The sad one

So far 2018 has been all about death, so my first post of the year is a sad one. Not for my old friend who is now out of pain and at peace, but for all of us left behind. I’m really going to miss her. She was a big presence, always straight speaking (sometimes more...

Reflecting on Christmas – sharing with the in-laws

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on Christmas. Once the kids grow up and enter important relationships, the whole emphasis changes. We have to share. The other parents need their time too and it's a challenging transition for all of us. It’s been 12 years since my...

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It’s packing day and I can faff with the best

Packing means i have to decide what I’ll want to wear one week from now in a climate that is way out of my league (40 degrees, 78% humidity). It's a nightmare. I’ll be working in air con, which means I’ll be freezing cold. Then I’ll go outside into an oven and my...

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Airports I have known……….

I often think of the George Clooney film Up in the Air as I inch forward in the airports security queue, choosing who to follow for quickest exit to the airside coffee shop. Mind you, I’m often one of the problems. However carefully I take off all the random bits of...

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The orang-utan, the monkey and me

Working in Singapore recently gave us the chance to ‘pop’ over to Borneo for a few days. Not a phrase I ever expected to cross my lips! At my first whale sighting years ago, I vowed never to go to zoo again. If I was to see wild animals I’d visit them in their own...

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