The Colour Purple – International Women’s Day 2015

On this year’s International Women’s Day, I am thankful for the sacrifices made by those strong women of our past, as I would not be a successful lawyer today without their tireless efforts.  In September this year, I will have been in the legal profession for ten years, and the opportunities for women have certainly […]

The day of the comet

Since the disappointment of Comet Ison’s failure to survive its fly-by around the sun earlier this year, I must confess that I had lowered my expectations somewhat for the landing of the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P on Wednesday.   But the ESA and the Rosetta mission team pulled-off the impossible.   […]

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Science Cream!

Cardiff now has its very own liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour! Using liquid nitrogen to make ice-cream results in a unique creamy texture, as the sheer speed within which the ice-cream mixture freezes means ice crystals do not have the chance to form.  Even with the best ice-cream churner, you will not succeed in achieving this […]

Independence Day 2014 – “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.”

  As I may have mentioned on a number of occasions, the American Independence Day holiday is one of my favourites. It is a party planner’s dream: highly flexible, fun and always colourful.  To date, we have had a Luau, a Star spangled Captain America homage, and an outing to Amity Island.   So what […]

Retro Reclamation – From Trash to Treasure

My latest project involved the up-cycling of my late gran’s pair of mid-century utility dining chairs.  They were not in a good state when I got them, and the leatherette plastic coverings were all torn and worn, and the paintwork flaked miserably with age.   These chairs were produced by a London firm called H.Lait […]

“If I was a criminal, stationery stores and bakeries would be the two kinds of places I would concentrate on”. – John Turturro

I have been a stationery addict for as long as I can remember.  During my school and college days, I enjoyed nothing more than heading on over to WH Smiths or Staples at the start of each term to purchase a whole bunch of exciting new stationery.  My love of stationery has continued into my […]

When I grow up…

There was a time when every kid wanted to be an astronaut. Times have certainly changed, and an obsession with all things celebrity has overtaken the insatiable curiosity that spurred the mid century generation to set their sights on the moon.  There was a time when every kid wanted to be an astronaut. Times have […]

Environment: Hostile

The METEOR CRATER near Winslow, Arizona, is the windiest place I have ever been to. So much so, that all tours skirting the impact crater’s rim on the day we visited had been cancelled, out of fear of tourists plummeting to their deaths, some 170 meters towards the crater floor!  If I were being completely […]

Come with me, Cupcake

2013 has already been an exciting year for those with an interest in all things SPACE.   On February 15, the Russians were dazzled by an epic superbolide meteor, which rather ironically coincided with the day on which the people of Earth heaved a mighty sigh of relief as they watched asteroid DA14,  a.k.a, a […]

One Giant Leap – Honouring a Space Legend

MOON-ROCK KRISPIES (in honour of our greatest space pioneer) The passing of Neil Armstrong in August 2012 served to highlight exactly how long ago man first landed on the moon. His one small step was taken over 40 years ago, in July 1969, relying on technology no more powerful than the smart phone sitting in […]