I live under a so-called 'emergency runway' that Brussels Airport abuses the use of. Once you've spent a few Sunday afternoons in the garden with 747s hurtling overhead deadening the possibility of conversation or relaxation, and have been woken up at 3am then 4:30am then 5:30am by the noise of cargo planes, you are no … Continue reading Air travel and internet giants
I drew this a while ago, but given that Piste 01 is in action today and woke me at 4:30am it's still relevant. It's mind-boggling that despite several court orders against Brussels airport planes are still flying this low over a densely populated residential area all through the night in the capital of the European … Continue reading Piste 01
Our first child was the result of an accidental pregnancy 6 months into knowing each other, so the deliberation phase went: ‘OHHHHHHHmygodthisisallgoingfasterthanithoughitwouldbutweloveeachothersoyesletsdothis’. She arrived 3 weeks early and it felt like she wanted to be born, that she had to be part of our lives. She’s a hilarious weirdo with a penchant for stripping and … Continue reading Should we have a second child?
Dear facebook, This is it. This is goodbye. The rot set in several years ago when I stopped being interested in stalking my ex-boyfriends and your primary function for existing was lost, then you started harassing me with slipper advertisements, and finally this article by John Lanchester in the LRB (https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n16/john-lanchester/you-are-the-product) has me terrified of … Continue reading My final facebook post
On paper I was practically a perfect neoliberal employee.Grew up around the world (I can live anywhere, I'm flexible and adaptable! I'm part of the international community!) speak fluent English and passable Mandarin, highly educated with a Masters degree from Imperial College London in a numerical subject (I can problem solve rationally! I have a … Continue reading One way to stop being a neoliberal employee
To all my friends who live all around the world I know how lucky I have been to travel and to be able to meet you, and for me to say this probably comes across as hypocritical or pious, for which I apologise. But we have all got to stop travelling so much. We need … Continue reading Post Truth Politics, Trump and Airline travel
I've been reading a lot recently, almost to the point of obsession as my daughter has been going through a good period with her napping and sleeping and there is not much else to do when you can't leave the house. A few weeks ago my husband had a quick flick though the titles on … Continue reading Left Wing/Right Wing or completely off piste?
I've been a CIBSE member for over 5 years now, and whilst I do enjoy reading the CIBSE Journal it is somewhat depressing to have the same stories come up time and time again, for example the gap between building design and performance, another government scheme that is being scrapped (Green Deal, Code for Sustainable … Continue reading Dear CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) Journal,
Dear Philip Hammond, I've been looking at the public debt figures and can see why George used to get his knickers in a twist about it, 1,542.6 billion as of December 2015 (not including public sector banks) does seem like a ridiculously large number. Maybe a bit smaller now the pound is worth less post Brexit, … Continue reading Consumer Austerity Budget
I've updated my LinkdIn profile with a slightly abridged version of the text below (because they have a character limit on what you can put in your summary): "Let's cut the bullsh*t. I'm not 'flexible' when it comes to the work I enjoy or the career I want to have. I'm not highly … Continue reading Burning my corporate bridges