Ten Years Has Taught Me… part two

Lots of you messaged me to say how much you enjoyed reading the lessons of the last 10 years in Part One. There are some absolute corkers in Part Two so I’m going to shut up and let them speak for themselves… Steph Douglas founder of thoughtful gift...
Ten Years Has Taught Me… part one

Ten Years Has Taught Me… part one

I tried to write an introduction to this that would justify its next-level-navel-gazing about the end of the decade. The truth is I’m just over-invested in the idea that being born in a year ending in 0 means that as the calendar rolls into a new decade, so do I...
It was never a coup – it was always a Fiat

It was never a coup – it was always a Fiat

‘Can we stop calling it a coup? Try living in a country where there is actually a coup.’ Our dictionaries contain over 170,000 words so, if we really want to, we can always find one that won’t cause offence. That’s why this comment made me pause to wonder whether...
The Big Truth Hidden in THAT Garlic Trick… yes really

The Big Truth Hidden in THAT Garlic Trick… yes really

At this point I’m not even sure I know how to breathe properly anymore. For two decades I’ve been chopping the ends off garlic cloves with a small knife then stripping them like a banana.  I’ve also cracked the flaky skin firmly under a cleaver, pushed the flesh out...
Lists Live: Work-Life… Balance?

Lists Live: Work-Life… Balance?

Just over three years ago I quit my job as a teacher. Work-Life Balance as a teacher is incredibly difficult to achieve, and I certainly never cracked it. I found that 14 hour days were, and I imagine still are, the norm; the famed holidays are essential otherwise I...