Berlin · Bundestagswahl2017 · news · politics

German Election special: The main players

One of the many things I’ve learned since moving to Germany is that politics doesn’t start and end with the UK. Obviously world politics has always been interesting - and is a hyped-up crazy spectacle right now - but I feel the UK is fairly inward looking. It always frustrated me that the newspaper industry in Scotland,… Continue reading German Election special: The main players

Berlin · lifestyle · UK

I finally stopped being afraid of my body

Grazia, May 29 2017 Let’s just get this out there – I love bodies. I smile when I spot freckled skin, fleshy arms and hairy chests. I love curves on a long torso and wonky toes. I admire big noses and bottoms with a bit of life about them. The human body has always fascinated… Continue reading I finally stopped being afraid of my body

lifestyle · opinion

What it’s like to live with your parents at thirty

Refinery 29, April 12, 2017 It’s Friday night and I’m enjoying a well-earned wine and some trashy TV with one of my favourite people in the world. But it's not my boyfriend on the sofa passing me crisps. It's not even a reliable girlfriend or flatmate. It’s actually my mum, who I live with along… Continue reading What it’s like to live with your parents at thirty

opinion

February 11 2016: Films like Spotlight remind us how important journalism is

The Evening Times opinion column, February 11 2016 There is only one thing I love more than a good Hollywood movie. And that's a good Hollywood movie about journalism. I can't get enough of them - State of Play, The Hudsucker Proxy, His Girl Friday, and, of course, All the President's Men, which is my… Continue reading February 11 2016: Films like Spotlight remind us how important journalism is

Glasgow · opinion · Refugees · Syria

October 8 2015: Refugees are part of our communities so we must change the way we think about them

The Evening Times opinion column, October 8 2015 Right now and in the coming weeks refugees will be trying to settle into life in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland. How do you feel about that? I’m asking because I’ve been really surprised at the split of opinion on this issue. People coming to the… Continue reading October 8 2015: Refugees are part of our communities so we must change the way we think about them

opinion

March 20 2014: The world is confusing when you were born in 1986 instead of 1926

The Evening Times opinion column, March 20 2014 If you're only as young as you feel then I'm afraid I've gone the other way ... because I'm getting on for about 74. Our society has long been obsessed with youth and trying to stop the ageing process - but I have embraced my inner old… Continue reading March 20 2014: The world is confusing when you were born in 1986 instead of 1926