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Life, Loss and Love during lockdown.

Since we got back from our travels almost two months early on 30th March, life has been slightly surreal to say the least. We stepped out of a pretty normal life in Auckland on 1st March when we boarded the M.S. Maasdam cruise ship and 28 days later we stepped off into what felt like… Continue reading Life, Loss and Love during lockdown.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving 2019

Some of my British friends think it's a little strange that we as a family celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but this has become a ritual in our lives for the last 11 years now and with our ever increasing busy lives it is a lovely opportunity to re-connect with our nearest and dearest,… Continue reading Celebrating Thanksgiving 2019

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The Family Tree

Tracing my family back to my Spiritual Home..Back in May 2006 I was privileged to take a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to perform Verdi's Requiem when I was a member of the Royal Choral Society in London. I confess that before that trip I didn't really even know where Cape Cod was and yet… Continue reading The Family Tree

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Why aren’t asian people fat??

It is true isn't it? I don't think I have ever seen an overweight asian in my entire life and yet having circumnavigated the globe I can officially say that they have the most flavoursome food in the whole world. Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian - the fusion of herbs and spices used to flavour… Continue reading Why aren’t asian people fat??

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I found my heart in San Francisco!

When I was last in San Francisco in 2010, I most definitely left my heart there. Coming back 9 years later I feel like I have re-claimed it again. San Francisco is ALWAYS going to be a place filled with emotion for me, it is the city where my brother lived, loved and lost his… Continue reading I found my heart in San Francisco!

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Dying Matters – So does living.

Today marks the start of Dying Matters awareness week, an annual event which takes place in May each year and opens up nationwide discussion of the very important but often taboo subject of death, dying and bereavement. If you haven't heard of this growing initiative before then take a look at the hashtag #dyingmatters this… Continue reading Dying Matters – So does living.

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It only takes one weirdo!!!

No save haven for children onboard MS Maasdam - One weirdo following and befriending our children, before inappropriately touching them. Of all the places in the world where I thought I might feel a little vulnerable or concerned about our safety, I wasn't expecting to experience it on a cruise ship. I'm not going to… Continue reading It only takes one weirdo!!!

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Reflecting on the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. Flight Number ET302.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" Today I woke up feeling incredibly blessed. I opened my eyes, opened the curtains of my balcony cabin aboard the 'Ovation of the Seas' and caught my first glimpse of Milford Sound - one of… Continue reading Reflecting on the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. Flight Number ET302.

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Living the dream!

I sat beside the pool of our Kuala Lumpur hotel couple of days ago basking in the sunshine and thought to myself "ahhh finally I am living the dream" . Yet on reflection I found myself asking the question "well what actually is THE dream?" Possibly like many people, I always imagined that living the… Continue reading Living the dream!