Motherhood by Mandy Nolan


I never planned to be a mother. I also never planned not to be one either. It was something I never really thought about. After three terminated pregnancies I was pregnant at 28 and in a relationship with a man who had told me he wanted children.  I was in love. So I had a baby.I hadn’t thought it through.…

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Mother’s Day disappointments – Ellen Briggs


Once I became a mother, I looked forward to Mother’s Day with anticipation, imagining the day that is portrayed on TV, where my kids come bounding into my bedroom with a delicious breakfast in bed, followed by my handsome husband, bearing a gift with a giant ribbon around it, and we all snuggle on the bed whilst smiling with our…

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Ellen Briggs where are your kids tonight?


My husband has been working overseas for 8 months of the year for 25 years now.  Long before our children were born, and he has never been asked, not even once, “So who has your kids this weekend?” Never’ Working in stand-up comedy means working mostly evenings, and couple that with living in a regional area, it also means travelling…

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Mandy Nolan on taking the stand


  ‘..33 years on I stand proud in that I have claimed my place. I have held my voice above the crowd. I can command a room, a fee, and some fucking respect.’   I was just 17 when I started out as a stand-up comedian. Thirty three years ago women didn’t do stand-up. At least not very many. Why…

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11 Questions in 11 Minutes GO! With Mandy and Ellen


ELLEN BRIGGS What is your idea of bliss? Having a ride on lawn mower equipped with air-conditioning and a fridge full of caramel slices and 40 acres of lawn to mow. What is the trait you least like about yourself? My intolerance of people who don’t like dogs.  I don’t care if they’d had childhood trauma around an attack, I…

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