Work

A rant about pavement etiquette

People showing good pavement etiquette by not vaping, cycling or staring at their phones.

One of the things I’m still getting used to in my now not-so-new job is the walk from the station to the office I work in. Not because of the increased exercise, you understand, but due to the eternally thorny issue of self-important people with appalling pavement etiquette. I can’t stand bad manners or people …

My TV debut

A screenshot of the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2.

Today got off to an unusual start. I had actually slept well. Amelie, who thinks it’s much more fun to keep the same waking hours as most woodland creatures, only had us up once. As a result, I felt shattered. It’s a strange reaction, I know, but I imagine the body thinks “Yeah, let’s have another …

My Sunday Photo: calm

A quiet, still pond surrounded by autumn trees. A picture of calm!

Life has been more than a little hectic of late. With the first week of the new term, our house being on the market and work piling up, it’s been difficult to remain calm! This, then, was much needed. I was in nearby Lewes for a couple of meetings and had arrived half an hour …

How I escaped stress

An exit sign being used to show how I escaped stress.

When I spotted that it was National Stress Awareness Day today, I felt compelled to write about how I escaped stress. For no other reason than the fact that I hope my experience might help others. Around 18 months ago, I was coming to the end of a miserable year in an incredibly stressful job. I …

A different kind of leap year

A man jumping across a chasm.

I’ve been my own boss for a year now. A year and a day, actually, given the existence of 29 February. A whole 366 days without pointless meetings, petty office politics, red tape, commuter hell and overpriced coffee. As you can probably tell, I don’t miss my old existence at all. It was making me stressed, tired …