Thirty before Thirty

Oh my giddy aunt, I’m 30. What the heck happened to my 20’s?! I’ve now reached that dreaded milestone that my mates insist on calling the ‘Voldemort’ year – so horrific and feared you have to whisper its name rather than say it out loud in public. 365 days ago, my approach to this most …

30 Things to do before I’m 30

So, it has finally happened. The last year of my twenties. Ahead lies the prospect of dodgy knees, weak ankles and an increasing penchant for gin. Behind me lies a glorious decade of champagne, adventure and the beautiful memories which come from meeting good people. Because that’s what my years on this earth have been …

World Health Summit 2013

Today will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life. The day I was granted a surprise workshop with the Pulitzer Centre Crisis Reporting team. The day I dined with presidents and world leaders and had tea with more Nobel Prize Laureates than I have ever seen in one room. The day …

Glasgow Graffiti

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”  ― Banksy, Wall and Piece You can bet your Banksy that when the very first caveman picked up that first charred bit of wood by the burning glow …

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

Memories are such odd things aren’t they? The older you get the more frayed they become, like the torn edge of a butterfly’s wing. The longer you try to hold onto them, the more likely they are to disintegrate, unravelling like gossamer thread until you’re left with a blurred watercolour where the vivid oil painted …

A letter to six year-old Me – 20 plus years later

Dear Laura You think fairies live at the bottom of the garden. You know this to be true because your best friend Leigh told you so. You also believe that when you run fast enough and jump in the air you definitely hover for a second or two before landing. Despite all scientific evidence pointing …

Diamonds in the Dark

“Just because you are poor or living in poverty, doesn’t mean you can’t dream big or possess a rich soul.” The woman on the screen smiles a small, shy smile but her words carry straight through the camera and out into the wide absorbent silence that only a few hundred expectant ears-in-waiting can create. She …

Winter on the streets of Edinburgh

Temperatures in Scotland’s capital have plummeted to just above zero, there’s a veil of frost on the ground and my hands are so numb that they barely feel the gloved hand that’s just been placed into mine. “You shouldn’t be out on a day like this luv, especially without gloves on – you should carry …