10 reasons I love New Zealand

Well I’m back in London after a hectic and fun-packed month traipsing around my home country New Zealand. As I sit at my computer, wading through a month’s worth of unread emails, and staring out the window at the spring blossoms and daffodils, I can’t help but feel a pang of holiday blues. I’ve lived in London now for almost 11 years but I still love New Zealand. This is why. Continue reading

These are the goals (not resolutions) I’m setting myself for 2017

So, the first day of the new year has come and gone. I can’t help but wonder how many people made New Year’s Resolutions and have already broken them?

By all accounts, according to the experts, the better term to use is goals, not resolutions, which can be defined as more specific, and which are therefore easier to keep than a waffly ‘lose weight’ resolution. They also say that focusing on small and easy changes, and avoiding absolutes like ‘giving up smoking cold turkey tomorrow’ will help ensure the resolutions stick. And supposedly the other trick to keeping a New Year’s Resolution is to not have too many or too many complex ones that require multiple behaviour changes.

Hmmm, I may have failed here as my hand-written list came to nearly the length of an A4 page!

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These were my highlights from 2016

In my last blog, I listed all the mishaps, lows and hilarious misadventures I had experienced in 2016. Now I turn to the highlights and good times. At this time of year, with a spangly new year full of promise on the horizon, it’s good to remember the positives and to be grateful for the good things, experiences and people present in our lives. 2016 will be a year to remember for many reasons. Importantly though, 2016 has set the scene for 2017 and the experiences, adventures and joy (and certain mishaps) yet to come. Here are my top highlights from the year. Continue reading

The mishaps, lows and hilarious misadventures of 2016

It’s that time of year when I can’t help but do some navel gazing, looking back at the year that was. And boy has 2016 been an interesting one (I leave the interpretation of the word “interesting” up to you). There has been a mixture of highs and lows but here are the top mishaps and hilarious misadventures I experienced in 2016. Continue reading

5 reasons to visit London’s East End

London’s East End – it has a troubled past, known for its poverty and the infamous Jack the Ripper. But it’s also an area rich in history and a eclectic mix of cultures, resulting from the waves of immigration to the area – Huguenots, Jews, and Bangladeshis. Now in 2016 it’s an edgy, bustling metropolis fusing market stalls with hippies and creatives, curry houses with renovated former industrial sites, and Henry VIII hunting grounds with high-end consumerism. It’s an untempered blend of past and present, where every street corner leads from one world to the next with a multitude of new discoveries to tempt the intrepid traveller.
London’s East End is vast and there are certainly more than five reasons why you should visit but, here, I give five reasons based on my recent tour through Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Brick Lane.

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