Category Archives: Europe

November 12

Lest we forget

….. For your tomorrow, we gave our today ….. Six reflections on what Remembrance means to me, in this 100th Year since the Declaration of Armistice in November 1918. For their yesterday … Lest we forget – Yesterday I felt immensely proud to wear my Scout Leader uniform and be a part of the Remembrance Parade in […]

October 30

Foggy Adventures

“As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme”      Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When GSK launched the PULSE programme 10 years ago I knew it was for me. The opportunity to make a difference, in the heart of a community serving some of the […]

October 12

The Life of Qi

This is the second in a mini-series about children affected by conflict. Do read my earlier blog about how the crisis in Yemen is impacting children there. I Y A I Q T K I’ve always loved scrabble. I have the board game, a travel version and I have it on my iPad too. 21st […]

October 09

The Drawing Board

“Mummy, why can’t I draw like you?” Practise is what I always say; get yourself the best quality tools you can afford, and practise, practise and then practise some more. Talent and great subject matter will be absolutely nothing without practise to master your craft. Many pieces of pristine paper have been screwed up in frustration […]

October 02

Part 4: Time is running so fast!

You remember I left you 2 months ago! What about after 93 days since the beginning of my assignment including 40 days working at the IFRC? Vous vous souvenez je vous ai laissé il a 2 mois ! Qu’en est-il maintenant après 93 jours depuis le début, dont 26 jours de travail à la FICR ? […]

September 21

Half as much again

This week I hit my PULSE halfway mark – 18th September. I started at Save the Children on 18th June and I will finish on 18th December (although I don’t think I’ll bring all of me back from Save the Children).   The reality hit me right between the eyes as it coincided with a ‘ping’ […]

September 19

Read all about it!

Did you read the terrible news about those children recently? I’m talking about the 40 school children who were killed on their way back from a school picnic. I’m sure they’d had a fun day out, and were excited and eager to tell their family all about it – chattering happily over the homemade videos on their mobiles.  But […]

September 04

Outage Outrage!

No train driver, no wifi, no loo paper, no drinking cups… today didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts.   After an impromptu and very relaxing long weekend away (the last of the summer campervan trips probably), I was up with the dawn and raring to go; ready to catch up with what I’d missed and get back […]

September 03

The Magic in the Connection

Two months of commuting into London has conditioned me into a familiar pattern: head down or eyes closed and avoid at all costs making eye contact. If you do make eye contact, look away very quickly and pretend you were actually looking outside!  I caught myself in this subconscious habit and realised that we all […]

August 17

I’m Bored

It is now midway through the school holidays.   Being so busy in my exciting PULSE role and commuting into Central London most days, my children have been left to their own devices a little more than usual (hmmm…. I realise the word devices might have a more literal meaning in 2018!). They are now at the […]

August 09

Part 3: …and suddenly everything is accelerating!

You remember, I left you with this question: “Why am I here?  What about now, after 40 days, since the beginning, including 26 days working at the IFRC? Vous vous souvenez,  je vous avais laissé avec cette question : « pourquoi suis-je là ? » Qu’en est-il maintenant après 40 jours depuis le début, dont 26 jours de travail à la […]

July 27

Shut up and listen

This is the third instalment of my reflections on the PULSE mission to Change Yourself; Change Communities; Change GSK   (click on the links to read my reflections on the first two if you haven’t already) I’m now six weeks into my assignment, have settled in well and now feel like I’m contributing valuable inputs to my […]

July 26

Meeting Collegues in GSK Nairobi

Isn’t it a lovely and amazing day having met our collegues here in Nairobi . It all happened, thanks to Elizabeth Msafiri ( Security lead Kenya & East Afrika) and Bernard Matheka. Before we head to the office, Elizabeth & Bernard inspected our apartments to ensure that we are living in a safe & secured environment so we […]

July 19

An unlikely business trip

Beautiful scenery, my campervan, a fringe theatre trip …. That’ll be in my free time, right? No! This was all in the name of work … a super cool, and rather unlikely, 24h road trip in support of my Save the Children Centenary assignment. Dial back to my first week at SCI, Jack (my NGO supervisor) […]

July 12

Tomorrow (the sun will come out)

    My second week on PULSE ended with a very ‘proud Mum moment’; seeing my children happy and confident performing in their school production of ‘Annie’.   Six months of singing and dancing practise in the living room have now sadly come to an end. It is my daughter’s last term before Upper School, and […]