Category Archives: Education

Writing: Guardian Masterclass


In the multi chandeliered ballroom of intentions and resolutions the lights only burn with gem like brilliance when intentions and resolutions are actually realised. Thus my chandelier glows with the merest ghostly glimmer because I have crossed off ridiculously few items from the list of things, I drew up a few years ago, that I wished to do in the coming decade.

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Filed under Books, Education, London

Alix Gardner’s Cookery School

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Alix Gardner’s first cookery lesson was with her mother when she learnt to master the art of making a cheese souffle. Alix’s mother was a good cook who had attended the Cordon Bleu School in London. She was sent there, prior to her marriage, by her future husband who looked upon the not insubstantial fee outlay for the course, his bride to be took, as an investment. Different times.

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Filed under Dublin, Education, Food/Wine


online learning

“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela

I am writing about Coursera just in case there is anyone out there, or at least anyone out there who reads JAA, who hasn’t yet heard of it, because Coursera is simply one of the best things on the internet that I have come across in some time. And it is free. Like all good things I heard about it by word of mouth when my friend C talked about taking Cousera classes at a recent book club meeting.

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