Belfast’s Colonial History

The current Northern Irish History Curriculum is dominated by Europe and Ireland in the twentieth century.  In a country where bitterness and division are close to the surface, there is often difficulty to see beyond the atrocities of our own recent past.  British Colonial History is overlooked, and seemed justifiable up until now. The killing…

Power of Memory

Friday 8th May 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  A day to commemorate Victory in Europe – the end of the Second World War.   Friday’s news coverage flickered between the black and white footage of street parties of 1945, to the colourful and socially distanced gatherings of 2020.  We dressed in red, white…

April reading round up

This month I have decided to publish a ‘reading round up’.  Being a book lover, I’ve always supported and bought from independent stores, but due to the current restrictions, I’ve made the late transition to the digital era!  I purchased a Kindle and I can’t put it down. April reads have been varied – ranging…

Island hopping the archipelago

Amélie Nothomb –  tout ce que l’on aime devient une fiction…. I left Guadeloupe six weeks ago, the same day the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Northern Ireland.  The world has become unrecognisable in a short space of time.  The inevitable boredom of confinement often results in re-reading the pages of my leather journal,…

Portraits in 2020

Not long ago, I stumbled across an incredibly moving Instagram account, Portraits in 2020.  I had the pleasure of chatting to David Cavan, the man behind the project and photographer behind the lens. ‘Portraits in 2020’ is a portrait of a different person every day for one year.  David asks everyone the same question, so…

Tropical Noël

Christmas: only a short time ago but now a distant memory. The holidays have ended, the spirit of Christmas has been distinguished along with the tree lights, decorations are hidden for another year.  The gruelling return to work means a lost motivation to stick to New Year Resolutions. Having always spent Christmas the ‘traditional’ way…

Potty for Tea

Full article published in Lifestyle, The Mancunion. Spilling the tea on Britain’s tea addiction

A day at Malendure

The black sands of Plage de Malendure offer a gateway to dive in La Reserve Cousteau. Another day spent in paradise.

La Toussaint en Guadeloupe

All Saints’ Day, known as La Toussaint across the French-speaking world, is celebrated on the first of November.  A Christian festival in which believers join together to pray for their deceased loved ones, the tradition also helps to bring families together to spiritually contemplate life. The religious significance of ‘All Saints Day’ reminds Christians that…

Feeling Loopy

London girls Georgia and Millie have been best friends since school; they both love fashion, getting inventive and designing their own funky accessories. They would spend time in the school holidays making necklaces, earrings, headbands. Struggling to find quirky, well-made accessories at an affordable price, the girls seized the gap in the market and started…