Tips for Border Crossings

Over the past few months I’ve crossed a fair few borders, many of which were outside the EU zone. For the most part they have gone pretty smoothly, but there have been a few things I have learnt or heard from others to keep in mind. 1. Cross borders during office opening hours This means…

The Fear

I have never felt fear like it. Not nervousness about going to a party or running away from a spider. Gut-wrenching, wretch-inducing, sweaty everywhere, can’t listen to anyone else’s inane chatter, curling up in a ball and hiding to putt off the inevitable. In Turkey I learnt to do Full Stalls and Spins on my…

Return to Art

I didn’t do art GCSE. I had too many other things I wanted to do at the time and couldn’t make it fit my timetable, but I did do it in 6th form. Looking back I realise that what I worked on was all pretty superficial. There wasn’t really some great inspiration that was driving…

Review: After you Left by Carol Mason

I devoured this book in 2 days as it was the first fiction I had read in a while. Heartwarming story that you get inklings of in advance but unfolds in lovely or surprising ways. I wonder if real love is ever really like that depicted here though, but it’s nice to believe that it…

Review: Playing Big by Tara Mohr

A different way of looking at life compared to other self-help/management type books I’ve read. Many of the ‘issues’ to be dealt with were ones I have had to grapple with, but this book encourages tangible action with examples if you’re a bit stuck, which was awesome. Worth a read, but note if you have…

Everything Smells

Unfortunately the title is literal. Before I went on my break back home I forgot to empty the fridge in the van. I thought it would be fine, everything was contained (milk, yogurt etc), but I was wrong. I forgot about the butter. The butter that I had left in the top of the door…

Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Contemplates what would happen to society if the power suddenly shifted from the men to the women. Doesn’t go the way you might think. Gripping, with obvious potential as a tv series. 4*

Review: Your Pace or Mine by Lisa Jackson

Amusing and light hearted galavant through Lisa’s personal running journey, with all the laughs and tears along the road. Inspiring you to ditch the excuses and give running a go regardless of the naysayers, whether real or imaginary, she gives practical advice and proves that everyone starts somewhere. 4*