Cecil

First question. Why would a person desire to kill a beautiful, majestic creature like this. Why would they spend £32,000 in order to be able to kill it. Why would skinning it and taking its head be important. How can we even begin to understand such behaviour from our own species. As so often in life, I want to try to turn David Attenborough (valuing all life and its behaviours) on the peculiar species to which I so often feel I only tenuously belong. Continue reading “Cecil”

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Double negative

Some of the most annoyingly cliched advice that people prone to depressive thinking receive is to “think positively”; “just be positive”; “look on the bright side”. As if optimism could be artifically made; as if you could somehow fake or whitewash your experiences and feelings; as if pretending would make things better. Continue reading “Double negative”

Libraries and jobs

I was touched at the warm response to my new articles published today on Grads.co.uk: You say over-qualified, I say under-qualified… and to a greater extent, My Love Affair with Libraries. I wrote these pieces in a coffee shop on the spur of the moment – they were originally going to be only one piece, but it became clear as I was writing that the library article was taking on a life of its own, and wanted to have its own space. That spontaneity is probably what appeals. Thank you to those who commented.

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