Category Archives: Life in general

How NOT to make money

We sold cupcakes at a market today. Wanna know how much money we made? Yeah, me too. Let’s work it out. I feel like a schoolkid with a smashed piggy bank, pouring the contents of the money bag onto the … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Poem

Valentine’s Day is a day of love of ourselves mostly; of the idea of someone to spoil; of the misguided notion that a rose or a chocolate or a candlelit meal will wedge itself into the heaving heart or beating … Continue reading

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The Biggest Loser

So, I’ve started at a new school. I really wanted to be out of the classroom all day this year, but circumstances and my mortgage have conspired against me. When I left my previous school a year ago, I had … Continue reading

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If you prick us, do we not bleed?

Shakespeare understood blood. He knew the power it held over his characters and his audience. He used it in Shylock’s persuasive, and possibly heart-wrenching, utterance when trying to prove that we are all the same – ‘If you prick us, … Continue reading

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Living in the Real World

Like Neo in The Matrix do you sometimes have difficulty discerning what the real world is? Do you ever find yourself in situations that seem so other-worldly, you start to wonder if you have slipped through a tear in the fabric of … Continue reading

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The Great Trek

19 November 1997. We arrive at the airport with two suitcases, two carry-on bags, a portable cot and a fold-up pram. I am nervous and excited. Nervous to be going to a country I have never visited and am about … Continue reading

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When I was young…

I’ve been feeling really old this week. More than usual. And it has nothing to do with the fact that the realisation of being well and truly in middle age has dawned. It also has nothing to do with the … Continue reading

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