Miss Scotland, Keryn Matthew, talks at the 'Let's Call Periods, Periods' campaign

Let’s call periods, periods – Keryn Matthew

Why is it always the most embarrassing moments that stand out in our memory? I can still remember being 15 years old, fumbling in my bag to find my purse only to yank it out and simultaneously send a ­tampon flying across the checkout – immediate silence ensuing from the teenage boy working on the till as we both stared at the brightly coloured wrapper in horror.

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Could slave labour have made your Valentine’s Day gift asks Andrew Bevan

Are you one of those people who make a fuss of your partner on Valentine’s Day? Me too – but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to know what to buy. That’s because today, as we show love to those we cherish, many of us will – unintentionally – give or receive a gift made by someone in slavery. Chocolate, roses and ­jewellery are some of the nation’s favourite ­Valentine’s gifts, and yet the bitter truth is that slave labour could have helped produce them.

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