Lest I Forget

Forgive me for not blogging in aaaages.  Believe it or not my blog is one of my favourite things in my working (not really working is it?) life.

But excuses excuses I’ve had a lot going on personally the last few weeks and I knew I couldn’t give it the attention it deserved.

Anyway, the blog will be back with a VENGEANCE a RESURGENCE a REFOCUS and any other fancy words that work, in a few weeks and I can’t wait!

But for now, I just want to write a quick word about remembering World War One, and something I discovered about my family history this week.

I’m fairly ashamed to admit that I don’t know a lot about World War One, but I don’t think I am alone.

History lessons at our schools were fairly terrible.  I remember learning about the wax seal used on the Magna Carter and that is about it.  I wish now that I’d taken it as a subject at GCSE but the teachers were so uninspiring and crusty that I chose Geography instead, not that they were much better.

But it definitely left me with a knowledge gap that I am not proud of.  I think because World War Two seems so much closer to us, we know more about it and relate to it more.

Even though my Nan was only a girl during World War Two – growing up she taught me a lot about things like Anderson and Morrison shelters, being evacuated to the Isle of Wight and what rationing was really like.

But I think the way the country has come together this week for the Centenary of World War One has just been wonderful.  From the touching words spoken at the various services to the ‘lights out’ on Monday night.

And something that touched me personally was this picture my Uncle Frank, who lives in Spain, posted on his Facebook page.

Sergeant John O'Brien



This handsome chap is Sergeant John O’Brien 3rd Btn, Royal Irish Regiment.  My Great Grandfather.

And this is the first time I’ve known of him I am sad to say.

According to my uncle who is fairly knowledgeable about our family tree – John O’Brien was apparently wounded in action and sent back to Dublin to recuperate. Unfortunately he caught pneumonia and died on 22nd March 1915.

And that is all I know of him – my Great Grandfather, who served and lost his life in World War One.

But suddenly the family attachment makes it all the more poignant and real.

As you get older you definitely have a greater desire to know ‘where you came from’ don’t you?  I am pleased that this week, I learned a tiny bit more.





photo courtesy of ladyjaynesreadingden.blogspot.com

Heart Radio’s Charlie O’Brien Talks To Me About Climbing the Career Ladder and Finding Mr Right


I’ve been interviewed by Paul, a fabulous dating blogger about climbing the career ladder, and finding the man of my dreams at the same time :)

Originally posted on Paul Thomas Bell:

Radio Presenter and Popular Culture blogger Charlie O’Brien holds the enviable feat of finding career success and the man of her dreams along the way. I recently caught up with the lovely woman herself to get her career tips and find out just what makes the perfect guy?

Hi Charlie, congratulations on your successful career so far, what advice would you give to anyone looking to break into the media industry?WORK EXPERIENCE, WORK EXPERIENCE, WORK EXPERIENCE! As unfair as the thought of unpaid work may seem – I think it’s the only real way into the media. You don’t really see media jobs advertised, so you need another ‘in’ to the industry. I must have done about 3 years unpaid work in total, and have to sometimes! Work experience DOESN’T mean going to sit in a radio/tv station or newspaper for a morning though and thinking you’re qualified. We…

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