Let’s talk about Forever

'I wanna see all my 80s babies with their hands in the air!' shouted Salt, of Salt-n-Pepa, to the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday night. At least half the audience of the 'I love the 90s' tour threw their arms in the air and cheered. 'We just wanna say sorry,' Salt continued. 'We are so …

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If you’ve got period pains and you know it, stamp your feet

I've been tested for anaemia, diabetes, and an under-active thyroid. Diagnosed with allergies, IBS, hypochondria, depression. Prescribed pain killers, vitamins, diet plans and the pill. Accused of attention-seeking, laziness, of simply having a low pain threshold. Old ladies offer me seats on public transport. Parents tell me I have no idea what it means to …

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I used to be…

Last week, book lovers everywhere celebrated Book Lovers Day. Being a book lover, I celebrated in fairly standard book lover fashion. I bought some new books. And I finished an old one. The book I finished was Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (who, for the rest of this blog, I shall refer to as Cheryl. I …

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The highs and lows of travelling alone 

The first time I really travelled alone was in 2003. I was in Thailand, and I was actually travelling with a friend, but he got sick, and so after a few days of waiting for him to get better, I ventured out on my own, and found I had a much better time without him! …

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Explorers

I don't even know where to start with this. It's ten days since I came home. Three weeks since I left. But I need to go back even further than that. I don't know when my love for travel really started. It probably goes right back to when we were kids, maybe our first holiday …

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Rich in life

Ten years ago today I touched down in Colombia for the very first time. It was a trip I'd dreamed of for years, saved up for for months, but only ended up taking at the very last minute. For seven months I'd had barely any social life - working extra hours and saving up as …

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A sky full of planes

I spent most of yesterday afternoon lying in my garden - enjoying the sun, listening to music, and looking at the sky. When you really take the time to look at the sky, you realise what a busy place it is. The small patch of sky above my garden was filled with bumble bees, lady …

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