So the 2017 OED word of the year has been announced. It’s Youthquake, and I gather I’m not alone in never having heard the
UNEXPECTED ITEM IN THE BLOGGING AREA Caragh Little is originally from Belfast, and now lives in Portrush, on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. She is Head of English at a large school in Coleraine, having previously worked in places as diverse as Metz and Enniskillen. She studied English and French at Oxford, far too long ago. She has written since her school days, and has had a variety of articles and pieces published; she has always said that she would like to be a writer when she grows up, so perhaps it’s time to do something more definite about that. In her blog for The Huffington Post she writes about her observations and musings on everyday occurrences, whether that’s life in Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland or in the seaside holiday resort where she lives. She will probably also write a lot about things she is passionate about, such as education, books, music and good coffee. Often accused of being quite sarcastic, she is perhaps more comfortable with the definition of taking a sidelong, ironic look at things. Throughout 2011-2012, Caragh Little was a regular blogger for Oxford Today at https://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/page.aspx?pid=761, although in many respects she does not see herself as a typical Oxford graduate or a typical Oxford Today blogger. For more regular updates and musings, you can follow Caragh Little on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TweeterofWit or read a lengthy blog archive at Little By Little, which can be found at www.tweeterofwit.blogspot.com .
The Christmas lights in my classroom sum up how I’m feeling about Christmas time this year. Bright, colour-changing lights
28/11/2017 14:47 GMT
No starry fairylights or nightlight can relieve that terrifying stress. No twinkling can remove the loneliness of the people who really can't do Christmas, for whatever reason, be it illness, loneliness, poverty, isolation.
10/11/2017 14:11 GMT
November always makes me feel like a failure. Not only am I incapable of, and not terribly well disposed towards, growing a moustache to make it a charitable #Movember, but then #NANOWRIMO pokes up its clever, superior little head and makes me feel bad about my attempts to write as well.
03/11/2017 14:52 GMT
It's one of those social media trends - the #MeToo hashtag began when women were asked to share if they had ever been sexually assaulted or harassed. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, the trend exists to show just how widespread such harassment can be. Late on Monday night, I decided to post a '#MeToo' on Facebook. I nearly didn't do it - in fact I had deliberated all day. I'm not one for a bandwagon. I wouldn't trust any clique which would accept me as a member.
18/10/2017 15:00 BST
A bad day at the office, then, for Theresa May, as her Conservative Party keynote speech was interrupted by a prankster handing her a fake P45, by hecklers, by letters falling off the party display which initially read 'Building A Country That Works For Everyone' but lost an F and an E from its final words in a kind of inverse Scrabble disaster, and of course, by her 'conference cold', croaky voice and frequent coughs.
06/10/2017 11:49 BST
So worker bees in hives in Manchester have had tiny chip devices fitted, like mini backpacks, so that their movements can be tracked, recorded and analysed. The project is part of a scheme to track a whole range of animate and inanimate objects in the city to build up a picture of what happens there each day.
25/09/2017 14:29 BST
It's been two weeks but it feels more like a month - being back at school already feels completely normal. There's homework to mark and lessons to plan and people are already talking about next year's exam results.
11/09/2017 16:11 BST
17/08/2017 10:54 BST
I know I'll never be able to repay the value of what I've learned when I'm nowhere near a school or university. When I'm learning about managing my health and well-being from people who actually care. When I'm talking to friends and family about just about everything on earth, laughing, occasionally crying, almost always drinking coffee.
12/07/2017 17:07 BST
Paddington - the most universally adored asylum seeker of all time, to which not even the most right wing press could object. Though when you think about it: a small bear arrives in London, dressed only in a curious Peruvian hat (a bare bear, so to speak) and a label requesting 'Please look after this Bear - thank you', carrying a small suitcase labelled 'Wanted on Voyage'. He wasn't just from Peru. He was from Darkest Peru... a place, I told my parents, when I was six, that I would be visiting when I grew up.
29/06/2017 12:46 BST
We can't do better than our best, no matter how much we want to try. We can't be superheroes. We can't just twirl around and save the world, no matter how Amazonian and heroic we may feel. We can't defeat the darkness of disaster and unfairness and growing old.
23/06/2017 12:58 BST
So they've opened a Museum of Failure, now, and lots of us probably feel as though we ought to be exhibits.
14/06/2017 11:53 BST
And what of the endless spinning of messages and comments and demands? If we fidget with our every thought to kill time, are we destroying all those moments which really matter, passing the spinning to everyone around us like a fidgety, blurring virus?
22/05/2017 13:51 BST
2017 so far has made me think about what's important; what really doesn't matter and should be put aside. So I've been clearing my way gradually through cupboards, wardrobes and drawers. More than ever I've been wondering what on earth possesses me when I'm shopping... and how I've missed this when I've been tidying up before.
18/04/2017 15:47 BST
Someone's always telling you what you ought to do. Read the papers often enough and you'll end up at once enlightened and confused. Chocolate will be part of the sugar scare one day, and will save you from strokes and heart attacks the next; red wine will give you cancer in January but save you from it in March.
05/04/2017 16:35 BST
So, somewhere in Australia, there's a bird staring at its own reflection in a window.
20/03/2017 16:11 GMT
We all have those things about, which our opinions are best summed up as <em>meh</em>. We don't love them - we don't hate them. And you don't really want to feel <em>meh</em> about someone you're dating, or want them to feel like that about you. <em>Meh</em> is the antithesis of passion and passion's meant to be there when you like someone or even fall in love.
28/02/2017 14:08 GMT
Maybe, with life being so busy, we have to prearrange it all, even if it means that we all end up celebrating our love in one identikit packaged, shrink-wrapped night. And yet... something about all that prearranged perfection makes me want that Boredom app to vibrate on my wrist or phone.
10/02/2017 16:24 GMT
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