Why I stopped learning Japanese – and why I’m going to start again.

As anyone who has learned a second language knows, it’s tough.  Really tough.  The mental fortitude and perseverance to push through when you feel you’re not making any real progress is enormous.  I studied Japanese for almost 3 years, took every opportunity to bore everyone in my family with what I had learned.  Then I stopped.   Continue reading “Why I stopped learning Japanese – and why I’m going to start again.”


PAX Aus Day 2

After the sheer excitement of being at my first PAX for the first day, I fully expected my second to be a bit more subdued, ‘I’ve walked the show floor, I’ve looked at the games, what else is there?’ I thought.  How wrong I was. Continue reading “PAX Aus Day 2”

Surface Pro 2

As any of my (at time of writing, zero) Twitter followers will know, I was recently in the market for a new laptop.  I like to have one that is small, portable and with a decent battery life that I can use on the go, since I spend a fair amount of my time on trains going to/from work and/or Sydney. Continue reading “Surface Pro 2”

What to do when there’s nothing to do

“Time to lean, time to clean” A saying that was often passed around when I worked in hospitality. Often, between courses, there would be a lot of time waiting while guests ate. I learned very quickly in that job that there was no time doing nothing, there was always something you could be doing, and the best employees were the ones that saw what needed to be done, and did them without being asked. Continue reading “What to do when there’s nothing to do”

Draft and Blind

league salt.jpgI’m not a big fan of PvP games.  The atmosphere is often toxic, with people jumping down your throat for the smallest thing.  As a rule I try to avoid PvP games at all cost.

The exception to this is League of Legends.  


And even with that it took me a very long time to play with a team full of complete strangers. ‘What if they’re all way better than me’ ‘what if they get mad at me’ In my head, I sounded like a child on their first day of school.  I stuck to myself, grinding bot matches until I somehow reached level 27 on my EUW account and then, I stopped playing.  My friends had grown tired of my only wanting to play bots and had moved on. Continue reading “Draft and Blind”

Reflections on Australia

In 2012/2013 almost 40,000 working holiday visas were issued to UK citizens bound for Australia.  In 2016 I was one of them.  Arriving, bleary eyed and slightly cranky into the pleasant breeze of 6 am Sydney after almost 23 hours in transit from Glasgow.  If You had told me just three months beforehand that I would be in that situation, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

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Electoral Commission publishes SYP Results


An article I wrote that was published in the Strathclyde Telegraph in October 2012.

On Thursday, 20th September, the SYP released the findings of an independent electoral commission, chaired by the University of Strathclyde’s Professor John Curtis.  The commission was asked to identify the obstacles and opportunities the SYP may come across, so as to allow them more efficient use of resources in elections and to improve representation of young people in Scotland. Continue reading “Electoral Commission publishes SYP Results”