Celebrating cocktails and community

Back in 2003, when my blog looked very different to how it does today, I posted some very short musings pondering the joys of meeting people you don't know off of the internet. The comments thread then played host to the beginnings of a small Manchester blogmeet. That was when I first met Lyle and... Continue Reading →

Some notes on love

When you're growing up, it's easy to assume that everyone experiences life the way you do. All families have the same idiosyncrasies yours does, and all schools are very similar to the one you attend. Once you start visiting friends' houses or move to a different school, some of those assumptions start to fall away... Continue Reading →

The Super Humans of 2019

I have to admit that one of the biggest joys of having my own blog is being able to use it to shout about people who I think are doing amazing things. Every year since 2011, I have shared a list of the people who have had positive impact on my life in the previous... Continue Reading →

The Power of Goodbye

As this year and decade draw to a close, the second most significant relationship of my life is coming to an end. It's not just been significant in length; it's also important due to how it has shaped me as a person. In November 2010 I started work at UAL, and my impending farewell on... Continue Reading →

You, me and assumptions

My first office job was at a university, and it's an environment I've felt at home in ever since. There were many things I learnt in that job, but one important life lesson came from an extremely kind academic who taught on the leisure and tourism courses. We were discussing data collection for timetabling and,... Continue Reading →

Old Old Fashioned

My first boyfriend and I used to write to each other while he was away at university in Swansea. We started writing letters as friends, hooked up one time when he was back home for the holidays, and then continued writing as a way to share our feelings when he returned to his studies. It... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on friendship

I often see articles on how to have successful relationships, but these are almost always focused on romantic and/or sexual relationships, which is odd because we have so many other relationships in our lives. We have relationships with family, friends and colleagues, but there is nowhere near as much general advice out there on how... Continue Reading →

I should have known

I should have known that getting older would bring wisdom. I guess it just didn't quite manifest in the way I thought it would, so I never saw it coming. People a lot younger than me are still better at putting so much of it into words though. I should have known that she'd dump... Continue Reading →

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