• People get extra weird at altitude

    How to become a motivational speaker

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    I see a lot of motivational speakers in action. What I have realised is this: there’s a formula you can follow if you’re willing to hack off a limb or get lost in the wilderness. Read on for my foolproof guide for turning your bad experiences into cold, hard keynote cash. 1. Come up with an inspirational slogan […]

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  • This is the closest thing you have to a home when you're travelling for work

    What work travel is really like

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    About five years ago, I decided that I wanted to get paid to travel. I didn’t care how I did it. I just wanted to do it. Today, I am a business travel and events editor so hey, the plan worked. This means I go to lots of conferences and on work trips called ‘famils’ […]

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    Dear Aunty Em

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    ‘I met a guy at a large gig.We had fun dancing together and hanging out. Later into the night, we went our separate ways to hang out with our friends, thinking we would run into each other again but it didn’t happen. Now I’ve managed to stalk this guy down through social media even though […]

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  • These are my new friends, the cast of Wayward Pines

    Just don’t do it

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Last night was midwinter solstice, the longest night of the year. I made soup, watched TV and did my washing which was exactly what I needed to do. I say ‘needed’ because I have been so tired lately. I never listen to my body. Instead, I add caffeine, alcohol, cold and flu meds, vitamins and […]

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  • Pretty for a torture chamber

    Hilarious account of a Turkish hamam experience

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    My friend Dusha recently visited a traditional Turkish bathhouse. Here is his account of what happened, reproduced with his permission. Hamam – Turkish Bathhouse. Let me take you through the steps. Step 1 – Pick your style. We picked traditional which includes a body scrub, wash, 30 minute oil massage, and unlimited time in the […]

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People get extra weird at altitude
Jun
29

How to become a motivational speaker

I see a lot of motivational speakers in action. What I have realised is this: there’s a formula you can follow if you’re willing to hack off a limb or get lost in the wilderness. Read on for my foolproof guide for turning your bad experiences into cold, hard keynote cash. 1. Come up with an inspirational slogan […]

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This is the closest thing you have to a home when you're travelling for work
Jun
24

What work travel is really like

About five years ago, I decided that I wanted to get paid to travel. I didn’t care how I did it. I just wanted to do it. Today, I am a business travel and events editor so hey, the plan worked. This means I go to lots of conferences and on work trips called ‘famils’ […]

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kissing01
Jun
23

Dear Aunty Em

‘I met a guy at a large gig.We had fun dancing together and hanging out. Later into the night, we went our separate ways to hang out with our friends, thinking we would run into each other again but it didn’t happen. Now I’ve managed to stalk this guy down through social media even though […]

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These are my new friends, the cast of Wayward Pines
Jun
22

Just don’t do it

Last night was midwinter solstice, the longest night of the year. I made soup, watched TV and did my washing which was exactly what I needed to do. I say ‘needed’ because I have been so tired lately. I never listen to my body. Instead, I add caffeine, alcohol, cold and flu meds, vitamins and […]

Read More
Pretty for a torture chamber
Jun
18

Hilarious account of a Turkish hamam experience

My friend Dusha recently visited a traditional Turkish bathhouse. Here is his account of what happened, reproduced with his permission. Hamam – Turkish Bathhouse. Let me take you through the steps. Step 1 – Pick your style. We picked traditional which includes a body scrub, wash, 30 minute oil massage, and unlimited time in the […]

Read More
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Jun
10

Dear Aunty Em

‘Why is it always the guys you don’t want to hear from that send you cute texts and the ones you hope to hear from, you hear crickets/nothing!?’ – Silent Witness Dear Silent Witness, Could The Secret really be wrong? Is it possible that focusing our attention on something doesn’t attract it? As someone who has […]

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Splitting your Achilles tendon on a rusty stake is worth crying about. Splitting your Hollandaise sauce is not.
Jun
3

10 things I hate

1. Food festivals. I hate them. I want a whole meal on a real plate; not one tiny, lukewarm, sub-standard portion that I’ve had to wait in line for. 2. The words ‘whilst’, ‘utilise’ and ‘vehicle’. While, use and car are all perfectly fine words. Stop gold leafing the ordinary. 3. Spitting. That hacking, coughing, emphysemic golly-hocking thing […]

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Jun
1

Late bloomers

There’s this idea that coming to success later in life is a small failure in itself. After all, what have you been doing if not succeeding? Society focuses a lot of attention on young people who have achieved staggering success. In the past, this has made me feel slightly bad about myself. I wonder, ‘Have […]

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After Dark Lantern Tours in the Canberra Botanic Gardens are just one of the many attractions Australia's capital has to offer visitors
May
28

It’s raining events in Canberra

The capital city of Australia is much more than just politicians and diplomacy. Rather, this city is the middle ground between Melbourne and Sydney and has plenty of treats in store for visitors. During the cooler months of the Australian year, i.e. the months of June, July, and August, Canberra will surprise you with the […]

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Being in hospital is like eating at my grandma's house but without the butter and salt
May
26

Upsides of surgery

So I had surgery. It was painful, expensive and time-consuming but also kind of fun. Being in hospital is a suspended state of living. People bring you food and drinks, check your blood pressure, dose you up on painkillers and measure fluids leaking in and out of your body. Your friends visit you and you have […]

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