That’s Not My Name

By July 16, 2013 Blog

This morning I got a  present from my brother and soon to be sister-in-law, (woopwoop!) It’s a little bag with a personalised case.  On the cover they write your name, with an explanation of its meaning. So if I was called Michael it would be: ‘Noble Warrior’.  Or if I was a Jenny, it would be ‘Giver of Hope’. My parents planned to call me Matthew, but it didn’t work out.  Which means there’s no wriggling away from ‘Emma’.This is …Read More


By April 4, 2012 Blog, identity

In our culture, extroverts are overvalued – but trying to act like one when you’re not, can make you physically and mentally ill. So argues Susan Cain, in her book ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’. It’s a state of affairs that she claims,  begins at school, where kids are rewarded for being ‘outgoing’ instead of ‘original’.  Later, at the office or in social occasions,  those who say little tend to get sidelined and …Read More

Introverts Unite!

By August 13, 2011 Blog

It’s that time of year again.  ‘Airbourne’ –  the world’s biggest free seafront airshow. And it’s here! In  Eastbourne!   Four days of magnificent flying men and red-arrowtastic aerial displays.  If I wanted to, I could watch it from the comfort of my home.  But I’m not.  Instead I’m  clutching my ear plugs and making pathetic mewing sounds from a safe distance. Don’t get me wrong.  I have nothing against freefall parachuters and military aircraft.  Nor, as the proud owner …Read More