Download some charity with your Kindle

Venture into a cafe or travel on public transport these days and you’re as likely to find people staring at a piece of plastic as you are with their nose in a book. E-readers are becoming ever more commonplace; Amazon’s e-books have been outselling hardbacks. It’s impossible to tell what someone is reading behind the […] Read more…

Finding the Global Village in Brussels

I wasn’t murdered last weekend. “Well, good for you,” you might say. “Why on earth would you be thinking such a thing?” It’s all because Martin and I went to a foreign city to meet some people we’d ‘met’ online. After all, everyone knows the internet is full of strange people, don’t they? Work colleagues […] Read more…

The Nature of Modern Friendship

Our busy lives mean that maintaining friendships often slides down the list of priorities. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have helped define the nature of modern friendship. Experts have said that people now spend too long in front of their computers with virtual friends, instead of socialising. I see it differently: our time […] Read more…

Tempus Fugit

When I was little, people who were older than me would warn that when you were grown-up, time would fly. “Nonsense,” I would think as even a week would seem a very long time. Now I am a grown up of course I realise those people are right. The weeks, months and years fly by: […] Read more…

Me, stupid? That doesn't add up!

Maths has always been a huge issue for me. When I was about 11 I was congratulated by teachers for coming top in my year in an English exam. This cause for celebration was dampened by news from my maths teacher that my performance in the maths exam was so low it had fallen off […] Read more…

Seeing an old Berlin through new eyes

Having studied Germany between the wars, I thought I knew what to expect of Berlin. My preconception led to a rather disorientating trip at first – it just didn’t look like the black-and-white photos I had stored in my head. Of course, I knew exactly why Berlin has changed so much since the 1930s – […] Read more…

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