Author Archives: Tessa Tangent

About Tessa Tangent

I write and I often go off at tangents. Tessa Tangent's my nickname and, at home, I'm called Tessa more than I am my real name, Heather. In the 90s, I had short stories published in magazines like Ludus and For Women. I also won a cherished second prize in a BBC travel writing competition, was the writer of a newsletter for a dry ski slope and had a newspaper article about the slope published. At the same time, I wrote half a first draft of a novel then, for reasons I may reveal, I stopped writing. After a long fallow period, I am writing again - and not a moment too soon...

Felt Like Writing A Post…

… and then I changed my mind. Happy Christmas to everyone and all my lovely followers, anyway… I hope you are surrounded by love this Christmas. We’re going to do pass-the-parcel… and try not to cry at the empty space … Continue reading

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Paul Mitchell – My Husband – The Love Of My Life

This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write. Never thought or even considered I would. I doubt it’s something anyone in a beautiful, close marriage or relationship ever contemplates. But… for my readers who don’t already know, the … Continue reading

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Ruby Wax … and Mindfulness?

Sane New World – Anyone? What do we say when asked what we’d wish ourselves or our loved ones? “A happy life” or  “I just want them to be happy” is the usual answer. Okay, aside from the lottery wins and … Continue reading

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Unsnarkism: How To Be Happy In 5 Easy Steps

Sometimes, I have quite enough of cynicism, snark, or whatever they want to call it – particularly on the internet and on tv. So I step away. A short while ago, the writer, Rebecca Bradley, wrote this post. Well, joy … Continue reading

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Sharing: Kodak Moments by @AlarnaRoseGray

When I noticed the new blogpost email for blogpal and Australian Twitter friend, Alarna Rose Gray, I did the usual thing: I read it immediately.  Alarna, who is the author of the charming Pepi rhyming books for children, is one of those writers … Continue reading

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Puffed Out? Smoke Relief E-Cigarette Review

The Start Like many who grew up in an age when smoking was cool (even advertised), we’ve struggled – via many attempts and methods – over the decades to quit smoking. The record was two years before succumbing to the wretched … Continue reading

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Learning Curves

Reading, Writing And Breaking Free of Genre It Started With A Book: The Villages by Dave Hutchinson Reading So, Dave’s kicked off a Big Thing for me, here. No, not chained me up! This is a metaphorical picture. Originally, I … Continue reading

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Light Show, Hayward Gallery: A Review

This is the slightly fuller version of a review I wrote for the culture geeks at To Do List. They’re into free, cheap and offbeat things to do in London and often promote events I might not otherwise hear about. Or … Continue reading

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The Butcher’s Daughter And The Horsemeat Scandal

The current/recent news about certain beef products containing an element of horse and/or bute (or not), questionable meat supply-chains, supermarkets re-calling products, Ikea’s meatballs and the realisation that this may have been going on for years – for all we … Continue reading

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Well said: Big Society. Little People.

At the agitated and irritable end of a vile high mood swing, and on anti-psychotics and sedatives, I find my concentration hasn’t been all it could be. But I’ve been trying to put into words how I feel ever since … Continue reading

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