Books: INDIGO by Catherine McKinley

Title: Indigo:  In search of the colour that seduced the world Author: Catherine McKinley Published: 2011 Genre: Memoir Catherine McKinley writes of her Scottish heritage, and the use of the colour indigo in the tartans of her people. She deftly links it to her African heritage and the indigo in fabrics that she’d seen, namely…

Monumenta 2014: The Strange City

This year The Grand Palais has invited Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov to exhibit at the annual Monumenta exhibition. The nave of the Grand Palais is an enormous space to work with and to curate an exhibition that can effectively make use of its grand volumes. Previous artists have done it fairly well. This…

Places: Parc Zoologique de Paris

After renovations that lasted four years, the Paris Zoo finally re-opened its doors again last month. I took my son and a friend last Friday. We had pre-booked our tickets online to avoid long queues but it was a surprisingly quiet day. The zoo has undergone a €164 million overhaul which has turned it into…

Books: RED INK by Angela Makholwa

Title: Red Ink Author: Angela Makholwa Published: 2007 Genre: Fiction In a word: gripping. I love watching the TV show Criminal Minds, and reading Red Ink was like watching an extended show of it. Angela Makholwa writes boldly about the violence that is at the centre of her crime novel. She’s descriptive and does not…

# Bring Back Our Girls

The tweet that started the online campaign for Nigeria’s government to take action, and bring home the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants on April 14 finally has the World talking. In praise of social media, the petition has now overshadowed reports on the wars in Central Africa and Syria, and the crisis…

French May Day Blues

My muguet and a single rose are on the dining room table in water, thanks to hubby. He was out early this morning and came back bearing gifts and bonheur – happiness. The selling of flowers, without a permit, is permitted to the general public only on this day. It is a tradition, along with…