Some people fold under the weight of pressure; some give in at the slightest nudge or wink. Others run screaming in the direction of away when confronted with vile churlish inane insults.
Not Laurie. She walks bare feet across a desert of broken glass and emerges with the same smile that began her ordeal.
So it is no surprise that despite the recent barrage of abuse and threats, she continues to fulfil her obligations and answers each insult on her Twitter page with another piece of journalism that receives thousands of intelligent erudite praise from people who have the time and patience to absorb what she is saying, rather than what they think should be said.
Despite the verbal punches this red haired rebel has absorbed every blow with the strength and character of a world class boxer.
Like Jake Lamotta said to Sugar Ray Robinson; "You never put me down Ray...You never put me down".
Laurie is still standing up.