week #51 unsubscribe from mailing lists

I am writing this post on a flight to Antananarivo, Madagascar. I have done a fair amount of travel over the last ten years but this trip definitely feels the most adventurous and off-the-beaten track. To compliment my excitement at finally being a ‘real’ traveller, I marked the occasion by purchasing a large backpack. In…

week #50 fast social media once a week

I like to think of myself as an activist when it comes to issues of justice. However, lately I haven’t been very active at all. Instead, my summer has passed me by while I procrastinated and dithered all in the name of ‘taking a break’. I don’t want to discredit my holiday completely as I…

week #49 forfeit a take-away lunch to save a life

In less than two weeks a group of us from my church will be flying to Madagascar to partake in a volunteer trip. I’m growing increasingly excited as all the travel plans come together and we do a final fundraising push. During preparation I have found myself rather amused by the number of suggested medications…

week #48 be loyal to giving

Here in the UK it pays to be ‘loyal’. Most of the big retailers offer some sort of loyalty scheme which usually requires the customer to produce the respective loyalty card when making purchases. As a result, my wallet bulges from the strain of its contents (and it’s not money), proving that I really have…

week #47 develop a dedicated routine

Olympic fever has hit London thanks to an epic Opening Ceremony combined with the excited anticipation one would expect from the host city. It is hard not to get caught up in all the buzz. Fox and I explored the Olympic Village yesterday and got to support Great Britain in the men’s hockey at the…

week #46 live without so others can live

Last night I climbed into my comfortable, warm bed and turned on the TV to catch up on a bit of news at the end of a busy day. I was just in time to catch this report on Newsnight (you can see it 12 min into the programme) about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.…