The Fourth Trimester

Ah, friends, this is such a bittersweet post to write! We have well and truly emerged from the ‘fourth trimester’; those sweet first hazy months of out-of-womb but not-quite-fully-in-the-world sweetness…and I can’t believe what a marked difference there already is in our wee 6 month-old chap who is more independent, curious and hilarious by theContinue reading “The Fourth Trimester”

My 5 Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant, I trawled through countless articles and videos claiming to be the “only newborn essentials list you’ll ever need”…but found it all a bit overwhelming and confusing. I really wanted to be well-prepared, but also wanted to avoid gathering lots of stuff and cluttering the house/hurting my bank balance! If you areContinue reading “My 5 Newborn Essentials”

Honey, I unplugged the kids.

He’s here! Our beautiful son was born a month ago and we are so in love. We decided before he got here to keep him offline, and many have asked about our decision. Here’s what we decided on, and why… 1. No images Trust me – he is beautiful (not that I’m biased!) But weContinue reading “Honey, I unplugged the kids.”

Thought for the Day: bananas 

Today, I’m on BBC’s Thought for the Day for the very first time! I really enjoyed the experience of jotting down and recording these thoughts which you can listen to on BBC Good Morning Ulster each Monday in June. I’ll also be sharing them here over the coming weeks. Up first, one of the mostContinue reading “Thought for the Day: bananas “

Rebellions are built on hope. 

I find myself sitting in the dark, my mind spinning almost as fast as the pictures on the screen. Christmas parties and Santa hats, beautiful carols and rolls of ribbon interlaced with the sound of grandmothers wailing, last goodbyes, emergency appeals and photos of frozen children too shocking for publication. This week we launched anContinue reading “Rebellions are built on hope. “

They have names.

Three weeks ago over 200 girls were abducted at school in Chibok by Boko Haram, a militant extremist group whose name means “Western education is a sin”. There are reports of some of the girls having died, others being ill, some trafficked to Chad or Cameroon. The latest report is that 276 are still missing.Continue reading “They have names.”

#internationalwomensday inspiring change

Today I get to celebrate women at 3 International Women’s Day events with work. I’m just back from the first, and I’m still processing it – it was hugely inspiring. Belfast is known for its construction of the Titanic, and in recent years has opened the Titanic Centre, which tells the story of the shipContinue reading “#internationalwomensday inspiring change”

Paedophile receives suspended sentence as 13 year old victim is blamed for being ‘predatory’

Update 07.08.2013: Robert Colover has been bannedfrom sex abuse cases. A paedophile walked free on Monday after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ in court. Neil Wilson, 41, lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where she performed a sex act on him. The victim told a friend who alertedContinue reading “Paedophile receives suspended sentence as 13 year old victim is blamed for being ‘predatory’”

A letter to my granddaughter about Twitter and trolls and the fight she will fight.

Dear granddaughter, I’m writing to you on the 6th of August 2013. I imagine you to be so far past Twitter that it seems to you as cassette tapes seem to me. (Google it.) When we were little, your great-aunt Kiki and I used to fly from Geneva back to Northern Ireland with your great-grandparentsContinue reading “A letter to my granddaughter about Twitter and trolls and the fight she will fight.”