Heidi Scrimgeour

Heidi Scrimgeour

Freelance journalist and editor.

Based on the North coast of Northern Ireland.

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The Independent

Can a parenting course bring peace to your home? - Features ...

Can a parenting course bring peace to your home? - ...

Pg 46 marriage allison article
The Independent

Six dates to save my marriage

After 11 years of marriage, I recently started dating. My husband and I were still happy together, but our relationship had lost a little of its magic. Two kids, the humdrum predictability of married life, and a double dose of 30-something angst can have that effect. I missed the heady...

Spouseanomics article
The Independent

Spousonomics: The business of marriage

Last night, after my husband had gone to bed, I did something I've never done before. This morning, disbelieving, I open my underwear drawer to check I didn't dream it, but the evidence is there, incontrovertible. Realising it will be impossible to hide my actions from my husband, I nudge...

Trick 20or 20treat article
The Independent

Is trick-or-treating a harmless bit of fun and jolly tradition - or turning our children into vandals who terrify their neighbours?

What's going on?In case you hadn't noticed, it's Halloween today. And with it, across much of print, broadcast and digital media, is a familiar and sometimes frenzied debate. Is trick or treating harm...

The Independent

Trick or treat: Is Halloween another tacky American import or a bit of harmless fun that boosts the economy?

As urban legends go, the one about unsuspecting trick-or-treaters having their Halloween loot spiked with razor blades is pretty chilling. Spookier still is the "fact" that the only records of serious injury resulting from poisoned booty involved children booby-trapping the items themselves, or parents poisoning their own offspring. I suspect...

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The Independent

'All I want for Christmas': Letters from Santa's postbag

Obviously, santa sorts it all out. But if he didn't, imagine how tricky it would be for, say, parents to negotiate Christmas lists. Father Christmas makes all your wishes come true. Parents don't. Father Christmas is a mystical being who has been delivering presents to generations of children all across...

Kendrick hollis article
The Independent

Would you risk your own life to help a stranger in danger?

The fight happened 14 years ago, when Heidi Scrimgeour had just turned 18, but it is still one of her most vivid memories. Walking home late one night with a male friend, she turned a corner and saw two men beating someone up. "They punched him in the head until...

Pg 57 marriage getty article
The Independent

How to clean up your marriage

Domestically speaking, I'm a dirty pig," admits Barney Webber, a 40-year-old film editor who lives with his partner, Katherine, in Yorkshire. "In my old flat, I once didn't Hoover for four years and I'd only change the sheets every few months. These things just don't matter to me," he says....

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The Independent

The end of the affair: Why do we get so grief-stricken at the loss of a pet?

When Christina McDermott was 11 years old, she had a diabetic hamster called Soda, who died. "My little brother built her a mausoleum out of chipboard," she recalls. "Unfortunately, it wasn't the sturdiest structure in the world, and one of the neighbourhood cats dug Soda up and ran off with...

Prams ruth and adam dodds article
The Independent

Wheels of distinction: The semiotics of the pram

In one of the earliest baby transport stories, Moses floats down the Nile in a basket made of reeds. Weighing up the options available, his mother deemed this the safest way to get her son from A to B – and he didn’t do too badly for himself, you may...

Wives front article
The Independent

True wife confessions: How women's real-life stories became the new internet sensation

"I am married, rather begrudgingly, to a man who no longer makes me feel anything," writes Shelly in her blog, Confessions of a Wayward Wife. "Things are OK between us. Maybe that's the problem – things are fine. But it isn't exciting or even interesting any more. Our love-making is...

The Independent

The mothers who reckon their guru knows best

'The Continuum Concept' Devised by Jean Liedloff What is it? Published in 1975, The Continuum Concept was inspired by the child-rearing techniques of the Yequana, a tribe of Amazonian Indians...

The Independent

Trick or treat: Is Halloween another tacky American import or a bit of

As urban legends go, the one about unsuspecting trick-or-treaters having their Halloween loot spiked with razor blades is pretty chilling. Spookier still is the "fact" that the only records of serious injury resulting from poisoned booty involved children booby-trapping the items themselves, or parents poisoning their own offspring. I suspect...

The Independent

The end of the affair: Why do we get so grief-stricken at the loss of

When Christina McDermott was 11 years old, she had a diabetic hamster called Soda, who died. "My little brother built her a mausoleum out of chipboard," she recalls. "Unfortunately, it wasn't the sturdiest structure in the world, and one of the neighbourhood cats dug Soda up and ran off with...

The Independent

True wife confessions: How women's real-life stories became the new

"I am married, rather begrudgingly, to a man who no longer makes me feel anything," writes Shelly in her blog, Confessions of a Wayward Wife. "Things are OK between us. Maybe that's the problem – things are fine. But it isn't exciting or even interesting any more. Our love-making is...