Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Must read for anyone who is unsure what is/was going on in Afghanistan. The basics of the conflict are explained in simple terms from Malala’s point of view as a child in the country during the conflict. Relatable, empathy inducing, inspirational. 5*

Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The plot doesn’t go where you expect it to after the first chapter. Entertaining, confusing and eyebrow raising read. Not for the PC police. 4*

Tips for Border Crossings

Over the past few months I’ve crossed a fair few borders, many of which were outside the EU zone. For the most part they have gone pretty smoothly, but there have been a few things I have learnt or heard from others to keep in mind. 1. Cross borders during office opening hours This means…

The Fear

I have never felt fear like it. Not nervousness about going to a party or running away from a spider. Gut-wrenching, wretch-inducing, sweaty everywhere, can’t listen to anyone else’s inane chatter, curling up in a ball and hiding to putt off the inevitable. In Turkey I learnt to do Full Stalls and Spins on my…

Return to Art

I didn’t do art GCSE. I had too many other things I wanted to do at the time and couldn’t make it fit my timetable, but I did do it in 6th form. Looking back I realise that what I worked on was all pretty superficial. There wasn’t really some great inspiration that was driving…

Review: After you Left by Carol Mason

I devoured this book in 2 days as it was the first fiction I had read in a while. Heartwarming story that you get inklings of in advance but unfolds in lovely or surprising ways. I wonder if real love is ever really like that depicted here though, but it’s nice to believe that it…

Review: Playing Big by Tara Mohr

A different way of looking at life compared to other self-help/management type books I’ve read. Many of the ‘issues’ to be dealt with were ones I have had to grapple with, but this book encourages tangible action with examples if you’re a bit stuck, which was awesome. Worth a read, but note if you have…

Everything Smells

Unfortunately the title is literal. Before I went on my break back home I forgot to empty the fridge in the van. I thought it would be fine, everything was contained (milk, yogurt etc), but I was wrong. I forgot about the butter. The butter that I had left in the top of the door…