Nature-loving life-learning hula-hooping sunshine fish: UK, France, Japan, Micronesia.

Learning a writer’s journey

I write morning pages on folded A4 paper, each numbered, kept in a fat envelope…

Looking back helps to reflect, learn, and move forward. Reviews are important as without collecting and summarising the evidence, you might easily tend to feel like a failure. Even with the evidence in front of you, there may be an inner critic who finds reasons to discount it all and…

Poem on St. Andrew’s, Mickfield, Suffolk — a medieval church home & AirBnB

St Andrew Church, Mickfield, Suffolk, converted into accommodation. Image: author’s own.

Born and bred Ipswich
Suffolk locals never knew
That down the road in Mickfield
Lies the fine church of St. Andrew

All taken lateral flow tests
To check we’re not infected
We cosied up around the fire
Much warmer than expected

Though I couldn’t get my head around
How to make…

A summary of books read, reading lessons learnt and my recommended reads.

A stack of books by female authors besides J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.
Female authors recommended to me from a Facebook call out for help in early 2021…

Hooray! It took only (!) five years to achieve a gender-balanced reading year in 2021; 12 books by males and 12 books by females (and one by an Association of Poles). Yeah but… I have to read 16 more books written by females to redress the accumulated imbalance from previous…

21 Observations from the Schools and Academies Show 2021

Two speakers seated on a small stage with audience. A sign saying Stay Safe please help yourself in foreground.
Schools and Academies Show 2021 during COVID-19 pandemic. Image credit: author’s own.

If you’re wondering what’s going on in secondary education in the UK, read this 21-point alien’s guide to the business of education. After working in education in France, Japan, and Micronesia since 2005, this UK-educated returnee reports on the Department of Education-funded Schools and Academies Show in November 2021, the…

An exposé on the social, environmental and legal concerns facing the world’s greatest chocolate maker

A bowl of assorted Wonka chocolates and chocolate bars.
Environmental, social and legal concerns make Wonka’s chocolate not-so-sweet. Image: author’s own.

Willy Wonka’s factory is driving biodiversity loss at home and overseas while land grabs are standard practice. Mr Wonka has displaced an entire indigenous community from their native lands and bred them in captivity to work for him. The true nature of Wonka’s modus operandi is startling. How long can…

21 Things I Learnt about Gender Diversity in the Arts from Reviewing What’s On at ‘The Apex’ Live Music and Entertainment Venue

Dame Evelyn Glennie plays percussion with the World Doctors Orchestra at The Apex, October 2021…

Released from long lockdowns and cautiously venturing out into the world, many are eager to enjoy live music and events. Scrolling through what’s on at Suffolk venue The Apex looked a lot like a male-dominated sausage-fest so I decided to review the information and publicity on 62 events scheduled between…

Introducing Play in Education, Development and Learning at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University

A little boy kneels on a table covered with Lego bricks with his sister sitting next to him building a Lego tower.
Two kids playing Lego on the dining room table. Image: author’s own.

What does play mean to you?
When was the last time you acted creatively?
Is creativity the grown-up word for play?

Picture yourself when you were a child playing, what were you doing? How did you feel? Who were you with? Play makes us smile, connects us with others and…

A first-time server at a Vipassana centre shares what serving a course might look like and why you may or may not choose to give it a go

A meditation cushion on the floor with blanket around it where a meditator has left it.
Meditator working elsewhere. Image: author’s own.

Who takes nearly two weeks off to cook, clean, and work for 50 non-paying visitors. For free?

Vipassana meditators.

Vipassana meditation centres and those working there aim to create an environment in which meditators — called ‘students’ — can best learn and benefit from the technique, removed from the distractions…

Caro Kocel

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