New house! 

Well, this is exciting… We’ve only gone and bought a house! It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It’s probably because we are currently in a grace period and not properly moved yet or maybe I’m trying not to think of the decades of debt I’ve just happily signed into. I have settled at the top of…

Rainbows Over Orlando – a response in a poem 

In the aftermath of the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting, I read about a news interview whereby an increasingly frustrated journalist stormed off during a live discussion of the killer’s motives. They were debating if the shooter was acting in the name of religious terrorism or homophobic hate crime. Apparently it’s one or the other…

Uncovering the great beauty in our back gardens 

Amid a fairly hefty amount of ocean-crossing travel of late, it’d be easy to let the beauty of more familiar home surroundings be overlooked.  There’s plenty of wonder to be had all around us with no admission charges or airport queues. This became especially apparent on a quick visit to my parents’ house. They have…

Wise words discovered under a London book store

I find myself wandering alone through the streets of London – a city that I have visited briefly a few times and struggled to find that click, that intrigue, that instant friendship. Gone 9pm, I’m surprised to see a bookstore open and busy, seemingly staging some sort of quiet rebellion against a revolving parade of…