I still call Australia home 🇦🇺 As at the day of publishing this final chapter; 29th November 2022 it will be exactly 20 years since my brother Mark (Born Michael William Bayliss) died from AIDS. I dedicate this whole story both to him and to our Mother Gloria Kivlichan (nee Bayliss). I also dedicate this… Continue reading Gloria – Part 14 (The final chapter)
History repeats itself Perhaps this one of the hardest chapters for me to write as it’s so personal. I admit I have had a slight internal battle as to whether to include it or not, but it is very much part of the fabric which weaves this whole story together. I had my own daughter… Continue reading Gloria – Part 12
Australia - Meetings, Lies and New Life In February 2011 I needed to visit Melbourne anyway for both personal and professional reasons. The International College of Celebrancy with whom I was working alongside in my Celebrancy Training business were based there…and the personal reasons will become clear in the next chapter. So in visiting Melbourne… Continue reading Gloria – Part 11
Your love echoes around the world In April 2010 my daughter Georgia and I boarded a plane from London to San Francisco. Georgia was only 12 at the time and looking back I realise just how much emotion she too was carrying for a girl of her age but boy did she carry well. She… Continue reading Gloria – Part 10
‘Getting to know Mark’ Mum and I waited and waited for a reply from Marks adoptive family in Australia but still nothing came. We obviously respected their emotions and feelings completely; they too had lost a much loved son and brother and suddenly after 5 and a bit years the long lost family come searching.… Continue reading Gloria – Part 8
Michael becomes Mark… The phone call I had received from Greg from Network Seven in Australia left me absolutely broken, not only for myself but more so for Mum. I received the call from him just before midnight and sat up the entire night just sobbing hysterically like I have never sobbed either before or… Continue reading Gloria – Part 7
A Review of our cruise on Scarlet Lady Scarlet Lady docked in Key West, Florida At the time of writing this I am gently swaying in what’s has already become the iconic Virgin Voyages red hammock, which is fitted to every balcony on their ships. To be suspended above the water with the sun on… Continue reading Virgin Voyages – A new style of cruising.
When I was in Dubai back in 2016 the word on the street was very much ‘Expo 2020’. Plans were very much afoot and when we returned in the summer of 2018 it was clear to see a city rapidly gearing up for something INCREDIBLE. I cannot imagine the devastation to all those involved when… Continue reading Expo 2020 Dubai
Back in the summer of 2018 when I first decided to pull my son Cameron out of school at the age of 6 to go travelling it was a huge gamble, I asked myself a million questions “would he actually enjoy it?” “would he engage with me as his teacher?” “would he survive without structured… Continue reading “Mummy – my soul is dying”
I cannot even put into words how excited we were stepping aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Anthem of the Seas’ last week (20th July 2021). Having been on the last ever cruise of Holland America Lines MS Maasdam last year and stranded in the South Pacific for almost a month, then 16 months later to be on… Continue reading Cruising is back (hurrah!)…but how different is it??