Hayfever Hell

Easter weekend was glorious and made us realise that Summer is nearly upon us.  The mornings are brighter, the days are longer, the rain is warmer and we are counting the days until we can put the grotty lunchboxes in the bin and bury the uniforms in the bottom of the laundry basket.  Why then…

Easter Traditions

Easter has to be my absolute favourite Catholic tradition. So we repent for 40 days and 40 nights. We abstain from treats such as alcohol and chocolate as per typical Easter traditions.

The Selfie Generation

I don’t know whether to be horrified, impressed or amused by the recent craze of taking selfies at every opportunity.  I have to say I’m not a fan myself.  I avoid all close up shots wherever possible.  Every line, freckle and blemish is seemingly magnified when the camera turns on me. But I seem to…

World Book Day

It’s that time of year again.  The time of year when the art of reading, the love of all things literary, the fun of all fictional worlds are celebrated and enjoyed.  It was World Book Day this week and the main aim of this special day is to encourage children of all ages to realise…

Talent vs Teaching

Is there such a thing as natural talent?  Or is it purely a superpower like x-ray vision and super speed that is lacking in the genetic makeup of us mere mortals?  Some experts would suggest that there is no such thing as talent.  They propose that if you spend long enough at anything you will…

Health & Safety Madness

I came across a report recently about a beach somewhere in Germany that forbids sandcastle making.  A little odd I thought and surely one that’s very difficult to police.  It seems a natural thing to do when you’re sitting on lovely golden sand, to pile it all on top of each other and make a…