• Social Media

    Social Benefits of The Internet – LondonCyber Conference

    Do you remember the years before the internet? When we had to look up telephone books and encyclopaedias for information. When we used maps – real proper paper maps – to find the way to a friend’s house. When we had to estimate how long it would take us to get there, and look up bus timetables that were kept in a box under the stairs? If I were to tell my 9 year old daughter that I used to have to limit my phone calls to my parents in Scotland to once a week, as the international phone calls were so expensive, she would likely ask why we didn’t…

  • Expat

    Saying goodbye, au revoir, auf wiedersehen…

    No matter in which language you do this, it is a bitch. And if you are living the expat life, then it is something that you have to do occasionally. I have had acquaintances come and go but today was the first time I have said farewell to a true friend. And it hurts. So I did what I do when I hurt. I baked. I cried. I drank wine. And I sat down to write. While I pounded the dough for the pizza we shall eat later, I considered this side of expat life. The side that no one tells you about, when they extol the fantastic lifestyle, the mind-broadening…

  • writing

    These are The Times We Shall Dream About…

    This week is MS Awareness Week and today is the funeral of my lovely friend Hilda, who died last Wednesday after battling MS for over 20 years. Who was Hilda? She was a woman, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend. She was loved by many. Right now her family and friends are gathering in my hometown to bury Hilda, to send her on her final journey, free of pain at last. Hilda was a friend of our family for many years. I cannot say when I first met her, I guess I was quite young at the time. We got to know each other better when…