Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests 

We decided to walk the length of Portstewart Strand and found that with each step, the beach bustle became quieter – as we passed the Windbreaker-in-any-Weather families, the enthusiastic games of “beach volleyball” (quotation marks intended), the romantic wanderers and the new puppies, the sand looked more vast and more ‘ours’. We got to theContinue reading “Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests “

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. “

An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK

After BBC Panorama revealed that child refugees have been working in factories producing clothes for some of our favourite retailers, Trans World Radio got in touch to chat about Ethical Fashion. Below is the interview in written form! We’re talking today about the ethics of fashion after a BBC Panorama Investigation revealed this week thatContinue reading “An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK”

So you want to end human trafficking…

There is something inside you that screams when you hear about the precious lives of men, women, and children who are coerced and exploited in the name of money, or power, or greed. Maybe you’ve heard a story of someone who was trafficked and you just can’t get them out of your mind. Or maybeContinue reading “So you want to end human trafficking…”

3 Ways We Can End Slavery…Now.

It was our first night in southern India. Akil, our instant and forever friend, picked us up at the busy airport and navigated through four hours of bumpy roads, stray dogs, and impossible turns. The smell of condensed milk mixed with spices filled with air, unfamiliar music – no, musics – played all at the same time, and I knew this wasContinue reading “3 Ways We Can End Slavery…Now.”

DIY Christmas: Honeycomb Fudge

And we’re back! So glad to hear you enjoyed the honeycomb recipe on Tuesday. I’m still munching & crunching myself! Hopefully you’ve saved some, though, because today I’m going to show you how to make honeycomb fudge. You will need: 1 tin of condensed milk 80 grams of butter 150 soft brown sugar Vanilla essenceContinue reading “DIY Christmas: Honeycomb Fudge”

BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE…EVER

So, blogosphere, I’ve been keeping something from you and I don’t think I can do it any longer. I have the recipe for the world’s best chocolate cake. And it’s time for me to share it. I used to work with a great French baker who had lots of secrets up his sleeves and oneContinue reading “BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE…EVER”

NUDE PHOTO HACKING, RICKY GERVAIS AND THE POWER OF WORDS

At the start of the week, news broke of a group of hackers who had accessed hundreds of nude photos of celebrities. They are threatening to release them all online.   I don’t want to write about the victim-blaming that has happened as a result of this: I’m tired of it. But in case itContinue reading “NUDE PHOTO HACKING, RICKY GERVAIS AND THE POWER OF WORDS”

THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

My favourite place in Belfast is a little, warm, underground, shiny-surfaced, haven of chocolate delight. Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays…I love to celebrate them at Co Couture. And one of my pals just proposed to his lovely (now) fiancee with a ring enclosed in a chocolate egg from here, too! So it felt like Christmas whenContinue reading “THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD”