Too early, too loud, too kind, too many (46.2021)

The C Word It's still November but here in the UK attention seems to have turned to Christmas already. The radio is full of ads advising us to shop and shop and shop and buy more food and maybe buy new furniture and generally buy your way into celebrating the Festive Season. There's even a… Continue reading Too early, too loud, too kind, too many (46.2021)

Sad, unhappy and disappointed (45.2021)

I heard some upsetting news this week. I heard that someone I knew had died. It was her birthday and her daughter posted a message on Facebook saying her mother had passed and she would carry her forever in her heart. It was a shock, because I knew this woman as someone so engaged in… Continue reading Sad, unhappy and disappointed (45.2021)

It’s all about the climate (44.2021)

The 26th UN Committee on Climate Change (COP26) is going on in Glasgow right now. The planet is at a crisis point, and we all need this meeting to deliver something tangible in terms of pledges on reduction of emissions, re-greening the planet, commitments to invest in green energy and cut funding to polluting energies… Continue reading It’s all about the climate (44.2021)

Tick tock, change the clock (43.2021)

I mentioned the malaria vaccine a few weeks ago, pondering why this wasn't making a bigger noise in the media. I read an article this week that helped put the benefits of this vaccine into context. In the region of Busia, near Lake Victoria, over 70% of the population is at risk of malaria. It's… Continue reading Tick tock, change the clock (43.2021)

A glimpse of another life (42.2021)

This week there were a few news stories that caught my eye: * Here’s a crazy idea: on Sakhalin island, a coal (and I think oil) producing island in the Far East of Russia, is getting a 67MW wind farm. A wind farm that will provide energy for the coal mine. Just think about that… Continue reading A glimpse of another life (42.2021)

Restart, reframe (41.2021)

This week, after a long break, I tuned in again to the Wake Up/Wind Down podcast. This week Niall was talking about Irish poet/philosopher John O'Donoghue. And there was a fabulous quote to start the week: "Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore. An interesting question… Continue reading Restart, reframe (41.2021)

Light in the morning (40.2021)

I started the week in Scotland, and spent a long, leisurely Monday travelling back by train from Fort William to London. I managed to have my solo time on the West Highland Line after all, staring out the window and watching the scenery slipping by, while I nibbled at my packed breakfast, dreaming of one… Continue reading Light in the morning (40.2021)

The mountain and me (39.B. 2021)

I left you on the train headed to Glasgow. Arriving at night, in the rain, I led my colleague off towards the hotel with extreme confidence which turned out to be misplaced. It's been some years since I lived in Glasgow and my knowledge of the inner city layout has faded somewhat so that it… Continue reading The mountain and me (39.B. 2021)