• Book review: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume


    In a previous life in international aid / development I worked in a few developing countries. During that time I travelled on my fair share of dodgy airlines and prehistoric helicopters seemingly held together with duct tape.

    Because I’m a fatalist I’d look around as I was boarding and try to work out which passengers’ lives the plane-crash telemovie would follow. You know those movies—we see excited holiday makers, or couples on honeymoon, about to start their lives and then, the headlines…. ‘Lives cut short’ and so forth.

  • Cats and dogs


    I have a friend who has always argued that people are either cat-people or dog-people. Or neither. But never both.

    I’ve always assumed they were full of shit, but have been pondering on that lately as I overheard a conversation between two people about the relative merits of cats vs dogs. They were the usual things… you can do stuff with dogs; cats are more affectionate etc etc. 

  • Trello – a simple planning and project management tool


    Shock horror, I’m blogging about something sensible for a change. And as it’s Wednesday I’ll attempt to make it wordless as well. Although in my liaison with a newspaper editor last week (when my first ever pitch went to print!!!!!) I mentioned that I was from the Jane Austen school of writing and rarely used 10 words when 100 would do. 

  • Remembering my father


    Today would have been my father’s 76th birthday. Unfortunately he only made it to 71.

    When my mother and I talked recently we agreed we’d both been thinking about him more of late. Mum thought it was his impending birthday which led to our increased ponderance, but I tend to think of him when I’m in bed at night and cannot sleep. Which. Is. A. Lot. Lately.

  • Just a bit of history repeating


    I recently watched the first series of a TV show called The 100 (pronounced ‘the hundred’). Essentially it’s a post-apocalyptic drama in which 100 juvenile offenders are sent to earth 97 years after a nuclear war rendered it uninhabitable. The remaining humans have been living on The Ark in space since before the war and, as they’re running out of oxygen, decide not to wait the century before returning to earth as originally planned.