Looking back on 2016

2016 has been a game-changing year. Next year we will face the real consequences of the political decisions made by the majority of people in Britain and the United States this year, as Brexit and the inauguration of President Trump actually happen. When it comes to the environment and climate change policy, we are stillContinue reading “Looking back on 2016”

Book Review: ‘The Dirty Life’ by Kristin Kimball

When you set out in your early adult life it is tempting to establish goals or to second guess the direction in which your life might head. It seems that, for my generation, we expect or are expected to be high achievers in every ‘area’ of life – career, relationships and gaining that apparently ohContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Dirty Life’ by Kristin Kimball”

”And A Partridge in a Pear Tree”…but how are the birds really doing?

One of the most famous festive carols has to be ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, in which a very fortunate person is gifted some extraordinary things, ranging from nine ladies dancing to five gold rings and twelve drummers drumming. Within this list of generosity are a number of birds, but if someone was actually tryingContinue reading “”And A Partridge in a Pear Tree”…but how are the birds really doing?”

Why do people kiss under mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe has become a core Christmas tradition in Britain and if you find yourself standing underneath a sprig with somebody else over the festive period you should prepare for them to lean forward for a kiss. However, how did it all come about? Why do we feel compelled to have a peck onContinue reading “Why do people kiss under mistletoe?”