We Need New Names: fact or fiction?

This post is long overdue; I actually finished We Need New Names a couple of months ago. Unfortunately a couple of months of pregnancy nausea left me feeling demotivated and uninspired. However, I am starting to feel vaguely human once more and keen to get back into the blogging swing of things. This book is…

23 Things I never knew about capitalism

Before reading 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang my knowledge of economics stretched about as far as our monthly household budget. I feel rather embarrassed to have reached my thirties without questioning issues such as interest-rate changes, inflation and market crashes. In light of my apparent lack of enthusiasm toward…

Many tears mark my copy of Half the Sky

Books that seek to highlight injustice – or in this case many injustices – are naturally difficult to read. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn has been on my ‘books I want to read’ list for many years. Once I began reading I was confronted by all the stories I knew I…

Gandalf’s perspective

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Wise and encouraging words from Gandalf in The Hobbit by J.R.R…

Fashionably different

I have recently been immersing myself in all things ‘fashion’. Getting involved with the Global Poverty Project’s See Through Fashion campaign – which is urging retailers who have not yet signed the Bangladeshi Safety Accord to do so – prompted me to brush-up on my knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the fashion industry. As part…