There are days when it’s difficult to get motivated. It doesn’t matter how much you try, you just can’t seem to get things done. Maybe you’ve got a long list of chores that you really don’t want to do, or maybe you should be working on your passion project, something you normally love. But for whatever reason, today it isn’t… Read More
Over the last couple of years city breaks have become my go-to escape. I love snapping up a cheap flight and hopping over to explore another corner of Europe. The places I enjoy the most are often the ones that don’t receive as many visitors. Bratislava was one of those places. I didn’t know a lot about Slovakia’s capital before… Read More
While it wasn’t quite as good a reading month as January, March was much better than February. It was full of thought-provoking, interesting and quirky reads. Hopefully my choice of books for the rest of the year will be as good!
Over the last year or two, Middlesbrough has been inundated with new bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Most have opened in the Bedford and Baker Street area, or on Linthorpe Road, where much of the town’s recent regeneration has been concentrated. But the new enterprise vibe is starting to spread. One of the town’s newest arrivals is Off the Ground… Read More
One of the best things about travelling is exploring a new place in unexpected ways. I’ve just come back from a long weekend in Bratislava, which is one of the best trips I’ve taken in a while, mostly because of the things we did while we were there. One of my favourite things was a Post Socialist City Tour with… Read More
Wandering around foreign cities does it for me; gazing at the view, camera in my hands. I’m outside of time, in a bubble where I don’t have to do anything but exist. There are moments where it hits you: this is how life should be. There’s no time for worrying about work, or fretting over the trivialities of the everyday…. Read More
In our society, busyness has always been a marker of success. We talk with pride about how ridiculously busy we are, telling our friends stories of running from office to exercise class to night out, juggling housework with overtime and late night emails and children and pets and freelancing and travel. We take a perverse pride in our exhaustion, showing… Read More
While January was an amazing month for reading, sadly, February was another disappointment. It did lead to a realisation though: for years I’ve been turning to crime fiction whenever I’m suffering from a reading slump, expecting a dose of murder to have me flicking eagerly through the pages. But actually, I think crime fiction has become the problem. A lot… Read More