Is brea liom é: Irish Language update

Whenever I mention that I’m learning Irish, people inevitably ask me if it’s close to English. I understand the confusion as Irish people primarily speak English, so people think I’m somehow learning the Irish accent while speaking English, I suppose. However, Irish is a Gaelic language – it’s called gaeilge, though the translation of that…

Learning through a crisis

Everyone has a different response to a crisis and I want to preface this whole post by saying it comes without judgment. I respond to panic with an intense urge to be busy and distract myself which I have learnt over the years to at least filter into “useful” (to me) things rather than the…

Kindness in Shoeboxes

A lovely man called James is leaving boxes for NHS workers in the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. I used to live in Oxford and have been to that hospital; I hope that this brings light to their days in a very difficult, tiring, and scary time. Not only that, but James made his way…

Well, it’s a weird time isn’t it?

I’ve been finding it difficult to read, write, or do anything vaguely creative. After all, we’re under the strain of a global pandemic and everything’s gone to shit. The stress is real, but there’s a lot of good out there too. I don’t think it’s helpful to force optimism in the face of traumatic events;…

Welcome!

How strange to start a blog from scratch after so long without one. In the past, I had a reasonably successful blog on a very niche topic which I unfortunately had to abandon due to personal circumstances (read: my wonky body). To try to avoid this happening again while still having a place to write…