When Georgie met the Queen

It was a long drive to London with a new baby in the back seat. Before we set off I had rigged up some fairy lights around the headrests to distract her. That worked fine until we were stuck in traffic, 13 miles of roadworks on the M6. She liked that even less than we did….

The Golden Door: On refugees, time travel and doing what’s right.

This poem, by Emma Lazarus, is engraved inside the Statue of Liberty.   Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles….

Georgie in the news

Well here we are in 2015 and Georgie is back in Freetown again. I could update you on what she’s up to or I could just direct you to this article in today’s Guardian that explains it far better and contains a quote from Georgie herself. The report that is linked to in the first paragraph was…

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

It was appropriate that, for our last night in Makeni, there should be no electricity. Rain hung in the air as Georgie and I sat on the balcony waving at Kesombo and Fuad as they played below us. Running frantically back and forth playing with anything they found – an old tyre, the frame of…

Freetown yoga on the BBC

Freetown yoga on the BBC There’s a photo-article on the BBC at the moment about the yoga group in Freetown that we briefly referenced previously. They’re working closely with Georgie and the Mental health coalition and are really having a positive impact on the patients at Kissy Psychiatric – the only facility of its kind…

Important travel advice.

Tips to avoid Malaria when travelling in affected countries. 1. Always sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito net, securely tucked around the bed 2. Keep doors and windows closed after dusk 3. Wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in the evenings 4. Liberally apply strong deet solution to any exposed areas of skin 5….

Between the click of the light and the start of the dream

While Georgie was battling with her nurses in Bo, I was facing somewhat more mundane challenges of my own. First a disclaimer: this has been the hardest entry to write so far. I worry that it will read like the grumbles of a privileged westerner struggling with small niggles in a country of vast problems…