Tired of Gibsplaining every time Gibraltar hits the headlines? Fed up of the constant, basic errors you see or hear about everything to do with the Rock and its people?
Then here’s a handy FAQ with some key information that you can cut out and keep or better still, share with anyone who might benefit from reading it. (Document courtesy of Ilana Benady and Helen Wade.)
A piece I wrote for Gibraltar’s new parenting e-zine, Mum on the Rock about a generation of grandparents who are struggling with the demands of full-time childcare. They thought they’d raised their children and could enjoy their retirement. They were wrong.
Here’s a piece I wrote for the new, parenting magazine Mum on the Rock on a form of benign neglect by parents. Are you guilty of this?
Your starter for ten: name a top female conductor (no Googling please?) That’s any Musical Director or conductor of the world’s top 15 orchestras? After 2014’s Last Night of the Proms you might have heard the name Marin Alsop along with the sound of a glass ceiling being scratched, if not shattered.
Marin Alsop Photo by Grant Leighton
Seven years ago, Marin Alsop became the first woman ever to lead a major orchestra (the Baltimore Symphony.) In her speech at the Proms she alluded to the gender inequality still prevalent not just in classical music but across many fields and remarked wryly, that she hoped the next female conductor at the Proms wouldn’t make headlines – like she did – simply because she was a woman. It’s a very real possibility as attitudes appear to be changing. Scandinavia and Asia still lead the way in the growing numbers of women studying to be conductors – Europe still lags a little behind. Continue reading
A friend of mine shared this post which offered an insightful and thought-provoking view on why parents should not teach children about “stranger danger,” It’s a dilemma every parent faces: at what age do you progress from the softly-softly, safety advice given to toddlers and young children to tips on how to stay safe in a wider context with full knowledge of what could happen if you don’t? There’s some good pointers in the post – It’s worth a read.
This is the post I wish I’d read when I was a fairly new Mum with my first-born and was struggling through the “Bullshit Olympics.” Continue reading
Have a listen to some of the new recordings from Sing for Pleasure’s Summer School in August 2014.
Some wonderful arrangements from their songbooks as well as the premiere of Oli Tarney’s sublime, Magnificat. It was a privilege to be one of the soprano voices on these recordings.
Photo copyright: Sing for Pleasure
Photo copyright: Hilary Griffiths
From the SfP website: Recorded excerpts from the first performance of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat, from Summer School 2014. SfP plans to publish it, record it and make it available for choirs to perform in the future. It is a hugely varied, interesting and approachable piece!
I came across this great list of some of the most gorgeous tea rooms around the UK. Because I love afternoon tea as a special treat, I thought I’d post it here and share it with my readers. I’m very grateful to (and envious of) whoever’s done the donkey work to compile this list!