Too Much Information

Social media allows you to get to know amazing people you might otherwise not have time to have a face to face conversation with. Before facebook, work colleagues would pass in the office corridor. They would smile and nod a hello to one another. They might exchange a brief conversation about the potholes in the…

Terrifying Twitter

When I set up my Twitter account a few years ago, I only took the occasional nervous look around. I didn’t really like what I found. It was like walking into a gigantic room – no, not a room, an aircraft hangar – full of strangers, half of whom were talking in a language I…

Intolerant of Intolerance

I keep wondering why so many Muslim men are joining ISIS, Boko Haram etc. And I keep being drawn back to a book I read years ago: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She turned her back on Islam because she believes the view of half the world’s population as inferior does not make for a…

Champagne for breakfast while Syria starves

Instead of giving each other Christmas presents, my husband and I treated ourselves to one night in a 5-star hotel. We were pretty chuffed there was ‘help yourself’ champagne as part of the breakfast buffet and I thought it was kind of funny it was the day of the ‘any alcohol will kill you’ headlines,…

Looks don’t matter, right?

What’s the deal with people posting motivational quotes saying that what you look like on the outside isn’t important, ‘it’s what’s on the inside that matters’ (against a sunset backdrop, a long-haired silhouetted girl staring into the distance). Yet their next post is promoting an expensive brand of skin care, a tiny tub of basic…