So you’re considering washable nappies? Don’t bother…

Actually do bother. I’m very glad we did for our two boys. But make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. While it makes economic sense in the long run, the up-front costs will seem like a big waste of money if you quit after three weeks…or even three days. My much more detail-focused…Continue readingSo you’re considering washable nappies? Don’t bother…

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

I’ve posted photo blogs here following various trips and holidays in the past, so I thought I should also do so after last week’s family holiday on the Atlantic coast in France. There’s not much to report however, partly because we didn’t take many photos, but also because we did pretty much the same thing…Continue readingOh I do like to be beside the seaside

Reading more, paying less

My reading habits have been changing and it’s worrying me. Don’t worry, I haven’t started reading the Daily Mail or anything. On the contrary, I’ve been reading loads of great journalism recently (The Vitamin Myth: why we think we need supplements and The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Food, to mention but two articles). The thing…Continue readingReading more, paying less

The Vich Herald

As Robert’s birth was announced two and a half years ago in The Geneva Bugle, we couldn’t let the birth of his little brother Declan pass without a sequel. Having moved from Meyrin to Vich in the meantime a new masthead was required. He’s almost five weeks old as I type this and is doing…Continue readingThe Vich Herald

Before his brother arrives

With Robert’s little brother due to appear in the next couple of weeks, I thought it would be nice to post a selection of photos from his first two and a half years. It’s the first time in a while that I’ve looked through the photos chronologically – it’s interesting (for me) to see how…Continue readingBefore his brother arrives

A random reading list

I was involved last week in the first round interviews for the position I’m about to vacate at the EBU. As a closing question each of the five candidates interviewed was asked what book they are currently reading (or have most recently read). Here, apropos of nothing, are the five books mentioned: Adapt: Why Success…Continue readingA random reading list

Sidewards and upwards

This week I signed the contract for a new job. This means that just under two and a half years after returning to work at the EBU I’ll be on the move again. As of April I will be the Alumni & Development Officer for the Ecole Internationale de Genève – or Ecolint, as it’s…Continue readingSidewards and upwards

A little bit of Bangalore

My sister Meave and her family moved recently to Bangalore, where her husband James will be working until late next year. We decided to pay them an early visit, taking advantage of Robert’s final “free” flights  before he turns two at the end of this month. They’re living an a nice big apartment in the…Continue readingA little bit of Bangalore

No excuses

The two things below gave me food for thought this evening. Both came from via, a site I may visit more often in future. The first speaks for itself…   And this one, from illustrating a Charles Bukowski poem, is why I need to stop making excuses about time and space and start…Continue readingNo excuses


I grew potatoes for the first time this year. It wasn’t difficult at all: drilled drainage holes in the bottom of a rubbish bin, added a layer of big stones, some soil, and three chitted potatoes. They grew really quickly and it was just a case of adding another layer of soil every week or…Continue readingSpuds!