Ruth Harrison… Freelance Journalist (& Future Mrs Vettel)

So, June 2008 saw me graduate from the University Of Central Lancashire with two job offers, one at FemaleFirst and one at The Express. Clearly the sensible thing should have been to jump aboard the hugely successful Express train, work as a sub editor in their office in Preston for a while and then try to succeed Michael Palin as a travel writer… that didn’t quite work out.

I took the job at FemaleFirst and loved the freedom of being able to write about travel 24 hours a day, but before long, it became apparent that my skills (and not my singing voice) would be put to far better use running the music section… so away I went.

I’ve got to be honest, I’ve pretty much neglected travel recently since everyone in the music industry seems to have my email address and bombards me with emails about everything from the ‘hottest new girl band’ (which seems to be a new one every week) to the ‘classic metallers are back’ with a couple of ‘try this new brand of Viagra’ spam thrown in for good measure.

After working here for a year and half now, I’ve started to wonder where I want my life to go… do I want to enter into the trendy life or a PR? Can I actually ever get to where Michael Palin is? Should I be a musicians tour manager? Or should I just give it all up and become a freelance writer and my own boss?

To be honest, I don’t really know where to start on any of these, and neither do I know what the best way to marry Sebastian Vettel is… but my mum always told me; “wherever there’s a will, there’s a way” so I guess all I actually have to do now is figure out which route I want to go down…. Easier said than done.

Either way, I’ve decided to start doing a little bit of Freelance work in my spare time, so if you know anyone who wants a great northern lass to write a bit of content, then feel free to send them my way! You never know, when I’m as awesome as Palin, or Mrs Vettel, I might even buy you a coffee…

Ruth. xx
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Katie Price Nominated For Britain’s Best Mum… err, What?

Katie Price might not be on my list of dream dinner guests, but this announcement left me choking on my Cajun chicken salad….

Yes folks, for some reason (I have no idea either) Katie Price has been chosen by those folk over at Bounty to be in with a chance of becoming Britain’s Best Mum…. You can see the proof in the pudding – I really do have food on the brain today – right here;

So, despite breaking up with the father of two of her kids, and then moving some cage fighter into his bed within the space of a few months, it seems that Katie is doing a great job of being a parent, and that confusing little Junior so much that he’s taken to called Alex ‘daddy’ is deserving of the gong.

Personally I’d like to see any one of the other contenders, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Tess Daly, Myleene Klass or last year’s winner Suzanne Shaw take home the prize, after all, they not only set a good example to their kids, but to us adults as well.

Ruth x

What do you think of this whole Jan Moir debacle?

Jan Moir On Stephen Gately’s Death – Agree Or Disagree?  October 16, 2009
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Stephen Gately hasn’t been dead a week yet, but already people are huffing and puffing over the fact that his death appeared somewhat suspicious, and after Jan Moir seems to have angered half of Ireland with her article in The Daily Mail, it would be interesting to know what you think.

Twitter seems to be alive with people condemning Jan Moir’s article in The Daily Mail, as she writes; “All the official reports point to a natural death, with no suspicious circumstances. The Gately family are – perhaps understandably – keen to register their boy’s demise on the national consciousness as nothing more than a tragic accident.”

The thing is, why is it any of our business what went on during that night, we can make assumptions until the cows come home if we like, but the only people who really know what happened that night are Georgi Dochev and Andrew Cowles.
Whilst we can poke the finger at the fact that Stephen and Andrew brought a man back to their apartment, would we have been writing about the news had Stephen still been alive? Probably not, so I don’t see how this could factor into the equation at all.

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After The Sun reported that Georgi’s police statement said; ”Once at the residence, they were talking and they became intimate, until 5.30am.” it would appear that the guys had come home, carried on drinking and had a good time.

Had this been a same sex ‘threesome’ would we have still been ‘shocked’? I hope not, because this is the 21st century, and if we can’t handle gay threesomes, then I am pretty sure blokes should stop fantasising about sex with two women, because isn’t that still having a ‘gay’ encounter? Or do we look over that fact?

I think the problem here is that Jan Moir used phrases such as “And I think if we are going to be honest, we would have to admit that the circumstances surrounding his death are more than a little sleazy.” and “It is not disrespectful to assume that a game of canasta with 25-year-old Georgi Dochev was not what was on the cards.”


Yet, had Jan written this article about Katie Price and her new boyfriend Alex Reid bringing another man or woman back home with then after a night out, would we have all had a laugh at Katie’s expense and slapped it across the papers the next day?

The main problem here is the way in which Jan Moir has put her opinion across, after all, we are entitled to share our opinion are we not? Good or bad, everyone has the right to say what they think. Perhaps a Daily Mail journalist should think twice before branding the dead popstar the “Posh Spice of Boyzone, a popular but largely decorous addition.” or describing him as “the group’s co-lead singer, even though he could barely carry a tune in a Louis Vuitton trunk.”

Yet, the fact that Jan points out that it does seem odd that Stephen – an otherwise healthy young man – died whilst asleep on the sofa, is something I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve found it hard to get my head around.

I mean, I just can’t believe that someone so young, could just die, just like that. And whilst we can ramble on and on about the presence of another man, the smoking of cannabis and the fact that *shock horror* he was gay; the family and the coroner have said that Stephen died of natural causes, and so we should respect his memory and let it rest. Right?

The point here is, whatever Stephen had been doing that night, it appeared to be consensual, and it is not for us to assume what went on behind closed doors, whilst we would all wish to know the truth, the family want us to believe that Stephen died from ‘natural causes’ and out of respect, shouldn’t we abide by that, regardless of what we might think?

Please share your opinions with me, I am keen to hear what you think of the Jan Moir article and whether or not you believe there to be more to the Stephen Gately story that meets the eye?

Ruth. xx

Hello Everybody!!

Hello Everyone!

So, many of you might know me as the music writer at, which is of course, very right, but after everyone I know seems to have gotten on this bogging bandwagon, I thought it was about time I gave it a go.

I do have a music/celeb/scandal blog over at FF at the moment, and that can be found here; but I guess I should really be giving you all something a little bit more ‘me,’ right?

So, as I begin the hunt for a bit of freelance work, a nice boy and a syn free (Slimming World) fudge cake which would enable me to fit into a nice All Saints dress by xmas, I thought I’d drag you all along for the ride. And my housemate Antonia & little bunny Geoffrey, who I assume will be popping up quite frequently….


Ruth. xx

Antonia & Me

Antonia & Me