• All The Things: August 2019

    Well, I did say I would be back in August! Hello again, friends. It’s been a while. Life is pretty different from when I last posted here, though not unexpectedly so (in the broadest sense). The bairn arrived safe and well on her due date, cutting it fine at 11.59pm, after the best part of …

  • Letter to The Courier (Perth Office)

    Croy 19th December 2018 Dear Editor, Last week, at an academic conference in Perth, my husband had his bag stolen from the drinking establishment in which he and some of his colleagues had been partaking in an evening tipple. There wasn’t too much in the bag, and I completely understand that someone in Perth was …

  • A Month on Wednesday: November 2018

    What a month! November is one of my favourite months of the year, and it’s not just because I’m a November Baby myself. There’s something about this time of year which feels so magical. A day after my last monthly update, I launched #BadHigherEd (heinously.com), finally starting to capture in one place some of my …

  • Two Months on Tuesday: September and October 2018

    This latest update, covering September and October, has been written over a number of weeks. It originally started thus: “I am typing this with my laptop balanced over my knees, and a puppy asleep next to me, head resting on my left thigh. The calm after the storm and before the next storm (repeat to …