“You go on public transport to Kairouan?” Walid asks, trying to mask his shock, as he checks me into the five star Raddison Blu Hotel in Hammanet, Tunisia’s beach Mecca. He shakes his head “Not today. The men are too rowdy. It is Saturday. They drink too much. It is not safe for you. On your […]
Who would have thought that Leicester, a self-deprecating city in the Midlands, would host one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions? Leicester was chosen as a location for the National Space Centre because of the University’s stellar Department of Physics and Astronomy/The Space Research Centre. Every year since 1967 has seen a Leicester-built instrument operating in space. A […]
Today is the day. Scotland decides whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or become Independent. And it’s nail biting stuff. It’s a dramatic twist in the history of these isles. Even though we knew two years ago that the referendum was going to be held on this day, we’ve all been asleep at […]
Most writers, even the famous ones, have suffered, at some point in their careers, the pneumonia of despair. Cheeky little thoughts play on repeat. I’m no good. I can’t write. Nobody will read or like it. But take heart. I’ve learnt that Failing is Good! Failing is Necessary! Anne Enright, a Man Booker Prize winner, […]
Original Love (youtube) I have this album on repeat, especially the track Original Love, which seems so apt for Valentine’s Day. Just dance!
When I was around 9, I received a Valentine’s Day card from a boy who was at the same local village school. I was mortified. Confused. Terrified. Why? Because, as he thrust his card in my hand, he nervously asked me to marry him. By his very asking, was I obliged to say yes? I […]
Years ago, in another life, before children, I asked Paul Theroux if he would write (for a princely sum) an introduction to a magazine I was publishing for the World Bank. He was very efficient and business-like (some might say prickly, or even snooty) in his communications about the project, and he produced a thoughtful […]
When is NOW a good time to start a new blog? As a master in procrastination, I have put off starting a new blog (and creating a website) for far too long. Mind obstacles kept getting in the way. Where do I start? What will I say? Who will want to listen? Not another blog! […]