Archive of ‘Archived Features’ category

Beautiful Aotearoa

I recently posted a top 10 of Australia and felt their friends across the Tasman shouldn’t be forgotten. In honour of ANZAC Day, I’ve compiled a celebration of my time in New Zealand. I lived in Auckland for a year at the beginning of the noughties. I loved it there: with the hills, the water, the […] Read more…

Up, up and away

I spotted this  hot air balloon one evening recently. It’s probably all to do with perception, but it seemed to be floating just above the neighbouring houses. Hot air balloons make me think of adventure, so the sight of it made me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too. Read more…

Springing into summer with a burst of colour

Spring is my favourite time of year: the world transforms from muted wintery tones to a world full of bright colour. My wardrobe reflects this seasonal transformation in microcosm. I’m delighted spring is here, after what seems like an eternal winter. The resplendence of the daffodils and blossom cheers the soul. Long-awaited sunshine provides a […] Read more…

Lose your head with Horrible Histories

I’ve always loved history. I don’t understand people who aren’t interested in history. How can you grasp why our world today is how it is without knowing what happened to shape it? Without knowing what happened before, how can you prevent it happening again? I love the CBBC show Horrible Histories. It’s a huge hit […] Read more…

If you go down to the river today…

If you go down to the river today, you’re in for a big surprise… For some years now, people have been planting large stuffed animals on an island in the river in Bedford. Variously, there has been an orang-utan, lion, tiger, hippo, crocodile, monkey and a penguin. This incongruous menagerie lives happily side-by-side with the […] Read more…

Fake it 'til you make it

No, not like that. Are you still reading? I’m naturally contemplative and intuitive. For a long time I’ve wondered what secret was held by people who can best be described, euphemistically, as having more of an overt self-confidence in their own abilities.  I thought I had to be like them to get ahead. That was […] Read more…

Ode to a land Down Under

I lived in Australia for a year a decade ago in Chatswood, on Sydney’s ‘exclusive’ North Shore (as a backpacker the notion of living anywhere with such a description tickled me) with various housemates including Kiwis, a South African as well as some Aussies. Visiting on a Working Holiday visa, I had several jobs from […] Read more…

Warpaint (or because I'm worth it)

Recent trips away have prompted me to think about the time, money and effort I put into pampering – and why I do it. In my little wheelie case for a mere two nights away, beyond the basics to wash and to clean my teeth were products to buff, defuzz and moisturise my skin, put […] Read more…

What would you do with the undead?

May contain spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Series 3 of The Walking Dead has concluded with a frankly disappointing finale. However, it has not dampened my enthusiasm for the genre. If you haven’t yet discovered this TV show, Egg from This Life is a sheriff from the southern US states leading a disparate […] Read more…

Download some charity with your Kindle

Venture into a cafe or travel on public transport these days and you’re as likely to find people staring at a piece of plastic as you are with their nose in a book. E-readers are becoming ever more commonplace; Amazon’s e-books have been outselling hardbacks. It’s impossible to tell what someone is reading behind the […] Read more…

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