4 February 2020

How to think about your career

This is taken from an email exchange with a friend deciding what to do after a false start in their first job. I’ll leave it as I wrote it. Hi mate, So I’ve given some thought to your question on lessons I’ve learnt from my career so far. This is a bit of a braindump […]

25 January 2020

Don’t cry over spilt milk: An idiom for many languages

A discussion in my Danish class this week led to an interesting observation: several (European) languages have the expression: it’s no use crying over spilt milk. We were asked to explain what the phrase “græd ikke over spilt mælk” might mean. The teacher-directed the question to an Italian lady in our class who couldn’t explain it in […]

18 January 2020

“Plant-based” vs “vegan”: Burger King highlights the difference in food diet labels

This week we’re looking at the interesting distinction between people who are “vegan” and those who identify as having a “plant-based diet”. At first glance, the two are synonymous, but once you scratch the surface a little, some fundamental differences emerge. What does it mean to be “vegan”? People I know who have recently begun […]

11 January 2020

Identity politics (a summary)

This week I’m writing down some thoughts I’ve had after reading a book. It’s one that I’m trying to distil my thoughts on, and so thought why not share it on the newsletter to hear what you think also..! The book Identity: Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition is the latest book by Francis […]

4 January 2020

Talking to people about what you’d like

I had coffee with a friend this week who has just started working at a new co-working space. His job is to be the community manager, responsible for recruiting 15-20 people to become regular members at a “creative cafe” in Copenhagen. We got chatting about how the job came about – and the benefits of […]

21 December 2019

Resolutions + Random Things

In this last post before Christmas we have a variety of things and so, well, let’s get to it. 2020 Resolutions As a new year approaches, it’s often time to talk about resolutions. They’re not for everyone, but I find it’s a nice opportunity to pause and reflect on where you’d like to be channeling […]

14 December 2019

Shoulders back: Trying to sort out upper body flexibility

Ever since I did my first yoga class a couple of years ago I’ve become very conscious of my inflexibility. One of my resolutions this year* was to sit on the floor and cross my legs.  As basic as it sounds it’s something that years of playing football and various types of inactivity have meant […]

7 December 2019

Can you hear the lyrics to songs?: How your brain interprets sounds

Project Making Friends in Denmark took another step forward this week as I went for beers with a couple of Danes and ended up chatting, drinking and playing dice (common in Danish bars it seems) for several hours. One topic we got onto was music. I introduced them to Desert Island Discs which got us talking about what eight […]

30 November 2019

Eye-to-eye with waiters

I was chatting on the phone with my friend this week and he asked what it’s been like settling into life in Denmark. Does it feel weird etc.? My response was that I’m getting an average of one “huh, that’s interesting” moment a week. This week it came from being out at dinner with my girlfriend and […]

23 November 2019

What are the next things to seem outdated?

Over lunch this week my cousin and I got chatting about things from fairly recent history which now seem archaic. The example he gave was someone being in Las Vegas and finding people smoking indoors in the casinos. Smoking indoors was banned in the UK in 2007, and (whilst I wasn’t spending that much time in pubs […]