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5 Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

5 Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s day in the UK just around the corner (Sunday 11th March in case you were wondering – click here for other countries) the frantic rush of children up and down the country trying to decide how they are going to thank their mums (or equivalent) for putting up with them has officially begun. What if this year you didn’t opt for the traditional card and flowers/chocolate/ favourite perfume etc option?

Biting the Bullet: Why I’m Going Travelling Solo

Biting the Bullet: Why I’m Going Travelling Solo

What do you want to do when you grow up? It’s that question. The one that you seem to be frequently asked from the moment that you can comprehend it. For me, the answers changed over the years

2018, Next Chapter Please!

2018, Next Chapter Please!

Happy New Year!   Yes I’m still alive and I’m back from my sort of unplanned winter virtual hibernation – because sometimes there are more important things than the internet. Sorry, I know that may have come as a shock to some of you. However, after a bit of a rollercoaster of a few months and a well-deserved break over the holidays I finally feel like I want to write again. So I thought I would jump on the January…

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When Old Friends Meet

When Old Friends Meet

“True friends stay with you no matter the distance or time that separates you” Lance Reynold It was one of my oldest friend’s, Abbie’s, Hen party (Bachelorette party for you Americans) recently. We’ve known each other since we were about 9 years old back when we started our swimming careers. Sport has a funny way of forging bonds between you and your fellow teammates. The ones you see everyday. The ones who have gone through the toughest of training sessions…

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Farm Tours: A New Lamb

Farm Tours: A New Lamb

When you find yourself away with family for the weekend in the countryside, specifically the Yorkshire Dales, and your family includes 3 children 10 years and under there is one activity that seems a surefire hit – a visit to a farm!

A Very Big House in the Country

A Very Big House in the Country

If you didn’t just sing that title then who are you and go and check out the band Blur here before you read on. Done that? Right OK. My Grandma turned 85 at the end of Dec last year and to celebrate she wanted to take the whole family away for the weekend and in a large country house – you the kind you would buy if you were mega rich.

7 Reasons why Dumbledore’s wisdom crosses the wizard-muggle divide

7 Reasons why Dumbledore’s wisdom crosses the wizard-muggle divide

Yes it’s true Fantastic Beasts has re-awoken the Potterhead in me and it’s exciting to have theories about what is going to happen and how this film connects to everything that we learnt in the original series. However, I will keep these to myself for now because, you know, spoilers and everything. Instead I thought I’d write about the greatest wizard of all time.

Getting Hired -Researching the Recruitment Hacks

Getting Hired -Researching the Recruitment Hacks

As you know I’ve hit that point in my studies where it’s time to think  about what’s next. I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about a careers fair in Manchester that I attended and while it was great to talk to all the different companies and here about the many opportunities that are out there for me it also left me with a lot of questions, reading and stuff to sort out.

Making the Games

Making the Games

Earlier this summer the world’s sporting elite fought it out in Rio at the Olympic Games. Now, while it was super exciting and I happened to be in a decent time zone for the 2nd half (I was in Cuba) which meant I could watch it live at a reasonable time of day, I have been looking forward to the return of the Paralympics so much more!

La Habana (Havana), Cuba: part dos

La Habana (Havana), Cuba: part dos

Welcome back, hopefully I didn’t bore you too much last time with all that history, but it is really quite interesting and wouldn’t be the place it is now without it. Now before I go on with my tales of my holiday there are a couple of things I really would like you to know.

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