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”
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”
Below is my food diary that I updated all week – comments and thoughts are at the end.
Day 1 – exactly £1 Continue reading “Priorities – taking stock after Live Below the Line”
I’m regularly troubled by my own privilege compared to people living on dramatically less. Continue reading “Live Below The Line 2014”
“There’s one thing you must tell him – let him explore.” Josephine Peach’s advice to me for my 7 year old son, about to start his first piano lessons. Continue reading “Review of Ripon Cathedral’s lunchtime concerts: Josephine Peach”
As an undergraduate in history of art at Cambridge, I remember struggling with the ‘feminist theory’ class. I found it hard to stomach what was being taught, which (it seemed) was concretely the rejection of all art which treated the female body as desirable. ‘Feminist’ art as it was presented to us seemed to embody anger and hate. Continue reading “Feminism, subjecthood and the right to desire”
I think that keeping myself and the children busy and active, doing lovely things and making lovely memories, is one of the best ways that I’ve dealt with the difficulties of the past eighteen months and helped myself and the children to settle and move on from the trauma of the separation: by doing things we love and spending time together. Continue reading “A National Trust half term”
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.