Victoria Derbyshire: There. So You Don’t Have To Be

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The friendly face of animal testing put in an appearance on Victoria Derbyshire’s Radio 5 show this morning.

Derbyshire, whose abilities as a journalist are frequently wasted on the human interest stories that have become the staples of mid-morning radio, was stripped, disinfected and encased in some sort of hazmat suit before being plonked into the lab, where staff strained to demonstrate how humane and necessary their experiments on mice are to our future survival.

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Victoria Pendleton: Scar Tissue That I Wish You Saw

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Listening to Victoria Pendleton trying to explain her reasons for self-harming on the radio this morning reminded me of a time when I too sought refuge in the slicing of my own flesh. Conversations with people since then, plus the perspective that the passing years lent, did not make the compulsion any clearer to me.

What I do know is that it was necessary, it was powerful and it frightened the shit out of people.

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