Milk or Coal?

There were two kinds of Heaneys when I was growing up in Derry. The milk Heaneys and the coal Heaneys. I'm one of the milk Heaneys. My grandfather had a dairy. My father, along with his 14 brothers and sisters, worked in the family business when he was growing up...

Kings of Their Castle

When I was 16 I spent my 'work experience' week in the music tech department of the local technical college shadowing Ian, one of the lecturers.

Work experience it was not. I spent the week sitting in on classes. Still, it was better than making cups of tea in one of the solicitors' offices around the corner...

What Are We Having?

I'm off to Swindon tomorrow to see my brother and his fiancée. The house is probably full of homemade chutneys and preserves. She's quite the cook. I'm not so secretly hoping she'll knock up a chocolate cream pie. Alas, cooking is not one of my natural talents. When I create space to do it, I enjoy it eventually. I say eventually because doing something I'm not good at isn't something I take to easily. It makes me feel inept and un-talented...

I’m Freelancing

What do you call a business owner whose business doesn't run better when they're not there? A freelancer. Although I never thought of it that way, I was a freelancer before I was ever a business owner. I was a one-woman band. I did everything myself...

You’re Impressive

Here's what I've learned about business owners. You don't give yourself enough credit. The way you approach life is impressive. You do things most other people can't or won't. But you don't always recognise that in yourself. Virtually every business owner I know has a very long to-do list that is expanding at a rate no human could keep up with. And they beat themselves up about the lack...