Summer nights

It’s summer and at long last I’ve got my summer duvet on my bed. The first time in ten years since moving to Scotland. Not that I’m saying the land of my birth is usually cold, well, actually I am! It’s been so hot at night I needed that light and cool 3.5 TOG duvet.…

Confidence gone missing!

I’ve read about it, heard about it from colleagues and friends, it sounds all familiar but never saw it first-hand quite so blatantly as last night. It was that thing where men are more confident and are more likely than women to apply for promotion, negotiate a pay rise, speak up at meetings and other…

Ageing Cubism in Glasgow

Its location doesn’t make it the most obvious place to look for a sculpture, but it’s been there since 1990, nearly 30 years. I’d left university by then and was living in London so it’s only since moving back to the city eight years ago that I began to notice it. It’s attached to the…

My life in 8 songs

I can hear myself saying the same thing as every guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Disc says, ‘it was so hard selecting only 8 songs’. I am no D-I-D guest, but decided to give myself the challenge to see if I could do it, should the day come that I get asked because of…

Glasgow and Toshie 150 years

It’s a 150 years ago since Glasgow’s most famous architect was born – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, aka Toshie, aka CRM, and the city is celebrating his life and work with a year-long series of events. The biggie is the one at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Whether it’s Mackintosh or Mockintosh, you won’t be…

Do I know you from somewhere?

It’s eight years since I returned to Glasgow and a recent meeting has reminded me why I left, nay why I fled to London in the first place. Initially when I came ‘home’ I loved that when I went out I usually bumped into somebody I know … lovely, fab until that person is an…

Bansko or Bust

It was a wee week skiing that took me to Bansko in Bulgaria, it’s about two and half hours south by car from Sofia the capital. I wasn’t going to go, but you know when you have that friend who loves researching the holiday, well it was the lovely Rachel who sorted the flights, the…