Diplomacy, The Brain… and Gandhi

Some of you will know…. I am one of those weird, geeky Diplomacy Players. This is my second time writing about it, the first being a wanton foray into the world of Diplomatic women. Diplomacy, The Brain… and Gandhi was originally written for the May 2022 edition of ‘Notes on a Napkin.’ A magazine (orContinue reading “Diplomacy, The Brain… and Gandhi”

The True Object Of All Human Life Is Play

Originally posted on Lauren Lloyd :
Diplomacy is a 67-year old game about taking over Europe. It’s a truly classic board game. Highly influential, intensely beloved, widely acclaimed. The beating heart of Diplomacy is in the alliances and agreements 7 players make in-between submitting orders. It is a game conducted not on the board, but in…

This Beautiful Fantastic

There is love and wonder in unexpectedly falling over a hidden gem. That’s exactly what I did on Saturday night. Found a film that seems to have slipped under the radar. Despite its stellar cast. This Beautiful Fantastic is a magical feast. That rarest of unicorns, the perfect modern fairy tale. Fairy tales have aContinue reading “This Beautiful Fantastic”

Our Love Affair With Boris…..

I said I would never blog about politics. It’s too divisive, I said. Our world is fuelled by enough hatred. C’mon though. Quite simply, HOW COULD I NOT? Watching events unfold this week is like hiding behind the sofa watching the scariest movie. Compelled to watch, hands over the eyes. Fascination with a simultaneous, omnipresentContinue reading “Our Love Affair With Boris…..”

Keep Calm And Love Your Gnu (AKA ‘STOP BLUE MONDAY’)

“Comms are on the phone, Lauren. Can you give them a press release for Blue Monday?” “WHAT?” I look up from the pile of papers, reports and the ever-growing waiting list and sigh deeply. I am way too professional to swear but I can eye-roll like a demon. We go through the media and commercialContinue reading “Keep Calm And Love Your Gnu (AKA ‘STOP BLUE MONDAY’)”