A dreamer, seeker, adventurer, idealist and non-conformist. Interested in many things- culture, languages, travel, books, film, music, activism and the Great Outdoors. Still trying to get a handle on this 'adulting' thing and find out where my talents really lie....

Learning an instrument during a pandemic

I thought I was pretty original ordering a ukulele online at the start of the lockdown until I heard Niall Breslin, a.k.a Bressie , the former rugby player, musician and now mental health/mindfulness guru in Ireland, was sending out several hundred of them to anyone who requested one via his Instagram page. The assumption was […]


Child-free in your 40s

I’m completely happy not having children. I mean, everybody does not have to live in the same way. And as somebody said, “Everybody with a womb doesn’t have to have a child any more than everybody with vocal cords has to be an opera singer.”Gloria Steinem “Child-free”. It sounds a lot better than “childless”. Just […]


Are we really making progress?

There’s an adjective that keeps appearing over and over in online articles and in the print media of late and it is the word ‘anthropogenic’. It refers to change relating to or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature and generally it is collocated with the words ‘climate change’.   The Native American Indians […]


Who guards the Guardians?

Who guards the guardians? That was the question posed by Brian Leveson at the start of the eponymous inquiry in Britain in November 2011. The Leveson Inquiry was set up in the wake of a major phone hacking scandal where it was revealed that News of the World journalists and other tabloid journalists had hacked […]