A week on Fantasy Island: Hamilton Island for the (not-so) intrepid

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Travel | No Comments
A week on Fantasy Island: Hamilton Island for the (not-so) intrepid

On a clear day, the flight into Hamilton Island is as magical as it gets – flying north from Brisbane along the coastline of Queensland, the plane veers off over the ocean, where the pristine turquoise of the shimmering water is broken only by the frequent underwater reefs. That these reefs are submerged, yet almost […]

Eating for the soul – A Balinese Food Odyssey

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Travel | No Comments
Eating for the soul – A Balinese Food Odyssey

A rush of warm air envelops me as I step out of Ngurah Rai airport terminal, passing crowds of tired looking tourists and dodging scooters carrying entire families that zoom past at astonishing speeds. Once safely ensconced in a taxi, I look outside, and although it is night, I get glimpses of the giant statues […]

Travelling After The Storm…A Journey to the Island of Ha’apai, Tonga

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Travel | No Comments
Travelling After The Storm…A Journey to the Island of Ha’apai, Tonga

The first thing that you notice when landing on Lifuka – the main island of Tonga’s Ha’apai island group – is the incredible turquoise colour of the reef surrounding this palm tree lined island. The second thing that you notice, is the incredibly narrow and short landing strip, and the fact that it runs right […]

There is something about Endings

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Living | No Comments
There is something about Endings

  There’s something about endings that puts my teeth on edge. Just like someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard, the mere sound of the phrase “the end” makes my insides squirm and kicks my fight or flight instinct into overdrive. Except that when it comes to endings, I have consistently avoided the fighting in […]

Yoga Around the World – Part four: Bali

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
Yoga Around the World – Part four: Bali

Bali is many things to many people. This is the place where you can find two dollar beers and great surf beaches, active volcanoes, fancy resorts the size of small villages, UNESCO protected rice paddies, hawkers pursuing you down the street with their wares and, of course, yoga. And although my “Yoga Around the World” […]

On Earth with the Gods – On seeing in Bali

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
On Earth with the Gods – On seeing in Bali

“Seeing” in Bali is the study of harmony – more than a composition, or cropped arrangement that takes place behind a camera lens, harmony can be found in every tangible and non-tangible aspect of life, where the Balinese worldview revolves around the “Tri Hita Karana”: harmony among people, harmony with nature and harmony with God. […]

David Mitchell on the Art of Listening

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Reading | No Comments
David Mitchell on the Art of Listening

The first thing that strikes you about David Mitchell is that he is so darn nice. Notwithstanding a three-tiered auditorium packed to the rafters with eager fans and their never ending questions on Mitchell’s formidable writing, and the subsequent book-signing queue that snakes around the corner and up the stairs, the man continues to smile, […]

Yoga around the World – Part three: London and Phuket

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
Yoga around the World – Part three: London and Phuket

Ah, London! There really needs to be little more said about a city that – after the shambolic darkness of Paris – leaves one feeling happy and secure and like everything is completely orderly (apart from the tube timetable). Being in London one can feel secure in the knowledge that one is in the heart […]

Guest Blog: On Writing Children’s Books without a Magic Wand – “The Magical World of Clementine Mitch” By Jan Oldham (aka. Janette Howe)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Writing | No Comments
Guest Blog: On Writing Children’s Books without a Magic Wand – “The Magical World of Clementine Mitch” By Jan Oldham (aka. Janette Howe)

I think a useful exercise for everyone to do is to sit down and write what your dream life would be in five years time. Imagine you could wave a magic wand – what are you doing, how are you feeling, who is surrounding you, where are you? For me, this conjures up a modern […]

On Life, Horses and Fly-fishing: An Interview with Buck Brannaman

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Reading, Writing | No Comments
On Life, Horses and Fly-fishing: An Interview with Buck Brannaman

Horses of all shapes and sizes are being led by their owners into the cavernous indoor arena at the Egmont Showgrounds in Hawera, New Zealand. It is day one of the three day horse clinic which Buck Brannaman is holding in the North Island of New Zealand, and which has attracted riders from as far […]