Journeys of the Mind #2 The Peculiar Habits of my grandfather

  A love for unusual travel literature was one of the many things that made my grandfather Phelim famous in family lore. Though a voracious reader of almost everything, he rarely visited the Travel Writing sections of bookshops, uninterested in the tales of other people’s wondrous journeys. Instead he spent hours poring over a dog-eared … More Journeys of the Mind #2 The Peculiar Habits of my grandfather

On Enjoying November – and How to Keep Warm

  This might sound a little weird, but I really like this kind of cold November weather. Last year in Ireland I remember November and December being strangely, inappropriately mild – actually warm at times, but damp and gloomy throughout. I absolutely hated it – I kept waiting for Winter to start, with the crisp, cold … More On Enjoying November – and How to Keep Warm

Joy of Bread

Baking bread has become my ritual. I bake bread when I am feeling upset and scattered and insecure (so every Tuesday.) When I was suffering with anorexia, bread was one of the many things that made me anxious – I would get a physical flutter of anxiety in the pit of my stomach at the … More Joy of Bread

Long Live the Weeds!

Long Live the Weeds! What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. (Gerard Manley Hopkins, from “Inversnaid”.) I first really discovered the joy of weeding when I went to Sweden as … More Long Live the Weeds!

Curved Curiosities

I came across the Oakes Twins through working at the Science Gallery in Dublin. They’re going to be exhibiting there very soon – and, as it is my job to talk to people about the various exhibits in the gallery, I did some research… and became completely absorbed and sidetracked by the mathematical background to … More Curved Curiosities