Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy Years ago, my mother complained about a terrible earache. The pain was unbearable. And it wouldn’t go away — for a week, she walked around with a debilitating ringing in her head. I always find articles about everyday items like these fascinating; how does…

Reading and Writing

Reading time: 2 mins

It’s a vicious cycle, debilitating one moment, inspiring the next, it feeds my desire to learn and slowly pulls at the insecurity of my abilities. It is fuel on the fire, stoking my passion to explore my own literary ideas. It is the pulled thread, unravelling my dreams. Is this what it is to be…

I am Dolly Parton

Reading time: 2 mins

This post is brought to you by the Dolly Parton song ‘Nine to Five’. You’re welcome (hey, it’s been stuck in my head for days now, just thought I’d share the joy). As I think I’ve mentioned, I got a new job late last year. I now work in a big office (well, two, actually)…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

A long week, or so it felt, as the lurgy caught me. Not so much reading, a lot of sleeping! 12 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But An Anxious Mind Outgoing people with anxious minds – or minds that overthink – tend to feel anxiety the most intensely, often because we don’t talk about…

The strongest art

Reading time: 4 mins

The other night I watched Under the Skin. It’s a movie that has been on my radar for a while now after my interest was piqued when I heard it had been filmed in Glasgow, and when I read about some of the approaches to filming – members of the public were used without being…

Welcoming Lucy

Reading time: 3 mins

Hello Lucy, First up I’m really glad that you are no longer bump/wriggles/it; your parents, in their infinite wisdom, decided to leave the discovery of whether you were born a boy or a girl for the big birth day itself. A lovely thing to have that be a surprise, don’t you think? Anyway, apologies, but…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Morning constant reader, another swathe of random posts. Enjoy!! How We Learn Fairness A pair of brown capuchin monkeys is sitting in a cage. From time to time, their caretakers give them tokens, which they can then exchange for food. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that capuchin monkeys prefer grapes to cucumbers. I love this…

Hidden words

Reading time: < 1 min

I can sense it, sitting there, judging me, mocking me. It taunts me every day. No good, it says. I ignore it. Then I think about what it holds and it reveals itself to me further, insights and ideas bloom, a rough patch of ground speckled with wild flowers. Then it changes. It changes. From…

What’s on my phone?

Reading time: 3 mins

iOS Geek Out Warning! Where would I be without my iPhone? Lost. Not literally, my sense of direction isn’t that bad, but given that I use it every day to keep on top of personal email and to do list, I use it to order coffee, listen to podcasts while commuting, it holds my bus…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

A bumper issue this week because I’ve had a little more time to read (because I’m making more time). I think I’ll be more selective moving forward though, but here is what I found interesting this week. Thicker Than Water In the 1986 John Hughes-penned film Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald plays Andie Walsh, a…

I want what I need

Reading time: 3 mins

I want to read more. I want to write more. I want, I want, I want. Aside: When I was a kid, my Mum used to say “I want doesn’t get” in response to my ‘want’ tantrums. The phrase stuck with me as I grew older and I’ve always liked it; short, simple, perfectly to the…

Corpulent

Reading time: 2 mins

The festive season is over, the last few chocolates have been scoffed (or taken into work), and soon it will be time to tentatively approach the bathroom scales and hope they don’t mock too hard. By now the detritus of the last few weeks has been recycled and dumped, presents received have already been pressed…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 2 mins

Happy New Year to you all! A shorter list this week, being posted via my phone on (barely) a 3G signal from the banks of Loch Lomond – I can see the Loch from where I’m sitting – enjoy!! The Believer – Destroy All Monsters This article is divided into two parts: a manual and…