Category Archives: Rants and raves

Two weekends in South Africa

In my third year of Primary School in the UK, I had a teacher called Mrs M. Every Monday she would gather us together to sit at her feet where she’d ask us in turn about our weekend. I guess it was an early … Continue reading

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Re-living 2015

I’ve been very lazy at posting on my blog lately. I seem to approach it in fits and starts. However, just because I’m not posting, doesn’t mean that my journals aren’t filled with ideas and notes. So better late than … Continue reading

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Travelling thoughts

Just recently as I was gazing out the window of a plane at 35,000 feet, mesmerised by the snow-capped peaks below, it dawned on me how different my husband and I are in our attitude to travel. Now in his … Continue reading

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Picture this

Last weekend my younger son took me on a scenic flight over Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Once up in the air he asked if I’d like to have a go at flying the plane and explained a few things so … Continue reading

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Multi-story thinking

I recently listened to Nigerian author Ngozi Adichie talk about the inherent dangers of the single story. By failing to understand and appreciate multiple stories, the single story can end up shaping how we view people, nations and entire continents; … Continue reading

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Of Blood and Blogs

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Well if that’s the case, Mr Hemmingway, I have been sitting at my laptop for weeks while my blood coagulates. … Continue reading

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Through my eyes

I have the enormous privilege of occasionally travelling with my husband as he does research for Compassion International. As a result, I appreciate and understand the importance of objectivity and gathering good data etc in order to present valid evidence, … Continue reading

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I in 1.4 billion

There are 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty – one of the many statistics we’re bombarded with on a daily basis. In fact I’m such a words girl that as soon as I hear or see numbers, I chill … Continue reading

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Don’t write me off!

I realised the other day that I have an irrational  fear of getting old. (You’re already old, some may say!)  So where does this fear come from? Well, it’s not because of the increasing number of grey hairs or laughter … Continue reading

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Blind Justice?

I understand that rules are rules, but sometimes there has just have to be exceptions. I recently came across two articles in a British newspaper that make exactly that point. In Scotland, a blind man was issued a fine for … Continue reading

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The Great British Airport Conspiracy

Ok, call me suspicious, but I actually believe there’s a secret, somewhat clandestine training school, perhaps under a runway somewhere, where all airport staff, including engineers and terminal architects, receive training on how to make life as difficult and complicated … Continue reading

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Just tell it like it is …

Ok, I admit it, I’ve become a little obsessed with social media and spend way too much time on twitter and facebook.

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Mind your language

I am wondering if I inadvertently slept through the traditional ‘Christianese’ lessons during Sunday school, or perhaps I was on holiday when the revision lesson was given at church! However, I am guilty of coming out with the odd smattering … Continue reading

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A lasting legacy

Over the last few days, I have been outraged by the amount of media coverage given to a certain crass, visiting chef from England who appears to spend all his time abusing, berating and bullying unsuspecting individuals.

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It’s enough to make you sick!

My doctor was running an hour late for my scheduled appointment—not unusual in a busy practice. Having forgotten my book and not feeling a strong desire to flick through the crumpled, out-of-date gossip magazines, I found myself quietly observing the … Continue reading

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