House people

I’ve read quite a few books about work whilst I have been technically unemployed over the past five years,  but none of them get so entirely to the heart of the matter as to why we make the distinction between work and play in the first place by allowing women control of the home andContinue reading “House people”

Air travel and internet giants

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 noContinue reading “Air travel and internet giants”

Piste 01

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 EuropeanContinue reading “Piste 01”

Should we have a second child?

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 andContinue reading “Should we have a second child?”

My final facebook post

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 ofContinue reading “My final facebook post”

One way to stop being a neoliberal employee

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 aContinue reading “One way to stop being a neoliberal employee”

Post Truth Politics, Trump and Airline travel

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 needContinue reading “Post Truth Politics, Trump and Airline travel”

Left Wing/Right Wing or completely off piste?

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 onContinue reading “Left Wing/Right Wing or completely off piste?”

Dear CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) Journal,

 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 SustainableContinue reading “Dear CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) Journal,”

Consumer Austerity Budget

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”