Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Child Benefit and Barbara Castle
Things I learned yesterday morning.
Multi-tasking is sometimes strangely satisfying. I took my netbook to the hairdresser so I could work while being remodeled. No guilt whatsoever and the added bonus of not having to discuss my plans for the rest of the day or whether I have started getting ready for Christmas.
Barbara Castle was a marvellous woman, feminist and politician. She featured in the research I did for a piece at my stv.tv blog about Child Benefit. I wonder whether society has changed enough to bin the benefit.
You don't need to actually do something to know how it should be done. Barbara Castle was neither a mother or a driver yet brought in benefits and legislation that improved the lot for road users and women with kids.
If you take your netbook to the hairdresser, be prepared to pick hair out of the keyboard for a long time. That's it really. Also be ready to shut the lid quickly when the come at you with 'product'.
Floor-length mirrors are not always an improvement. Redecoration time at the crimpers and they have lovely long mirrors at each cutting place. However, I don't want to be faced with the whole nasty socks and all view of myself every time I glance up. Maybe it's a psychological trick that any new 'do' will be an improvement on the barefaced, towel draped view.
Speaking of hair, never judge a woman by her 'do'. Babs may have had a Maggie, but her politics were a very long way away.