The statistics of the incidence of violence against women are frightening. The story of the latest victim, Eurydice Dixon has hit me particularly hard. Maybe it's because she was murdered in a park that is only a few minutes’ drive from my home. Maybe it's because she was a comedian who just wanted to bring … Continue reading Close calls and evening strolls
Someone asked me recently if I had any tips for their Mt Kilimanjaro trek and it made me think - what advice can I give that hasn't been given a million times before? There are countless blogs and articles providing tips on how to train, what to wear, how your boots should fit, what aperture … Continue reading How to prepare for Mt Kilimanjaro
Early in 2017, after returning home from a pretty epic adventure in Africa, I had a sudden and severe relapse into anxiety. When I relapse, I now know I will get out the other side eventually so I quickly put my recovery plan into action and just make it to the end of each day … Continue reading Making my beast beautiful
I could not think of a more fitting day to launch my blog than the official UN World Toilet Day. You can read more here about how toilets have played a significant part in my life. We’ve all got a horrible toilet story. Some of us have more than a few... There was that one … Continue reading It’s time to give a crap
If depression is the black dog, then anxiety is the vulture - a foreboding presence constantly circling overhead. A vulture is the perfect metaphor for my anxiety because vultures poop on their own legs* and that’s exactly what I fear will happen whenever I have an anxiety attack - thanks a lot IBS! Did you … Continue reading Taming the vulture
Fun and laughter are not things one would normally associate with hospitals. However, the Humour Foundation has a group of professionals called the Clown Doctors who put into practice the theory that laughter is the best medicine in children’s hospitals across Australia. With an armoury of medical instruments including bubbles and a ukulele, the Clown … Continue reading Injecting humour where it’s needed most
I'm not quite sure exactly when it began, but my family has a tradition. It's not enough for them to just sprinkle confetti on the happy couple on their wedding day as they leave the ceremony. No, no, no - they like to go that one step further and hide confetti in the most unusual … Continue reading What is the confetti effect?