Brexit Part 2, or Did nobody see this coming?

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. In the last two months dozens, if not hundreds, of articles have been written about what led to the Brexit referendum result, and I’ve already tweeted links to the best ones I’ve come across. Rather than write a poor imitation of those, it makes more sense for me…

Brexit Part 1, or Dude, Where’s My Country?

People are always telling me not to worry about things that haven’t happened yet. “Cross that bridge when you come to it,” “It might never happen.” Before the Brexit referendum I decided to take that advice for once. If the UK voted to leave the EU it wouldn’t affect me directly, and besides, there was…

Maternity Break

I’ll be taking a maternity break for the first half of 2016, so as well as being the last working day before my Christmas holidays today’s my last day at my desk until Monday 4 July. Happy holidays, everyone!

Don’t you miss home?

This is something I’m often asked, and I’m sure lots of other people who’ve emigrated are, too. I always find it hard to explain that after so long living abroad there are plenty of things in my own country, the UK, that I’m just not used to any more. Often, people think I must miss…

“I can’t get no sleep.”

You’ve been groggy with fatigue all day, but as soon as you go to bed you’re wide awake. For the first time all day, you’re fully alert. Even though you were too tired to stand fully upright you went for a long walk after lunch to make sure you’d be physically as well as mentally…

But who has the time for that?

We all know exercise is good for us. Most of us also know we don’t get enough of it. Even so, I was surprised to read that getting us all active would apparently save twice as many lives as getting us all slim. Up until maybe our grandparents’ generation, people didn’t have to think about taking…

The Bliss of a Free Half-Hour

Imagine: out of the blue, you have a free half-hour. Maybe someone’s running late, or you’ve managed to leave work early, or a chore you had scheduled turns out not to be necessary after all. All of a sudden, in your busy life, a brief oasis of time opens up. What you do with it?…