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 […]

On Intrepid Travel In Tonga

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Living, Travel | No Comments
On Intrepid Travel In Tonga

There is nothing quite as exciting as the idea of intrepid travel. There is a great theoretical appeal to scenarios such as traipsing through the jungles of Borneo, armed only with a pair of sturdy boots, or backpacking through Asia on the trail of the Buddha. I can just visualise the adventure, the breath-taking scenery, […]

People, Horses and Other Animals

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Living | No Comments
People, Horses and Other Animals

The premise that animals can motivate humans to be better people is not a new one. Over millennia the bond between “man and – insert animal of choice here –” has been the stuff of history (think of the Egyptians and their mummified cats) and has inspired characters such as Gentle Ben, Lassie, or Flipper […]

Mao’s Last Dancer – An Audience With Li Cunxin

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Living, Reading | No Comments
Mao’s Last Dancer – An Audience With Li Cunxin

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.” Last week, Li Cunxin –best known for being the real “Mao’s last dancer” – came to New Zealand to talk. Apart from having been one of the world’s best ballet dancers, a best-selling author, choreographer, stockbroker (!) and […]

When Romance Sends You Running For Cover

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Living | No Comments
When Romance Sends You Running For Cover

The other day, as I was driving my seven and a half year old daughter to swimming, she casually mentioned “Mum, a boy likes me.” Although at times I have an unfortunate tendency to be miles away in my head (yes, even while driving – I know, dangerous!) – thinking about dinner, about my next […]

A Life In Writing

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Living, Writing | No Comments

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath