Podcasts, please

“This is 99% Invisible. I’m Roman Mars.” These words bring me joy. Actual joy. They’re the opening lines of my favourite podcast, 99% Invisible. And when I hear them, I know that the next 15-20 minutes are going to be great; engaging, moving, funny, intriguing. They’ll make me think, smile, and often laugh out loud (sometimes even on the DART or the street).

The Saturday before last, Ben and I went to a talk and live podcast performance (part of the Sounds Alive audio festival) hosted by Roman Mars, the creator 99% Invisible. If you’re not familiar, the show describes itself as “a tiny radio show about design, architecture and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.”

The subject matters vary wildly from week to week, but they make for consistently fascinating listening. I stick ‘em on walking to work, or sometimes Ben and I will listen to one when we’re cooking. It got me thinking about other podcasts, so I thought I’d round up some of my faves.

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99% Invisible. I’ve already gushed about it, but episodes really worth a listen include Cover StoryHacking Ikea, SkyjackingUTBAPHDuplitecture, and Holdout.

Strangers. Featuring true stories, some heart-breaking, some uplifting, Lea Thau’s podcast shines light on both how lives can change over time – beyond what you could ever imagine – and those pivotal split-second moments that instantly transform everything. Favourite episodes include Midnight In Mexico, Two Men and a Baby (I cried at this one), The Long Shadow, and Little Orphan Edie.

Sawbones. Upbeat, funny, and always packed with amazing medical trivia, Sawbones is “a marital tour of misguided medicine.” Presented by Sydnee and Justin McElroy (the former a doctor, the latter one of Ben’s favourite games journalists), it tours all the weird, wonderful, and sometimes just plain mad ways that we’ve tried to fix and cure people. Try VaccinesSelf-Experimentation, Phrenology, and Headaches.

The Dinner Party Download.  Also super upbeat, this weekly culture show features big name celeb guests (Mel Brooks and Daniel Radcliffe are recents) and aims to help you “win” your dinner party by feeding you cool trivia, history, and even a cocktail recipe with a side of history. Fun to listen to while cooking up dinner.

Song Exploder. Confession: I’ve only listened to one episode of this. But it was so freakin’ good I had to include it. The idea behind the podcast is genius – take a song, and get the creator to deconstruct it, and explain how it all came together. Their first episode was about none other than one of my favourite songs, The Postal Service’s District Sleeps Alone Tonight. I won’t spoil it for you, but I was super surprised at where some sounds came from.

Radio Diaries: I’ve just started listening to this, and I’m totally hooked. Like 99%, it’s got great sound design, really immersive, and truly incredible stories. Check out The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter and The Gospel Ranger, both amazing.

Girly Portraits by Illustrator Sarah Walsh

  Illustrator Sarah Walsh | nathalie.ie

I stumbled across illustrator Sarah Walsh while on a late-night Pinterest binge, and was instantly drawn to the sweet, whimsical portraits in her Girly series, which you can buy on Etsy.


Not only that, she also has a circus colouring book, and a Day of the Dead one too. A girl after my own heart.

A summer break at Inis Meáin

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As the summer draws to a close, I can’t help but look back to the very beginning of it. Long walks, lunch on the edge of a cliff, incredible dry stone walls, and weather warmer than I ever expected – Ben and I visited Inis Meáin, and it was a total delight. Marie-Thérèse and Ruairí have created something truly special.

August Break Day 11: Handwriting

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August Break day 11 is all about handwriting, so I grabbed my nicest pen (this one) and wrote out a Diana Vreeland quote that’s been swirling around my head these past few days:

“There is only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.” 

If you haven’t already checked out the documentary on her and her incredibly colourful life, you totally should.

August Break Day 7

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I loved today’s August Break prompt. It was “an invitation to share exactly where you are right now, in your head and your heart, as well as in your day.” So today I got to dip back into shooting in black and white, which was lovely, and couldn’t have come at a better time – things are busy and hectic, and there’s something about the simple lines and light of black and white images that I find really soothing. Above is my desk, not picture perfect, but as it is – ancient worn mouse mat, USB cables, slightly dusty hard drive and all. I’ve been loving what I’ve been working on and yet have never felt more ready for a break, proving that too much of a good thing is possible. There’s so much going on and I want to soak it all in, but that has left me pretty exhausted. The lure of a day filled with nothing but sunshine, a good book, and good food is growing, so fingers crossed a mini getaway is around the corner.

Day 3: Window

Some snaps from Day 03: Window, which included a very playful Isabel (and her two brothers) and some very cool purple basil, a gift from Lesley.

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The August Break 2014


The August Break always arrives at exactly the right time. There’s just something about this time of year that’s insanely hectic, and Susannah‘s month-long photo project offers the perfect opportunity to step back, slow down and focus on one simple thing a day. And this time, it comes with daily email prompts, which, as a huge fan of her writing and her approach to photography, is a lovely bonus.

Head over to her blog for deets. I’ll be joining in here and on Instagram.

Live The Full Life of The Mind

Live the Life

Lovely quote, available as a free download here.


What a week it’s been! You know this bit in Dumbo? That’s me right now. I’m working across not one, but two magazines at the moment – the new issue of Image Interiors & Living, and something completely different, that has very much taken me out of my comfort zone, but has been a fun learning experience all the same, one I’m really looking forward to sharing.
After the whirlwind that was last weekend – a wedding in the UK (it was my second time shooting a photographer’s wedding, and nope, it doesn’t get any less scary!) followed by the eating of all the things in London –  this week should have seemed relatively tame, but somehow didn’t.
Highlights included:
* Shopping in the Asian market and cooking up a delicious Meen curry after being inspired by a Pink Ginger cookery course (tons more on that in the next issue)
* Shooting a very pretty DIY story with Marlene.
 *Sub editing as if my life depended on it.
And now, some links:
Alex aka Hydarngea Girl has opened up a Society6 shop!
A new contest for drone photography.
“I was hidden in this guy’s hard drive for over 6 years” – very cool and spooky discovery.
This Paris-in-Dublin apartment, from a recent issue.
This planter. Scratch that, everything from The Sill.
Love this gorgeous map of Mexico, also available in tea towel format.
Above: One of the delicious cocktails being served up at The Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore.
Have a great weekend!

Stormy Weather

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It might be stormy and rainy, but I’m feeling very fortunate that I still get to feel safe. There are some pretty heart-breaking, terrifying things going on in the world right now, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed.

I had a very different post planned for today – one that involved pics of cocktails, and exclamations about how glad I was that it was Friday after a hard week. Of course, I have no idea what hard really is; my friends, family and home are safe, and I’ll go into the weekend feeling very grateful for that.

I hope you have a restful, happy weekend.

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