Photo mine, from a very child-free Italian holiday Has the impossible happened and you have found yourself unexpectedly possessed of a chunk of child-free time? Are you standing frozen, mouth agape, utterly bemused about what to do next? Fear not! Presenting for your perusal the ultimate hierarchy of child-free activities! 10. Staring at a blank … Continue reading Child-free Activities: a Hierarchy
This book began as a strong four stars out of five. By the end, I rated it one. This rarely happens; I can usually tell within a few pages whether a book is for me or not. But The Last had a really interesting premise, introduced several intriguing characters.... and then it failed to deliver. … Continue reading Book review: The Last by Hanna Jameson
My name is Caitlin and I’m a procrastinator. I want to say a recovered procrastinator, but in my darkest moments I fear that real recovery will forever be beyond me.
Having used books as a guide and a solace through all experiences of my own life, it’s perhaps unsurprising that I have turned to these in order to instruct my child. Without faith in my own communication abilities, I bought a book called Going to Nursery to assist with psychological preparation (read: indoctrination) for that … Continue reading Book review: Going to Nursery by Laurence Anholt and Catherine Anholt
My hatred of going to the hairdresser’s stretches a long way back.
Without You, There is No Us is ‘literary nonfiction’, in the words of author Suki Kim. (She rejects the subtitle ‘A memoir’ which appears on the book’s cover - more on this later.) It details the six months she spent undercover teaching English at a private university in Pyongyang, North Korea. Unbeknownst to the evangelical … Continue reading Book review: Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim
A month after the end of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and ten months before the beginning of the next one, here’s your badly-timed guide on how to not just experience but to actually enjoy the Fringe even with your progeny in tow. (NB: I have limited Fringe experience and even more limited baby experience, so … Continue reading Edinburgh Fringe with a baby: a guide