Inspiring Contemporary Blues Artists: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Keb’ Mo’

Reading Time: 6 minutes In this new series of articles, I’ll profile some of my favourite African American Blues artists. Up first are two contemporary acts with varied styles: one inspired by the traditional Jazz of New Orleans, the other, a post-modern Blues artist.… Continue Reading

Adventures on the Big Island, Hawaii- my top 5 experiences

Reading Time: 12 minutes   Warning: this post contains nudity… OK, so just references to nudity, but still 😉 Here are my top experiences on the Big Island, Hawaii: volcanoes, green sand beaches, and the most important food groups of coffee, chocolate, and beer… Continue Reading

Adventures in Maui, Hawaii- my top 5 experiences

Reading Time: 11 minutes   I was lucky enough to spend a week on the island of Maui, Hawaii this January. Far from being (just!) a lazy holiday lounging in the sun, this trip was full of adventures, activities, and learning about local cultures.… Continue Reading

My 5-step guide to vintage & thrift shopping

Reading Time: 8 minutes How can we indulge our love of clothing and be eco-conscious?! The answer my friends, is shopping vintage and thrift! With Oxfam’s Second Hand September campaign to resist buying brand new clothes, I thought I’d share some of my tips…… Continue Reading

My (Un)Popular Heroes: Wayne Enstone, Rugby Fives Champion (and my Dad!)

Wayne Enstone, Rugby Fives player

Reading Time: 6 minutes My parents have always been strong role models- my Mum was a Deputy Head teacher, bossing it in tough, inner city secondary schools, while Dad became the most successful player of the unique British sport, Rugby Fives. As you do!… Continue Reading

My (Un)Popular Heroes: Josephine Baker

Reading Time: 10 minutes Josephine Baker was an dancer, singer, and actress, who could fly a plane and ride a racehorse, plus she fought against racial prejudice in her native US, adopted 12 children, and was a decorated war hero in France- incredible!  … Continue Reading

The strange life of an Oxford student- my top 6 experiences

Reading Time: 11 minutes I spent nine years doing three degrees at the beautiful, but highly unusual, University of Oxford.  My “Oxford experience” featured many peculiar ancient traditions, getting to grips with dress codes and a unique language, plus overcoming some tough challenges.  … Continue Reading