Armistice Day: a personal reflection

A hundred years is a blip in the history of humanity, but for most people, the end of World War One feels like a remote historical event. The decade of centenaries in some ways makes it feel like ancient history - a pity, because we make the mistake of thinking history does not repeat, and progress [...]

2018-12-01T21:55:04+00:00 December 1st, 2018|Categories: Personal, Politics|Tags: , , , |

Trysexuals to Love Island in 20 years

It’s been twenty years since viewers around the world gasped at the audacity of four New York women who weren’t afraid to talk about sex, vibrators and orgasms. They said aloud all the things that magazines like Cosmopolitan had been writing for years. And it made them a worldwide hit, for a market starved of television [...]

The best mental health story I've covered

Earlier in January I got a message on Twitter from somebody I'd met once or twice in a work capacity. He wanted to speak on the show about his experience of mental health. We get a lot of people wanting to talk about their mental health. Many of them are wellness bloggers and celebrities and mental [...]

Living lightly in 2018

I wrote this at the end of December for the Herald and it's been just over three weeks...  How are we all doing on those resolutions? It’s the time of year when, for most of us, everything is full. Our bellies, our bins, our wardrobes and fridges are all heaving with things we needed, things we wanted, [...]

Dolores O'Riordan was the real deal

Where I am from, Dolores O’Riordan was the only rock star that mattered, because she was just like us. And then she wasn’t. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Kspj3OO0s She proved that the world knew where we were, and that raw talent could do it for you. She was one of the biggest rock stars in the world, and she [...]

Plastic-free July: The verdict

It's been a busy month, made busier by my attempts to try and curb the amount of waste emanating from our small (ish) household of two adults, one baby and two small dogs. One of the reasons I decided to try the plastic-free July experiement was the mountains of stuff we were throwing out every week. [...]

Baby's first holiday

Taking a baby on his first holiday is a nerve wracking experience, but Martinhal resorts are specifically designed to cater for families with young children. I took a trip to Lisbon with my husband and five month old to find out for myself... The beautiful sandy beach at Estoril. Lisbon is a hipster-filled, happening [...]

2018-12-01T09:53:13+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Personal|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |