I hold my parents responsible for my love of talking to people. I remember, as a child, being terribly embarrassed when my family would go somewhere and my mother would strike up a conversation with a stranger; she loved to find out about them and this, of course, involved the asking of questions, “Oh no!” my … Continue reading And now for something completely different
Nature is wonderful*. In an age where there is a growing drive towards 'mindfulness' we are, once again, beginning to appreciate the natural world. Perhaps it's also because we have an ever-increasing awareness of the damage that humans are causing to our fragile planet. Either way, there is so much in nature that causes me … Continue reading 16 of the most Beautiful and Wondrous things in Nature
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that one always takes for granted what is right under one’s nose. I have the good fortune to have always lived within a stone’s throw of Winchester, the city where Jane Austen died and was laid to rest. My current home is a short and beautiful drive to the … Continue reading What Jane Austen Means to Me
I am 24 and I have been to the opera eight times. I wanted to write a short piece to reflect on this art form and also to spread the word about the ‘£5 tickets for under 30s’ scheme that the Welsh National Opera runs – it is this which has enabled me to clock up … Continue reading In Praise of Opera
Reflections on the Murder of Bijan Ebrahimi There are many times that I have felt ashamed to be British. I think the invasion of Iraq was the first time; I was nine years old and had never experienced such overwhelming feelings of injustice. Since then, my love of ‘what makes Britain great’, like cream teas, … Continue reading What have we become?
I'm in the middle of writing a blog post at the moment about an abhorrent murder. It's one of those news stories that you read and just stare at in disbelief and sadness that this has happened on this earth. There's so much strife in the news at the moment, from the Grenfell Tower disaster, … Continue reading Words for a grey day
I previously introduced you to George, our gorgeous and characterful ginger cat. In my writing class this week, we started with freewriting and I wrote the foundation of this piece, more as a joke than anything serious. Anyway, I really enjoyed writing this so decided to edit and finish it. I might turn this into an occasional … Continue reading Inside George’s Head – The Heatwave