taken her SATs by the time this goes to print.

Verity has been having a clearout

VERITY LUSH: Task of getting rid of The Stuff has been so daunting

Us human beings are awfully good at storing Stuff. Or, hoarding.

Playing in the street in the 1970s

VERITY LUSH: I’m concerned about giving my children more freedom

When I was young, my friends and I were out and about on our own. I could cross a road, tootle to the park, ride my bike and generally be trusted.

Daffodils in the sunshine

VERITY LUSH: Unrealistic to think we can blanket cover moral issues

The age of criminality in England is 10. This means that a child under the age of 10 cannot be arrested, or charged, with a crime.

The Great South Run

We run just as much with our minds as our bodies

If you have ever been a runner, then you will know what it is to look, longingly, at those who are still runners.

Too much tech can affect sleep

VERITY LUSH: Parenting is too subjective to enforce others’ opinions

The BBC’s Panorama covered the issue of sleep last week, specifically how much sleep our children get (or don’t get).

Sarah Beeny

VERITY LUSH: I’m not sure that Sarah’s list provides a full picture

This seemed akin to filming Guildhall Walk at midnight on a Friday and using it on Right Move to flog houses

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When do we truly switch off and accept ourselves?

It’s hard in life to believe that anything is ever good enough.

Verity (far right) at the boot camp

I’m glad I was a teenager before days of Facebook

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but I wonder how many adults actually celebrate it?

22 March 2016.......   Real home 'Emily Bronty in the Earnshaw Room at Ponden Hall,  near Haworth belonging to Steve Brown and Julie Akhurst. 'This is the place that inspired the Brontes. Picture Tony Johnson YPN-160323-074247069

Reading a book provides a particular kind of pleasure

Books provide a particular kind of pleasure, don’t they?

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