Christmas Card Challenge 2016

It’s time again for the Christmas Card Challenge! I’m proud of the legacy of this (humble) little annual fundraising drive, but let me explain if you’re unfamiliar with what it does. Once upon a time, I used to write Christmas cards. But the paper waste bothered me (yes, I know they could be recycled). Then…

Christmas Card Challenge 2015

  It’s Christmas Card Challenge time! If you’re unfamiliar with my annual fundraising drive, let me explain. Since 2008, I’ve held a digital ‘Christmas Card Challenge’: I donate the amount of a postage stamp*, which is what I would’ve spent if I was sending an actual card, for each individual commenter who has left a comment…

Helping Efforts for the Nepal Earthquake

We were in Dubai when news of the first devastating earthquake in Nepal started to hit the television. I mentioned this over on my Facebook page, but I remember sitting there at breakfast at our five-star, sipping my coffee and nibbling on a danish pastry, watching BBC World, feeling out-of-place, helpless, even guilty. I am…