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New Year’s Absolutions 2019

New Year’s Absolutions 2019

Those who have followed my blog for a while will know I don’t write New Year’s Resolutions. I do set goals from time-to-time, but the pressure we place on those resolutions can be stifling at best and paralysing at worst, and I refuse to start off a sparkly new year by tainting it with pressure. … Continue reading

Wherever I lay my head…

The expression, ‘wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home’ has never been as relevant for me as it is now. As I only wear a hat on occasion, however, I think of it more in terms of wherever I lay my head. Since we handed over the keys to our apartment on Feb 2nd, … Continue reading

Opinion vs Ideology: Same-Sex Marriage

I’m angry. Our (ridiculous) government has gone through with an expensive plan to survey Australians, asking, “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” In the context of the discussions and campaigns associated with this survey, I’ve been told – and I have read and I have heard and seen – that … Continue reading

Humbled. Exhausted. Replenished. Gratified.

“How was it?” I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this question since I returned from Cape Town, South Africa just over two weeks ago. It’s a perfectly valid question, as I was doing something quite unique. In February, I spent two weeks with 12 others from around the world, working with … Continue reading

FRIENDS

When FRIENDS burst onto the scene in the mid-90s I devoured it with an appetite I hadn’t had since TV shows were named after addresses in California. Of course, I wasn’t alone – it was a juggernaut. It was refreshingly funny, it was aspirational, it was Seinfeld for Generation X. I can still watch any episode … Continue reading

What’s My Excuse?

There has been some hubbub in the cyber world this past fortnight, because of this woman, Maria Kang. The backlash, both from the online community and from people I know, was passionate, angry and sometimes even vile. How dare she shame other women? ‘Fat shaming’ it was called. I watched this discussion unfold (mostly on … Continue reading

Gallipoli 1997

In 1997 (February) I was on the ETT1 (Contiki’s European Training Trip – the first one). This is what I wrote about going to Gallipoli. Leaving Greece we were on a pilgrimage – to Gallipoli.  Most of us were antipodean and we were keen to see where our ANZACs had landed, fought and died, and … Continue reading