Helen Hickey

Helen Hickey

Helen Hickey is a British freelance journalist now residing in Paris, France with her hubby, cat and four children who miss everything Malaysian, even those dodgy traffic cops.

Recent Opinions

  • 9 months ago

    Could mindfulness be the answer?

  • 11 months ago

    Teaching about freedom of expression

  • 2 years ago

    Togetherness on holiday

  • 3 years ago

    Seeking refuge in the Alps

More from Helen Hickey

  • 3 years ago

    Bees are brilliant

    JULY 27 ― Mornings were challenging enough getting four kids up for school plus Tom and myself to work. Then the animals started to arrive. Days are now kicked off by Dame Zeta,...

  • 3 years ago

    Giving back during a gap year

    JANUARY 16 ― When someone mentions taking a gap year, visions of backpacking around the world absorbing different cultures, sights and basically having a jolly good time of it...

  • 4 years ago

    ‘Vive La France’ and ‘Vive Emmanuel Macron’

    MAY 8 — Relieved and overjoyed. That’s how many are feeling right now in France, safe in the knowledge that the Republic is in the right hands, those very progressive, capable...

  • 4 years ago

    It’s a Macron versus Le Pen final

    APRIL 24 ― En Marche! La France. Onwards France! France’s progressive and most promising candidate Emmanuel Macron has made it through the first round of the French elections....

  • 4 years ago

    The French need a Revolution, not crisis

    APRIL 21 ― Just when you think it can’t get any worse, this global disorder, this downward spiral ― Brexit, Donald J. Trump’s victory, Russia’s rise, Syria’s...

  • 4 years ago

    Women’s March: Millions unite against Trump and all he stands for

    JANUARY 25 — We will not be silent. This is what the resistance movement ‘Women’s March’ is about: We have a voice. On Saturday, women, men and children, united by their...

  • 4 years ago

    Bonne année celebrations in Paris: What a way to spend the first day of 2017!

    JANUARY 3 — Minus 3 degrees was too cold to drag the kids to the midnight bash on the Champs-Élysée, and so the New Year’s Day parade seemed like the next best thing. Our...

  • 4 years ago

    Trump's triumph calls for humour

    NOVEMBER 16 — Since Donald Trump’s US presidential win last Wednesday, I’ve relied heavily on jokes shared by friends to cure my nausea and stop me from descending into a...

  • 4 years ago

    Inside the last days of the Calais Jungle

    NOV 2 — The dismantling of the Calais camp began last Monday and is expected to be complete early this week. The French authorities have transferred more than 5,000 Jungle...

  • 4 years ago

    After the destruction of the Calais Jungle — can we be part of the healing process?

    OCTOBER 28 ― I feel terrible guilt as I watch, from my comfortable middle class existence, the Jungle camp in Calais being ripped apart by armed police this week. Up to 10,000...

  • 5 years ago

    Between the devil and the deep blue sea

    JULY 30 ― I feel numbed by the last few weeks of human vileness concocted from a potent mix of the terrorist attacks in Europe, Brexit and just across the pond, the rise of...

  • 5 years ago

    What’s it like being a teacher?

    JUNE 15 ― Like Alice in Wonderland, it feels as though I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole, had an adventure, and just dizzily surfaced for air. An air laden with...

  • 5 years ago

    2015: France’s annus horribilis

    DECEMBER 31 ― Looking back at 2015, this is a year that has rightly earned the name annus horribilis, or put simply, it’s been a truly horrible year. The savage raid...

  • 5 years ago

    Tonight in Paris...

    NOV 14 — I’m in a pub, fortunately not in Paris. I am celebrating my first week of teaching, and ironically myself and two other teachers were thinking about heading...

  • 6 years ago

    The Ascent of Woman: Rewriting women back into history

    OCT 13 — If you’re like me and hanker for anything positive in the field of advancing women’s rights, then watch The Ascent of Woman. This pioneering BBC 2...