I was driving to work when a piece came on the radio about a place called Tuvalu. It is a Pacific Island with the lowest land mass in the world and is in danger of disappearing from our planet because of global warming and the rising seas.

The following night, when asked to read a bedtime story for my kids, and being sick of the usual bedtime stories, I made one up. I told my kids that I was born in Tuvalu and had come to Ireland in a hot air balloon.